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New Unity Government : UMNO Hishammuddin Hussein Is Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Choice of Successor

Hishammuddin Hussein himself said he was hoping to form a new government with Pakatan Harapan components PKR and Bersatu, Anwar Ibrahim said today.

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says former defence minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein should know better about his claims on the creation of a new government without DAP and Parti Amanah Negara.

Asked if Hishammuddin, who is Sembrong MP, had told Anwar about the matter, the latter merely said that Hishammuddin “should know better”.

Mahathir Encourage Hishammuddin Hussein To Go ahead & Try To Break Pakatan Apart

Whoever wants to break Pakatan Harapan apart can try to do so, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

“They can try.”

That was Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s short response over alleged attempts by certain quarters to divide the political cooperation among the parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH).

The prime minister, who is also PH chairman, was asked to comment on a statement by the PH secretarial council yesterday in which they rejected an alleged suggestion by Sembrong member of parliament Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein for PAS and Umno to join the current administration without the participation of DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

Former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is said to be the man behind the mass defections in Umno, reported Malaysiakini.

The online news portal said its sources had claimed that it was Hishammuddin that was leading the defections.

“It’s definitely him. But he (Hishammuddin) doesn’t have the guts to do it (quit Umno) himself.

“Just like he didn’t have the guts to contest during the party elections.

“He preferred to stay on the sidelines like some ‘Yoda’ (a Star Wars guru) doing side deals with the government of the day,” the source told Malaysiakini.

Hishammuddin Hussein himself said he was hoping to form a new government with Pakatan Harapan components PKR and Bersatu, Anwar Ibrahim said today.

PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says former defence minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein should know better about his claims on the creation of a new government without DAP and Parti Amanah Negara.

Asked if Hishammuddin, who is Sembrong MP, had told Anwar about the matter, the latter merely said that Hishammuddin “should know better”.

When pressed further on where he got the information from, Anwar said: “From Hisham”.

“He must know. He should deny or confirm (the news).

“I ASKED SEMBRONG,” HE SAID BRIEFLY IN THE PARLIAMENT LOBBY.

Mahathir Encourage Hishammuddin Hussein To Go ahead & Try To Break Pakatan Apart

Whoever wants to break Pakatan Harapan apart can try to do so, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

“They can try.”

That was Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s short response over alleged attempts by certain quarters to divide the political cooperation among the parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH).

The prime minister, who is also PH chairman, was asked to comment on a statement by the PH secretarial council yesterday in which they rejected an alleged suggestion by Sembrong member of parliament Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein for PAS and Umno to join the current administration without the participation of DAP and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali could leave the party if his reported rift with its president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is not healed soon, a socio-political analyst said today.

Associate Professor Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi of Universiti Malaya said Azmin could lead an exodus from PKR to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) or form a new party with former defence minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

“Bersatu is limited to bumiputras while a new party could include non-bumiputra members,“ he said.

Awang added that the rift would not be something that Azmin Ali would want to see prolonged as Anwar is also the prime minister in waiting.

“If Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad retires then this comfort and the influence available (for Azmin and his supporters) could be affected.“

“If that is going to happen, we are bound to see an interesting politic drama in the coming few months,“ Jeniri said. “This is not only going to rock only PKR but spill over to Pakatan Harapan (PH).”

He added that if Azmin Ali leaves, there is a high probability that Anwar Ibrahim would try to garner support from Umno Members of Parliament to shore up support.

“His future and position as the prime minister is at stake here. He is not going to ‘sit back on this, He is going to go all out to make sure that he becomes the next prime minister.”

A photo of the families of Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein holidaying in Morocco is bound to fan speculation of the leadership split developing in PKR.

Azmin’s eldest son Ameer Azmin posted the photo of the two families on Twitter posing at a holiday resort in Marrakesh with the intriguing caption, “Our families reunited”.

Hishammuddin and Azmin were posing with their hands in a tight clasp and wearing broad grins.

A video was also posted by Ameer on his social media platform, showing the two families settling down for a meal that included what looked like a lobster while Azmin and Hishammuddin chatted, wearing aviator sunshades.

