I beg your pardon, I was laughing out loud all night and morning reading some people's analyses on the outcome of yesterday's Umno Supreme Council meeting that I forgot to pen my own thoughts on the non-sacking of Muhyiddin Yassin, Shafie Afdal, Mukhriz Mahathir and several others from the party. The same people who said it would be cowardly for Najib Razak to sack Abang Din are now saying that the PM and Umno President had not the cojones to do it.
Actually, I did make it known to the blogger Annie before yesterday's meeting that I agreed with what she had written in her Sept 5 posting Removing Muhyiddin:
Logically, Najib should remove Muhyiddin and replaces him with someone else as his deputy.
I can't see how they can work together now.
It will be too difficult for Najib to have Muhyiddin, who openly questions his decisions as prime minister and Umno president to continue being his right hand man over the next two and a half years before the next general election.
But, then again, didn't they say that politics is the art of the possible (or was it politics is the art of the impossible?). What we see as logical may not be so for the master politician. As Ben Okri once told us, "The magician and the politician have much in common; they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing".
What Annie was suggesting, effectively, was that for the sake of unity, Najib should do the illogical thing, i.e. to NOT sack Muhyiddin. And Najib did just that. And yes, the Umno grassroots are making their doas and thanking the Lord for the wisdom of their leader in this very trying times.
Actually, I did also convey to some who cared to listen, that sacking Muhyiddin wouldn't have been the worst thing Najib could have done. If Muhyiddin and the others had announced their resignation en masse yesterday, that would have been the worst thing that could happen to Najib.
But Muhyiddin did not quit. Was it because he had not the cojones to resign and stand up for what he was purported to be represent? Of was it because he, too, wants the party - and the Malays - to not disintegrate as a result of his disagreement with how his President deals with certain issues?
In any case, I think all of us were focusing too much on the outcome of the meeting that we forgot the essence of that meeting itself. I'm not sure if Raja Petra Kamaruddin, from his cafe in faraway England, has got it right but that's something for Abang Din (and Tony Pua, too, because he was mentioned in the story) to confirm or deny: