During last year’s Umno General Assemble, the three (3) former Umno malcontents were among the many taking part in the activities which marked the occasion; during this year’s assembly they find themselves on the outside looking in.
It stands to reason that even then (last year), they were already devising a plot behind the party president cum Prime Minister’s back to engineer his ouster.
They were like wolves in sheep’s clothing giving the impression that all was good.
Now when one looks back and views photos like those of former deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin feigning friendship and loyalty to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak; you see it was just a facade.
Muhyiddin Yassin is likened to Brutus who was holding a concealed knife waiting to plunge it into the back of the one whom he professed loyalty.
In Muhyiddin’s case he did not wield a physical knife, but he was a backstabber all the same.
Even with this high level of party and personal treason the 3Ms carried out, the Prime Minister still elected to take the noble path when addressing those who attended the Umno’s (2016) General Assembly.
The following is the English excerpt from Prime Minister Najib Razak’s speech from the general assembly (From NST)
- UMNO AND THE COURTEOUS CULTURE OF THE MALAYS Ladies and Gentlemen,
11.In fact, over the past several months, faced with various challenges at the party and government level with relentless assaults by the opposition, I was thinking deeply about the approach I should take for my speech at this meaningful gathering.
12.When I met many people in the process of preparing this speech, I received many suggestions, one of which was that I should no longer be a gentleman and gentle … instead I should be more stern, counter the allegations and insults and strike back hard against the various parties including Dr Mahathir and his minions. However, brothers and sisters, patience … patience is a part of faith …
13.The more that I pondered the suggestions, I felt that it would be better to take the noble path by adhering to the message from the Prophet to his wife Saida-tina Aisyah, to be gentle with your words, even with your enemies.
- More so with the noble qualities of the Malays, as depicted in the poem of National Laureate Usman Awang and Malay-Riau Laureate Tenas Affendy.
Melayu itu orang yang bijaksana,
Budi bahasanya tidak terkira,
Kurang ajarnya masih beralas dan bersantun,
Kalau berkelahi biarlah cara Melayu,
Kalau menikam pula, pun dengan berpantun,
Walau menyanggah dikuntum senyum.
Kalau merayu dan meminta,
Hendaklah pada yang kasih dan sudi memberi.
Mencontoh biarlah pada yang senonoh,
Berteladan pada yang sepadan.
Adil menjadi hakim,
Amanah dalam bersumpah,
Even so, …although the Malay character rejects animosity, is loyal and very patient … he will never concede defeat despite the severe dangers that he faces. (here)
The Prime Minister’s words were like that of a parent that disciplines a naughty child or children’s behaviour…
The Prime Minister was firm, but not abusive. In his remarks he showed great leadership by refusing to roll around in the mud with Mahathir and his cronies.
No doubt the 3Ms were hoping to get more mention as that would have at least kept them vicariously in the main proceedings. As it stands the only place they have been relegated to is outside looking in; wondering what could have been!