Datuk Seri Najib Razak must understand that he did nothing much to become the Umno president and the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
Najib just kept quiet and was the proverbial 'obedient errand boy' before the baton was handed over to him. Najib has been spoon fed since the day he was born and with a silver spoon too!
After becoming PM, Najib continued to do nothing except getting involved in money-making schemes and creating scandal after scandal, debacle after debacle.
Many people both within Umno and of course those outside are simply fed up with Najib; he is getting on their nerves!
No match for battle-seasoned Dr M
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on the other hand had gone through the trial and tribulations, from being sacked from Umno and to be challenged by his deputies, not once but thrice, that is by Tun Musa Hitam, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Dr. Mahathir has had his ups and downs, his failures and his triumphs. Dr. Mahathir is not only seasoned, he is also shrewd. Above all he is most desperate.
What Najib has done or not done thus far has not only irked the 51.4% of the voters, but also Dr. Mahathir who has reminded Najib on so many occasions to improve himself, the government, the country and above all to not be controlled by his wife Rosmah Mansor.
In short, Dr M wants Najib to improve and change the overall situation. But let us be frank. Najib cannot control the situation because his wife Rosmah Mansor is involved in eevery single aspect that concerns him - including his governance of the country.
It is also an open secret that Rosmah has been enjoying herself playing the role of the so-called FLOM (First Lady of Malaysia) and there is no doubt - she is in control! Challenge at your peril, guys!
Datuk Seri Sanusi Junid in one of the videos circulated in the social media had explained clearly and concisely that both Dr. Mahathir and Najib want Umno/BN to win and continue ruling the country but Dr. Mahathir is confident that with the present policy, style and programs implemented by Najib, BN will lose in the coming GE-14.
Thus to the Mahathir camp, the present policy, style and programs must be changed. But Najib has refused to make these changes and he is adamant to stay in power and continue doing nothing and making more mistakes!
So since Najib has refused to make the changes, then Najib is the one who must be changed. And that is what Dr. Mahathir has decided, to remove Najib and replace him with whoever is most viable at the moment before it is too late.
Time weighs on 90-year-old Dr Mahathir, he needs a quick political 'kill'
There are several major factors that Dr. Mahathir must have taken into consideration. The first and foremost is time. His own mortality is surely his greatest obstacle and this is why Mahathir knows he must move swiftly. Every day is a blessing from the Almighty when you are 90.
With the passing away of Pas leader, Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, and the poor health and obvious fragility of once strongman Lee Kuan Yew, the ex-Prime Minister and founding father of modern Singapore, Mahathir must know he cannot afford to wait if he is to help his son Mukhriz break into the top echelons of power.
Time is Mahathir's greatest enemy. Time is also needed to reverse or modify the policy, style and programs that Najib has implemented such that the effects would ensure Umno/BN wins in the GE-14.
Dr. Mahathir now is confident that Najib is a huge liability for Umno and BN due his scandals, debacles and incompetency.
The 1MDB debacle is indeed a major issue but it is still manageable by Najib and his team as 1MDB have not gone bankrupt yet. So far Najib has managed to ‘gali lubang and tutup lubang’ (borrow more and pay the due loans or literally dig a hole to backfill another hole).
However, this is not the solution to the problematic 1MDB which was a failed venture in the first place and how many ‘lubang’ Najib can ‘gali’?
Still the 1MDB is not the final straw that broke the camel’s neck, Dr. Mahathir used this issue only as a tool to make a point and continue his attack towards Najib. The main reason that Najib has to go is the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.
No matter how Najib has tried to manipulate, use the police, media, the courts, to insulate himself or to ensure that he is not connected to the murder he has not been able to really clear his name.
It has now come to a stage whereby the whole case will explode because it is not within Najib’s control anymore; Sirul is in Australia.
Previously when Dr. Mahathir explained why he decided to sack Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim amid huge public skepticism about the sodomy accusations, he claimed it was because Anwar would be a huge liability because he could be blackmailed.
Thus Mahathir 'reasoned' Anwar could not be the Prime Minister. Now Najib is in the same situation as Anwar then! And murder is much worse than sodomy! We shudder to think what Mahathir will do to Najib's political career if Najib refuses to back off..
Muhyiddin and Mustapa: A case of 'Dumb & Dumber'?
