Frustrated with Najib Razak : Dr. UMNO Baru Quits the Party


March 1, 2016

COMMENT: I am not surprised by the latest Tun Dr. Mahathir move to quit the party he created, which was renamed UMNO Baru, to replace UMNO (1946) which was outlawed by Justice Harun Hashim after 1987. I regard it as a preemptive action on his part to forestall his sacking from the party. On that score, Dr. Mahathir is not like Muhyiddin Yassin.

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Lest some of us may conveniently forget. UMNO Baru is not UMNO. UMNO Baru was Mahathir’s creation with a new constitution that gave the Party President almost absolute powers. It is very difficult to dislodge the President because the rules for party elections are skewed in favour of the incumbent.For that, we must thank the Tun. Furthermore, UMNO Baru is the Godfather of crony capitalism and money politics. While UMNO 1946 was a party of Malay school teachers and housewives, the party which Najib inherited and used to his advantage is a party of elites and businessmen. Corruption is the lifeblood of UMNO Baru  where, as Najib rightly puts, “Cash in King”.

What impact does this Mahathir move have on Najib? For that, I need the advice of our MH370 bomoh? Since he is probably on Najib’s payroll, the Bomoh will likely tell me that Najib will survive because he is kebal (invincible protected by the spirits and Rosmah’s famous shamans). So, Tun Dr.Mahathir’s resignation can only be treated as a mosquito bite. UMNO members will continue to support Najib as long as he has the cash to buy their loyalty.

Mahathir and his band of loyalists will be frustrated again. They cannot count on Pakatan Harapan since DAP and its partners do not trust him. Mahathir only wants to remove Najib, but he is not a reformer.So we are stuck.

UMNO will not change; the Pakatan Harapan is divided and leaderless; and there is little civil society can do to unseat Najib except to urge Mahathir on. The incumbent President cum Prime Minister is very much in control of the levers of power including the ability to declare a state of emergency under the new NSC Law, if the situation warrants. As a  nation, we are in a state of political paralysis.

More than I care to admit, Najib is obviously a very astute political man who has surrounded himself with very sharp strategists.–Din Merican

Frustrated with Najib Razak : Dr. UMNO Baru Quits the Party

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has quit UMNO over his opposition to Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak. He announced this in Putrajaya today (February 29), saying the leading Malay ruling party was no longer what it used to be.

“The focus is how to keep Najib as Prime Minister.UMNO no longer is performing the task it set for itself way back in 1946,” he said.

This is the second time the former Prime Minister has quit UMNO, the first time in May 2008, over unhappiness with Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi the then Prime Minister who had led Barisan Nasional to dismal results in the general election that year.

Dr Mahathir said UMNO was also dedicated to upholding the “wrong things” Najib had done.

“I feel embarrassed to be associated with a party that supports corruption,” he said, adding that UMNO, like Najib, believed “cash is king”.

“I am giving up on party Najib, there is no more UMNO”.But he said he would consider returning to the party if Najib was successfully removed.

“I am still UMNO at heart. I am trying to make sure Najib will not continue to be PM of this country.

“If UMNO is revived, yes, but at the moment, there is no UMNO. My wife joins me in leaving Najib’s party,” he added, referring to his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali.

Dr Mahathir, who was Prime Minister and UMNO President for 22 years until his retirement in 2003, has been criticising Najib relentlessly over state-owned investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the RM2.6 billion donation.

His criticism of Najib began more than a year ago over the Finance Ministry-owned 1MDB of which Najib is advisory board chairman, and only grew more intense after The Wall Street Journal’s report last July of the donation.

Dr Mahathir had also hit out at Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali for not pressing charges against Najib after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s investigations into the donation and another Finance Ministry-owned firm SRC International Sdn Bhd, which had been implicated in the transfer of money to the prime minister’s personal bank accounts. – February 29, 2016.

24 thoughts on “Frustrated with Najib Razak : Dr. UMNO Baru Quits the Party

  1. It is now the time for those anti-Najib UMNO members to leave the party and form a new opposition coalition focussed on fighting corruption & misuse of power. No more talk – more actions now.