The holiday snaps come on the heels of the open fallout between PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his deputy Azmin over key appointments in the party’s supreme council and the state chairmanship.

Hishammuddin has also been involved in what some believe to be a plot to stop Anwar from being the next prime minister.

The holidaying entourage appeared to comprise 17 persons and encompassed three generations from both families.

Azmin and Hishammuddin have known each other over their years in politics, but taking a holiday together is something else altogether, and especially during these sensitive times.

Are they trying to send a deliberate message about a future political alliance in the making?

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Former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is said to be the man behind the mass defections in Umno, reported Malaysiakini.

The online news portal said its sources had claimed that it was Hishammuddin that was leading the defections.

“It’s definitely him. But he (Hishammuddin) doesn’t have the guts to do it (quit Umno) himself.

“Just like he didn’t have the guts to contest during the party elections.

“He preferred to stay on the sidelines like some ‘Yoda’ (a Star Wars guru) doing side deals with the government of the day,” the source told Malaysiakini.

The online portal’s source said this in reference to former Umno youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, who had claimed on Twitter that there was a “bangsawan faction” (faction of aristocrats) that was leading the charge to trigger mass defections (Hishammuddin’s grandfather had links to Johor royalty).

Earlier on Dec 12, nine of 10 Umno Sabah assemblymen, five of six MPs, 21 of 25 division heads and two senators announced a mass exodus from the party.

The source added that Hishammuddin was “taken for a ride by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad”.

The report had another Umno party source claiming that perhaps he was trying to show Dr Mahathir that he was able to bring over other MPs.

The report claimed that Hishammuddin did these actions to demand a senior cabinet position or even for the deputy prime minister’s role, as the former defence minister “really saw himself as a future prime minister”.

The source had also accused him of intentionally shifting the attention to Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s weak leadership, adding that Hishammuddin wanted people to cross over for his own ambitions.

With the help of Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, who is also opposed to Anwar, Hamzah managed to persuade 38 Umno MPs to sign statutory declarations in support of Dr Mahathir if anyone brings about a vote of no-confidence against the Prime Minister in Parliament.

Saifuddin is actually quite stuck and he does not know how to move forward. The “Unity Government” of PKR, PAS, Umno, PPBM and Amanah may not happen due to too many obstacles preventing it from happening. But this does not mean they are not talking about it. And the one in charge of talking with all the parties is Saifuddin.

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(MMO) – It is a case of the rumour mill going into overdrive about an alliance between Pakatan Harapan and PAS, said PKR secretary-general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

Any attempt to bring PAS into PH would require the consensus of PH component parties, he said.

He was of the view that PH does not need PAS as a new ally of the ruling coalition.

PPBM’s Saifuddin Abdullah is also in the loop

“I see it as a political rumour (talk of an alliance between PH and PAS) but I do not see the reasons for PH to accept new membership,” he told reporters when asked about the matter today.

Rumours have been swirling around about a possible alliance between PH and PAS.

Yesterday, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) deputy president Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub was reported as saying that there was no need for PH to bring PAS onboard.

Amanah is a splinter of PAS. PH is made up of PKR, DAP, Bersatu and Amanah while PAS has forged an alliance with Umno in the hope of unseating PH in the next general election.

Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) was defeated by PH in the 14th general election in May 2018.

Hishammuddin Hussein is Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s choice of successor

PKR’s Secretary-General, Saifuddin Nasution, has denied that a “Unity Government” with PAS is being planned. That is actually not true because talks are going on in the background for PKR to form a unity government with PAS, Umno, PPBM and Amanah (basically the four Malay-Muslim parties).

For this to happen, DAP and Amanah have to be left out of the equation. If DAP and Amanah are included, then PAS and Umno will not agree to any “Unity Government” with PKR. But this would pose a problem because then the numbers will be short of the required minimum 112 seats in parliament.

Then what to do with the non-Malays in PKR? An all-Malay-Muslim “Unity Government” would have to exclude the non-Malays in PKR and this raises yet another problem.

