The Fault, dear Najib, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves

January 31, 2012

The Fault, dear Najib, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves

by Terence Netto@

COMMENT Really, there appears to be no such thing as a good time for Prime Minister Najib Razak to call for snap polls. By ‘a good time’, it meant conditions where positive factors outweigh negative ones for the re-election of the UMNO-BN government.

Najib has been trying to formulate and implement policies for this excess of positives over negatives since taking charge in April 2009.najib abdul razak in perth chogm 1But every time he feels he has a surplus of good vibes over bad ones, his government is upset by gremlins that have the effect of stalling the recourse to a new mandate as every new PM who desires validity for his reforms is impelled to.

The latest instance of this imp of misfortune dogging him is the attorney-general’s filing of intent to appeal the High Court’s January 9 decision to acquit Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim on a charge of sodomy.

Najib had begun capitalising on that acquittal the day it was delivered, citing it as a demonstration of the liberal reforms he had initiated under his government.

Ironically, this credit-taking had the effect of confirming that the judiciary had indeed been subject to the whims of the executive. But the opposition was not going to protest this indirect confirmation of their suspicions for obvious reasons: Anwar’s acquittal on a case that was filled with unconscionable gaps was right and fitting.

More expediency than conviction

But the sequel for the credit-taking Najib began to turn sour almost immediately. Right-wingers in his party, already angry that the Police had allowed Pakatan Rakyat supporters to gather in numbers at the judgment’s delivery, now clamoured that the decision be appealed.

anwar ceramah in melaka 040112When the A-G’s Chambers filed its notice of intent to appeal, the PM decided that not only would he have his cake – take credit for the acquittal, he would eat it too – absolve himself of responsibility for the appeal.

It would have been better if Najib had signaled his displeasure with the A-G’s decision. It would have suggested there was more conviction than expediency to his reforms.

But the PM is not a man of conviction so much as convenience. Talk of reform and transformation of the economy and polity trips easily off his tongue.

The jargon of progressive management drips from his government’s public relations vents but because there is no conviction behind it, the exploitative convenience behind the cupcake soon enough becomes detectable.

It would be wishful thinking for the PM to hope for luck with the good fairies of electoral timing. Thus far it appears these good fairies have frowned more than fawned on him. Because of this, the PM has had to resort to munificent measures his deficit-battling government can ill afford, such as the RM500 handout to citizens earning less than RM3,000 a month, to keep on the credit side of the ledger by which, supposedly, the electorate evaluates its leaders.

But even these inducements cannot dispel the fumes emitted by the scandals that almost continually occur on the PM’s watch.

Less than rosy prognosis

The cattle-rearing project undertaken by the Wanita UMNO leader Shahrizat Abdul Jalil is only the most sensational of the lot in that it contains details lurid enough to sustain the buzz among the chattering classes. As if all this were not bad enough, details of his wife’s sybaritic shopping expedition in Sydney on a recent vacation only serve to keep the embers of controversy glowing.

Furthermore, with the economic indices – stemming mainly from the glitz outlooks for the United States and Europe – pointing to a less than rosy prognosis for 2012 than that painted by the government, Najib must be wondering what would it take to create a favourable time for an election.

“I can call spirits from the vasty deep?” says a character in Shakespeare’s Henry the Fourth.To which the protagonist replies, “Why, so can I, so can any man. But will they come when you do call for them?”

Besieged leaders seeking a mandate must wonder at the elusiveness of a propitious time in which to summon electoral spirits from the “vasty deep.” With the clock winding down on his inherited (from predecessor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s) mandate, with the downward draft exerted by recurrent scandals on his watch, and with the glitz of his reforms getting plainer by the month, can Najib avoid the musings of Cassius to Brutus in another of Shakespeare’s plays (Julius Caesar): “The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

7 thoughts on “The Fault, dear Najib, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves

  1. Actually, Terence should have said,

    “Dear Najib, the fault lies not in the stars nor in ourselves, the fault lies with YOU and ONLY YOU”.

  2. actually grandpa, he writer wanted to say this:

    “Dear Najib, the fault NEVER lies not in the stars nor NEVER in ourselves, the fault lies for giving so much to “some people” but getting for so little in return, perhaps like the malay proverb “beri betis hendakkan peha”…

  3. scantily clad minds has caused the many blunders right after the baton relayed by the queen’s men switched hands to the Tanah Melayu anchor. Never deep rooted were the aspirations nor the zest least of all resolved to serve the nation with utter conviction have always been the order of day Najib is just another by-product of a legion of lame ducks as far as steering the country to that elusive developed nation status is concerned. Surounded at all fronts by a band of lieutenants pocketing whatever there is in sight for themselves , Made worst by intense bickering over matters of cronyism and nepotism . The biggest looses economically with little to spare are both the Borneo entities.. Singapore which opted out ages ago bears testimony to this fact.

  4. The biggest looses economically with little to spare are both the Borneo entities.. Singapore which opted out ages ago bears testimony to this fact.

    The fault lies not in the stars nor the Peninsular Malaysians, but lies with the self-serving Borneo leaders who allowed Kuala Lumpur to rape and pillage the resources of the Borneo people.

    Singapore had nothing to offer, so the rapists in Kuala Lumpur willingly allowed Singapore to drift off, thinking the little dot will be swept under the sea or will comer abegging to Kuala Lumpur. The rapists and the pillagers in Kuala Lumpur found they had mud and dung on their faces 30 years.. and the mud and dung are still stuck on their faces.

    Meanwhile the Borneo people still take pride that they are the fixed deposit for the rapists and pillagers of Kuala Lumpur every 5 years.

  5. Hi Frank old boy , let me respond in brief. If one could recall the 76′ plane crash that claimed the lives of sabah’s top leadership of the time and likened it with Teoh’s accidental death while in custody then one could get a glimpse of how far an extent the central leadership would go to protect their so called interests. True , at the aftermath of the air crash tragedy and in the likes of Harris , pairin and Sarawak’s Taib , the central government had permited thieves to flourish as long as they toed along the wishes of their political masters . A quality central leadership would have not allowed this to happen. Touching on the subject of the infamous phrase ‘fixed deposit’ , this too is the making of the Peninsular base central leadership with the issuance of legitimate documents to a vast majority of illegal immigrants

  6. Terence is unambiguously stating that Jibs&Co is into Oracles, Jampi, Magick, Myths, Alchemy and Astrology.
    I agree. Guru Ji and his ilk are well regarded in PMO, or haven’t you heard?

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