On Wednesday 8th October, Malaysian of all races eagerly awaits the announcement by Pak Lah to the question whether he will seek to contest for the top party post, or to denounce his candidacy and hand over his post in government to his deputy, Najib. There has been various speculations, but most have anticipated that Pak Lah will finally concede to the demands of his party members to quit honorably.
Many had questioned why must it take too long for Pak Lah to concede, despite having brought UMNO and BN to a disastrous general elections last March? Isn't the results a clear indication that the people have turned their backs against him, and his leadership is no longer tenable? Someone did say to me that if it was Japan or Korea, the PM would have performed the harakiri, rather than face the shame of his failure. But, this certainly will not be the choice in this country.
Six months have passed since the March 8 general elections, and has there been any visible improvement brought in by Pak Lah? Certainly not,because six months is rather short to institute changes. And furthermore, throughout that period the ramblings within UMNO and BN must have made it extremely difficult for Pak Lah to focus on his job to govern.
Bringing in lost candidates like Sharizat to Putrajaya, and appointing recycled politicians like Muhammad Taib a minister, did little to improve the image of Pak Lah's administration. And discarding Rafidah Aziz, an exceptional long serving minister who had won her elections, must have angered many, particularly among the UMNO Wanita. Wasn't Rafidah visibly angry at not being made a minister? And what was it so special and unique in Muhammad Taib, that Pak Lah just cannot be without him?
Should Pak Lah concedes tomorrow (Oct 9), there will be many who will not be too happy either. Surely, for those who have had the patronage of Pak Lah will be the losers. And when one talks about losing in politics, it is closely linked to lost of positions, privileges, favours, and most importantly, money.
And what then would be the fate of Pak Lah? Will he continue to be actively involved in UMNO, and be made an advisor to the government of sorts? Or would he prefer to leave politics, and to go on a long honeymoon with Jeanne Danker, which he deserves? Or would he turned himself to be a blogger, following the footsteps of his predecessor Tun Mahathir? Certainly, there a many choices for Pak Lah to do after his retirement, and if I could suggest, he can start by writing a book, and the title should read 'Trials and tribulations of my leadership'.