PN ‘cashing in’ on Zahid’s DNAA: The UMNO president is a master tactician, a political godfather!

Editor’s note: Let us lend an ear to both sides of the divide as to whether Malaysians should accept in good faith Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi’s recent discharge not amounting to acquittal (DNAA) by the Kuala Lumpur High Court on all 47 of his corruption, criminal breach of trust (CBT) and money laundering charges involving Yayasan Akalbudi funds.

Earlier, FocusM published the view of an ordinary Malaysian who feels that “it would be better to let the UMNO president walk free than to let the unity government crumble”. Now, here’s an opposing view from the “green side” which takes us on a journey into the “mob-style scene of Malaysian politics”. Enjoy.


IN many ways, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi’s political journey is reminiscent of the tales spun in the darkened rooms of classic mobster movies.

These are settings where power, influence, and survival play out in a high-stakes game. Zahid – with his 47 graft charges mysteriously dropped – embodies the protagonist who always finds a way to wriggle out, regardless of the weight of evidence or public sentiment against him.

The skill would make even Vito Corleone tip his hat in acknowledgment.

Take a step back, and it’s almost as if we’re watching a movie unfold. We’re introduced to Zahid, the central character, who has managed to climb the political ladder amidst a storm of controversy.

Then there’s the dramatic climax: a slew of corruption charges threatening to topple him. But, when it seems that the curtains are drawing to a close on his career, there’s a twist. The charges, so robustly proclaimed, vanish into thin air. It’s almost cinematic in its incredibility.

The setting enhances this narrative. The political corridors of the country have seen alliances forged and broken, loyalties tested, and power plays executed with surgical precision.

Mahathir Mohd Rais

The merging of UMNO into the unity government after the 15th General Election (GE15) wasn’t just a minor plot point; it was a masterstroke, a strategic move on the chessboard of Malaysian politics.

And within this sprawling epic, Zahid emerges as a master tactician, a political godfather. His ability to navigate through treacherous waters, sidestep legal pitfalls, and maintain his position lends credence to the view of him as the embodiment of mob-style political manoeuvring.

Who’s pulling the string?

In any mob tale, there’s always the ensemble – a group of characters whose fates are inexplicably tied to the central figure. Enter Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin, prominent figures of the Perikatan Nasional (PN), each embroiled in their dark subplot.

Unlike Zahid, they find themselves on the receiving end of the law’s stick: Hamzah with frozen assets and Muhyiddin facing what the public sees as politically motivated charges. Their predicaments starkly contrast Zahid’s miraculous legal Houdini act, leaving us to wonder: Who’s pulling the strings?

It’s none other than Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, and his role cannot be understated. He is the puppet master pulling the strings, setting the stage for Zahid’s impressive, if controversial, ascent.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (left) and Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (right) (Pic credit: Anwar’s Facebook)

Is he empowering Zahid as a strategic move, turning a potential liability into an asset? Or is he unwittingly setting himself up for a complex and potentially treacherous co-existence in governance?

In the grand tapestry of Malaysian politics, these figures – with their intertwined fates – represent the push and pull of a nation grappling with its democratic ideals.

The weaponisation of legal frameworks, the alleged bending of justice, and the overarching theme of political survival over public accountability paint a fascinating and foreboding picture.

We should heed the lessons of countries where mob-style politics have led to democratic degradation. Zimbabwe and Venezuela are cautionary tales of what happens when the walls between justice and politics crumble.

The consequences extend beyond national borders, impacting international standing and inviting economic sanctions.

For us in PN, this mob-style narrative serves as a red flag – a call to arms to disentangle justice from political convenience.

Zahid’s story isn’t just about one man; it’s an allegory of a system teetering on moral bankruptcy. In politics – as in mob movies – the good guys must rise, challenge the status quo and ensure justice prevails over political manoeuvring. – Sept 6, 2023


Mahathir Mohd Rais is the Perikatan Nasional (PN) Federal Territories’ information chief.

The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.

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