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Tun Daim Zainuddin funding PKR?

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Tun Daim Zainuddin met up with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the US in 1978 where Dr Mahathir persuaded Daim to return to Malaysia to contest the general election that was held that same year. Dr Mahathir also offered Daim the Chairmanship of the Urban Development Authority (UDA).

Daim was not interested in taking up the Chairmanship of UDA, which he deemed too big and widespread, too bureaucratic, and doing too many things at the same time. Instead, Daim suggested that UDA form a holding company so that all its assets could be transferred to this holding company.

Peremba was established as this holding company and Daim became its non–executive Chairman with a team of young and bright hand–picked officers to assist him. Amongst these protégés were Tan Sri Wan Azmi Bin Wan Hamzah, Tan Sri Halim Bin Saad, and Tan Sri Samsuddin Bin Abu Hassan, all well-known Umno cronies and nominees.

Today, we want to talk about Wan Azmi,  Well, because Wan Azmi is one of those millionaires (or is it billionaire?) who are financing the opposition parties.

That is well and fine. After all, you need money, plenty of money, to win the elections, especially since Umno and Barisan Nasional are going to spend no less than RM1.5 billion in the coming election. Hence, Pakatan Rakyat needs Malaysian, American and Middle Eastern tycoons to help fund the elections.

But Wan Azmi is a Daim protégé and Umno nominee. He made money through Daim and Umno. So why is he now funding the opposition? Has he turned? Has he repented? Is he suddenly sorry that he ripped off the country and now wants to give back some of this money by funding the opposition? Or is he a Trojan horse who is trying to bring the opposition down?

In fact, Wan Azmi is not only funding the opposition, or rather PKR. Wan Azmi’s man, Wong Chen, who played a major role in Zaid Ibrahim’s failed bid to win the Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election, is now a strategist in PKR, together with the now famous Rafizi Ramli who exposed the NFC fiasco. The other person in their team is Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, the Communications Director of the party who was Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim’s Political Secretary before Faekah Husin took over.

Nik Nazmi and Rafizi, Azmin loyalists and his ‘secret weapon’ to prevent Nurul Izzah’s rise

And all these people are Azmin Ali loyalists. And they are bent on making sure that Nurul Izzah Anwar does not emerge as her father’s successor.

Rafizi actually wanted to contest the PKR Youth Leader’s post in the last party election. And he wanted Nurul Izzah as his running mate because he knew he could only win if Nurul Izzah was in his team. But Nurul Izzah did not want to contest the Deputy Youth Leader’s post. She wanted to contest the Vice Presidency so Rafizi had no choice but to abandon his plan to contest.

Khalid knew that he was surrounded by Azmin loyalists. Hence he made the decision to replace Nik Nazmi with Faekah, a Dr Wan Azizah Dr Wan Ismail loyalist. Of course, the Azmin camp is trying very hard to get rid of Faekah but so far they have not succeeded because, in spite of the ‘letter of recommendation’ controversy, Khalid is still backing Faekah, much to the chagrin of the Azmin camp.

Their hope is that Nurul Izzah will be defeated in Lembah Pantai in the coming elections, which will cut her political career short. Then, in the next party elections, Azmin will contest the Presidency with Rafizi as his Deputy and Nik Nazmi as one of the Vice Presidents. And with Wan Azmi’s help this may all come true. Hell, Wan Azmi may even throw a few tens of millions into Raja Nong Chik’s election campaign to help him defeat Nurul Izzah.

Rafizi’s resignation recently and the attack on Faekah are not isolated or unrelated incidences. There are moves by some quarters to check the ambitions of Azmin’s team and Rafizi was one of the victims of the counter-move by these people. Rafizi was upset that Anwar did not come to his defense but instead adopted a ‘hands-off’ policy in his normal ‘divide and rule’ strategy that once saw Ezam Mohd Nor’s exit from the party for the same reason.

Anwar is not too happy with Khalid who the party views as uncontrollable. Anwar himself admitted this back in 2010. But there is nothing much they can do because Wan Azizah, through her loyalist, Faekah, is solidly behind Khalid. Hence it appears like it is now down to the Azmin team, backed by Anwar, and the anti-Azmin team, backed by Wan Azizah and Nurul Izzah.

Isn’t politics interesting? But what is even more interesting is: what is Daim’s role in this whole thing? Is Daim, through his protégé and nominee, Wan Azmi, fighting for change and would like to see Umno kicked out? Or is Daim more interested in seeing PKR split into two camps and, through Wan Azmi, is making sure that they have millions to spend to make this possible?

Well, Dr Mahathir is now the de facto leader of Umno. That, we all know. Can we assume that Daim, through his protégé and nominee, is the de facto leader of PKR? And since Dr Mahathir and Daim are in the same team, can we, therefore, also assume that Dr Mahathir is the de facto-de facto leader of PKR? Sheesh…politics…you never know who your real friends and real enemies are. -Raja Petra Kamarudin