Mahathir and Muhyiddin must portray themselves as the saviours or reformers of UMNO and not as its destroyers. They must explain why reform of UMNO is only possible if Najib’s UMNO is defeated at GE14. They must counter the charge of disloyalty by claiming to be Hang Tuah saving UMNO from Najib’s bad intentions.
It is doubtful that Dr Mahathir’s strategy behind the Citizens’ Declaration can succeed. The article argues that the most certain way to remove Najib as PM is through a Save Malaysia opposition (Pakatan Harapan + UMNO rebels) fighting Najib’s UMNO/BN one to one at GE14, together with a Citizen’s Manifesto containing detailed, concrete, and specific proposals for institutional reform.
Rafizi is right in wanting to maintain ties with PAS but wrong in believing that PAS will help Pakatan Harapan win GE14 without wanting a say on government policy. But a limited time, limited program opposition pact is possible, credible and can produce a winning combination of UMNO dissidents, PAS, PKR, DAP, and Amanah.