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Mahathir said to be a “strategist of diversion”

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – September 14, 2016: Those who belittle the newly-minted Parti Pribumi Besatu Malaysia are in for a rude awakening, so warns a man who claims to have done intelligence work for the Barisan Nasional in three elections.

True to his claim about being an intel person, the man used the moniker ‘Bronco Gavel’ when he spoke to The Mole today.

The country’s newest party that is made up almost entirely of Umno defectors has been hammered by most of their former allies, with many insisting that Pribumi Bersatu will eventually die a natural death.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor even went as far as calling party members and the party as selfish and divisive, adding that this rebellious move would only hurt Malay unity.

“Tun (Dr Mahathir) is the king of diversions. He can make it seems like nothing is going on but in reality he’s actually cooking up an elaborate plan," said Bronco.

“Tun (Dr Mahathir) is the king of diversions. He can make it seems like nothing is going on but in reality he’s actually cooking up an elaborate plan,” said Bronco.

But according to Bronco, all the sneering and scoffing comes within the calculations of party chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

“Tun (Dr Mahathir) is the king of diversions,” he exclaimed. “He can make it seem like nothing is going on but in reality he’s actually cooking up an elaborate plan.”

Speaking at the party’s membership registration day at the party’s office in Bukit Damansara, Bronco claimed that Mahathir had intentionally allowed those within Umno to belittle Pribumi Bersatu so that they will lower their guard.

“We wanted them to continue to be in their comfort zone so that we can slowly build walls to encamp them,” said Bronco who claimed that he used to gather intelligence for Selangor Barisan Nasional and Umno during the last three general elections.

Not surprisingly, Bronco, like many who joined Bersatu today, was confident that the party will beat BN in the next general election in not only the peninsular but in Sabah as well.

The reason: the party will eventually form an opposition coalition with not just those of Pakatan Harapan but also with a Sabah-based party that will be led by sacked Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.

Substantiating his claims that Bersatu had “mountains of support”, especially among those within Umno, Bronco said this: “The moment the RoS (Registrar of Societies) approved Bersatu’s application many branch leaders (Umno’s) called us.”

“They said that they were keen in joining Bersatu as they too were disappointed in the party’s leadership,” he claimed but refused to disclose how many had contacted him.

It appears that Bronco is not the only one making such claims. Four days ago, former Kedah Umno liaison chief Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir said that there were many Kedah Umno leaders who wanted to leave the party.

But so far, no mass exoduses of Umno leaders joining Bersatu have yet been reported.

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Zaidi Azmi

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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.