Wow. If Abdullah doesn’t do something to defend his people, he’s sure gonna be spat on when he leaves.
Norza seems the latest victim in an early effort to ensure that Najib has everyone ‘in power’ under his thumb. If I were in Umno (haha), I’d be wary of so much power in one man’s hands.
Sure, Najib loyalists may be rubbing their hands in glee. It’s never a problem to watch other people getting persecuted.
But one day, if your boss decides to hang you out to dry for whatever reason (and these are easier to come by than you think), you’ll be sorry you let that one man amass so much power.
So, Abdullah has days to show whether he has any kind of consideration for loyalty. If he doesn’t do anything to protect his people, I wouldn’t be surprised if they became only too happy to cooperate should Najib decide to take some extra steps to make sure Abdullah doesn’t come back from retirement.
The clock is ticking Abdullah. Do the right thing.
I managed to make it to the book launch of Zaid Ibrahim’s Saya Pun Melayu and a biography of Tok Guru Nik Aziz today. The two gentlemen launched each other’s books, and Anwar was there (literally in between Batang Ai and Bkt Selambau - still the superhuman worker) to share some literary ruminations (something I think he quite enjoys).
I’m not sure I’ve heard Nik Aziz speak before, but he was fun to listen to. He reminds of other religious figures who seem to transcend religion - like a statesman in politics; people like the Dalai Lama or the Pope. The word ‘venerable’ comes to mind.
Tun Salleh Abas was there, and Anwar questioned when we were going to follow in the steps of Pakistan :) But no special announcement from Zaid (who also spoke entertainingly), if that was what you’re looking for.
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