Raja Petra Kamarudin
On Sunday, Lim Kit Siang insinuated that Umno is controlled by 300 of its three million members. Kit Siang was referring to the 191 Umno division chiefs and the Umno supreme council members, basically the top echelon of the party.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad also more or less said the same. However, Dr Mahathir added that it is the Umno President, Najib Tun Razak, who controls these 300 top leaders that Kit Siang was referring to and the reason is because they have been bought off.
Kit Siang was suggesting that as long as these 300 are with Najib then there is no way Najib could be ousted from inside the party. To oust Najib it would have to be done from outside the party — either through a vote of no confidence in Parliament or through a general election.
Dr Mahathir also agrees that it may be very difficult to oust Najib from inside the party because he has bought off all those people who have the power to oust him. In short, these top 300 Umno leaders that Kit Siang is talking about are unprincipled and corrupt who put money before everything else.
Dr Mahathir is hoping that these 300 top Umno leaders would turn on their party president. He hopes they will ally with him in ousting Najib. But then he calls them unprincipled and corrupt. How in heaven’s name do you get these people to join you or to take your side when you insult them by calling them scumbags and slime-balls?