GE-13: It’s All About Najib


April 30, 2013

GE-13: It’s All About Najib

by Jose Barrock  & S Ashwiinie

Premier Najib Abdul Razak, comes across as a well-bred gentleman – he speaks well, is very polished, always in pristine suits and the hint of a clipped English accent adds to his allure. But he wasn’t always this way, so polished— he has in the past played many roles, an angry young man, the king maker, and many others, some of which we at KiniBiz will explore.

Najib-money-300x175Turn back the clock, it’s October 1987— trendy Malaysians from all walks, hang out at the Tin Mine Discotheque in the Kuala Lumpur Hilton, (now the Crowne Plaza), the Bee Gee’s “You Win Again” is atop the charts, while the late Michael Jackson’s “Bad” has just been released—ripping speakers everywhere.

Despite the apparent calm in the streets, there were serious racial problems sprouting up in Malaysia.

An angry young man 

The appointment of non-Chinese educated personnel in Chinese schools resulted in a gathering of some 2,000 odd Chinese led by the association of Chinese school teachers and trustees or Dong Jiao Zong, in Kuala Lumpur. This group was joined by politicians from the Malaysian Chinese Association or MCA, Democratic Action Party known as DAP, Gerakan and other Chinese associations and parties.

Politicians from both sides of the divide—the MCA being the second largest member of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, and opposition stalwarts DAP—quickly charged up the crowd, racial slurs were made and a plan was put in place to boycott Chinese schools.

Interestingly enough Dong Jiong Zong and some of the other Chinese associations were asking for the resignation of then Education Minister, Anwar Ibrahim.

This occurred on October 11, 1987. Six days later— in retaliation—- a 34 year old Najib who was the head of UMNO Youth led a 10,000 strong rally, in the TPCA (Tamilians Physical Cultural Association) Stadium in Kampung Baru and is purported to have called for the Malays to bathe the keris (a Malay dagger) in Chinese blood.

This eventually led to Ops Lalang (weeding ops) on October 27, 1987— where 106 individuals were arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA), and two publications, The Star and Sin Chew Jit Poh’s  had their publishing licenses revoked.

Najib however has denied this entire Chinese blood and keris episode, saying he never urged the unrest. “Many think that it is his cousin Hishammuddin (Hussein) who started the keris brandishing and waving act at UMNO Youth gatherings….it was actually Najib who started it… It’s an UMNO Youth thing,” a local politician, and a Ketua Bahagian of UMNO said.

A seasoned politician at 34

“It is like that…when you go for an MCA or DAP meeting they (the members) are very racist as well, you think they are singing the praises of Malays at their meetings?

“If you go to an MIC meeting also it’s the same, but somehow when Malays do anything it gets blown out of proportion,” the UMNO politician said.

While some may attribute the episode of Chinese blood and keris to Najib being young, the fact of the matter is at 34 years old, he already had plenty of experience in politics.

In 1976 when his father Abdul Razak passed away, Najib who was 23, was selected to run for the Pekan parliamentary seat left vacant by his father’s death. And of course he won.

His first stint in the Cabinet was at the age of 25 when he was appointed Deputy Minister of energy, telecommunications and post in 1978—making him the youngest deputy minister in the country. He had a whole host of ministerial portfolios from the age of 32.

Also at the age of 29, he was Menteri Besar of Pahang, a position he held for four years from 1982.Nevertheless some have also questioned who Najib’s political mentors are. This question arises due to his closeness to Anwar who he faces as the head of the opposition today in the 13th General Elections.

Closeness to Anwar  

Najib has had good ties to Anwar before. His position in 1987 as UMNO ???????????????????????????????????????????????????Youth head was a result of Anwar moving up the food chain, going for an UMNO Vice President’s position, and thus nudging Najib up.

Interestingly enough Najib was part of Anwar’s Team Wawasan in 1993, together with Muhammad Muhd Taib and Muhyiddin Yassin. All three were UMNO Vice Presidents, while Anwar strengthened his position to Deputy President of UMNO, when incumbent Ghafar Baba withdrew from the fight for the number two position.

Some also say that Najib’s meagre 231 seat victory in Pekan in the 1999 General Elections was a result of many showing their unhappiness with him supporting Premier Mahathir Mohamad, and parting ways with Anwar who had since been sacked.

Najib plays kingmaker

There was massive infighting in UMNO in 1987, and Najib was involved in the thick of action. A year ago, in 1986, Musa Hitam the Deputy Premier stepped down saying Mahathir no longer trusted him. Then in April of 1987, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and former deputy premier Musa Hitam took on Mahathir and his Deputy Ghafar.

