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Muhyiddin Yassin Checkmated UMNO : It’s Game Over For Anwar Ibrahim And Zahid Hamidi – A New Chapter In Malaysian Politics

It is now more or less game over for Anwar Ibrahim and Zahid Hamidi. The plan for Umno to collaborate with Pakatan Harapan to oust Muhyiddin Yassin and the Perikatan Nasional government so that a new Umno-Pakatan government with Anwar as the prime minister can take over is dead in the water. Hence begins a new chapter in Malaysian politics.

After one month of posturing and denials, finally the cat is out of the bag. The recorded conversation between Umno President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim is authentic after all. And now a police report has been lodged against Zahid for lying to Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

In fact, you do not even need Zahid to confess that the recording is authentic to know that it is authentic. Every night, Lokman Noor Adam has been doing live broadcasts on Facebook revealing that a conspiracy to bring down the government is real and does exist. There are no secrets about the existence of this coup being planned by a handful of Umno people who are facing criminal charges (a.k.a. “Kluster Mahkamah”) and Pakatan Harapan.

Today, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin checkmated his adversaries by appointing Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the Deputy Prime Minister and Hishammuddin Tun Hussein as a Senior Minister. In one swoop, Muhyiddin killed the allegation that PPBM is bullying Umno by not appointing an Umno leader as the DPM.

It is now more or less game over for Anwar Ibrahim and Zahid Hamidi. The plan for Umno to collaborate with Pakatan Harapan to oust Muhyiddin Yassin and the Perikatan Nasional government so that a new Umno-Pakatan government with Anwar as the prime minister can take over is dead in the water. Hence begins a new chapter in Malaysian politics.

Zahid’s decision to quit the Government has been rejected by BN MPs, leaving him with egg all over his face. A pity Najib had lent his considerable support and reputation to this ill-considered strategy. The timing couldn’t have been worse. – Tunku Abdul Aziz

Umno Has Been Checkmated, Says Puad Zarkashi

“This is a move to checkmate Umno, before this Umno was checked by the state of emergency.”

An Umno leader has been quick to slam the appointment of Ismail Sabri Yaakob as deputy prime minister, saying Ismail must abide by the party’s stand and reject the post.

Speaking to FMT, Supreme Council member Puad Zarkashi said he saw Ismail’s appointment not as a way to help the people but to shore up Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is facing the prospect of Umno pulling the plug on his administration.

“This is a move to checkmate Umno, before this Umno was checked by the state of emergency.

“If he wanted to appoint Ismail as his deputy, it should have been done when the government was formed, not now, hours before the Umno Supreme Council meeting to decide on withdrawing support for the government,” he said.

Puad said the Supreme Council, the party’s highest decision-making body, had already decided last year against demanding or accepting a deputy prime minister’s post.

Puad also asked why Ismail’s appointment had not been discussed with Umno’s leadership.

“This is a move to divide us. Ismail has to abide by the party’s stand or refer to the party first because the decision against accepting or asking for the DPM’s post is a decision of the Supreme Council.”

Earlier, the Prime Minister’s Office announced that Ismail has been appointed deputy prime minister while foreign minister Hishammuddin Hussein has been appointed a senior minister.

Hishammuddin will take over the security portfolio previously led by Ismail. Their appointments are effective immediately.

Meanwhile, MCA secretary-general Chong Sin Woon welcomed the appointments, saying it would further “consolidate and strengthen” the federal government.

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