KUALA LUMPUR – May 23, 2015: A prominent blogger has raised a question over the attitude of some Umno supporters following their U-turn in supporting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Former Royal Malaysian Air Force officer Captain Abdul Rahmat Omar at his blog SeaDemon Says wrote that he was perplexed by the members’ changing stance.
“I do not care for those in the opposition because it is their job to criticise come what may, but it is those in Umno who are now taking the same line as the opposition. When the judiciary came under attack for not coming up with a verdict that favoured PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Umno members were quick to defend the judiciary, or any other government agency for that matter. Now they too say that the audit report by the Auditor General may not be transparent or impartial.
“Why the about turn? Why the change in behaviour? Why the incessant attacks regardless the explanation offered? Is this not the very same opposition method that these same Umno people criticised and ridiculed? How can public attacks on Umno’s president be beneficial to Umno if it means adding friendly fuel to the opposition’s fire?
“Calls for Najib to step down have not been accompanied by who should succeed and who should succeed next after the successor. The business plan is not there. Even statesman Dr Mahathir has stated that he does not know who should lead the nation should Najib step down. So should we continue with this onslaught on Najib?” he said.
The son of former police chief Tun Hanif Omar further inquired into the possibility that Mahathir is being influenced by people with vested interests who are critical of Najib’s administration.
“I am beginning to have my doubts about the relevance of Mahathir’s words. It was still okay when in the beginning he asked about 1Malaysia Development Berhad. However, when he raised the issue of Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder, not only was he underscoring the opposition’s stand that the judiciary is not impartial, but his act was in contempt of a court decision.
“Sometimes I wonder if it is the people around Dr Mahathir, especially those who want something out of all this or just in want of a raison d’etre, who keep prodding Mahathir to continue attacking Najib? Why are they taking advantage of an old man? Why use him as a shield? Is there no shame in that?” he asked.