1998 Anwar was supposed go down in history as “taken out” and Now 2011 he is still very much part of Malaysia’s political landscape.So much has changed and it has reached to a political tussle unimaginable for the rakyat of Malaysia between 2(two) UMNO party leaders. Both have their own dreams of the coveted PM chair.One has made it by default so far and the report by John Malott the former US Ambassador to Malaysia does jumble up some of our brain cells.
The words of John read as,”When I was in KL, Najib’s personal think tank was called the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre, or MSRC. MSRC basically was two people, Rohanna Mahmood and Razak Baginda.Neither Rohanna nor Razak are government officials, so I am not violating any US laws by revealing what they told me and my Embassy in those days.
A secret pact
In 1998 Rohanna joined me for a private one-on-one luncheon at the Ambassador ‘s residence. It was during the time when Anwar was starting to challenge Mahathir, subtly but still obviously.
Rohanna told me that Najib and Anwar had reached a secret agreement. When Mahathir was gone, Anwar would be PM and Najib would be Deputy PM. That was the deal.
That never happened, of course. When the going got tough, Najib stood by, and let Anwar go to jail.
What about Razak Baginda?
He ends his article by saying,”Can there be any doubt about what was going on then – and what is going on now?
The political fight between the supposedly ‘bests of colleagues in UMNO in the earlier years” has indeed captivated the whole country. Some are even saying that it has turned into their own PERSONAL BATTLEFIELDS. Now,the new conspiracy is to get rid and remove these two “lead actors.” Now one is UMNO President ,the other PKR de facto leader.
The political picture is murkier as Najib has been pushed to the brim of losing it and UMNO warlords are already looking even beyond Muhyddin as the caretaker PM for the General elections. The possibility of Hishammuddin Hussein and Mukhriz Mahathir as the No.1 and No.2. has even been making the rounds in the political circles. Both are equally well supported from within their own party circles and also from outside with the BN component parties.