The PM must be under tremendous pressure with each passing day. Give the departure of a group of Umno MPs it is hard to see how he can come up with a parliamentary majority on 6 September.
Umno seems to be applying more pressure with each departing minister or political appointment. Psychologically, it must be demoralising for the PM and his team.
Perhaps this incremental pressure on Mahiaddin Yasin is to strengthen Umno’s negotiating position with PN, but it looks like Umno has burned its bridges with PN for now.
But then again, there are several factions within Umno, with a string of the party MPs still supporting the PM, so Umno itself is split.
Umno is also under pressure after the Registrar of Societies claimed the party’s 18-month postponement of its election was invalid. Its court cluster too must be feeling the pressure too as their trials go on.
With all the attention focused on the ‘numbers’, there has simply not been enough public discussion of the policies needed to take the nation forward.
This is unfortunate, as the public has little idea what the PM’s opponents are offering the people, especially the lower-income group and others who have suffered from the prolonged lockdown.
While there is a yearning for much-needed change and reform, the exact nature of that change has not been clearly articulated.
Worse, what happens if the kleptocrats find a path back to power or at least power-sharing?
Meanwhile, it doesn’t look as if the PM’s relaxation of the Covid rules today has gone down well.