IN the bizarre world of politics where best of friends can become foes overnight – and worst of enemies can become best of friends the very next – newly minted Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has showered his praises on DAP for prioritising national interest more than party and individual interests.
Unfortunately, such dignified qualities are seemingly lacking in former premier and Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin with the latter even showing disrespect to the royal institution in Malaysia by being power-crazed.
“Muhyiddin and his allies need to be ashamed of being seen as too power-crazed to the extent of disputing the decisions of the institution of the Malay Rulers,” the UMNO president who is now the second most powerful person in Malaysia penned in a recent Facebook post.
“(He) needs to emulate DAP which is more concerned with the interests of the nation than the interests of the party and individual (leaders) in moving forward to succeed in the unity government proposed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.”
For the uninitiated, these are epic remarks from Zahid who is known for his past attacks against the DAP and his ‘friendship’ with Muhyiddin.
It is almost unimaginable that Zahid would one day have something decent to associate DAP with for he has reiterated a time too many at his party’s supreme council meetings or to UMNO delegates in the run-up to the 15rh General Election (GE15) “No Anwar, No DAP”.
As the adage “politics is the art of the possible” goes, Zahid has become a ‘fiercely staunch loyalist’ of Anwar overnight.
“Muhyiddin and allies need to learn to be an authoritative opposition instead of whining and whining, unable to accept the fact that he failed to become PM and failed to form a government,” opined the Barisan Nasional chairman who also assumed the Rural and Regional Development Minister portfolio.
“This government is not a Pakatan Harapan (PH) government. But the unity government is the result of a combination of the largest party and other small parties that won the election working with other parties to build the country and govern better than previous governments.”
Zahid also chided Muhyiddin for his criticism that Anwar’s who also holds the position of Finance Minister failed to see the current needs of the country.
“Anwar is known to be a high achiever who had once managed Malaysia’s finances and economy with a budget surplus, ie income exceeding national expenditure,” contended Zahid who was also DPM during the administration of incarcerated ex-premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“Anwar has also been recognised as the world’s best finance minister by the Euro Money magazine and Asia’s Best finance minister by the Asia Money magazine.”
Such record, according to Zahid, has never been achieved by Muhyiddin who had a very problematic stint managing the country with his administration often deemed as “a failed government”.
“Now Muhyiddin is faced with various scandals in the management of the country when he was the PM and this is why he is so scared and desperate to become the PM that he is willing to violate customs and manners to criticise the Istana Negara since the beginning of the process of naming the PM.” – Dec 4, 2022