Check this out. The reception Mahathir got at a function should give Najib something to think about, maybe even a few sleepless nights.
Now, I am no Mahathir fan. Like many others, I believe the rot – the concentration of power and rampant corruption – in this country began during his tenure. But credit to him for persistently highlight the 1MDB fiasco.
Still, I believe the wily Mahathir is riding on a wave of public discontent with the administration helmed by Najib, whose popularity is at an all-time low. (Memo to Wong Chun Wai: Media ‘public relations’ propaganda e.g. The Star’s fawning front-page interview with Najib yesterday, is not going to help.)
There is something else percolating beneath the surface, and it is not just due to 1MDB and all those scandals, GST and price hikes, though these may have hastened the premier’s plunging approval ratings.
More seriously for Umno, its traditional support base has cracked.
What has caused this fragmentation? Check out Francis Loh’s analysis in Aliran.