Najib goes to DC but does nothing

November 25, 2009

Najib in Washington DC without any agenda

Prime Minister Najib Razak was in Washington DC today, busy eating nasi lemak and mee goreng as Bernama proudly reports. No mention of meetings with State Department, on Capitol Hill, with the White House, or any think tanks.

Instead he bragged about 1Malaysia to the choir of Malaysians who have already heard it so many times. He also offered some comments on Malaysia’s economy, which according to a recent report is failing to make much progress these days.

What is the point of a 20 million dollar contract with APCO if our prime minister cannot even get a manufactured speaking slot at the National Press Club? We’re not even talking about Brookings or SAIS where one has to have something meaningful to say to be invited. Anyone can speak at the Press Club so long as they can afford the cost of organising the function.  Does the concept of 1World not carry much weight in the halls of international diplomacy or in the most powerful city in the world? I guess not.

I think taxpayers should demand to know why, after spending that much money on a DC lobby our prime minister cannot even get an interview on the local news.

On Anwar Ibrahim’s recent trip to the United States, in just a few days he held events at Brookings, SAIS (even our US Ambassador attended the function), Georgetown and the Council on Foreign Relations. He met with officials from the House foreign relations committee, the Senate Foreign relations committee, the state department and the White House. His visit covered in the media including the Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review and the Washington Post (but not Bernama), Saudi television and ABS-CBN from Manila.

Does the Prime Minister’s flimsy schedule have anything to do with the scandal that just won’t go away? Not PKFZ. Not the Bukit Antarabangsa slide. Not the collapsed bridge. None other than the Mongolian who we cannot talk about.  And in the time it took me to write this, how many new designer bags did the Prime Minister’s wife purchase?

Solve World’s Problems With Greater Understanding, Says Najib

WASHINGTON, Nov 25 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia, with its background of multiculturalism and tolerance, can play an effective part in promoting deeper understanding between the Muslim world and the West and other divides as well.

The Malaysian prime minister said Malaysia had the ability to reach out to other nations and communities.

“The world may have its problems but things can be resolved with greater understanding of one another.

“Malaysia stands ready to play its role to make it a better world,” he told a gathering of Malaysians at the Malaysian embassy here Tuesday night, organised in conjunction with his visit to Washington.

A grey and rainy American capital greeted Najib when he arrived here Tuesday afternoon from New York where he held meetings with American investors and fund managers in efforts to increase American investments in Malaysia.

In contrast, the scene at the mission was one of warmth and conviviality as Malaysians from various races mingled with each other over satay, mee goreng and other Malaysian favourites. Playing the gracious host was Malaysian ambassador to the United States Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis. Najib, who is also finance minister, reiterated his hope of achieving an economic growth of between five and six per cent for Malaysia in 2010.

“There comes a time when you reach a plateau in the economy. So, we need to do something to reach a higher trajectory in terms of our development,” said the prime minister.

He said this was behind the recent introduction of a series of economic reforms in Malaysia.Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, will leave for Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. — BERNAMA

31 thoughts on “Najib goes to DC but does nothing

  1. Dr. Bean must be busy stroking Che Mah Chot for the last two days. Nowonder he is MIA or AWOL from here.
    Tok Cik, better send SOS to New York.

  2. Din Merican banned me from his blog and deleted my comments – a good indication of what is to come under PKR-Pakatan rule.
    New Yorker Bean aka Mr.Ozawa, you seem to have joined the ranks of Ilham and his UMNO cyber cohorts. So I am monitoring and filtering what you now write. For now, I will play by UMNO rules, until we govern the country.

    BTW, my blog is rated PG not R nor X. I have friends whose blogs have been put down because of comments by irresponsible readers. It is nice to have fun but not on the expense of others, Mr Ozawa. Would you rather have my blog active or fall into disrepute and then vanish?–Din Merican

  3. Would you rather have my blog active or fall in disrepute and then vanish?–Din Merican

    A house of ill-repute? You’ll have to ask tean who sells tickets and sometimes doubles up as bouncer who has seen better times.