There is no doubt Dr. Mahathir wants someone who would be able to fast-track the elevation of his son Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir to power at the federal level.
There has been reliable information from the grapevines that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin would take over from Najib. Docile Trade minister Mustapa Mohamad is the dark horse Dr M has decided to reward for his loyalty and will be offered the Deputy Prime Minister's post.
As can be seen, both men - Muhyiddin and Mustapa - are mere seat warmers without fire of their own. And this is exactly why Dr M picked them - NO COMPETITION FOR HIS SON MUKHRIZ. So the Umno grapevine goes.
Muhyiddin has already antangonised the non-Malays with many racist slurs and they won't forget him. But these days, it pays to be racist in Umno and that's all it takes to be PM.
Mustapa is less controversial and some say, a decent guy.
Being plodding and lacking imagination are his greatest failings. How will he help change Malaysia? Very little but that's not a job for the likes of him. Sad to say, Malaysians will have to put up the latest 'succession' sandiwara from Dr M and his trusty ally Daim Zainuddin.
After all, before Najib was finally installed as the Prime Minister, it was rumoured that Muhyiddin could be the one chosen. Even TV3 showed both Muhyiddin and Najib as equals before the final announcement that Najib was the chosen one.
Muhyiddin has also gone through the necessary grooming to take up this position and he is being the most senior both in Umno and in the cabinet compared with the rest of Umno leaders. Muhyiddin has also been proven to be able to dance to Dr. Mahathir’s tune.
But will Dr M's machinations work? Can Umno and its crippled BN allies stay in power?
With the jailing of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the people have become more resolute to vote Umno/BN out - at least 51.4% of them.
They do not care who would replace Anwar as the Pakatan Rakyat leader, that is secondary; the most important thing is to vote out the kleptocratic Umno/BN government.
The jailing or Anwar has also tarnished Malaysia’s image at the international level. The world has decided that Anwar is a political prisoner and they viewed the trial simply as a set up.
Malaysia and its judiciary have lost their integrity for ignoring the norms of the international judicial culture with Malaysia in its own cocoon isolated in the backwaters.
Therefore it is now or never for Dr. Mahathir, and the month of March 2015 has been mentioned, but let us wait and see.
Keep our fingers crossed and pray, hopefully we will not be burdened by Najib and his 'Big Momma' anymore.
We cannot accept Najib’s incompetency, nor Rosmah’s excesses. Really, Malaysians can live without them and their Sedition crackdowns.
But just as we simply cannot ‘tahan’ the glamorous duo, Malaysians too can't suffer the racial politicking and corruption of the Umno-BN regime anymore - whether or not the next PM and DPM is Muhyiddin and Mustapa.
But we may have to go step by step until GE14 to throw the whole Umno-BN gang OUT! - Nawawi Mohamad, Stan Lee,Malaysia-Chronicle
Kenaikan pangkat hakim disekat Putrajaya...
Satu siri kenaikan pangkat untuk hakim-hakim Mahkamah Rayuan dan Mahkamah Persekutuan baru sahaja berlalu.
Namun hakim paling kanan di Mahkamah Rayuan, Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus, sekali lagi 'tertinggal' dalam siri kenaikan pangkat ini.
Apakah sebab sebenar di sebalik perkara ini?
Malaysiakini difahamkan nama Hakim Hishamudin tiada dalam senarai kerana satu pekeliling daripada Pejabat Perdana Menteri.
Ia boleh diimbas seawal tahun 2013 lagi apabila cadangan kenaikan pangkatnya dipanjangkan kepada Suruhanjaya Perlantikan Kehakiman.
Dan kini, nama Hakim Hishamuddin sekali lagi tiada dalam senarai kenaikan pangkat pada 16 Februari lalu dan beliau didahului Hakim Datuk Zaharah Ibrahim.
Hakim Hishamudin akan mencecah usia 66 tahun pada September depan - umur persaraan wajib bagi hakim.
Di kalangan pemerhati badan kehakiman, Hakim Hishamudin dikenali sebagai seorang hakim yang berfikiran terbuka.
Pada Januari 2013, beliau mengetuai panel tiga orang hakim yang memutuskan bahawa pemimpin Hindraf P Uthayakumar (kanan) dan M Manoharan boleh memfailkan saman kelompok terhadap Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan timbalannya.
