Re: Why Tengku Razaleigh?
- From: "abu bakar" <abu bakar@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2011 11:04:41 +1100
If Tengku Razaleigh takes the PM post, Mahathir may just have to leave not only town but country as well with or without his wealth in Malaysia. What is abroad may just be a bit more difficult to freeze.. Of course there will be many more very fearful of what is going to happen to them and by Allah's will many many more. Now if UMNO puts up the Tengku as the potential candidate to take over Najib's position in UMNO, BN will win hands down. That it will appear is the only way to protect all these cronies from being hounded down when he takes office. Without Tengku, BN risks losing government.
"Politikus" wrote in message news:dc45f7e8-d105-4d3f-a716-fb7bae072181@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
About this having big time grudges or even hating Anwar, let me say
this. Just how do you arrive at that judgment? Because I don’t write
good things about him? Some of these PKR diehards must have a short
memory- if they go into my archives, they will see that UMNO people
are accusing me of being pro Anwar. One of them must also be the
vermin who insisted that I hate Anwar whenever I wrote something
unflattering or not advantageous to Anwar. I advise them if they want
to see the real hate writings on Anwar to go visit the extreme pro
Nothing personal against Anwar. To me he remains the crowd puller who
can captivate the masses with his mesmerizing oratory. He can call the
birds in the trees to his palms. But I don’t fancy Anwar as PM because
of (a) his duplicity and deceiving nature. He wears too many masks.
(2) He is comprisable.
I am stating what I see as the possible outcome of post GE13. Anwar
has been committed to jail by then. On the steps of parliament Anwar
told someone who I know very well, that the government is bent on
jailing him. He himself is convinced he will go to jail. We shall
wait. As to the person who ranks according to hierarchy who should
become the new PM, who sets the hierarchy? If PKR does not come out
with the largest number of seats among DAP, PAS and PKR, how does one
arrive at the ranking? Ini bukan suka suka mahu taruh Anwar jadi PM.
He can’t be PM without the concurrence of DAP and PAS.
Let’s examine DAP and PAS. DAP and PAS are more interested to oust the
UMNO/BN government, less with the idea that Anwar MUST be the next PM.
I hope PKR people get this into their cool heads. PAS and DAP can live
together because they are committed to the bigger picture which is –
seeing the BN out. PKR’s big picture it seems to me is to see Anwar
installed as PM. Hence, the “we will break prison walls mindset” this
isn’t about Anwar brother…
As for PAS and DAP, they can’t accept anyone from either party to
become PM. I think PAS knows its limitations. They have the material
suited to be anything but the PM. Nizar or no Nizar. He’s an MB
material for now. DAP can’t accept any PAS leader to become PM not on
account of religion (the personal views of Karpal Singh
notwithstanding) but because of fears that Malaysia will regress. Now,
we may not agree with this assessment, but how DAP sees things appear
to have adherents especially among the Chinese in general. The Chinese
in general will be troubled at the idea of having a Mullah heading the
Why can’t they accept Anwar? Because they can’t afford to have a
person who has just gone through a blackened period to be the
immediate PM. Perhaps later when Anwar is fully rehabilitated in the
eyes of the public. The views held by Anwaristas are immaterial at the
moment. The voters are more important. The Anwar supporters must also
come to terms that maybe they have to take one step backwards to save
And also because they ( DAP and PAS) have other reasons I am not at
liberty to divulge. Why is Hassan Ali, a close comrade in arms with
Anwar Ibrahim since varsity days breaking ranks with Anwar? The talks
of his willingness to be the bridge for unity between PAS and UMNO
show that to him, Anwar is a non-factor already.
So, PAS, DAP and even some sections of the PKR leadership and even
those in UMNO who are waiting in the wings look out for someone with
the standing, stature and respect as the next PM. My own view is that,
the only person fitting the bill is Tengku Razaleigh.
Why Tengku Razaleigh?
Because it’s important for the Pakatan to gain allegiance and support
of the 20% fence-sitter voters. This section of the public has a
different psychology. They want to know who the next PM is. Is the
next PM going to be more acceptable than the present one? They want
certainty and some confidence in the person. That person must have the
substance, experience, standing and respect all around. Furthermore,
the fence sitters who constitute some 20% of voters will demand to see
some clarity. These are mostly apolitical and can be persuaded only if
the person designated has the qualities and the wherewithal to become
PM. If we put Anwar up, they may as well say, if the thing aint
broken, why fix it? Whether we like it or not, the 20% fence sitter
voters are not exactly enamored with the idea of having Anwar as PM.
They might as well stick with Najib.
Tengku Razaleigh is too old. Well, Mahathir remains PM until nearly
80. Deng Hsiopeng became leader of China in his late 70s. Many leaders
become head of states at late ages. They have the stamina and wisdom
and the experience. Malaysia is in need of someone of that stature.
There’s no past tense when it comes to political relevancy and making
Didn’t I read that Mahathir says, if it isn’t broken don’t fix it?
Only if we are sentimental fools. We are not going to be romantics
dreaming of a perfect past in order to perpetuate all the negatives
that are associated with the past. The salad and halcyon days
perpetrated during the Mahathir era is now over. Of course Dr Mahathir
wants a return to his era where everything is more or less decided by
him. That presupposes the existence of a leader like him- non
inclusive and iron willed. Najib does not have those qualities.
Neither does he have the qualities to convince UMNO people the virtues
of his liberal ideas.
Moreover Dr Mahathir clearly has some vested interests. Maybe he’s
looking out for the business interests of his children, that of his
close friends, protectable it seems only by some sympathetic and
beholden government. So better Najib than anyone else. Anyway, that
will be debated in other essays.
There’s a practical side also as to why, Tengku Razaleigh is the
ultimate play maker for the Pakatan Rakyat people if the bigger
picture is to oust UMNO and the BN government. The bigger picture is,
I repeat once more is to secure the interest of the country, not to
secure the interest of one Anwar Ibrahim. It’s for better and
participative democracy, the rule of law, disciplined and better
governance. Let’s also agree on the idea to establish a Truth
Commission like the one put in place by Neslson Mandela to review the
excesses of say the last 30 years. Maybe such an idea spooks Dr
What’s the practicality of the idea to have Tengku Razaleigh as the
front man? What is UMNO’s latest weapon now? It’s the cultivation of
the royal houses in the country. If PKR isn’t blind, they will see
where the HRH Sultan of Selangor is going with his majesty’s overt
political tones. UMNO is now working overtime to drum in this
fallacious idea that if others come into power the very future of the
Royal houses, the symbol of Malay existence will be wiped out.
How can Pakatan neutralize this powerful while it’s also a powerful
idea? By having someone from the Royal line to talk to the rulers. Who
can talk to the rulers on equal terms other than Tengku Razaleigh?
He’s a royalty himself and commands respect and deference among the
Tengku Razaleigh will represent the second coming of a Tengku Abdul
Rahman figure but this time, putting Malaysia on the right footing.
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