14/4 Eight BN backbenchers boycotted second day of Terengganu state assembly sitting in a bid to force Mentri Besar Ahmad Said to step down/STARThe pressure is piling up on Najib. And it's from within: Umno, MCA, MIC and Gerakan.
1. MCA terguris hati kenyataan Muhyiddin [MCA slighted by Muhyiddin's statement]
2. Gerakan bantah kenyataan TPM Muhyiddin [Gerakan objects to DPM Muhyiddin's statement]
3. MIC's (suicide) threat
4. Umno Adun revolt in Terengganu against MB Ahmad Said
Note that 1 and 2 are taken from Anwar Ibrahim's blog and although it is aimed at Muhyiddin, the public spat can't be good for the new PM. Najib's 1Malaysia is pipe dream if he can't achieve 1BN, no?
MIC's threat to pull out its minister and two deputy ministers is suicidal. It could be the best news for those within BN who are of the view that Samy Vellu's MIC has been dragging the coalition down, but Najib does not have an option. Or does he? Read AAT's Wayang Gelap MIC.
The revolt in Terengganu. The Malaysian Insider reported here that "... the palace will have no objections to Ahmad’s removal as MB if he is unable to hold the government together." Well, that could not be more misleading, as the Agong does not support the attempt to overthrow the MB (Mat Said was the Agong's choice, remember?). We may witness some acts of "derhaka" here.
If Mat Said loses the confidence of the assembly, Najib may have to contend with a dissolution. A re-election for the entire state, even! If that happens, one BN insider told me, "I don't think BN will win".
Well, at least Najib is right yet again: he isn't getting his 100 days' honeymoon.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Najib's early predicament
At 1:23 pm