Two prominent bloggers opposing the leadership of DS Najib Razak had immediately hailed the statement, describing it as Muhyiddin's first brave step to challenge his boss.
Syed Akbar Ali wrote this,
At Last Muhyiddin Steps Forward : "Let me assure you Sir, you are not alone"
while Firdaus of Apanama wrote this,
SEMBOYAN telah berbunyi, Terima kasih Tan Sri
Another prominent pro-establishment blogger was however more cautious about construing Muhyiddin's statement as such.
Big Dog wrote this,
“You are not alone in telling the truth”
"There would be some who would prefer to read what Muhyiddin said today and construe it as a subliminal message in support of Tun Dr. Mahathir’s call for Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak to quit."
Well, whatever it is, it's quite clear here that things will really heat up in the coming days and weeks.
I personally disagree with all three prominent bloggers on this matter.
With all due respect, I have to say that I totally disagree with Big Dog.
Muhyiddin would not had made such a statement without weighing its implications. He would not fool around with such words at any other time, even more so in the current political climate.
As for Syed Akbar and Firdaus, I disagree with them that this is the first time that Muhyiddin had come out in the open to lay down one of his cards on the table, signaling the possibility of him challenging Najib.
For me, he actually did that here,
Something may be brewing in Umno
when he said the Umno elections must be held as scheduled next year instead of being postponed until after the next general election.
It was a pre-emptive move and a signal that there are those within Umno who do not want the party to face the next general election with the same line-up of leaders following the less than desired results of GE13 in 2013.
I believe Muhyiddin had expected that the current storm was coming when he prepared his speech for the joint-opening of the Umno wings' annual general meeting in November last year.
Now with Dr Mahathir going all out behind the effort to replace Najib, more cards will soon be opened on the table.
For me, the main question should be, will the anti-Najib forces be able to keep the momentum going till at least the next Umno general assembly, scheduled later this year.
That's where it will be decided whether Najib will be challenged as Umno president or the party will go into the 14th general election battle being led by the same line-up as the one in GE13.