The active rebellion against PM DS Najib Razak seems to be tapering off.
In his latest posting
Game Over: We have won!
Of late, even the Tun's attacks on the Prime Minister have been rather subdued. The lieutenants seemed to be taking longer breaks in between postings and potshots; perhaps they have tired themselves out with their heavily recycled accusations and run-of-the-mill questions. We all are. Tired,
I made the same observation in this previous posting,
Let's not be silly and stupid
as I noticed that the frequency of blog postings among my rebel friends had slowed down significantly over the past weeks.
Despite that, I believe the unhappiness of many with Najib and his administration will persist.
Najib and his people should not lie to themselves. The trust deficit is still there.
In that sense, the rebellion has indeed done great damage to Umno and Barisan Nasional.
Even if the pro-Najib camp managed to totally vanquish the rebels, they will face an uphill task to win back support of those disillusioned by what happened these past few months.
From the start of the open rebellion, I have advocated a soft approach on both sides as I fear that a no holds barred fight would do irreparable damage to BN's chances of retaining power after the next general election.
I had wrote about the need for a dialogue between the warring factions and finding a peaceful solution to the conflict.
I was against both sides attacking their opponent in a manner which will leave lasting scars which will prevent them from getting back together before facing the real enemy which is the opposition.
Unfortunately things turned out to be the opposite.
It was an all out war, actually.
I tried my best to take the middle ground to blunt the severity of the attacks coming from both directions.
Of course my blog being an insignificant anonymous one was of little influence. But I did try, nonetheless.
My stand throughout the whole thing was that even though I'm not attacking Najib, I will defend Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
For me, attacking the 90-year-old statesman, who is loved by quite a large portion of Umno supporters and ordinary Malaysians was the worst thing the pro-Najib camp had done.
They should have engaged Dr Mahathir with finesse and intellect instead of what they did, which I can only describe as crude stupidity.
I feel that the pro-Najib's camp's approach was rather shallow and lack the necessary imagination.
Now, I'm quite certain that those who love Dr Mahathir will not be voting for BN as long as Najib leads Umno and the coalition.
For me, the bottom line has always been on winning the next general election.
The nonsensical attack against Dr Mahathir was actually so unnecessary, as I knew after the opening two or three weeks of the rebellion, the pro-Najib camp will win anyway.
They hold all the important cards from the start.
And true enough, when push comes to shove, they used those cards to shut down all avenues for the rebels to bring down Najib.
Najib also clearly made it known that he would not surrender to the rebels, no matter what.
They won the battle with the rebels because of that and not because they are smarter or more persuasive in their arguments.
Therefore, despite their apparent victory now, I also feel that they had lost the fight for public perception.
The Najib camp now seriously need to think of how to turn around the trust deficit suffered during these past months of fighting the rebels.
Honestly, I don't know how they can do it.
Then again, I'm not an expert.
Maybe there are among the highly paid Najib's people who know how to do it.
Maybe all those hot shot big time editors at the mainstream media have the experience on how to turn things around and make Najib popular again.
Well, for one they can use their newspapers which were read by millions to convince the public.
TV3 can help too, I guess.
Yea...I'm merely guessing all that.
I just hope that they don't do the same mistakes of doing things which make the people hate Najib more like what they did while fighting off the rebels.
They should also keep in mind that the rebels will continue taking pot shots at Najib, bit by bit chipping away support from their boss.
Their pot shots may look insignificant but over time it will hurt nonetheless.
I talked to one of the rebels the other day and he told me that a single posting against Najib in his blog can garner up to 20,000 pageviews after it was linked by one of those pro-Dr Mahathir's Facebook pages.
I think the Najib camp should worry about that.