(TMI) – Unfortunately for Abdul Azeez, who has executed everything for his party president and prime minister, that loyalty and efficiency has put a huge bullseye on his back by his rivals for Najib’s affection.
IT is wonderful to be the Prime Minister’s fixer on the ground.
Every word that you utter is taken seriously and you are accorded great respect and deference, far beyond your official position, appearance or educational level.
And even if senior politicians, senior civil servants or other power brokers in Malaysia do not really like you, they know that ultimately you speak for Najib Razak or Madam, as Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor is known as in PM’s circle.
The flip side to being a powerful fixer on the ground is that every other individual in the PM’s camp also covets that position of closeness and influence and would do pretty much anything to bring you down.
This is where fixer extraordinaire Baling MP Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim finds himself today. He is learning the fast way that being close to the powerful in Malaysia is a double-edged sword.
One day, you are flying high and seemingly untouchable. But on another day, even your heavily-accented Malay or the fact that you are fluent in Tamil is held against you.
The PM’s political operatives and their bloggers smell blood. They believe that Abdul Azeez’s ties with the first family are fraying and not as strong as it once was.
As a result, there have been a cache of articles about him.
Most of these articles are on Malaysia Today, run by fugitive blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin who has apparently turned pro-government after several years of supporting Anwar Ibrahim when the latter was sacked from the government in 1998.
There is talk among Umno circles that Raja Petra, better known by his initials RPK, is in cahoots with another Najib advisor but it remains just talk until today.
“Wasting my time,” said Abdul Azeez at the Parliament lobby yesterday when asked to comment on the articles by Raja Petra.
What is clear is that Abdul Azeez, who is the Tabung Haji chairman and head of Putera Umno, is being pilloried now as Najib’s circle of advisors jostle to be the main point man for the prime minister.
They want to be in the same position as Abdul Azeez, to even know what the PM is wearing the next day, and his programmes. To be able to walk into the PM’s house at any time of the day and be part of discussions, even if they involve confidential state issues.