Dr Mahathir-nstMahathir won by a mere 43 vote majority—-garnering 761 votes while Razaleigh  managed 718 votes. A swing of a mere 22 votes would have altered Malaysia’s history.

Insiders say, Najib had privately backed Razaleigh, but at the 11th hour he switched camps to support Mahathir, giving the incumbent the win. They add that Anwar had played an important role in turning Najib against Razaleigh and Musa, and thus benefit Mahathir.

“I’m sure many wonder what would have happened had Najib not switched allegiances…Mahathir may not have won—Malaysian history would be very different from what it is today,” a local politician said.

While his political life panned out well in the early years, the later part of it has been tumultuous to say the least, with accusations that he was involved with a Mongolian model who was murdered.

Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder

In 2006 the entire nation was shocked when details of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu’s murder came about— especially the use of explosive substances such as C4, which are close to impossible to get on the open market, and the involvement of policemen who were assigned to the Prime Minister as bodyguards.

Najib’s aide and associate Abdul Razak Baginda was among those charged but was later acquitted. The prosecution did not appeal. Stories circulated that Altantunya was also known to Najib but Najib strenuously denied this.

Altantuya and Razak Baginda, who were emotionally attached, were said to be involved in an arms deal where Malaysia acquired Scorpene submarines from France, with the latter making high commissions from the deal.

“When you talk about arms deals there is a lot of secrecy, it’s all classified under OSA (Official Secrets Act) so there are no questions asked….it all falls under defence spending, so it’s easy money to be made…some say the whole Altantuya fiasco, is a deal gone bad,” a politician said.

Certain quarters have tried to link Rosmah Mansor— Najib’s wife to the murder, but there is no evidence to prove this.

Rosmah, an albatross around Najib’s neck

“In any political exchange, or discussion her name keeps coming up, and notRosmah Mansor in a flattering manner…earlier UMNO politicians defended her….now they don’t bother,” the politician said.

She has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. There is talk about her being involved in decision making at the highest levels, brokering deals, and living it up spending on accessories and jewellery.

Some say she is also close to the likes of Desmond Lim’s wife Tan Kewi Yoon, and steel magnate William Cheng’s wife Chelsea as well, explaining to a certain extent why the two businessmen can’t seem to do any wrong in corporate Malaysia.

Also through the grapevine was her purported involvement in awarding of the RM8 billion Gemas-Johor Bahru double tracking rail job.

As one official from a public listed company said, “It’s very seldom that almost the whole country is united against someone…strangely enough in this case it’s the PM’s wife.”

Other issues—1MDB, FELDA

More recently Najib’s 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. 1MDB has issued some RM20 billion worth of bonds with very high coupon rates, but has little or nothing to show for it. The company has come under fire.

Some of its partners such as PetroSaudi International are just as opaque, leaving many questions unanswered. Also 1MDB has come out to say that it has RM7 billion in investments in the Cayman islands—- which is safe. This has irked the investing community even more, as they wonder why the money is not transferred back to Malaysia, and with some even questioning why 1MDB was set up in the first place.

Meantime there have been mixed reactions to the Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV)’s floatation exercise, which was the second largest IPO after Facebook last year, and raised some RM9.9 billion. According to certain quarters the settlers, although they received cash, were given the shorter end of the stick with the massive ownership dilution of the company.

Profundo Economic Research in a report released in June last year, prior to FGV’s floatation exercise stated that, “Our analysis shows that an accumulation of environmental, social and governance risks will result in serious financial risks for investors.” It had an avoid call on FGV’s stock.

Since a surge to almost RM5.50 after its RM4.60 IPO, FGV’s stock has tapered off and been largely trading below that for most of the the year.

Good deeds— too few and far in between?                     

The UMNO politician said, “Who is the President of MIC (Malaysian Indian Congress), who is the President of MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association)….I tell you it’s all Najib….he’s the only hope for Barisan Nasional,” the politician said.

It is true, Najib has been in the forefront, using his own popularity to prop up both the MCA and MIC which are ailing parties.

Also to Najib’s credit economy-wise, Malaysia has been performing better than many other countries in the region. This year Malaysia’s growth is estimated to be in the region of five percent.

Last year the economy expanded by a 5.6 percent quantum as domestic demand recorded the highest rate of expansion over the decade buoyed by strong consumption and investment spending.

