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Friday 23 January 2009

Fact and Fiction: Responding to Zorro

I have been mulling over the question posed by that indomitable blogger, Mr Bernard Khoo or Zorro-Unmasked fame. As we know, he has just been back from the front in Kuala Terengganu. He and his fellow bloggers have conducted a successful campaign there. The outcome of the by election is testament of that.

He has now posed a question to Mr Padedoh and to Sakmongkol AK47. I am sure Padedoh (presently still an UBO- Unidentified Blogging Object) is doing some uncovering work to answer Zorro.

As to the theory that Pak Lah will call snap elections, I am not buying that. Pak lah is either too far removed cunningly speaking or, too honourable to engineer that plot. But he will not be averse to staying on, for the reasons I am imagining. So acceding to that invitation, here is my fiction of a story. But please remember that facts can be stranger than fiction.

Two emerging events are disturbing.

1. One- the ongoing trial of the two accused of killing the Mongolian and where it’s leading.

2. Two- the recent spate of Anti Corruption Agency arrests and nabbing of UMNO division committee members.

Will the stench of the murder trial stink to high heavens and nullify the mandate from heaven that is to be granted to DS Najib this March 2009? Will it be a, beware the ides of March which eventually led to the permanent despatch of the leader of an empire? I am sure, many still remember their Shakespeare. More so Uncle Bernard who I believed was an English teacher;

Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry "Caesar!" Speak, Caesar is turn'd to hear.

Beware the ides of March.

What man is that?

A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.

March 2008 nearly became annihilation for UMNO.

As the case is ongoing, it is not permissible to comment on it.

But suppose, just suppose, because this is a criminal case the DPM is somehow subpoenaed to appear as a witness. And with the possibility of it being a prolonged case, the PM, acting in accordance to legal probity, asks the DPM to go on leave? Possible? Pak Lah’s adviser, TUn Musa Hitam- accustomed to advising people who are troubled, go on leave and settle their cases will undoubtedly be advising Pak Lah to effect the same course of action.

Muhd Taib the last time was asked to take leave to sort out his problems He later came back with no post waiting for him. So, why not apply the same option to the DPM? - His problems are gargantuan. He won’t be able to settle the irritable questions if he were to be burdened by the duties incumbent upon a serving DPM. Moreover, the DPM can’t be the subject of long drawn court litigation, subject to the inevitable public ridicule without hurting the image and prestige of the august office of DPM and the GOVERNMENT! And Dato Najib being the honourable man that he is will volunteer to do the honourable thing- take leave to take the bull by its horns. In the meantime, the PM will continue his tenure.

Will the sting of the arrests and eventual charges, strike at the validity of the UMNO meetings and then go all the way so as to invalidate these meetings? So if the meetings are indeed invalidated, then the UMNO General Assembly cannot be held. If it cannot take place, how can the transfer of power take place because that organisation he is supposed to lead, is not there? I have this feeling, these initial actions by the Anti Corruption Commission, are just the initial phase of an oncoming political blitzkrieg.

So to answer Zorro: - the scenario where the transition of power does not occur in March is a real possibility. But it arises not because of the prescient shadow plays by Pak Lah and the 4th Floor boys. To do that, would be to impute extraordinary intelligence and scintillating Machiavellian prowess far beyond their reach. No offence boys- they don’t teach you that in Oxford or Cambridge. Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean, and Harold “Kim” Philby studied the art of espionage from Russia.

In truth, if it is they who masterminded this mindboggling plot, they are indeed of above average intelligence and have the presence of mind to ride on the existing developments. Not encouraged but allowed to reach their full course.


Pat 23 January 2009 at 11:23  

Dear SM,

I am a regular reader of your blog - and I would like to record my thanks here: Thank you for an objective and astute view of 'the other side'. I wish more people would read this and think before spouting the drivel that they do.

I've especially enjoyed this post!

I think that if UMNO had more good men like you, it wouldn't be in the stew it is in now.