  4. drkam’s facebook? Do you think she’ll invite me in? I don’t think so.


    Given your right e mail address, you would definitely be added in her list of FB friends!! Tean is!

  5. Najib in Washington DC

    “A little more about the event . Mama (Rosmah Mansor) arrived late to the dinner as she had been busy saving the US economy by injecting money in the Malls around DC! Very commendable and charitable actions!

    There were no official interactions. True. This is, in part, due to the super hard working( on the Golf course and visits to Boston where his kids are, and to Rompin) by 1Crony Ambassador . JJ does not appear to have made any contacts with the movers and shakers in the Obama Administration, the Senate and the House of Representatives or any of the Think Tanks. It would seem that these tasks are delegated to APCO.

    Not only has he been evading the diplomatic and think tank community in DC, JJ has obviously misled the Malaysian public via the MSM boys about Obama meeting Najib and he has failed to advise Najib appropriately.

    Another view is that the Obama Administration is snubbing Najib who is seen as weak and without substance while the underlying racial social and political problems are not addressed. Perhaps that’s why USTR bluntly put announced in Singapore that it had abandoned the FTA talks with Malaysia.

    There has been no mention of Najib in the local media. If any people are wondering why Manmohan Singh who is in DC at the same time is getting top treatment while Najib is not meeting anyone- not even the US Secretary of Staff Hillary Clinton. Perhaps the Mongolian Altantuya Affair is taking its toll!

    The New York part of the trip was to meet Fund managers, including those who represent huge pension funds worth trillions of dollars in the United States, It would appear that the meetings were a big yawn as the participants were openly critical and wanted the Government to ensure continuity of its liberalisation policy.

    This so-called investment promotion trip, with the usual large entourage costing millions, was a largely a flop. In any event, it is puzzling why the fund managers are being wooed to invest in the KL Bursa.

    It would appear that memories are short — these were the same guys who first put billions into the KL stock market and then abruptly pulled out causing the 1998 crisis. One can only wonder if this is all part of the “New Economic Model” that is being concocted.

    Incidentally, have you noticed that there is no more talk of becoming a “Developed Nation” by 2020. The aim now is to become a “High Income country” —- does this mean we are no longer committed to the attributes of “developed” e.g. rule of law, an open society, good governance etc. All that matters is to have wealth with an authoritarian system — perhaps even a fascist regime.”

  6. Thank you Din for your very insightful analysis and comments. You should write more often here and help us to look deeper into Najib shenanigans and deceit. I just love to read your pieces.

    I fully support your right to ‘spike’ unfavourable comments that do nothing positive but sully your blog.
    It is your blog and it is your right to protect it from he who will make your blog “fall in disrepute and then vanish?”

  7. I know Washington Circle and no one important especially from the State Department meeting Najib IS a signal given that JJ was received by Obama not too long ago. IT IS A SNUB. The CIA knows the truth about Altantuya – you can bet your life on that. The entire Washington establishment snubbing Najib is more or less a verification by the CIA on Altantuya. Washington is full of opportunists and you can always find someone willing to spin things for you UNLESS there is obvious downside to whoever like Altantuya. Poor track record, stupidity all that don’t matter. Its Altantuya…

  8. Wait till his return and then see what he’s got for our country in terms of foreign investment and development. Meanwhile, hold your horses. And if you don’t believe the local media, then get some one in USA to tell you the “truth”!

  9. I don’t agree that he went to DC with nothing to do.

    In Washington, President Obama pardoned 2 hapless souls. To one of them he wished a happy and long life in Disneyland but to the other he wished to HAVE A LIFE in Bolehland.

    Of course, I am talking about the Thanksgiving pardoning. One was a pristine white feathered turkey and the other a fib-laden forked-tongue gobble-gobble turkeyJib.

