With Najib Razak imprisoned, the fissures in Umno are being laid bare. Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob appears to be under intense pressure from the party’s ‘court cluster’ ie those with court cases who are now unnerved by Najib’s jailing.
Some in the party seem to be worried that the longer Najib is in jail and as more corruption cases come before the courts, support for the party could slip in the weeks ahead. That would spell doom for their plans to take over the government and try and put an end to their legal nightmare.
For outsiders, it seems weird for party supporters to try and force an election when the party itself is already part of government.
One thing is for sure: the developments over the last week have helped to repair some of the damage to Malaysia’s international image.
So let’s not allow the good to be undone. Let’s continue the battle against corruption; everyone has to do his or her part and not let up.