KUALA LUMPUR – June 1, 2015: The possibility of finding an amicable solution to the ongoing spat between Datuk Seri Najib Razak and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad seems more unlikely than ever now as bloggers known to be hostile towards the the prime minister have shot down the idea.
One of them, former information minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin considers the feud to be beyond reconciliation.
“As of now, a majority of the people have already developed a negative perception of Najib due to the allegations against 1MDB.
“So unless he manages to win back the people and Mahathir’s trust, which I believe is a hard thing to do, I don’t think Mahathir will cease his attacks,” Zainuddin told The Mole.
Zainuddin went a step further to say that it was Dr Mahathir’s mistake to choose Najib as a successor.
“He could have chosen Muhyiddin (Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin) but selected Najib instead.”
However, Zainuddin still hopes that Najib and Dr Mahathir could unearth a win-win solution.
While he still hopes for a truce, another blogger, Firdaus Abdullah who blogs as Apanama, is in favour of Dr Mahathir going all out against Najib.
“Don’t continue with attempts to fool the people, especially the Malays. The issue is about the theft of funds to the tune of billions.
“Sitting at the same table, sipping tea with Tun (Mahathir) won’t solve anything,” Firdaus texted The Mole.
“Who replaces Najib is another issue but he must go,” Firdaus insists.
Another blogger who is similarly hostile towards Najib is Syed Akbar Ali who blogs at ‘OutSyed The Box’.
In arguing that Najib’s achievement for the past six years was poorer than his immediate predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, this blogger too wants Najib to go.
“Though Najib did win back Perak and Kedah at least Pak Lah did not lose the popular votes,” he said, adding that he can’t understand why some people think Mahathir’s call for Najib to resign is unreasonable.
Zakhir Mohammed, better kinown as Big Dog, appears to adopt a neutral stance while saying that both leaders will not back down.
He is of the opinion that the only way to ease the tension is to answer all the allegations against 1MDB.
“If 1MDB can prove itself against all the allegations with a solid plan to move forward and then have it presented by someone with a high degree of professionalism, then I think the problem can be solved.
“Then the good doctor will have less to complaint, thereby diminishing the undercurrents against Najib.”