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Battle for Kedah rages on in cyberspace

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – January 26, 2016: A week has passed since the “coup” in Kedah was staged and now pro-Umno media have insisted that the state will have a new Mentri Besar (MB) after all.

Through their writing, these media have made it crystal clear that it was “the end of the road” for current Kedah MB Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and his supporters.

In fact, MyKMU.Net claimed that the Kedah MB controversy has been resolved and that Mukhriz’s successor will be appointed latest by Wednesday.

Citing their “sources”, the online portal wrote that Kedah will have its 12th MB because almost all of its Barisan Nasional (BN) state assemblymen have agreed to such a decision.

“The only agenda left to discuss regarding the issue is whether to have Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah (Kedah Umno deputy liaison chief) or to appoint someone who is less controversial in easing the tension in Kedah,” wrote the portal.

Anonymous bloggers from Snapshot2016, also shared similar views of the Kedah MB controversy.

Via their blog posting, they pointed that out that Mukhriz “had it coming” when he chose to side with the “rebels” in Umno.

“In a dinner organised by Mukhriz during last year’s Umno General Assembly, he said that Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s respons towards the RM2.6 billion donation issue was ‘bengap’ (idiotic),” the blogger wrote.

The blogger continued to indirectly discredit Mukhriz by pointing out that he was not as popular among Kedahan as many thought he was.

“The 8oo Kedahans that gathered at the night-rally to support him (Mukhriz) were ordered to do so. In fact, they were only boys who aren’t versed in politics,” wrote the blogger.

The same salvo against Mukhriz was also fired by prominent blogger Khairul Rizal Osman in his ‘Cucu Tok Selampit’ blog.

He was of the opinion that despite various efforts done by Mukhriz’s men to counter the coup, it was evident that Mukhriz indeed did not have the support he claimed to have.

“There are roughly less than 30 supporters who gathered at the Dataran Jam Besar Sungai Petani in showing their support for Mukhriz so that he can maintain his MB post.

“At the same time, about 100 Kedah Umno leaders attended a closed-door meeting with Najib at the Putra World Trade Center,” he wrote.

Be that as it may, there are currently no signs hinting that those supportive of Mukhriz were ready to throw in the towel just yet.

Anonymous blogger of the ‘Semut Hitam’ blog was taken aback by the politicking done by the Kedah Umno warlords.

“It wasn’t easy for BN to win back Kedah in the previous general election and now when they have it back they made a mess out of it.

“Back then, in your manifesto, you wanted him (Mukhriz) to be the MB and now you’re pressuring for him to resign?

“This truly is a ‘clever’ move. Who knows, maybe this is one of their tactics in winning the next general election,” he wrote sarcastically.

Another anonymous blogger from ‘Din Turtle’, deemed that the ‘Mukhriz controversy’ was a “Najib’s game” to save his political career.

The blogger reasoned that Najib needed to create a controversy that can divert the public’s attention away from him because the public grousing against 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and the RM2.6 billion political donation issue have not subsided.

“As it is, Najib cannot afford to focus on any other issue aside from his political survival. He is cornered and smothered hence the ‘Mukhriz controversy’ was put into action.

Even the ‘Che Det’s Club’ (CDC) and ‘I love Tun Dr Mahathir‘ (ILTDM) Facebook pages were incessant in their efforts to defend Mukhriz.

These pages, since last week, have been posting pro-Mukhriz commentaries, pictures and videos specifically made to rally support for Mukhriz to be maintained as Kedah MB.

“The ‘rakyat’ (people) was the one who supported the leaders…but do they (leaders) really care about the people?

“Is this what they meant when ‘rakyat didahulukan’ (people first)?” the admin of CDC wrote while sharing a picture of a banner claiming that the grassroots in Umno still support Mukhriz.

ILTDM shared a video of Mukhriz fluently conversing with a Japanese woman in Japanese.

“Mukhriz can speak Japanese, can ‘Mat Lena’ (Bashah)?” wrote one of ILTDM admins.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.