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Malaysian Insider report this morning claiming Hishamuddin leading the pack for the next Prime Minister got few of his Facebooker fan excited [read here].
We had text on of the Facebooker to warn him that Merdeka Centre's survey is unreliable and manipulated. It is not only giving him a false sense of confidence but could be intended to sabotage him.
By putting him in the lead, he is open to "risk". The above photo from Malay Mail report seemed appropriate [Malay Mail here].
This is especially so in the midst of rumours or manufactured rumours that Dato Najib is under pressure to leave and Hishamuddin is being rumoured reaching strongly to Divisional Heads and Wanita Chiefs for support through overseas trip and planned tours of the upcoming LIMA.
The halls along Riverside Restaurant in PWTC are talking as to why only Tan Sri Muhyiddin and Dato Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi standing behind PM on the 1MDB issue but Hishamuddin is deaf silent.
Politics is a number game and Dato Kadir Jasin used to write in his blog that Najib is the strongest UMNO President in history thus he is unshakeable. Despite such rumours, where will the number come from?
Have anyone looked into the Sabah and Sarawak block in their calculations?
Sources say Najib is quite cool in facing the 1MDB controversy and may indicate he is unworried of the audit by Auditor General and PAC enquiry.
In the midst of strong rumour mongering in UMNO these days, especially after last weekend's briefing, Merdeka Center is helping to fuel further the rumour that Najib will be asked to leave soon and Hishamuddin will step in.
|TMI report of Hishamuddin and Dato Anifah Aman|
Off course the report is naughty and an attempt of TMI to put UMNO into a power chase between Hishamuddin and Zahid. By mentioning President, it is as though Tan Sri Muhyiddin will be by-passed for Presidency.
TMI may have speculated that should Muhyiddin become UMNO President or Prime Minister, he cannot choose another Johorean as Deputy President or Prime Minister, thus Hishamuddin will be pushed to queue behind Zahid.
Naughty naughty ...
However, another angle should not be overlooked. The Merdeka Report may have the intention to promote someone else.
Assuming Hishamuddin become a casualty for being placed at the top, then the subsequent names will benefit from the raised profile. It is an old trick some bloke used to push for someone to be election candidate and now Minister.
After Hishamuddin, there is Khairy Jamaluddin (8.6%), Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (8.4%), Rafizi Ramli (3.9%), Mohamed Azmin Ali (3.7%) and Nurul Izzah Anwar (1.7%). There is no no Dato Mukhriz.
Before anyone make their speculation, that survey was for the next PM in the event that Najib leaves and Muhyiddin retires.
Someone is pulling your leg and the one we can immediately see is Merdeka Centre. That is unless someone paid Merdeka Centre to come up with a manipulated survey with such a result.