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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Musa Hitam’s take on the plot to oust Najib


Salleh Said Keruak

In an interview with The Malaysian Insider three days ago, Tun Musa Hitam suggested that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak take leave while the Special Task Force completes its investigation regarding 1MDB.

I don’t think that is an advisable suggestion. First of all, there is no such provision in the Constitution. First Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman took six months leave to campaign in the general elections while Tun Dr Mahathir took two months leave to go on holiday. In both these cases the country was handed to their Deputies.

But in both these cases there was a fixed timeframe. What Musa is suggesting is indefinite leave with no timeframe. That is certainly not possible because it would create too much uncertainty and instability. Malaysia cannot afford such uncertainty and instability, which will not be good for the country.

Musa also admitted that Dr Mahathir has removed three Prime Ministers before this and is a lifetime critic of any government that does not conform to his mould. In other words, if you do not do things the way he wants then Dr Mahathir will remove you.

What is most interesting is the statement that Musa made: "Dr Mahathir has made it impossible for party members to remove Najib as party president because he ensured it could not happen."

This means unless Najib voluntarily resigns or goes on leave there is nothing Dr Mahathir can do. Dr Mahathir is now a victim of the very system that he created to make sure that a Prime Minister cannot be removed.

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