According to reports, overall investment by the private sector was the key driver of domestic growth in 2012. Private investment was strong contributing about 15.5 percent to GDP (gross domestic product – goods and services produced) and registering growth of 22 percent, while public investment grew 17.1 percent from higher capital spending by public enterprises.

In contrast global growth moderated in 2012, amidst the challenging economic climate. Much of these can be atrtributed to Najib’s plannning. From January 2010 to March 2013, he set up several programmes under the economic transformation project (ETP), slated to benefit the people and rightly targeting the lower income group.

ETP

The ETP which is under the belt of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit is tasked with creating a Gross National Income of US$523 billion by 2020, and increase per capita income to US$15,000 from US$6,700 in 2009.

He also set up several other initiatives which directly benefit the general populace. Among others, 1Malaysia Clinic was set up whereby treatment and medication cost only RM1, the 1Malaysia People’s Shop and the 1Malaysia People Housing Project (PR1MA), for those aiming for their first home.

Under Najib’s watch as well, work on the RM30 billion— Mass Rapid Transit System or MRT— has started.

The 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) is another of Najib’s trademarks, where cash payments of RM500 were made to needy individuals. From 2011 to 2012, approximately 1.1 million job opportunities were created.

Perhaps the landmark decision of his career is the abolishment of the Internal Security Act which is now replaced by the Security Offences (Special Measure) Act 2012 (Sosma). Najib also comprehensively reviewed the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 as well as the Sedition Act.

Malaysia also fared better in Transparency International’s 2012 Bribe Payers Survey.Thus Najib seems to have done well on some fronts.

Some of the unaddressed, unanswered issues 

However during Najib’s watch as well, household debt to gross domestic product (GDP) reached RM667 billion or 77 percent of GDP which is high.

More recently questions of national security arose, after some 200 militants parked themselves down in Sabah and declared parts of the region theirs.“Imagine if you and I and a few friends walked into Singapore, bearing arms….we’d be dead in minutes,” a market watcher said.

There are also those who wonder why under Najib’s watch one individual, Syed Mokhtar Albukhary has amassed so much wealth. One of his flagship companies, DRB Hicom Bhd is based in Pekan, Pahang, which is also Najib’s constituency.

Recently there was a huge hue and cry that tycoon Robert Kuok Hock Nien had bought a parcel of land in Johor, and is to develop property in the Iskandar Malaysia. Is it really a big deal when Kuok who was born and bred in Johor buys a plot of land to develop?

Looking forward

Moving ahead, Najib’s plans for the country are already largely in place with heavy investments in rail projects, oil and gas, construction, property and water among others. However for Najib, his long term plans for the country could be derailed by his current deputy, Muhyiddin Yassin.

PTJ04_070110_TPM-2010Certain quarters in UMNO say that Najib’ has to either gain two thirds majority or win back Selangor, both seemingly tough targets to achieve, to continue being prime minister. Otherwise he is likely to be challenged by Muhyiddin.

It is also clear that Muhyiddin has the support of former premier Mahathir which is very important, and to top it all Muhyiddin’s grass root support in Johor is strong.

While Muhyiddin has always been coy, and never openly said he was after Najib’s position, he could be thrust into the number one seat, if he garners more support than Najib.

However much of the fight at the UMNO level will be sorted out in the third quarter of 2013 at the UMNO General Assembly.  Najib seems to have his hands full, having to look over his shoulder at Muhyiddin, campaign for UMNO, MCA and MIC, and running the country.

He has been Prime Minister for four years without a direct mandate from the people. Will the people now endorse him for the next five years?

31 thoughts on “GE-13: It’s All About Najib

  1. If i may ask: Are the names of the writers of this piece fictitious?
    The rest is ho-hum, but the last question can be answered with another question:
    “What’s happening in the French Courts wrt the Scorpene wunderbar?”
    Can’t have a sitting PM who might or might not be a Criminal..

  2. Najib was brought up in an envoriment of rich family.Spoon fed,amah,driver,aircondirion bedroom etc etc.Was sent to bording school in UK at the age of 10.His mother ,Toh Puan Rahah admit that,Najib did not have proper religious education.
    So we he become Menteri Besar,Minister and PM,he can talk about poverty of the Malay but he doesnt have the feeling the sufferingof the poor people.
    Compare to Mahayuddin and Anwar,who was brought up in Kampong enviroment,their understanding of the suffering of the poor is different.
    I dont think Najib can last as a PM beyond 5 Mei.

