Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is not getting the support of extremists or moderates, said former minister Zaid Ibrahim.
“He is in political no man’s land, speaking to nowhere man and getting the attention of nobody. I feel sorry for him,” he added.
The former Umno lawmaker said that Najib has thus far been playing different tunes to different crowds.
“Often, he has chosen to remain characteristically silent on important issues so that he can continue to be blue, black, or yellow depending on whatever seems popular,” he added.
However, Zaid said Najib must have realised by now that trying to be “50 percent moderate” and “50 percent Ibrahim Ali” would not work.
“This time he must – to save his job – commit to a position: either agree with Perkasa and forget about those promises of reform, or be a real agent of change,” he added.
Zaid (right), whose comments come amid Umno’s general assembly, also took a swipe at the party’s slogan for this year’s meet, which is “Malays Unite”.
“Malays are not easily fooled by the false alarm, repeated over 40 years, that their problems stem primarily from their lack of unity and that the Chinese ‘threat’, whatever that is, can be overcome by nothing more than mere sloganeering.