Saman itu difailkan susulan tuduhan pengabaian 523 buah sekolah aliran Tamil oleh kerajaan walaupun ia mendapat separa bantuan dari kerajaan. - mk
Putrajaya 'nay' to Justice Hishamudin's elevation...
What are the actual reasons behind the halt to his ascension despite him being over-qualified for the post?
It is understood that Justice Hishamudin's (above) name was omitted from the promotion list, as a result of a directive from the Prime Minister's Office.
This was in 2013, after the recommendation for his elevation had passed through the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC)
Justice Hishamudin's name was missing again on the promotions list released on Feb 16 this year, in which he was bypassed in favour of Justice Zaharah Ibrahim.
His Lordship turns 66 this September, the compulsory retirement age for judges.
Observers remind us that Justice Hishamudin - well-known in the legal circles as an independent-minded judge - had led a three-member bench in January 2013 that ruled two Hindraf leaders, M Manoharan and P Uthayakumar, as having legal standing to initiate a class-action suit against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin.
The suit was filed by Manoharan (left in photo) and Uthayakumar (right in photo), and against the two as leaders of the government, following the gross state of neglect of 523 Tamil schools found themselves in despite being partially-aided government schools.
It is understood, the observers further noted, that the Prime Minister’s Office was upset that the appellate court saw it fit for the Hindraf matter to be re-tried after the High Court in Kuala Lumpur had earlier thrown out the suit, ruling the two had no locus standi.
Hurdle at High Court, too
Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria, when asked in September 2013 after word was leaked that Justice Hishamudin did not make the cut, maintained that the appointment or elevation of judges was made without the influence of anyone, and that it was at the prerogative of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the advice of the Najib as PM.
“The PM did consult us (through the JAC). But it is not 100 percent the prerogative of JAC. JAC looks at the merit in the appointment (or promotion) and then it would be the prerogative of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. It is unfair of you (the media) to pinpoint a particular judge,” Justice Arifin (left, at forefront) had scolded then.
Justice Hishamudin, who studied at the London School of Political Science, University of London, was admitted as a barrister-at-law with The Honorable Society of Lincoln’s Inn of London in 1973.
He has had the unfortunate distinction of being overlooked previously, first when he was a High Court judge for promotion to the Court of Appeal, and now again to the Federal Court. In fact, Justice Hishamudin was forced to remain in the High Court for 14 years before moving up.
During his term on the bench, he has been credited with making various controversial and landmark decisions and in doing so, truly upholding the judge's oath to put the Federal Constitution ahead and above anything else.
Some of his landmark decisions included the recent transgender case (right) where he led a panel in ruling that the law on cross-dressing under Section 66 of the Negeri Sembilan Syariah Offences Enactment was unconstitutional. The matter is now subject on appeal in the Federal Court, with leave to do so being granted last month.
A CJ the country never had?
He also wrote the landmark majority judgment that declared Section 15 (5) of the University and University Colleges Act (UUCA) - which bars university students from taking part in political activities - as unconstitutional. Justice Linton Albert supported Hishamudin while former Court of Appeal judge Justice Low Hop Bing - who led the panel - dissented.
Justice Hishamudin had, in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur in 2001, also courageously allowed a habeas corpus application to release two then PKR Internal Security Act detainees - this at the time when the judiciary rarely intervened in such cases.
He also wrote the dissenting judgment in the now infamous Ayer Molek case by declaring the Federal Court panel - led by former Lord President and Chief Justice Eusoff Chin (left)- was illegally constituted as the third panel member Pajan Singh was then only a High Court judge (only judges of the Court of Appeal and above can sit in the Federal Court).
A local daily had previously described Justice Hishamudin as 'A judge of big events' after he ordered controversial author Khalid Jafri of the book `50 Dalil book kenapa Anwar tak boleh jadi PM' to pay RM4.5 million in damages to opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.
He was also the High Court judge who sentenced express bus driver Hanafi Mat Hassan to death following the brutal rape-cum-murder of clerk Noor Suzaily Mukhtar.
Justice Hishamudin is also the first member of the judiciary to award a former ISA detainee, Abdul Malek Hussin, RM2.5 million in damages for unlawful detention and assault. - mk
IGP receives video death threat...