Pak Kadiaq: Dr. Mahathir and Daim will decide on Najib’s Future

May 30, 2013

Tun Mahathir and Tun Daim will decide on Najib’s Future, says Pak Kadiaq

by Ida

Daim ZainuddinAny open debate on Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s future as UMMO President and Prime Minister will be driven by the country’s longest-serving Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Daim Zainuddin, veteran journalist Datuk Abdul Kadir Jasin said today.

Following the May 5 polls where Najib led his Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition to victory, observers have said that he is now seeking to secure his position as the party leader in the UMNO elections that are expected to take place this year.

“Dr Mahathir, Daim and several independent bloggers will determine whether Mohd Najib’s future as UMNO President and Prime Minister will be openly debated,” Abdul Kadir wrote in a blog post titled “Kesan Positif Sekatan dan Imbangan Selepas PRU13” (The positive effects of checks and balance after GE13), referring to former UMNO Minister Daim.

Abdul Kadir said that the two veteran UMNO leaders had even met anddato-a-kadir-jasin drawn up an action plan following the 13th general election where BN managed to hold on to power with a smaller haul of 133 federal seats, fewer than its 140-seat win in 2008.

“Daim met Dr Mahathir in Putrajaya few days after the May 5 general election where they were said to have made a ‘review’ of the results and the short-term and medium-term measures that they will take,” Abdul Kadir said.

Abdul Kadir also said that BN’s war room should acknowledge that it had lost out to Najib’s predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his advisers, referring to the former BN chief who had retained power in 2008 despite his coalition losing its customary two-thirds parliamentary majority for the first time in history.

Dr Mahathir-nst“Whatever it is, Abdullah can now hold his head up high because the accusation that his performance in PRU 2008 was hambar is no longer accurate because Mohd Najib’s achievement was even worse despite support by Dr Mahathir and Daim. Looking at Mohd Najib’s achievement, I myself feel that (I had) over-criticised Abdullah after GE 2008.

“Like it or not, Mohd Najib and his staff that run the ‘Bilik Perang’ (War Room) BN should sincerely, openly and transparently admit that their boasts had memakan diri (failed) and they lost to Abdullah and his Fourth Floor Boys.”

The Malaysian Insider previously reported that sources within BN had questioned the strategies used by the BN war room, but BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor reportedly denied on May 15 that the war room had failed to achieve its targets, pointing out that BN had won the mandate to form the federal government.

On Monday, Abdul Kadir’s blog carried a transcript of Daim’s interview with local daily China Press, where the former Finance Minister blamed Najib’s advisers for BN’s failure to regain a two-thirds parliamentary majority, claiming that they had used the wrong strategy to drive BN’s election campaign.

In the same blog post today, Abdul Kadir noted that Najib still has backing from the influential Dr Mahathir and may experience less opposition from those trying to take him down.

“In the political arena, Mohd Najib Abdul Razak’s position will continue toNajib2 be disputed. Just maybe not as outspoken as what happened to Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after PRU 2008 because Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is lebih mesra (more friendly) with Mohd Najib and many of the bloggers that used to be anti-Abdullah are now pro-Mohd Najib. They may not support any negative moves towards Mohd Najib, and may even demonise anyone that tries to bring down Mohd Najib.”

He said many harsh comments have been directed at Daim since his interview criticising Najib and his men was published.Dr Mahathir has said BN has no choice but to throw its weight behind Najib, who will likely survive his second term as prime minister due to a lack of an alternative, international business newswire Bloomberg reported on May 25.

“I think the party will support him because of a lack of an alternative,” 87-year-old Dr Mahathir was quoted as saying in Tokyo in a speech at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan.

Tan-Sri-Muhyiddin-Yassin2Observers have said BN’s performance will likely affect 59-year-old Najib’s bid to stay on as UMNO president, with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, 66, seen as a possible contender for the post.

Despite the BN’s poorer overall electoral results, Najib’s leadership had ensured UMNO succeeded in netting a significant nine more seats in Election 2013, giving the Malay party a total of 88 in the Dewan Rakyat compared to 79 in Election 2008.

11 thoughts on “Pak Kadiaq: Dr. Mahathir and Daim will decide on Najib’s Future

  1. Najib’s future will be decide by UMNO. I do not know how much influence both Dr. Mahathir and Daim have on the outcome. But it will be interesting to see what the outcome will be at he next General Assembly.

    It is still within the powers of UMNO President (Najib) to decide whether the party should have elections this year. in my view, Najib should postpone elections as that will give him some time to show what he can do with his own mandate. After all, he did better than Badawi in terms of UMNO seats garnered in GE-13. MCA, MIC and Gerakan let him down.–Din Merican

  2. In my view, Mahathir feels safer with Najib at the helm. As long as Najib cooperate with Mahathir, Najib will get M backing to stay as President of UMNO.

  3. Mahathir’s UMNO Baru lacks competent puppets !

    All the competent ones were forced out during the Mahathir

  4. Hi Din,

    Daim said Najib acted like a clown during his post-GE13 interview while former Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin (Zam) said Najib is an imitator. There were others who sent text messages claiming he acted like a student leader.

    And Mahathir said there is no alternative to Najib. If this is Mahathir’s yardstick then Malaysia is going to the dogs.

    I guess everytime Najib itch, he will wind up scratching Mahathir.

    Need I say more.

