Abdullah Badawi is no more on probation as he has led the nation for one solid parliamentary term, and since then we never hear success story about his team of leadership.
He is now just entering his second term after massive loss in the general elections (GE) and just managed to scrape through a simple win for the federal government.
So far Abdullah has set a record, as the most unpopular PM in this country’s history and now facing pressure from many quarters for him to retire.
Except for a few in his cabinet lineup the rest of the country’s populations feel that Abdullah is going to fail perpetually and have resign to the fact that he is incapable in mitigating political, economy, social and other related problems the nation is facing.
Dr Mahathir is the most vocal of all and has never stop battering Abdullah and his call for him to quit has reached to the optimum when he chose to resign from the party to add more momentous pressure on Abdullah to go.
Mahathir is not short of support as a few branches in Kedah and the northern states have left UMNO and many more unreported incidences of quitting the party.
I am told that there will be a strong number of his supporters receiving him as he touches down at Subang airport terminal on the 27th May after a brief trip to Japan where he attended the Nikkei conference in Tokyo.
Mahathir’s intention to get Abdullah to retire is quite well received by the people and he could have secured more ground swell had he clearly give the voting public as to who is the right person he wants to replace Abdullah.
His initial intention to get Najib to be the successor is not at all well received as Najib would be worst of person.
Dr Mahathir maybe successful in getting Abdullah to quit but he may fail miserably in trying to find viable replacement as the rakyat feel that if Abdullah is replaced by Najib, the there will be another long haul of uncertainty and UMNO will be history just after the next GE.
Mahathir has to bear in his active mind that the rejection was not just on Abdullah but on the leadership of the party as a whole.
The whole supreme council has to be accountable…that’s it. If they go through normal succession process in which the current deputy takes over, then there is no change as they are all one and the same.
For Dr Mahathir to disclaim all his past mistakes he should be moving towards total change in the party and administrations, since the present lineup were almost all his appointees.
The most suitable person for total correction should be a person with wide experience in the government coupled with extensive record in building the country’s economy and in particular the development of Bumiputra and the nation as a whole.
Let us also find somebody who is more democratic, who has the feel for his people and more importantly who has no inferiority complex acceptable to all races.
If Dr Mahathir admits that Tengku Razaleigh is the best choice among the many, UMNO is certainly coming back to height expeditiously and the recovery of support for the government would be instant.
Dr Mahathir will then be the man for Malaysian historians to scribble for his magnanimous act by supporting the man whom he has a long spat with to power for the sake of his great nation.
I truly want to see this to happen, as it can be a good tip for the generation to learn how their great leaders make decision for the sake of the country and its people.