Ruthless Cowboys

“The entire Sheraton move was designed to make money out of Jib since Jib pleaded to be relieved of his multitude of charges through the back door with Zahid as his mediator. But instead of travelling from point A to point B, they took the nation on a steeple chase with many detours to keep us guessing, to masquerade their evil intention, so as to conserve their reputation. And so began the greatest marathon on earth. Which sees a straight faced Tun and a red faced Jib coming to terms, puppeteering a gang of misfits with the lure of money, through imaginary power and positions.

This whole plot began with Jib bribing everyone. Zahid was sent on a mission to negotiate with Tun, then heading PR, to expunge his cases. The bait, vulgar cash. Tun, not wanting his own hands dirtied, then turns to his two loyalists, Azmin and moomoo to execute the grand move. After all, it is only money he is after. Tun also knew that he’d be implicated as the number one suspect, if he were to participate in the Sheraton move that evening. Thus he renegaded his promises to emerge, but his two loyalists unknowingly faithfully stood by him, and believed in him, even leaving the dpm’s post opened, possibly moomoo’s own after moomoo has elevated himself to chair the new coalition at the eleventh hour. Fact is, they were all betrayed by the old man.

Months went by, and so were the expunging of many high profile corruption cases from all quarters m. And after a substantial amount of cases has been relieved, the ball game again changes, this time, dribbling back to Umno’s court. Will the ball stop there? That really depends on how far their deal goes. But it all proves one thing right. Money is indeed king, as Jib says. And afterall, it is one big game plan they are now inching through, step by step, and one by one, which now sees a grinning Jib, watching Umno outmanoeuvring ppbm. And If Umno does become the dominant force in PN, what may one think, will happen to Jib?

In its current development, no one understands better than Umno that the rule of the game is that whoever has more seats in the Dewan, controls Parliament. Thus, Umno has cleverly positioned themselves as kingmaker, exerting pressure on their own ruling coalition to realise their plan. Tun could foresee that coming, and that was what I believe, prevented Tun from accepting the pm’s post under ppbm’s banner and as chairman of PN initially, no matter how tempting it may seem to be. Though that was part of the agreement Tun did not honour. But Tun, wise as ever, did not accept it. Having helmed Umno for 22 years, he knew better the sentiments and reactions he will receive from the grassroots, now haunting moomoo, when ppbm did not make up the largest of seat allocation in this coalition, yet dictates everything. Indeed, it was a mistake for ppbm to hop from PR to form PN it seems, but could it be deliberate? As planned so to speak of. As it is now, perhaps Umno may be too belligerent and impatient for its own good.

It is clear that the prospects of Umno joining PR is filled with multitudes of uncertainty. The leaders of PR are united and headstrong, coupled by the fact that each of them commands more seats than what Umno has in store. Umno knew that they themselves are clearly outnumbered. Thus their straight faced hesitation. There is also this equation of losing their own members to ppbm especially those whom were now holding positions in PN’s cabinet. Would these power hungry ministers let go of their positions and remain Umno’s subjects, knowing that if a new government is formed, they may never ever stand a chance to helm these positions given them? Thus, they may join ppbm for all we know. And if they do, Umno would be crippled, maybe for good this time round.

In that case, it would be wiser for Umno to stay within their pact and aligned themselves with PN. More logical than losing face and giving in to perhaps DSAI, their former associate as their new boss. They can also foresee that Moomoo had no choice but to work with them, and sacrificing more seats than what had been agreed to them, thus their demand, with the possibility of heading the PN coalition in time to come. And with Umno in PN, moomoo and his ppbm boys still have a chance at retaining some seats though not many. But it is better than letting Umno go and losing it all to PR. With the latest moomoo’s announcement, offering two senior positions to Umno, it is clear that moomoo is sending an olive branch over to umno, weeks before the emergency ceases which may see a disintegration of PN if moomoo can’t garner enough votes to stay on. And that may also mean there’s a good chance Hisamuddin is also ppbm’s potential pm-to-be candidate to replace moomoo. And if Hisamuddin returns, so will his cousin Jib. Perhaps in the backdrop, ruling from behind the curtains together with Zahid. The course has now ran its full circle. And because of that, Umno is trying hard to control PN, by rejecting the senior positions offered, perhaps by even demanding moomoo to vacate his position. If Umno is more tactful, than to be seen as a greedy warlord, it would be wiser that they proposed Parliament be dissolved, to make way for general elections.

What remains to be seen is clearly understood. Umno doesn’t bow to anyone. Not with fearless grassroots. So we may see moomoo succumbing to Umno’s demand and retire, but defect back to PR with his followers, and the entire PN inundated with the likes of ill mannered loud mouthed ruthless cowboys soon.

Such is politics. No permanent friends nor foes.”

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