Hishamudin, responding to news that Najib has won the UMNO presidency uncontested said:-
For those of us who have to contest:-
- Its unfortunate
- Lets keep it in the family
- Lets not cause a split in UMNO
Sakmongkol has written about the implications of the usage of the term unfortunate.
Now, for keeping it in the family. This term for Hishamuddin, is not literal anymore. He is cousin to DS Najib. Their mothers are sisters.
Hisham and Najib are sons of former PM. Hisham is the son of Hussein Onn our 3rd PM and Najib, is the son of Tun Razak, our second PM. Will all in the family entail victory for Muhkriz, thus completing the triumvirate?
If this happens, then the worldwide elation on the victory of Obama in
But lets learn something from history. It is significant the term triumvirate means imperial rule by three powerful generals. .
- What modern scholars call the First Triumvirate was an informal political alliance of two rival generals, Julius Caesar and Pompey the Great representing the popular viz. senatorial party, with the extremely wealthy businessman Marcus Licinius Crassus. Coincidentally, sakmongkol has written on a Malaysian Marcus Licinius Crassus.
- This fell apart after the death of Crassus, and the two other triumvirs fought a civil war, during which Pompey was killed and Caesar established his sole rule as perpetual dictator.
- The Second Triumvirate was a formal governing body, consisting of Octavian and Mark Antony, the rivals for real power, and third wheel Marcus Aemilius Lepidus.
- Lepidus was sidelined early on in the triumvirate, and
was eliminated in a civil war, leaving Octavian as the sole leader. Antony
In a triumvirate, the 3rd wheel is always eliminated early on. The two left will engage in civil wars that eventually saw the triumph of one paramount leader who rules with an iron fist.
All the more reason to prevent the rise of the triumvirate and break up the incestuous cycle.
Despite the Three Excellencies—including the Chancellor, Imperial Secretary, and irregularly the Grand Commandant—representing the most senior ministerial positions of state, this triumvirate was supported by the economic technocrat and Imperial Secretary Sang Hongyang (d. 80 BC), their political lackey.
The Three Excellencies existed in Western Han (202 BC – 9 AD) as the Chancellor, Imperial Secretary, and Grand Commandant, but the Chancellor was viewed as senior to the Imperial Secretary while the post of Grand Commandant was vacant for most of the dynasty.
After Emperor Guangwu established the Eastern Han (25–220 AD), the Grand Commandant was made a permanent official while the Minister over the Masses replaced the Chancellor and the Minister of Works replaced the Imperial Secretary. Unlike the three high officials in Western Han when the Chancellor was senior to all, these new three senior officials had equal censorial and advisory powers. When a young or weak-minded emperor ascended to the throne, these Three Excellencies could dominate the affairs of state.
So we can have our pick on which triumvirate to base on. From the roman triumvirate we leant, the leader emerged supreme though wars and conspiracy and violent means. In the Chinese model, the supreme power vests with one who holds the treasury. In the eastern Han model, all three hold equal power but act in consort to retain power.
But the modern term of triumvirate can be the harbinger of ominous tidings. In Russian, the term triumvirate is known as Troika (Russian: тройка, meaning threesome). It is a committee consisting of three members. The word became notorious in the
Will we have our Georgy Malenkov, Lavrentiy Beria, and Vyacheslav Molotov?
Once again, argument against the incestuous cycle.
Najib is already there. Hishamuddin leads in the VP race and Mukhriz tops the nominations for Youth Head. Sakmongkol is not sure how the 2000 over UMNO delegates will map out its own future. If they want to prevent the troika, either Hishamudin or Mukhriz has to be sacrificed. But who knows what lurks in the bosom of each delegate?