  2. So with the confusion in the opposition parties and with Hadi already extending his hand and support to Najib, it is clear that Najib and UMNO and PAS will win GE 14. All Hadi is concerned with at this time is to get a ministerial position. So what now folks? Anyone for joining Zaid and his growing supporters not just in a stadium but go into the streets as well. And have the courage to face that unscrupulous and unprincipled IGP? Actually I think there are many people willing to do that but we need a really good leader. Mahathir could be that leader but he must be prepared to own up his part to this sordid situation in Malaysia. And yes, ask for forgiveness. Tun Mahathir, you have a last opportunity to redeem yourself.

  3. UMNO Baru is the Godfather of crony capitalism and money politics. While UMNO 1946 was a party of Malay school teachers and housewives, the party which Najib inherited and used to his advantage is a party of elites and businessmen. Corruption is the lifeblood of UMNO Baru where, as Najib rightly puts, “Cash in King”.

    I now await the reaction of those in power to what is stated above as the current situation has always been denied by the current leadership where it is stated that
    RAKYAT DIUTAMAKAN whereas the above remarks seem to say
    ‘the party which Najib inherited and used to his advantage is a party of elites and businessmen. Corruption is the lifeblood of UMNO Baru where, as Najib rightly puts, “Cash in King”.’

  4. /// “I am giving up on party Najib, there is no more UMNO” ///

    Maybe he will set up a UMNO Lagi Baru.

    UMNO – Useless Mahathir Najib Oligopoly

  5. In Zimbabwe today eight different foreign currency notes are accepted by traders. . I still remember my classmate in Standard Four. We were in the afternoon class and used to walk to school daily. On our way there was a fruits and sweet stall. We made our regular stop to use the Five Cents were were given. But this classmate usually took other edible items in addition to what Five Cents could buy. Each day he became more and more emboldened and began stuffing his pockets. I told my dad and he told his dad but it still continued. One day the shopkeeper went to the back of the shop on some business personal in nature. My friend knew this and seeing that there was no one else in the shop he dipped his hands in the Milo tin that contained the day’s taking. But just as he was putting the money in his pocket the shopkeeper came out and caught him red handed. The rest they is history. The boy was sent to The Boy’s Home for six months and his education was disrupted and he really never recovered what he had lost. I think that I will stop here. A Point to Ponder.

  6. The virus cells – politically referenced – that Najib carries is undermining the entire edifice of good turned notorious UMNO. The only solution is to get rid of Najib along with his complicit cousin Hishammuddin Hussein, the Defence Minister through due democratic process. How can this be possible?

    The Johor royalty is bristling with the shenanigans of the big wigs of UMNO, whose birth place is Johor. One of the royal house members should take on Hishammuddin at his parliamentary seat of Sembrong(?) at the next GE. Likewise someone from Pahang royalty should contest against Najib at Pekan where the latter managed to win the seat in the 1999 GE (?) against his PAS Opponent by mere 240 votes.

    These are attainable strategic objectives that can knockout the two cousins and bring relief and joy to the Rakyat. The contesting Royalty members can choose to remain as MPs or resign sometime later, assuming they win the seats.

  7. Quote:- ““I am still UMNO at heart”

    That says it all folks.

    It’s a variant of Hadi’s “bad UMNO, but good UMNO members”

    Mahathir’s version, “good UMNO, but bad UMNO members”

  8. “More than I care to admit, Najib is obviously a very astute political man who has surrounded himself with very sharp strategists.”

    Not in the slightest.

    He only has 3 levers of power:

    a) A highly corrupt A-G

    b) A highly corrupt IGP

    c) Party heads who’ve been bribed to the gills.

    Sorry, did I miss anything?

    This is all from Nascent Dictatorship 101, surely? A predictable playbook.

    I cannot see any “strategy” here at all, beyond the hasty collection of corrupt yes-men through throwing them power & money.

    Even a dullard would get that far with 2.6 billion in his accounts.

    No intelligence required.

  9. Unpalatable though it is (and yes, it is) it’s Mahathir that is the sole remaining hope for Malaysia against Najib, because only he & his allies can gain any traction among the disaffected grassroots in Umno and Malay fence-sitters.