    Jib, hope Obama’s wish can only last you just for 1Year.

  10. If Pete has published your post too.

    Najib had an agenda – to go on a shopping spree….with Rosy of course. How else can he make up for having an affair with Altantuya? Rosy has him by the balls now. All she has to do is to squeeze it a little and off he goes to another mall out of Malaysia of course. Next stop – London and Paris.

    Heck, he cannot stop her from being frivolous with the carpet man.

    This is as rosy as it gets.

  11. Poor little rich sod, Jibby. I can imagine the hell it must be to be married to a bulimic and shopaholic Lady Macbeth… how long is he gonna go on kidding himself, I wonder? The acclaim and approbation Anwar Ibrahim receives wherever he goes is spontaneous and unfeigned. Money can’t buy THAT!

  12. The ghost of Altantuya has followed him and big fat Mama to DC. Yes, I would believe that the CIA knows the facts of the Altantuya case from A to Z and Obama has been briefed. That is why no one is willing to receive him and meet up with him. He can pretend that nothing happened, but the whole world knows. Once there is a change of Govt, big fat Mama and Najib (and all his cronies, AG, IGP, and judges will pay dearly). I pray that the time is coming soon, before he turns Msia into another Pol Pot regime!!!

  13. Some interesting comments and observation here. I believe the altantuya ghost is haunting them wherever they go. The rakyat too is still waiting for him and fat ma.

  14. “Hey, I am here! Yes, me, the PM of Malaysia. You don’t know me? Najib? Rosmah Mansor, my wife? No? The son of the Tun Razak, the 2nd PM of Malaysia? May 13 1969? Still don’t remember? How about Altantuya? Okay, NOW we’re talking! Yeah… I am here. Not interested? …..”

  15. idiot, total idiot. gross. “Solve world’s problem?” How the hell to solve world’s problem when his own problem/s cannot be solve.

    Another stupidity…

  16. I suspect quite a segment of politically neutral people must be getting tediously tired of all the barbs, inferences, insinuations, accusations and insults thrown at Najib and his wife in relation to the murder of Mongolian Altantuya without any shred of concrete evidence like photographs or sound and video recordings. Or am I to believe that there is such evidence waiting to be released at appropriate times, probably nearer the next GE? Najib has many enemies no doubt, both in the past and more so now. He being caught pants down in Port Dickson is one example of the handy work of his clever enemies. Najib and Rosmah are not helping their cause either. There seems to be a mountain of circumstantial evidence linking them to murder but they are avoiding addressing the substantial issues raised with their stony silence.

    If at all he was with Altantuya in a foreign land, is there not a high probability that these liaisons could have been monitored and captured for evidence since there are many parties, one can think of, who would be interested in having the evidence to kill him politically or for blackmail and ransom. These interested parties could easily be his political enemies hiring private investigators, the Special Branch/Military Intelligence directed by political masters, foreign intelligence services, rival unsuccessful defence deal bidders, Abdul Razak Baginda and Altantuya herself.

    Another perplexing point is why did Singapore’s Minister Mentor, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew meet Rosmah in private at her official residence when he made an official visit early this year – was it to ask her point blank on her face if she was involved in the murder? How could one be magnanimous to Rosmah assuming that she was involved indirectly? Perhaps murder was not on her mind at all. It could be a case of hired hands not keeping to the script and over-playing their hands.

  17. “K Das” (the real K Das died a long time ago) said: It could be a case of hired hands not keeping to the script and over-playing their hands.

    Even if that were the case, those who hired those hands are COMPLETELY RESPONSIBLE for the cruel murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu. No amount of rationalizing can obliterate their guilt. Same situation with MACC and the murder of Teoh Beng Hock. If the culprits escape justice, then this country is doomed.