Saifuddin is actually quite stuck and he does not know how to move forward. The “Unity Government” of PKR, PAS, Umno, PPBM and Amanah may not happen due to too many obstacles preventing it from happening. But this does not mean they are not talking about it. And the one in charge of talking with all the parties is Saifuddin.

EVERYTHING about the succession plan for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) to move up appears to be in place, yet so little about it seems to be for sure.Even Anwar himself seemed a little uncertain, going by the way he went for “Sembrong” during debate time in Parliament.

Sembrong is the parliamentary seat of former defence minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

He obviously regarded Hishammuddin as a “serious threat” given the way he attacked him, implying that the former minister was doing this for personal survival and to escape investigation and prosecution.A few hours later, the Pakatan Harapan secretariat issued a strong statement, slamming Hishammuddin for trying to form a backdoor government that excludes DAP and Amanah.

They also accused him of promoting racial politics in his article that was widely published last Sunday, although it was actually about why the country deserves better and that the future of Malaysia has to be multiracial.

It has been a very confusing week in Malaysian politics and when Hishammuddin bumped into Mohamad Sabu in Parliament on Wednesday, he teased the Amanah president: “What is this that I am trying to exclude Amanah?”

The pair had no chance to chat as a media frenzy immediately formed around them.

But an hour later, Mat Sabu posted pictures of himself and Hishammuddin on all his social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

That only added fuel to the fire of speculation. Was Mat Sabu trying to say he is with Hishammuddin?

There is a reason why Pakatan is bashing Hishammuddin and naming him as the hidden hands behind what is seen as an alternative succession plan.

Anwar, whose supporters refer to him as PM8 (8th prime minister), probably wanted to nip any likely plot in the bud.

Whispers of an alternative succession plan that excludes Anwar have been circulating for several weeks.This is despite Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad proclaiming Anwar as his successor. He has said it so many times – at home and abroad – yet the doubts linger on.

The other thing is that Hishammuddin meets Dr Mahathir almost as often as Anwar does.

Anwar meets regularly with the Prime Minister in his Putrajaya office and tweets about it, whereas Hishammuddin goes to Dr Mahathir’s Country Heights home and does not tweet about it.

Hishammuddin’s ties with Dr Mahathir remains a matter of speculation, but it is certainly warmer and closer than that of any other Umno figure at this point in time.

The former Umno vice-president had aligned himself to Dr Mahathir right from the start and although he denies it, he is believed to have been instrumental in the crossovers of Umno MPs to Bersatu.

Hishammuddin made it clear in an interview that “No way I will ever leave Umno”. He has also not been sitting around twiddling his thumbs over the past year.

Just weeks after Barisan Nasional fell, he set up office in Ampang, which became some sort of base for Umno politicians, who were then lost and looking for answers.

The office has since grown and is staffed by bright, young Malays who monitor the political situation, and there is now a second office that does research and analysis.

It is almost like a parallel version of Anwar’s political hub in Jalan Gasing.

Hints of a possible alternative transition plan grew clearer after the controversial Malay Dignity Congress, which saw Malay leaders from opposite sides of the political divide sharing the stage in the name of Malay unity.

Hishammuddin was a rather awkward guest at the Malay gathering, but he admitted: “If you look at the people on the stage (at the congress), they have enough numbers to form the government.”

It was basically a Malay show of force and numbers, and the fact that Anwar was not there was quite troubling.

It was good in the sense that his multiracial ideals remained untarnished. But it was troubling because it means that Anwar does not command the Malay base.

Malays make up more than 60% of the population and a strong prime minister also has to be a strong Malay leader who can control the Malay ground.Hishammuddin has suddenly been catapulted into the limelight, although it remains a mystery how he can progress to something bigger given that he is currently an Opposition MP and his only party position is Sembrong Umno division chief.

But a political insider said what happens in May next year – the expected transition date – will depend on “the numbers”.

The implication is that although the succession will be a collective decision by the Pakatan leadership, Anwar may need to show that he has the numbers in terms of MPs.

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