Some say the best defense is a good offensive.
That is what former deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin appears to be doing; Keeping the light of scrutiny pointed towards someone, anyone else; in this case it is former (yes/no/might have been) Party Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) women’s chief.
Muhyiddin Yassin’s accession is that she was sacked because she was not up to the job. I guess she was up to the task until those juicy sexting’s came to light; then it was all bets are off.
Just like magic, Pakatan Harapan’s brand of politics is all about illusion; focus the rakyat’s attention on one thing and away from anything of significance. At the moment it seems that Pribumi is putting all of their eggs in Muhyiddin’s basket.
So in Pribumi’s rationale, taking extra liberties with another man’s wife is less offensive than cybersexting. Or does it really come down to Pribumi (Tun Mahathir) seeing Muhyiddin as being more valuable than Anina for the ultimate goal; installing Mukhriz Mahathir as Prime Minister in the next (never going to happen) few years. After all, it would be easier to try and ram Muhyiddin down the throats of the pubic than Anina.
As assets go, Anina does not carry the same value as a former deputy Prime Minister; even one with a lackluster (other than his scandal) past.
In fact, some wonder if Tun Mahathir is just using Muhyiddin as a carrot with the hope of getting a few bites then when more information is learned about his (Muhyiddin’s) alleged affair Mahathir can quickly replace him with his son Mukhriz.
What Anina begins to wake up from her Pribumi nightmare, she may begin to grasp that she is just another pawn in Tun Mahathir’s overall scheme. Not only is she a pawn, but she was used as window dressing just as long as she had no baggage. When the baggage came in, they quickly got her out.
Anina now realizes that Tun Mahathir will only intervenes when he sees it as a benefit to himself. The only comfort he offered Anina was a story about how he became Prime Minister after he was put out of UMNO. (here)
Maybe he can retell the story to Muhyiddin when Pribumi drops him as their president because of his extracurricular activity.
Of course, Muhyiddin does not want the light focused on him so he will do all he can to keep it shinning on Anina. That is why they say the best defense is a good offensive, but in Muhyiddin case; his offense is borderline offensive!