The ruckus at the “nothing-to-hide” 1MDB forum at Shah Alam is a sign of growing panic among UMNO leaders that UMNO/BN would lose to Pakatan Harapan in the 14th General Election.

I welcome the statement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi that the police would investigate professionally and would take action against the culprits of the ruckus yesterday.

I only feel pity for the actual culprits, who for pittance, allowed themselves to be used as tools to disrupt the “Nothing-to-hide” 1MDB forum.

Investigation and action must be taken not only against the actual culprits but the masterminds of the ruckus, and a special effort must be made by the authorities to trace these “masterminds” of trouble. It should not be difficult to trace the “masterminds”, although the actual culprits of the ruckus could only lead to their “handlers”, but it is these “handlers” who would lead to the “masterminds”.

This would be a test of the professionalism of the Police.

The pandemonium created at the “Nothing to hide” 1MDB forum at Shah Alam is the latest evidence of the growing panic among UMNO leaders that UMNO/BN would lose to Pakatan Harapan in 14th General Election.

The supreme confidence of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and the UMNO/BN leadership that Barisan Nasional could coast through to continued power in the 14th General Election as the Opposition seems so weak and divided had evaporated from the cold and hard reality of a united Pakatan Harapan announced on July 14 to evict UMNO/BN from Putrajaya.

All that is needed to defeat the UMNO/BN federal government in the 14th General Election is for at least 10 per cent of Malay voters, five percent for Chinese and Indian voters, who voted for Barisan Nasional in the 13th General Election to switch support and vote for Pakatan Harapan.

If this happens in the 14th General Election, then out of the 165 parliamentary seats in Peninsular Malaysia, Barisan Nasional could end up with 50 seats; PAS, which has become the greatest apologist and defender of Najib and his 1MDB scandal, two seats; while the Pakatan Harakan could win as many as 113 seats – setting the stage for a change of Federal Government for the first time in 60 years.

This is the reason for the ruckus at the “Nothing to Hide” 1MDB forum yesterday.