That S My President
FINALLY, Zahid Hamidi reached out to stun Malaysians with a sarcastic Tweet on an ex-party colleague's lousy statement over UMNO in Sabah. Latiff Ahmad, the Rural Development Minister who claimed UMNO was no longer relevant in Sabah, was criticised for his arrogant remarks.
Ironically, Zahid's tweet was lauded by many, especially UMNO members who (I think) had waited too long for the president's reaction to so many previous ridicules by some quarters. The response on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and others suggested how they wanted a daring and 'walk-the-talk' Zahid.
I myself was thrilled by their response. Even Mersing folks where Latiff is the Member of Parliment avowed solidarity with Zahid, let alone UMNO members who showed disgust at Latiff and supported calls that he should resign from PM Muhyiddin Yassin Cabinet.
His tweet simply indicates that UMNO will not compromise any of the 17 parliamentary seats where the MPs jumped over to Bersatu and other parties after Barisan Nasional defeat at the 14th general election on May 9, 2018.
That Latiff should may as well find other places to contest of stand as a Bersatu candidate in GE15. But will Bersatu contest in that particular seat when UMNO is not its major partner in the Perikatan Nasional government?
To me, Bersatu needs UMNO but UMNO should be better off with its Muafakat Nasional with PAS and BN components. UMNO had made it clear before giving Muhyiddin its support in order for him to become prime minister, that it only wanted to get rid of Pakatan Harapan and DAP back then.
Latiff may have apologised but the damage is complete. He forgot that he won Mersing seat on UMNO ticket. By belittling UMNO, especially in Sabah, he is a dead man in Malaysian political arena.
Same thing goes to other UMNO seats. Masjid Tanah, Jeli, Larut and Hulu Terengganu to name a few. Will they stay in this constituencies in GE15. UMNO will definitely contest at these strongholds, so where would the froggy-incumbents go? Indepedents, I guess, if Bersatu is not contesting over its cooperation with UMNO.
Only time will tell.
However, I think the time has come for Zahid to make such a cynical statement. It's precise, and the members agree and chide him. I have told him before that in politics, sometimes we need to be bold. Choose the right time to play by the opposition's game. People like that, UMNO members are taking it as a zest.
Another issue, this time about Nazri Aziz statement that Muhyiddin is better with UMNO again and lead it. Also, the PM should be allowed to complete the current term until 2023 before calling for the general elections.
Zahid is yet to say anything. However, whether Nazri simply had said it for some reasons, I think he should realise that the PN government is not elected via the ballot boxes. It was a political congregation to dump previous government and their leaders. For that, PN must go back to the rakyat as soon as possible.
We wouldn't know what will happen in 2023. Will the economy recover after the world suffered densely by Covid-19? Malaysia is of no exception and before we are further plunged into difficulty, let's have the polls now.
Well, I think I said enough, briefly but punchy. Once again, what Zahid did is 'highly-recommendable'. Don't be carried away by the 'alim' tag that deter you from being sarcastic. When you find the right ammo, just blast them.
That's how my president should be!
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