In case you have not noticed, from what de facto opposition leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Prime Minister Najib Razak have been saying over the last couple of months, today included, there is going to be no quarters asked and none given by both sides.
In short, this is another way of saying they will take no prisoners, which means this is a fight to the death, which only one person is going to walk away from.
Najib realises that this is what it has boiled down to and there is no other way or no two ways about it.
Considering Mahathir’s age and the fact he does not have the luxury of time, like Najib does, the old man has to go for broke.
It is all or nothing and if Mahathir does not go for a kamikaze exercise then it will most certainly be nothing.
In fact, from where Muhyiddin Yassin sits, it veers more towards nothing than all.
The fact that in this contest there is only first prize and no silver or bronze to win, if you do not win first prize then it is game over for Mahathir, Muhyiddin and Mukhriz.
Muhyiddin is feeling some regret for starting something that he now knows he cannot win after all.
However, at that time, back in mid-2014, it looked like it was going to succeed and Najib was going to be history at the very latest by July 2015.
More importantly, he thought that Najib’s loss was going to be his gain; that he would be taking over as Prime Minister when Najib falls.
But now Muhyiddin knows he was just being used as a steppingstone and that the real objective was to make Mukhriz the Prime Minister.
Even if Muhyiddin does become the Prime Minister it would just be a temporary Prime Minister for half a term after which Mukhriz would take over.
That reality has just begun to enter Muhyiddin’s head, which proves he must have a very thick head if he has just come to realise this when most of us knew all along.
An even bigger regret for Muhyiddin is the fact that he agreed to follow a leader who was past his 90th birthday and really does not have that long to go.
When you tie yourself to someone, you tie yourself to the future. Muhyiddin is tying himself to the past.
As they say, there is no future in the past. The future lies in the future.
Muhyiddin’s move is as silly as those Islamic State people who dream of bringing back the Ottoman Empire or those Germans who still dream of the Third Reich.
So what are they going to dream of next, the restoration of the Melaka Sultanate, Sarawak being returned to the Brooke family, Johor merging with Riau so that the Bugis Empire can return?
We need to be realistic.
The era of Mahathirism has come to an end.
Today we talk about globalisation and the social media.
Mahathir is as relevant to Malaysia as the Brooke family is to Sarawak or the Islamic State is to Turkey.
This is the wakeup call that Mahathir has not woken up to yet while Muhyiddin is still rubbing his eyes and is not fully conscious yet.
For someone who is 91 and is still trying to become Prime Minister or the de facto Prime Minister is a bit too ambitious.
Muhyiddin probably wakes up every morning, looks at how tired he is in the mirror, and asks himself: “Sigh…what the fook have I done? How could I have been so stupid? I started off as Deputy Prime Minister and now I have nothing. And I might even have to marry my Chinese mistress to stop all the talk about me bonking another man’s wife.”
Mahathir probably also looks at himself in the mirror every morning and says: “Sigh…what the fook have I done? How could I have been so stupid? I put all my trust in the Deputy Prime Minister to help make my son the Prime Minister and now I have nothing. And my stupid kuda might even have to marry his Chinese mistress to stop all the talk about him bonking another man’s wife. Well, at least that can help get some Chinese votes when Muhyiddin tells them he is not anti-Chinese when it comes to sex.”
Today, maybe because he is bankrupt of issues, Muhyiddin has labelled Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad as a ‘yes man’.
That reminds me of 1987 when Muhyiddin played ‘yes man’ to Mahathir in the Team A versus Team B tussle.
Muhyiddin was actually Musa Hitam’s man but then he was not sure who was going to win.
So Muhyiddin played safe and supported both sides.
Then, when Mahathir won, Muhyiddin quickly dumped Musa and supported Mahathir.
For that Mahathir made Muhyiddin the Johor Menteri Besar, a post that made him filthy rich.
Privately, of course, Muhyiddin told his friends he actually supports Musa but then for political expediency he has to support Mahathir and be seen as the Prime Minister’s yes man.
Mahathir will not accept anything less than that.
When Mahathir made him the new Johor Menteri Besar, Muhyiddin knew he made the right choice and playing yes man to Mahathir can be very lucrative indeed.
But then is this not a prerequisite for the opposition, to be a yes man?
When Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim refused to be Anwar Ibrahim’s yes man they ousted him.
When I refused to be Anwar’s yes man they whacked me as well.
In 2008, when Perak Menteri Besar Nizar Jamaluddin refused to be Anwar’s yes man they tried to oust him and ended up ousting the entire Pakatan Rakyat Perak state government instead.
When Abdul Hadi Awang refused to be PKR’s and DAP’s yes man, they tried to oust him and when they failed they kicked PAS out of Pakatan Rakyat by forming PAN and Pakatan Harapan.
Yes, the opposition history is full of incidences of people being brought down because they refused to be yes men to certain leaders.
Muhyiddin’s entire political career is based on him being a yes man to those at the top, Sultans and Chinese tycoons included.
Source: Malaysia Today