1MDB is proving more to be more than an ordinary hot potato for Najib; in fact, as Muhyiddin put it, it could prove to be the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back (BN rule).
Helped by Mahathir, critics in Pakatan, Sarawak Report, bloggers and social media, the 1MDB debt issue is grinding away at the approval ratings of the PM.
Now Muhyiddin has “taken the bull by the horns” (though, he says, he’s not too sure who the bull is!) and come up with this luahan at a meeting on Saturday. “I cannot imagine how a government-sponsored company can chalk up a debt of RM42bn in such a short space of time,” he said.
“We have to show the rakyat that we are transparent and view this as a serious matter… I told the PM, ‘Sack all those guys on the board of 1MDB.’ Buang mereka!”
To this, someone can be heard saying, “Sack the president!” at first softly, and the second time, more loudly, more insistently. Najib should be worried: the whispers are growing louder, even within Umno.
As for the 1MDB CEO, “Bukan sahaja buang, panggil police siasat! Betul? Ambil tindakan,” demanded Muhyiddin.
“Only then will the people realise we are serious; otherwise, this burden will weigh down on us heavily.”
But this video clip does not answer the question alluded to by Muhyiddin: Who is the Bull? Are the Board of Directors of 1MDB the main drivers of this saga? or are they merely the frontmen and perhaps eventually the fall guys to take responsibility for the mountain of accumulated debt while the one really responsible, the real Bull, remains hidden from public view?