I think PM DS Najib Razak has decisively crushed the rebellion.
Most of the rebels have gone silent. Only a small number of bloggers who are still continuing the attack against Najib, albeit at a lower tone compared to previously.
His method may not be the best but it has definitely been effective.
The price he has to pay was that he can no longer be seen as a nice man.
There were indeed a lot of unhappiness all around but I don't see any way the rebels could continue the fight.
Najib is safe at least until the next general election which deadline is two and a half years from now.
The key move he made last week was in neutralising his deputy TS Muhyiddin Yassin who is actually the only real threat to Najib's position.
Without Muhyiddin, the rebels can't win.
Effectively removing key people from the investigation of 1MDB was also crucial.
These moves will be the subjects of debates for years to come, but whatever it is, Najib is still in power and whether we like it or not we have to live with it for now.
The way I see it, those who were unhappy with Najib have only two choices,
1. Continue to spend all time and energy sniping at the PM at the risk of punitive action which Najib had indicated he is willing to take against his detractors.
2. Go back to work and life, bear with the unhappiness, keep all the anger bottled up inside so that no one can arrest and charge you for trying to topple a democratically elected government and wait for revenge at the polls in the next general election.
As I wrote before, life has to go on.
The family needs to be fed and clothed.
The bills need to be paid.
Those leading the rebellion have apparently eased off their attack.
I think I know why...
They also have a life other than going after Najib
Probably, only now that they are also aware that Najib is actually capable of fighting them back and has the means to do so.
Najib is not so lembik, after all.
Nonetheless, Najib should not be too happy with the success of putting down the rebellion.
The anger among a lot of people is still there despite the open rebellion being more or less effectively over now.
It's for him and his team to win back the support of the people.
They have two and a half years to do it.
Najib may not be able to claim that he is a nice PM anymore, but I think he can try to be an efficient PM who delivers the goods to the people.
That, he and his team need to strive hard from now on, to convince the people that he deserves to stay in power.
As for myself, I have been defending Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad ever since the rebellion started.
And I will continue to do so.
So, some may see me as a rebel too even though I never directly attacked Najib.
I don't mind that.
I think I explained my stand several times in my past postings.
I did that not because Dr Mahathir or anyone asked me to do it.
In fact I have never met any of the rebel leaders since the fighting started.
I defended Dr Mahathir because I appreciate what he did for the country when he was the prime minister for 22 years.
Right or wrong, I still feel no one should demonised the elderly statesman.
Now that the fighting is actually over, I want to get back to my usual routine so that I can be a useful citizen of this country once again instead of just bitching to no effect.
I will wait and see what will happen these next two and a half years.
If Najib still screws up, his people continue to be arrogant and stupid, abuses continue etc, then I think I know what to do.