Pawns in a bigger game: Political appointments are posing a problem for Najib

Kedah Umno’s call for Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir to be replaced is not the “crisis” that it is made out to be, Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Keruak said.

The call by Kedah Umno deputy chief Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, which pundits saw as sparking open political war in the northern state, is “actually not a real crisis of crisis proportions”, he said in his blog.Salleh said Umno president and Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has had to handle various incidents involving multiple menteri besar since 2009, some which could have led to BN losing the state.However, “in the end everything was resolved to the satisfaction of all parties, even to the satisfaction of the palace” he said.

“This latest MB crisis in Kedah is no different. The choice of CEO of each state is ultimately the prerogative of the party president.“But before the state CEO is appointed the party president needs to first get feedback from the party plus sound out the feeling of the palace in states that have menteri besar,” he said.He added Najib need not be pressured to decide either way.Mukhriz, whose father and former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad is on a mission to unseat Najib, earlier said he will not budge as he is appointed MB by the regency council and the people.Bashah said Kedah Umno grassroots have lost faith in Mukhriz’s ability to lead the state.Political scientists say if the crisis prolongs, BN could lose Kedah in the next general election as it only has a five seat majority in the state assembly.Constitutional experts say Mukhriz can only be pushed out through a vote of no confidence by the state assembly or by the regency council.

Political appointments have always been a tricky affair for any regime. But it’s turning south rather rapidly for Najib’s government. And the problem with the decisions is that they cannot be rolled back in a hurry. Najib often have no choice but to protect those they have foisted, which then takes them down the risky road of more controversial moves to avoid any embarrassment.Broadly, a significant chunk of political appointments has turned out to be a problem for the government. And this is not an issue of ideological persuasion but the way of conducting work, of being able convey a sense of fair arbitration that goes with the office they occupy.delicate issue of handling a no-confidence motion in a state.The only initiative worth taking is one that will yield positive results. If one embarks on a destructive course of action, it will be oneself that suffers. Therefore, one should steer clear of such actions, as any sensible person steers clear of destroying his own life.

He should consider what the psychological, social and political repercussions of his actions will be. Only if he is confident that his work will have beneficial consequences should he embark on it.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has warned that those working to unseat Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as Kedah menteri besar will lead Barisan Nasional to its doom in the next general election,”I’m not saying don’t change the menteri besar, but know the consequences,” the former prime minister was quoted as saying in Langkawi today.The portal also quoted the country’s longest serving prime minster as saying those trying to oust Mukhriz “don’t have a good reputation “They caused Barisan to lose to PAS (in 2008). So if they take over, the likelihood is that they will lose the next election,” he was reported as saying. On advice he had for Mukhriz, Dr Mahathir was quoted as saying in the report that: “Anything can happen in politics. Nothing is permanent. You have friends and enemies. You can expect friends to behave like enemies, and sometimes enemies will behave like friends.” Dr Mahathir said he did not meet Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who had spent last night in Langkawi This is Dr Mahathir’s first public comment on the matter since Kedah Umno deputy chief Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Hanipah called a press conference last Wednesday declaring that 14 out of 15 Kedah Umno division leaders wanted Mukhriz out and were appealing to Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak to remove him.He said Mukhriz had failed to unite the party leadership and machinery, adding that the son of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had no strategy for Kedah Umno to face the 14th general election, due in 2018. Mukhriz became menteri besar after the 13th general election in May 2013, when Barisan Nasional wrested back the state from PAS. His ouster is now likely, following Najib’s meetings with the anti-Mukhriz camp last Friday and several Kedah BN assemblymen in Langkawi with a Star report claiming that 19 assemblymen, including two from MCA, signing a statutory declaration claiming they no longer wanted Mukhriz as menteri besar. However, since then the MCA representatives have said they had not signed any statutory declaration.

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