Saturday, October 24, 2015

Tan Sri Muhyiddin is forgetting history 

Salleh Said Keruak 

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today that he is not a ‘gunting dalam lipatan’. The closest English translation to this proverb would be a wolf in sheep’s clothing, meaning in short a betrayer. 

Muhyiddin said whatever he did he did for the good of the party and because he loves the party and not with intentions to destroy the party. He also said he is the lone voice in the party and condemned all those who refuse to voice out and speak their mind. How does giving ammunition to the opposition to hit the party be considered for the good of the party? 

Muhyiddin also complained that the Prime Minister is sidelining him and no longer gives him the respect and that he is no longer entrusted with the job of chairing certain meetings like in the past. Trust and respect need to be earned, not demanded, as the saying goes. 

Maybe Muhyiddin forgot that when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was no longer the Prime Minister and began criticising Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Badawi, it was Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak who publicly declared that his loyalty was with the Prime Minister. Muhyiddin, however, said and did nothing to defend Tun Abdullah. 

Muhyiddin related how it was he who convinced Najib to take over as Prime Minister and that this was what Dr Mahathir wanted. “The thing with Najib is, he takes a long time to make up his mind,” Muhyiddin said. 

What Muhyiddin left out from this story is that Najib did not want to betray the Prime Minister by going against him. Najib felt the deputy should be loyal to the number one. So it is not that Najib took a long time to make up his mind but more that Najib did not want to oust the Prime Minister. 

If Muhyiddin wants to relate history then let it be the correct version of history. Muhyiddin said Dr Mahathir discussed the possibility of him taking over as Prime Minister. What Muhyiddin did not reveal was that Najib had refused to betray Tun Abdullah and instead publicly declared his support for the Prime Minister.

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