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On March 24 the Gua Musang Member of Parliament effectively broke ranks with the people who are seeking the removal of Prime Minister, (Datuk Seri Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sanrobone), Mohd Najib Abdul Razak.
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For months he was in the forefront of the movement. He was leading a campaign to remove Mohd Najib via a vote of no confidence.
He met and received the endorsement of his former Umno rival, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The latter even made a trip to Sarawak to canvass the support of the state Barisan Nasional members of the Dewan Rakyat.
Tengku Razaleigh is known to have met several Malay rulers to inform them of his plan. But over the same period he also met Mohd Najib secretly at home and abroad. It is understood that Mohd Najib had offered him positions in the government.
Lo and behold, on March 24 he signed a so-called Kalantan Declaration that pledges support to the Prime Minister.
|Singing off loyalty to Mohd Najib|
One of his former operators said he could not get rid of his princely habit of always wanting to be served and waiting to be “crowned”.
The Possible Trigger
But what could have caused this Kelantan prince to make an about-turn?
Consider the following possibilities:
1. The admission that his no confidence-vote against Mohd Najib has come to naught. He could not get enough commitment from Dewan Rakyat members, via statutory declarations, to convince the House and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to act against Mohd Najib.
2. That he has found other ways of removing the Prime Minister.
3. That he has become the latest and the most significant dedak eater to pledge loyalty to Mohd Najib.
But there could be another reason - something less sinister. As unlikely as it would appear to a lot of people, he could have entered into a secret agreement with Mohd Najib.
This agreement would allow Mohd Najib to make a safe exit and enable Tengku Razaleigh to become the Prime Minister – something that has eluded him for so long.
In return Tengku Razaleigh would guarantee that Mohd Najib is given safe passage and no charge is brought against him for the various crimes that he has been alleged of committing.
Mohd Najib makes an escape. Tengku Razaleigh becomes the Prime Minister. And the Barisan Nasional remains in power at least until the next general election.
Tengku Rarazeigh the Reformist?
Or if indeed Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah is serious about finding “a quick settlement to the current problems of governance and leadership,” as was reported by The Star newspaper today, he would do one of the following two things:
1. He would form a national unity government comprising all political parties and representatives of civil society organizations, or
2. Call for an early general election so that the people can choose a new government that is capable of quickly and amicably settle all problems pertaining to governance and leadership.
The Gua Musang MP said that when it came to governance, no one could accuse him of inconsistency.
Responding broadly to allegations that he has betrayed public confidence by pledging support to Mohd Najib, Tengku Razaleigh was reported saying:
“I am confident that nobody can accuse me of inconsistency in my stand on governance, public responsibility and the need for change.
“This has been the theme of my struggle nationally and in Umno since 1987.”