Umno deputy president Najib Abdul Razak has got many people making guesses as to where he stands in the issue of the embattled Prime Minister and Umno president.
His supporters say that it is not fair to expect him to make a firm and clear stand on Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who is under increasing pressure to take a rest, take a break, go on leave or to simply do the right thing -- step down as PM.
"He is the number two. Put yourself in his place....why would you want to undermine your boss? This is the time to show solidarity", someone said.
Well...I can see your point.
Not so his detractors and critics who think that he just doesn't have it in him to make a stand right now, right here.
"Just waiting for the cue...", a political observer remarked.
How many cues does he need, did I hear someone ask?
I am remembering what I said in an earlier posting -- that if Pak Lah chose to remain in power after the Barisan Nasional's disastrous performance in the general election (for which he has taken partial blame), more and more people will press him to step down. And they will come from within Umno's ranks. (In my posting "Borrowed Time")
Several Umno divisions have already put the heat on Abdullah to step aside and allow for a succession.
Johor Umno has called for the Umno president to put into place a structured, smooth and speedy exit plan.
Kedah Umno has suggested that Najib takes over the Umno number one (and party vice-president Muhyiddin Yasin as the number two).
Najib has, typically, refused to respond to this. (Here.)
Which takes me back to my question -- where does Najib really stand in all this?
Is he being a good and loyal deputy or just waiting for, that moment, that right time? You know, political expediency and all that.
But you know what? Najib doesn't have to say anything because at this point, the question does seem irrelevant.
We'll just have to wait and see.