Mahathir stabbed Hussein Onn in the back and betrayed Razak
If Malaysia's third prime minister Hussein Onn, who was also Najib’s
uncle, had not selected Mahathir as his Deputy Prime Minister, Malaysia
would have had a different history. Hussein erroneously thought that
since Mahathir was a lone ranger in politics and did not have any
grassroots support, he would not be a challenge to him. Mahathir,
however, being the wily Keralan that he was, managed to outmaneuver
Hussein out of office in what’s seen today as virtually a coup d’etat.
This was how Mahathir repaid Abdul Razak, Najib’s father and Hussein’s
brother-in-law, who brought him back to Umno after having being sacked
by Tunku Abdul Rahman for being one of the three arch villains behind
the May 13 race riots. The other two arch villains were Razak himself
and then Selangor Menteri Besar Harun Idris who prevailed on the former
to re-admit Mahathir into Umno.
The issue that Mahathir used against Hussein was the allegation that
the latter’s wife was virtually running Petronas from her house. The Dap
mysteriously received, now believed to be from Mahathir, documents in
the post on the allegation and on Exxon allegedly stealing Malaysian oil
on the high seas unknown to Petronas. Then Dap secretary-general Lim
Kit Siang ended up in Court as a result of the documents as Exxon fought
back with a legal suit.
The story, as it goes further, is that
Mahathir had Hussein’s office completely cleared out when the Prime
Minister was subsequently in London for medical attention.
also reportedly spread rumours, in hinting at the allegations on
Petronas/Exxon, that Hussein had a “terrible heart condition” and would
be stepping down as Prime Minister upon his return “for health reasons”.
Mahathir’s regime was a time of great rumor-mongering and all of which
subsequently turned out to be true since they originated from the man
It was Dap, albeit inadvertently, who helped put Mahathir in the Prime Minister’s chair.
Now, Najib has the opportunity to settle scores on behalf of Hussein,
his father and Tunku and embark on a real purge of Umno and BN members
he shouldn’t field as candidates. But will he rise to the occasion or
is the latest MACC ploy just to negotiate better exit terms for himself
and Rosmah? --malaysia-chronicle