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Monday, October 21, 2013

Choice of PM of Malaysia is like playing musical chair among 5 families

So far, by tradition, and not by law, whoever is President of Umno becomes PM of Malaysia. Therefore, it follows, that the Deputy President becomes Deputy Prime Minister, and the 3 Vice Presidents become senior ministers, and so on.

Our First PM (of Malaya then) was Tunku Abdul Rahman, since Independence on August 31, 1957; followed by Tun Razak (PM of Malaysia by then); then Tun Hussein Onn; then Tun Dr Mahathir; then Tun Abdullah Badawi; and since 2009, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Raja Petra made an interesting observation in his latest article post-Umno elections:

"Since the 1950s Umno has seen power struggles for the top two positions.

First Onn Ja'afar was ousted. Then Tengku Rahman was ousted. Then Tun Razak died before he could be ousted, as did Tun Dr Ismail. Then Tun Ghazali was ousted. Then Hussein Onn was ousted. Then Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Tun Musa Hitam were ousted. Then Tun Abdul Ghafar Baba was ousted. Then Anwar Ibrahim was ousted. Then Tun Dr Mahathir was ousted. Finally, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was ousted.

The only way you could avoid being ousted was to die in office like Tun Razak and Tun Dr Ismail.

So what was the just-concluded Umno party election all about? Was it about bringing change to Umno? Certainly not! It is about who is going to take over as Prime Minister once the son of Tun Razak is forced out of office. Is it going to be the son of Tun Hussein Onn or the son of Tun Dr Mahathir? And he who wins the Umno Vice-Presidency can then prepare himself to take on the Deputy Presidency and from thereon the Presidency of Umno, which also means the Prime Ministership of Malaysia.

So the son of Tun Dr Mahathir did not make the Vice-Presidency. The son of Tun Hussein did. Hence the son of Tun Hussein and not the son of Tun Dr Mahathir would have a better shot at the number two slot -- and thereafter the number one slot.

It is about the son of which ex-Prime Minister will take over once the son of another ex-Prime Minister is successfully ousted from power. This is what the just-concluded Umno party election was all about."


Dr Wong Chin Huat posted the following in his Facebook page (during the run-up to the Umno elections), which seem to show the connections among the families fighting for power:

Oct 19:

"UMNO Party Elections:
After the victory of the son-in-law of the 5th Prime Minister,
will the son of the 4th Prime Minister
beat the son of the 3rd Prime Minister
and threaten the son of the 2nd Prime Minister?"

"A gender-balanced reading of UMNO poll: under the leadership of the daughter-in-law of the 2nd Prime Minister, with the assistance of the son-in-law of the 5th Prime Minister, the son of the 3rd Prime Minister narrowly defeated the son of the 4th Prime Minister."

"The Romance of Four Families in UMNO:
Six PMs have come from only Five Families. Now, with the help of the son-in-law of the 5th PM, the son of the 3rd PM has narrowly beaten the son of the 4th PM, and the son of the 2nd PM is pleased. The sons and sons-in-laws of the 1st PM cannot be contacted for any comments."

'More on UMNO's history, from a learned friend:
"First pm was son of the ruler of the north. His English teacher's son became the fourth pm. And his agama teacher who established the date of Merdeka was the grandfather of the fifth pm. First pm went to study law in UK and his hostel mate became second pm who is the father of the sixth pm. They were among first members of umno which was founded by the father of third pm."

By the way, after his victory as the most popular among the 3 successfully elected Vice Presidents, Dr Zahid Hamidi cheekily thanked his critics in online news portals, for making him so popular. I think he should celebrate while he can, as champion of Malay race and religion, as well as his disregard for law and order according to international norms and standards. He played his race and religion card to the hilt in order to gain such popularity. As Raja Petra said:

'What happened yesterday was that the Malays have sent the top party leadership a message that Umno is about Malay political power and that there must be no compromise on this matter...' 

The question Malaysians should ask themselves is whether we should continue accepting Umno's leadership based on such values. It is more or less confirmed that the leaders will not change Umno for fear of losing their positions. So the only way is to choose another party and coalition to take over from Umno.

This reminds me of the Chinese saying about the power or wealth of a family cannot go beyond the third generation. So there is always the possibility that Umno's reign might end within these 5 families. There is also the famous 'RAHMAN' theory which ends with Najib. In other words, by the time Zahid gets to become President of Umno, he might be Mr. Opposition instead!


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