Thursday, July 11, 2013

Is Najib's Cabinet A Fractured Cabinet Or Is It All A Sandiwara?

While Pm Najib was away doing his Battersea business with the British and solemnly assuring them that Malaysia was committed to abolishing the Sedition Act, his macai (underling) "Just pack up and leave the country if you do not like the electoral system here!" Home Minister unceremoniously pulled the rug from his boss's feet by declaring that the infamous Act would remain.

And as if that was not enough for Ah Jib Gor, his "I'm Malay first, Malaysian second" Deputy withdrew the controversial Islam (Federal Territories} Bill 2013 that, if passed, would allow a single parent's consent to determine or convert a child to Islam.

In any other jurisdictions, what the two subordinates had done to Ah Jib would be considered as hugely embarrassing to the boss and undermining his authority and position as the Pm and head of his Cabinet.

If that had happened, the culprits would have been told to leave or they themselves would have left voluntarily for being unable to see eye to eye with their boss.

And if that had happened during the tenure of the great man himself, they would have been kicked out even before they could say "home run!"

But with Najib, nobody is expecting anything so poetic to happen.

Ah Jib Gor is not known as the "timid, flip flop, graveyard silent" Pm for nothing.

He is vociferous, however, when it comes to promoting his Campbell Alphabet Soup Kitchen of unpronounceable and hard to remember and incomprehensible so-called transformation economic plans and "I ♥ Pm" ideas.

Conspiracy theorists say that what is happening in the Cabinet now in the Boss's absence, is all a sandiwara (opera show) staged to set up one clique against the other in the light of Umno's upcoming General Assembly where the Boss's own position as the party's president is likely to be challenged.

If so, what a way to wayang (put on a show) that must be, but very understandably Umno in character.

And ugly to boot.

Others say that the so-called Cabinet dissension is a cunning way to show up the Pm as someone who is always ready to listen to and heed the voice of the people, by agreeing to withdraw the controversial Bill on conversion.

And getting away with not abolishing the Sedition Act because the Cabinet as a whole do not support its repeal.

Still others are saying that Zahid and Muhyiddin are really setting themselves up to challenge their boss at the upcoming Umno General Assembly by being more vocal and brave to draw the attention of and gain the support of delegates to the upcoming Umno General Assembly.

Whatever the real case it may be, the majority Malaysians who did not vote for Umno/Bn do wish that Umno would just fold up and leave everyone at peace and become wayang kulit performers where their consummate skill at shadow and operatic play can better be put to use.

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