    The number of these, if combined with PKR & PAS (of whatever faction – Tuan Ibrahim is working with Dr M already) will handily outnumber the remaining parts of UMNO in voter terms. If Adenan switches camps or declares PBB neutral, Najib is dead and all the gerrymandering in the world won’t save him. The NSC Bill is being revised on the Rulers’ request.

    Or of course you can always rely on Wan Azizah and the hapless Pakatan No-Harapan to bring about “change”, that much over-used word.

    Who’s your PM candidate? Anwar. Not too smart, you all, huh. No. Not at all.

  10. The Malaysian Chinese and other non-Malays, afflicted with incurable optimism or incurable brain damage (or both) simply don’t get it.

    With a repetitiveness that any Umno cybertrooper would envy, they repeat like brain-dead zombies that Madey is responsible for the state of the nation, blah blah; some even go back to the Reid Commission and god knows what else. Little potted histories that we all know already. Remarkably, they are under the illusion that the points they are making are somehow novel, or useful to Malaysia circa 2016.

    I find this truly amusing.

    It’s like passengers on the sinking Titanic complaining about the colour of the curtains on the ship, as water fills their lungs and they slowly die.

    Now, when M’kini and TMI and the blogs are completely neutered or shut down (as they will be by the next session of Parliament), when Rafizi and his ilk are jailed for life for getting hold of scandalous documents, when the AG and IGP become dangerous megalomaniacs with nothing to hold them back, where social media is trawled by armies of govt snoops – then where, exactly, will you post your harmlessly repetitive bitching?

    What will your outlet be then? Where is your “democracy” going to hide?

    Well, there could be another genteel middle-class garden party called Bersih 5, I guess. But this time, expect a bloodbath. That’s what dictators do, you see. Why play nice?

    So time to grow up a little, folks. This is down and dirty time. Madey is now your only (fading) hope. If you still want to bitch about that, spend your time, rather more usefully, by looking for your migration options to Singapore, Australia, Canada, etc. because things are going to descend into hell if Madey fails.

    Reality, ahhhhh, so bitter.

  11. “..anti-Najib UMNO members to leave the party and form a new opposition coalition..” alie

    No can do. These flurs will remain in situ and work within.

    UMNOb’s ecosystem is that of Island Dwarfism – where the Entitled folk become so inbred – that they morph into Peanut Brainiacs (microcephalic – like Zika infected newborns). Most would shoot off their mouths without the usual processing from whatever prefrontal cortices they still possess.

    But paradoxically, their Supremo becomes a stupendously powerful deity, due to Island Gigantism. This Dear Leader is able to dispense $$, ‘donated’ from the Land of Oil and Sand, which is not what all those Imperial Rags, like WSJ, is claiming..

    So the UMNOb SC (i.e Giants) will no doubt be crowing about “Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish”. But they have been disconnected from external pressures for too long – ie Octified-Ossified. They react, not proact.

    I say Octo is shrewder than Jibros. Intelligence and E.Q may not beat sheer Power-of-Office immediately, but will do so ultimately. Or i’ve got my signals mixed up! MY and geng will have been advised to stay within and wreck as much havoc as possible, while they remain. They will invite sacking, and play the role of lame sacrificial goats. With that UMNOb is toast-i-fied further.

    For all those folk who are obsessed with PASUMNOb merger and it’s implications, i’d like to know whether they too were born and inbred on a minuscule island?

    I would agree that Jibros has emasculated the Opposition by letting them sink into their own masturbatory Egotism. So who ultimately will save Bolehland from Predatory Giants? Octo, of course! He’s already met with all the Oppo head honchos, including Kit, Azmin and Tuan Ibrahim, before he made a move. That’s why the internet sanctions over the past few days.

    KITA, by Zaid is a NGO, izzit?

  12. The famous Soong Sisters of China — Soong Ai-Ling, Soong Mei-Ling, Soong Ching-Ling:
    “The first loved money, the second loved power, and the third loved China”

    In Malaysia — Mr X, Dr M, Uncle LKS:

    “The first loved money, the second loved power, and the third loved Malaysia” ??

  13. Bijak pandai Melayu pasti boleh berfikir dengan rasional jalan yang terbaik untuk menurunkan Najib dari tahta UMNO yang digunakan sebagai kuasa peribadinya.
    Apa yang diperkatakan oleh Muhyidin di facebooknya bahawa AG telah memberitahu ada kesalahan jenayah yang dilakukan oleh Perdana Menteri Najib melibatkan wang KWAP.
    Di tambah dengan kenyataan Mahathir, AG Gani Patail telah diberhentikan dengan false representation kepada Agung kononnya tidak sihat padahal hari ni dah jadi practising lawyer.
    Dari sini ada 2 perkara berat yang telah dilakukan oleh Najib yang menjadikannya boleh dipecat oleh Agung. Pertama korupsi. Kedua menipu YDP untuk mengelak didakwa dengan memecat AG Gani Patail.
    YDP Agung yang memilih Perdana Menteri. Agung juga ada kuasa untuk memecat PM dalam situasi tertentu.
    Dalam hal ini, Najib sudah melakukan penipuan kepada YDP bila melantik Apandi dan ini adalah sebab munasabah untuk memecat Perdana Menteri.

  14. Najib seems to be strong because he has sycophants holding the posts of IGP and AG. Politically, Najib is very weak. His support base is only amongst Umno’s Divisional Heads and his sycophantic cabinet ministers & of course paid cybertroopers.

    Without the support of Khalid Twitter and Apandi Dhoby, suppoasedly holders of public office and whose oath of offices are to guard public interest and the rule of law, and who had both sold their souls to the devils, Najib is dead dog. Apandi only needs to minute in the Macc investigation papers as follows, ‘ Agreed with your recommendation. Pse proceed’. That is what the Macc investigators are hoping and waiting for.

  15. Ferdi, since you are so smart, you should become a revolutionist. What other choices does a marginalized citizen have? I think you just a chinese shit stirrer, unless of course, you are happy that it is the Chinese that now own strategic assets, and their citizens will come and fill up Bukit Bintang again? Or you have some alternatives for us to consider, rather than to throw shit at the fan?

  16. masa dia pegang jawatan, sangat berkuasa, biasa la tu, tapi sekarang masih lagi ada kuasa kerana ramai yg ikut walaupun tanpa jawatan. bijak, bijak.

  17. “Or you have some alternatives for us to consider, rather than to throw shit at the fan?”

    Um…actually Ferdi stated his/her position here :

    “Unpalatable though it is (and yes, it is) it’s Mahathir that is the sole remaining hope for Malaysia against Najib, because only he & his allies can gain any traction among the disaffected grassroots in Umno and Malay fence-sitters.”

    And why not. Uncle Lim is game for it and Azmin seems eager as hell. It’s like the opening quote of Chronicles of Riddick. “In normal times, evil would be fought with good. But in times like these, well, it should be fought by another kind of evil.”

    But Octo would probably like another quote from the film : “In our faith, you keep what you kill.”

    This is the Old Man’s game, probably the last one he will ever play. Maybe if we are on the board, we could have a say on how the pieces are moved.

  18. I think that LKS would be unwise to meddle in the internal affairs of UMNO – even though the fall of Najib Razak is truly an irresistible prize.

    He should have learnt that forming unprincipled alliances (like with PAS) for the aim of a glorious end, will rightly not work.

  19. “I think that LKS would be unwise to meddle in the internal affairs of UMNO – even though the fall of Najib Razak is truly an irresistible prize. ”

    Well, Dr M can sit pretty on all the Chinese votes in Malaysia now. So yes, LKS should keep his mouth shut for now.

    This is now a Malay battle.

    PKR’s 2 million plus 1 million UMNO grassroots switching (egged on by PERKASA?) leaves the remains of UMNO dead in the water. Unless they claw back losses via PAS, but that is dicey. PAS grassroots can smell the fear running off Najib a mile off. Hadi may be getting lukewarm to cool responses to his Najib bromance from his own party. His deputy is no Najib fan.

    Very shaky for Jibster.

    Now, where’s that NSC Bill?

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