When Chairman Mao Zedong announced to the world his handover of power to his designated heir Hua Guofeng in 1976, he was quoted as saying, "With you in charge, I am at ease!"
On July 10, our PM Dato' Seri Abdullah Badawi announced to the world the long-awaited his political agenda of power handover in 2010.
After laying the card on the table, Pak Lah was smiles all over with his designated heir, seemingly at great ease for the first time ever since the nation was thrown into upheavals after the political tsunami on March 8.
Pak Lah's handover move is viewed as shrewd. Firstly, the flying dust in UMNO would settle down for the time being on the run-up ti the year-end General Assembly of the party. Secondly, with UMNO set on a firmer footing, Pak Lah has free hands to consolidate BN in fending off Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Time is essence in this political game between BN and PR, and with the agenda unveiled, timing is now on Pak Lah's side.
It is premature to jump to any conclusion at this juncture, but the tension is certainly easing off in BN.
Anwar may still hold his best cards, but timing is obviously working to his disadvantage.
But, again, lightning may just flash over the sky to everybody's surprise. Let's wait and see.