Speculation is swirling about an imminent implosion involving Umno.
Its poor performance in the state elections has provided fodder for enemies of party president Zahid Hamidi.
The acquittal of Perikatan Nasional chairman Mahiaddin Yasin on four of the seven charges he faces has added to the speculation and fuelled claims among his supporters of ‘political persecution’.
Several high-stakes questions are on the minds of many observers.
Is Zahid going to buckle under pressure and resign, given that his position appears precarious if not untenable? If so, who will take over the mantle in Umno?
If Mohamad Hassan takes over as party president, will he go for the jugular by aligning with Bersatu? After all, many of its members are ex-Umno supporters.
Or will Zahid remain, fight the political battle and face the outcome of his court cases?
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These questions make some quarters wonder if we are rapidly heading for an undesired mid-term general election.
Some even predict that Bersatu and Umno will resolve their differences and forge ahead as a formidable ethnic Malay political force.
Such uncertainty does not augur well for the nation.
To survive global challenges, Malaysia needs political stability and resilience.
But the power struggles in the country have left many worrying about the worst scenario.
Already we have lost several years since the 2018 general election, compounded by a healthcare crisis.
Corruption has sapped the nation’s financial resources, leaving the nation with an enormous debt.
We face difficult times ahead.
If even the “unity government” is rattled and “Malaysia Madani” (Civil Malaysia) finds it difficult to succeed, can we really expect failed leaders from the past to bring newfound relief to the nation?