  18. Interestingly, I found this blog as I googled Najib Tun Razak in Washington D.C. Knowing that he is in town, I am so curious if he is here to open up inflow of investment back home…

    Questions I have unanswered and will try to find answer, who keep with the KPR of our delegate here… they come here on taxpayer’s money, some on them take almost two years to setup an office then go home. The next team coming may take at least one year to “familiarize” with the new surrounding and two or three years to draft proposals. Go to any grocery stores or even departmental stores and try find more than 3 products from Malaysia.

    As a Malaysian, minus the negative perception I have, rather that seeking for answer, I can serve the country better (than )by being my own ambassador within my capacity, counting the delegates in the office whom are sent here on tax payer money may just be a waste of time.

    Din made a great point, if you come here to talk just to Malaysians and fail to get the local coverage… there we go again, we want to be a “world class” with “jaguh kampung “demeanor….

  19. Din made a great point, if you come here to talk just to Malaysians and fail to get the local coverage… there we go again, we want to be a “world class” with “jaguh kampung “demeanor….Cruiser

    You are right.

    You can take Jib and Mah Chot from Pekan but you cannot take Pekan and kampung from Jib and Mah Chot.

  20. Perhaps another reason for his sticking to only Malaysians is also that he too is desperate to AVOID meeting all the solid people in Washington DC – because he has nothing upstairs, and he knows he will not be able to handle any serious discussions concerning matters of state, how to tackle climate change to save the world, how to steer his country out of the bankrupt state that it is in etc!! He’s perhaps terrified of meeting any of those brains gathered in Washington DC…. he needs to ESCAPE…

    Poor thing! It is unfathomable why people who haven’t got it (capabilities) but must insist on sitting on high chairs – and then spend all their days ESCAPING from having to perform! And perhaps he is really SO relieved that he is being SNUBBED too!! Washington DC is certainly not a place for him to do what he knows best – hype about the need to retain the NEP….he comes alive only when he is addressing his mindless UMNO mob!
    M. Chan, I can sum up what you say this way: “Najib is just a jaguh kampong ( a village champion)”–Din Merican.

  21. I really like your blog. I just happened to stumble upon it today. I’m gonna put a link to yours in my blog. Bravo!
    Thanks, Kenny K, but more importantly, please join the exchanges. Don’t keep your views and concerns to yourself. We must expose the rot and help Anwar Ibrahim and his colleagues to form the next government. We have to show that the business as usual approach is abhorrent and unacceptable. You can’t rob us and think that we, the Malaysian voters, do not know what the politicians in power are doing with their hard earned money. Merry Xmas to you, Kenny and your family.—Din Merican

  22. Malaysia will die one day but the corrupted regime will not because they still could get alots of money from tax and under table money from the chinese business people. The regime can still rule without bother what other countries think about them.They will be like Myammar.With money they can still have good life and travel to enjoy their holidays whenever they like . they can sent their children for oversea to study if our education system they know very well is lousy.If their children ever come back is because there is a high places made ready for them to rule and suck the nation.

    I must say most of the chinese businessmen are just very selfish without thinking for every cent they pay under the table is as good as selling their poorer Malaysian to the slaughter house in the future.Their thinking is like with money they can move to greener pasture to avoid the problems in their own country and they will escape from any calamity that is going to fall on the people.

    But do not forget not all your immediate clans can go with you, they will still suffer at the expense of your deeds.So please wake up and stop fuel the fire of bringing our country to doom.Money cannot buy peace nomatter where we are , only righteousness,care,love,sharing and giving can give that and bring us together as one united nation.

  23. There is an article in the Malaysian govt mouth piece, the Star, describing the Faces of 1Malaysia Festival event, at the National Geographic Society Building in DC on Sunday. There were Malay songs and dances — all one sided of course. Despite the supposed Malaysian “multi-ethnicity and cultural diversity” mentioned by Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, I wonder why the other ethnic groups have nothing to show. Can we assume that non-Malays can’t sing or dance and they have no culture?

    Yes, there is only 1Malaysia — for Malays only.
    As for non-Malays, where did you come from, people?

    Very sad lah.

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