    Chris Loh

  5. This kind of arrangement don’t breed talents or future leaders with integrity. It only produced cronies which continue to hound the system and allowing abuses.
    There is no sign of better man for the job with such organizational structures. So, what so difference with the old government? Businesses are as usual.

  6. As dictatorships lose their legitimacy in the eyes of the vast majority of their citizens, the inner circle of power-holders typical shrink and get more and more restricted to loyal (but incompetent) fellow kinsmen and immediate relatives.
    So, in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq and Muammar Qaddafy’s Libya, positions such as minister of defence, head of internal security, military intelligence chiefs etc are recruited from fellow tribesmen, brothers, sons, sons-in-law, cousins etc.
    In the military, loyal but incompetent people are rapidly promoted over the heads of competent professionals to become Generals. Also, special “praetorian guard” units are formed to protect the regime and its small ruling clique. All to stay in power in the face of popular opposition.

  7. Between now and next UmnoB GA, who is doing the governing while politics run think within UmnoB. IMHO, Najib will continue for the cabinet is now mostly his SECRET RECIPE that is not selling well. TDM+DAIM collectively might push with their words but NAJIB has the pen. Those not for him might be exchanged. ONLY few in cabinet might stay with TDM+DAIM without fear or favor. MOOHIDEN is one from old school. How they will vote in GA will be telling much. Perhaps secret ballots? We shall hear many contradictions from TDMs if he is pushing for an alternative within UmnoB. His voice will definitely factionize UmnoB. It will be a TugOfWar between Najib and TDM+DAIM. Pak Lah is smilling so is Kuli. The streets suddenly becomes apologetic to Pak Lah in a silent approving way that he was better, MUCH cleaner, MUCH open, and many MUCH MUCH.

  8. The special Umno general assembly in 2009 approved constitutional amendments giving 146,500 delegates the right to vote the leadership, abolishing the quota system, simultaneous delegates meeting and allow more women appointees.

    “Previously, only 2,500 delegates determined the party leadership but this time it has been increased to 146,500. The election starts at branch level.”

    Read more at:

    Politicians are supported by deep pockets corporate captains regardless of how the industry captains look or political inclinations. Politicians anywhere and everywhere need funds to campaign etc.; only that fund raising is more transparent in few countries.

    Don’t tell me there is no fund raising in politics within UmnoB. Words alone has no power. Money talks but the one doing the talking will be industry captains to their local delegates and there are now 146,500 not 2,500, which means what ever fund promised must multiply 58.6 times. We know the resources of TDM is over the hill. Combine that with Tun Daim. There is no fight with the kingmaker for he is not call the kingmaker for nothing. But why Ibrahim Ali lost? Simple, no money used for the true statistics from that will be telling critical information for next move.

    But delegates profile are not youngsters and only few are second time voters. Most can be expected to be matured age which means most are likely to be known by industries in their zones and those industries esp big ones have came to these days because of TDM.

    Like father like son. These industry captains’ legacy are aligned mostly to TDM for they grew along his time. As these captains age, their children shoulder on and wouldn’t the likelihood be more certain when legacies continue? Better the devil we know than the deep blue sea that we don’t. On this the bet is more certain to lie on Mahathirism whose proxy is we-know-who after he is gone even if Mukriz is the PM.

    As predicted, either way Najib suffer unless he had got the 2/3. If Pakatan had won, Najib is fried. If no 2/3, he is fried. But I got 88 seats for Umno, its the non-Malays who denied us. Out of great disappointment and uncontrollably racism spewed over for few weeks which worsen his stand and thanks to Zahid who add oil to fire. Now TDM can say in his time, the nation was united and he always got 2/3. Now the BN had caused non-Malay to reject non-Malay parties in BN; visible disunity. Najib has no trump card other than doing better with 88 than Pak La at an extreme cost of vote buying and rigging. TDM’s time no need this sort of expenses to get 2/3. But this is just surface statistics

    The game has changed 59x now from 2,500 to 146,500 delegates. With a sudden large spread, he who has influence over delegates get to command. Each cabinet member is just 1/146,500 vote so utterly irrelevant. If a cabinet member from Umno know where delegates will bend, they might decide to be more vocal as that may decide the political career if the regime change.

    As I see, it is Ubah in UmnoB.

    The stake is never higher than before. One thing some of us know for sure is the link between TDM and TD are extremely thick as both are equally arrogant but benevolent.

    One thing can be said about TDM. He is a FIGHTER. He never gives in to Spore over the land in Spore than belongs to Malaysia. He wouldn’t have teamed with Spore to do Iskandar City as that can be a wholly Msian initiative to be done in other states such as Perak. Because of Iskandar City, Perak’s initiative suffered. The inland port never got to take off. Perak’s own Bandar Iskandar hardly can survive. It could with Petronas Univ, BG Industries, Tg Malim etc. but all this got killed by Johor Iskandar. TDM would never sell Malaysian land away; that we know much as many of us hate the kind of balls he has.

    How the next GA will pan out will be history as the game has expanded 59 times.

    Pakatan I presume prefer not to deal with a TDM proxy administration.

    Stay tune on this blog. The pyrotechnics is just developing.

  9. It is diffccult to unseat najib, as he belongs to the ruling class malays who will protect others in the same class. Mahathir wants this status quo to be maintained. An alternatively will be to replace Najib with Hishamuddin and later by Mukris. This is to cover up the 3-4 decades of loot and crime against humanity carried out by UMNO.

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