Another headache for Najib; Idris Jusoh now makes it difficult for Najib to replace Ahmad Said with his own man.
December must be a fateful month for Najib. He managed to have the mandate as having the final say in the choice of the winnable candidates. He also managed to pacify many of the incumbents and prevent the infightings because the candidates chosen will be based on the present UMNO set-up in every state.
However it has been a brief ceasefire and not a manageable truce. Najib has been so naïve to really think that he has succeeded in preventing an upheaval in UMNO. He is also being naïve to think that the UMNO delegates will believe him to select the winnable candidates from the present set-up, while in fact the list which is already in his hand consists of only his own supporters.
The prospect that UMNO/BN will again win the state of Terengganu has made Idris Jusoh very envious of Datuk Seri Ahmad Said who said that if Datuk Seri Ahmad Said is still the Terengganu Menteri Besar UMNO/BN won’t be able to win. It seems that Idris Jusoh is on his own crusade to make sure that UMNO/BN will lose Terengganu in the next GE-13. Idris Jusoh has already stated that he volunteers to be dropped as a candidate because he is in fact not a winnable one and Najib has Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek the current sports minister as the next Menteri Besar of Terengganu.
Idris Jusoh has been playing the role of the opposition in Terengganu from the day he was ousted by Ahmad Said. He is bent on the decision that if he cannot be the MB, then nobody in UMNO should be the MB. He would be happier that PAS win Terengganu instead of UMNO because his strategy has always been “I told you so, only I can make sure that UMNO/BN can win Terengganu, provided I be the MB”. His anger and frustration has never subsides.
While Najib on the other hand is trying to find ways to convince Ahmad Said to go and let Ahmad Shabery be the next MB, but now Idris Jusoh has given Najib a big headache; the impending possibility that UMNO/BN will lose Terengganu.
Ahmad Said has the support of the Sultan and the villagers as he has been prudent enough to make them happy. Idris Jusoh on the other hand is only depending on his group of his men when he was the MB and the voters in his constituency some of whom have already changed sides. Ahmad Said’s position is very strong now and Najib could fail in his wish to replace him in Ahmad Shabery Cheek because with Ahmad Said and coupled with Idris Jusoh, the odds are too risky for Najib.
Ahmad Said is definitely stronger and saved for now and he can thank Idris Jusoh for that.