Their loss, if you ask me.

Happy holidays,


de minimis 23 January 2009 at 11:45  


This is master-sleuthing and astute analysis. It certainly makes our political scene so much more colourful and intriguing. But, it also suggests a stench of skulduggery and avoidance of true public accountability. This is the feature that dominates and dogs UMNO and BN component parties. There's been too much "behind-closed-doors" and not enough "open-doors". The downside to UMNO and BN is that people begin to see things that are not there. And, sometimes they ignore the obvious.

Raison D'etre 23 January 2009 at 12:21  

Interesting speculations.

I was wondering all the arrests of Unmo "small wigs" by the MACC (a rose by any other name?)

Going by the old ACA actions, arrests are not without some politically-linked reasonings behind, and witness too Najib quick-to-respond statement.


Are we looking at the usual cloak and dagger of internal politics being played out or is it a case of the MACC (finally) getting some inner strength to do something?

Frankly, I don't buy the second reason if KT is of any bearing.

I just hope such political shenanigans won't affect us poor rakyats too much.

God bless, SM.

Pak Zawi 23 January 2009 at 12:36  

Dato' Sak,
If Pak Lah's advisers had not the idea to do it, at least now they have some ideas on how to save him from being pushed down the cliff. A man on the brink of political death has nothing to lose. All the more so when the Golden Handshake projects has one by one been shelved or will be shelved due to public outcry (IJN and KLIA EAST@LABU perhaps?)

Ariff Sabri 23 January 2009 at 12:39  

thank you for your kind comments. i read your blog regularly to keep me refreshed in the English Language. thak you to you. Happy Holidays to you and family.

de minimis,
thank you brother. b4 i forget, may i wish you n family, a happy and prosperous CNY. sadly, this is the more pronouced of the problem within UMNO- to behave with accountability.

Raison detre
i share your apprehensions. lets hope we dont become collateral damage to the political in fighting.salam.

Ariff Sabri 23 January 2009 at 12:50  

de minimis,

sorry to behave without accountability

Anonymous,  23 January 2009 at 13:16  

Hi Dato'
Your posting is top class, definitely much much better than mine. Enjoy reading your blog, but as you allude, its not a question of how, but a question of execution, and they don't teach that in Cambridge.

And so it seems that the die is cast, and DPM will become PM.


Anonymous,  23 January 2009 at 20:05  

While Badawi may not have the mental or (im)moral fortitude to execute this plan, I dont discount the team thats on its way out, led by the son of Rembau, to come up with something similar. You dont need Oxford to play dirty.

Anonymous,  24 January 2009 at 09:43  

Why demean yourself to bother commenting on Zorro. His blog content value is zero. An ole senile English teacher, who treats everyone as his pupil. He thinks everyone owes his view a listen.

He thinks his views and experiance is relevant. How relevent is an old man who has no qualm for having Beyonce Knowles perform in KL scantily clad. One of Zorro's favourite punchbag are the Islamic authority. WTF this Christian trying to meddle in Islamic affairs.

Analyse all his postings and one will notice a common factor in all what he hates and are against. Nearly everything he hates are Malay and Muslims.

Just like his buddy Harris Ibrahim, they claim to champion injustice and free speech. Hogwash, both can never agree to disagree. Those having differing views are shouted and given labels.

Zorro and Harris the Ayah Pin follower are closet Malay and Islam hater. Except for those wayward Malays, they stereotype all Malays as backward, not true Muslim (ayah Pin and qadiani are true Muslim to Harris) and only they are progrerssive people.

A clear racist.

abunawas 27 January 2009 at 08:55  

What goes around comes around

Unknown 1 February 2009 at 01:34  

Is that Brunt Council a poseur or finger puppet for an interested party? Not fair to have a go at a named person from behind a screenlah, methinks. Bernard Khoo may be whatever BC says he is but don't just show a leg, show your facelah.

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