The DAP-led Pakatan Harapan is spinning that there was trouble in Umno.
That was why Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein was recently appointed a minister with special functions, said these soothsayers of doom.
Actually, that is only wishful thinking.
It is as wishful thinking as those who say that Abdul Hadi Awang would be ousted in the coming PAS party election.
Instead, the opposite happened: Hadi has emerged even stronger.
What Prime Minister Najib Razak was trying to achieve is to establish the line of succession.
Najib’s message is: after him, comes Ahmad Zahid Hamidi followed by Hishammuddin.
So the one-two-three leadership structure is clear and not in dispute.
There is no need for jostling and ousting.
Everyone waits their turn and Najib is also telling Umno that he was ready for when his term is up due to the fact that he already lined up not only the next prime minister but the next deputy prime minister as well.
While Umno’s leadership line-up is clear, Pakatan Harapan’s is very hazy.
Who is actually in charge?
Who is their prime minister-in-waiting?
It keeps changing its prime minister-in-waiting depending on who it was talking to.
One thing that is very clear, though, is Lim Kit Siang is Pakatan Harapan’s de facto prime minister-in-waiting even if the coalition denied that and said otherwise.
Anyway, that is what Umno needs: stability.
So the one-two-three leadership line-up works well for Umno.
Mahathir the destroyer
In 1981 when Mahathir Mohamad left the field open for Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Musa Hitam to slug it out that resulted in Umno being destroyed.
Mahathir did that again ten years later in 1991 when he appointed Anwar Ibrahim the finance minister and exposed Ghafar Baba to an attack from behind (pun intended).
Mahathir has always tried to destroy Umno.
He did it in 1969, 1981, 1991, 1998, 2006, 2014, and now he is doing it again – seven times in a row.
That is the most valuable property that Kit Siang saw in Mahathir.
Mahathir is a destroyer.
He destroyed Umno many times.
He causes conflicts.
He almost destroyed the monarchy.
He destroyed Malaysia’s relationship with the UK, US and Australia.
He destroyed and bankrupted Bank Negara, destroyed Malaysia’s economy and cost the country RM200 billion.
He destroyed race relations.
He destroyed Islam.
There is nothing that Mahathir touched that he does not destroy.
As the saying goes use a thief to catch a thief.
That is why Kit Siang finds Mahathir very useful.
If you want to destroy Umno, then Mahathir is the best man for the job.
That is what Kit Siang wants, to destroy Umno.
Ali Baba formula
Mahathir also hates PAS and the Sharia, especially the hudud part of the sharia.
So Kit Siang can use Mahathir to attack PAS, Islam and the sharia.
It is better that the attacks come from a Malay rather than from a non-Malay, especially a DAP non-Malay.
DAP is opposed to the sharia but pretends that it only opposed the hudud part of the sharia
But Kit Siang must make sure it does not look like he was calling the shots.
He has to make sure that it was seen like Mahathir was taking the lead or else the DAP will not get the support of the Malays.
So the DAP needs this Ali Baba arrangement.
In reality, however, it is all Kit Siang with Mahathir merely playing second fiddle to him.
The fact remains that DAP won 38 parliament seats and 97 state seats in the previous general election.
That comes to roughly 17% of the seats in parliament and also 17% of the seats in the state assemblies.
PKR, on the other hand, won only 13% and 8% respectively.
Mahathir’s Pribumi, however, has only one parliament seat and two state seats.
Even DAP’s Islamic party, Amanah, has more than that.
Mahathir or his Pribumi is more or less insignificant.
Unless the DAP gives Pribumi ‘Chinese seats’ to contest in the next general election and instructs the Chinese voters to vote for it, Pribumi was not going to win a single seat.
In short, Mahathir and Pribumi are not bringing anything to the table.
So why does the DAP need Mahathir and Pribumi?
Well, it needs Mahathir and Pribumi so that it can hide behind its ‘Malay face’ and use them to attack Umno, the Malays, Islam, the sharia, PAS and so on.
Kit Siang and DAP cannot do that because it will backfire.
So, as ‘Superman’ Hew Kuan Yau said, Kit Siang and DAP are using “Malays to screw Malays.” – Malaysia Today