Masing: Political mess in Peninsula due to greed for power

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Aug 17: The present political mess in Peninsular Malaysia seemed to be a natural development driven by power struggle with no master puppeteer behind the scene, opined Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.

“Putrajaya politics is in a mess. I don’t think the mess is by design nor is there a puppet master who pulls the strings,” he told DayakDaily.

“The political movements are controlled by greed and jostling for positions among the lawmakers,” he added.

Masing, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, observed that the political situation in the Peninsular will remain as “messy” until the power struggle ended while in the meantime, the administration of the nation will continue to be chaotic.

“Until greed and fights for position are under controlled, Putrajaya politics will continue to be messy,” he said.

“The mess will be reduced once Malaysian lawmakers settled down and focus on why they are there for, that is, to administer this nation,” he added.

Masing was responding to a WhatsApp message speculating that Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been orchestrating a series of events in Peninsular Malaysia to get rid of its present allies of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Democratic Action Party (DAP).

The message alleged that he used the sex video to split PKR and the Khat issue to weaken Chinese support for DAP.

Dr Mahathir was also alleged to be using Lynas to cause PKR and DAP supporters to have lost faith in both the parties.

The message further allegedly postulates that Dr Mahathir manipulated the issue of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to garner Malay support.

According to the message, the grandmaster plan of Dr Mahathir was to get rid of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and upon a successful attempt, will call for dissolution of parliament where he will merge Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) with other parties to contest under a new Barisan Nasional (BN).

The new BN was speculated to be consisting of Umno, Bersatu, PAS, MCA and the PKR faction led by PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

The ultimate end which Dr Mahathir was alleged to achieve was to make his own son Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir the next prime minister and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang as the deputy prime minister.

The message also alleged that Dr Mahathir has made up his mind to leave PH and to form a new alliance with the plans have been set in motion where all will be finalised within two months.

“It is now a matter of time before the split happens,” the message added.— DayakDaily