Long-time politician and MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah does not seem to be acting himself, say some. So, who is he acting as now?
Despite him being announced as one of the signatories of the Citizen’s Declaration, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (known as Ku Li) was missing at the signing event. The very next day itself, he denied being part of it.
He was always seen as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s ally against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. In fact, earlier this year, he had even criticised Najib by stating that the clearance from the Attorney-General over the RM2.6 billion linking him to the 1MDB scandal does not mean that the PM is free from the perception of the rakyat that he is guilty.
Now, however, the Barisan Nasional Gua Musang MP announced that he is giving his undivided support to Najib after signing the Kelantan Declaration along with other state Barisan Nasional representatives.
Former Umno man Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar says this behaviour of Ku Li is a developing process and it will not be his “final stand”.
“To me, he is keeping his options open and not wanting to be seen as taking sides.
“Ku Li signing the Kelantan Declaration will not sway the position of the Citizen’s Declaration and the people who are part of it,” says Kamaruddin.
The PKR Tumpat MP adds that whatever Ku Li has planned will be for the best of the country.
“By signing the Kelantan Declaration, Ku Li is sending many signals.
“I still believe that he (Ku Li) still wants Najib to step down, but to step down with dignity. He probably don’t want to be seen doing it by form of overthrowing the government,” says Kamaruddin.
Kamaruddin says he does not think Ku Li is not with Mahathir and it is not entirely true as he did agree with Mahathir to sue Najib.
“Ku Li will not lose his credibility, signing the declaration will not affect his credibility.
“However, he needs to be clearer in his direction soon, otherwise he may lose his credibility,” says Kamaruddin.
He indicates that it is also no longer a secret that Ku Li has been working very closely with the MPs in Parliament via the Parliament to “force” Najib to step down.
“If you have been following, you would know that Ku Li has been gathering the support from MPs from both sides for a petition against Najib, by using statutory declarations.
“You may say that he is sitting on the fence, but it isn’t so. In a way he looks as if he is, but these actions are proof that the still wants Najib to go, but not to be seen as anti-Umno. He still wants to maintain his support in Umno,” says Kamaruddin.
He also stresses that there are many ways to get Najib out and Ku Li is still looking for the right “method” to do it.
“That’s why I say, he is keeping his options open. Don’t expect this (Kelantan Declaration) to be his final stand.
“He is very aware of the options, and just adjusting the options according to developing situations, always considering a better method,” says Kamaruddin. – The Heat Malaysia