Last Night in Sebak Bernam, the booted out from office former deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was probably hoping to have been greeted by a much larger crowd than the one which he witnessed during his 1MDB kickoff road show. (here)
It is reported that roughly 400 people showed up for was to be Muhyiddin and a few other Pakatan Harapan Opposition speakers explaining to rural people 1MDB from their (Opposition) perspective.
If truth be told the sole purpose of the so called 1MDB road show is to try and undermine the good will the rakyat has for the Prime Minister, Umno and Barisan Nasional as a whole.
Tun Mahathir, Muhyiddin Yassin, Pakatan Harapan et all realized that their media blitz to drum up their support to remove Prime Minister Najib Razak was not going anywhere. In fact, it is safe to say that given the past three (3) elections where the Opposition tried to use the GST and 1MDB against the government did not work. Even attempts to pull the US justice system into the conversation has barely caused a yawn among the general public as they probably see any outside attempts as interference in local matters.
Due to the complete failure of former strategies, Pakatan Harapan and crew want to haunt rural Malaysia with tales of 1MDB ghosts in order to scare and sour the rakyat’s minds toward the Prime Minister.
It is widely believed that Pakatan Harapan would like to have had Tun Mahathir on the road, but the schedule would have been too growling for him. Therefore with Tun Mahathir (who by the way was less than impressive making attempts to secure votes for Pakatan Harapan) not available, the DAP (Pakatan Harapan) needed another Malay body to place before the crowds.
Other than Tun Mahathir, the only other unemployed politician who held some weight in political office was Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. Muhyiddin was far from being the ideal choice, but he was out of work and had plenty of time on his hands. Of course it also did not hurt that Muhyiddin Yassin is widely viewed as Tun Mahathir’s willing puppet. So when Tun Mahathir says jump! Muhyiddin answers the same way Amanah answers the DAP…
However, even as Tun Mahathir’s puppet, the possibility that Muhyiddin Yassin had eaten a cookie which belongs to someone else does not make him Tun Mahathir’s ideal choice. But Tun Mahathir has no choice, but to bluff with the hand he was dealt. if nothing else Muhyiddin Yassin like most puppets on a string is controllable.
Still, being Tun Mahathir’s puppet does not help Muhyiddin Yassin when it comes to being able to draw crowds. He comes up a resounding zero (as seen recently) when it comes to his being a people magnet.
Now when you tie Muhyiddin Yassin’s less than electric personality to a topic (1MDB) which Pakatan Harapan, Tun Mahathir et al have tainted with lies and you have an evening where watching wet paint dry on a wall is more appealing which probably explains why the crowd did not show up; they were all watching ….well you know!
One would dare speculate that if Muhyiddin Yassin could not draw flies even if he were covered with honey, let alone crowds when he is sprouting lies!