  3. The rakyat will reject Najib. UMNO will then reject him but Muhyiddin, Hishammuddin, Zahid and Shafie Apdal are not safe either so hopefully someone with some good values in him – Saifuddin Abdullah – gets to be promoted all the way to the top.

  4. If its all about Najib, then its over. Mahathir, the original provocateur, fears Anwar. Don’t think Mahathir would give a hoot to Najib if he turned on him..

    It’s not about Najib, its about incumbency and electoral cheating. Najib faced he same situation in 2004 and he arranged for postal votes to get across the line..He has cheated all his life and that is what he is doing now…
    __________________
    Mahathir is a sideshow, wildly entertaining. He is doing things for his own self interest. He just cannot stand back and watch his edifice crumble in the event of a Pakatan Rakyat take over of Putrajaya. I disagree with his approach and tactics like spreading fear about the Malays losing political power, etc, but I will not him his right to speak up. He might not do the same for me. But then that does not matter.–Din Merican

  5. Don’t you think you would wanna puke when one read about this propanganda speech. You know I would prefer Jim Hacker as PM instead……Just enjoy

  6. This election is literally about him. He basically campaigns for himself as evidenced by the many pictures of him. If I didn’t know any better I would have thought he’s running for the presidential election. No mention of him bribing the electorates wherever he goes?

  7. Dato, I think you ment… “power, etc, but I will not him his right to speak up”.

    By all means freedom of speech is OK but when he crosses the line on matters of race, religion, permitting illegal immigration and a host of other irregular things he must be stopped.

  8. It is common knowledge that Najib has lost control of UMNO’s warlords. It is difficult to gain control, when you have Mahathir calling the shots on one side, as Dato Din has very correctly observed, he is protecting his own turf, then, you have Muhuyuddin being pushed to make his own moves condradicting the PM, Muhuyuddin is not a strategist, and can’t, indeed will not act on his own, he is being used by Mahathir to be another thorn to Najib, then, you have Rosmah having her own agenda, without Najib’s approval, and we have smaller, but powerful warlords, each having their own political agendas. Mahathir has other people, individuals , as well as organizations like Perkasa to put pressure on Najib.

    Right now, all Najib has to, and wants to do is win the election, and do better than Badawi has done, then, his job is safe and his hands will be stronger. After this is done, and with his own mandate, he will rid UMNO of all the ‘trouble makers’, though the hardest will be Mahathir, but not impossible, it is only an matter of Najib and his men/women in UMNO putting their collective strengths together.

    Without winning this elections, Najib can’t exert his authority within BN and UMNO. He has stood firm with MIC and MCA, though it may seem that he has let Ong Tee Keat down, look at what he has obtained from MCA in return.

    As the little known authors of this article, Jose Barrock & S Ashwiinie, have observed, Najib has done, and is doing some things right, unlike Badawi, I think he has some good advisors, and judging from Najib’s actions, he has listened to them, with some positive results.

    No other PM has reached out to the people, as much as Najib has done, and that is something that has gained Najib lots of votes.

    A friend of mine that has known Najib since his days in the UK said to me, the Najib he sees now, is different from the Najib that he knew earlier. Najib was never a ‘people’s person’ before, but the extent that Najib has gone to be seen as a ‘listening PM’, is, to him, quite remarkable. The only trouble is that Najib is trying too hard to please everyone, and he may not be able to keep all his promises, like his promises to Hindraf for example. Najib may pass all the laws that he wants, to keep his promises to hindraf, but he still needs people, people who are inherently racist, in the civil service, etc., to implement them.

    Najib alone is making all kinds of promises to all kinds of groups and persons, though he is making those promises on behalf of the Govt, he alone may have to keep them, I doubt that he will get the cooperation of people below him, the DG’s, SG’s, etc., to deliver on those promises.

    And that is when the problems will begin.

    As far as the Scorpeone issue is concerned, please bear in mind that it is almost impossible for the French Courts, to act against the Head of a Sovereign Nation, and it is not because of Diplomatic Immunity alone either. If it is that simple, and the French expect the rest of the world to submit themselves to the French Courts, then Malaysia too can have a hearing against some French PM/serving Minister, etc., brought to court by individuals or groups sponsored by the Malaysian Govt., and though the courts cannot be controlled, the court case itself can be used, to be a major embarrassment to politicians all over the world. Then, the Americans will do it, the British will do the same, the Russians and the Chinese will follow, and soon we will have an absolute mess all over the world.

    And that is why Najib is not worried. Besides, all these are negotiated well beforehand anyway.

    Syed Mokhtar gets away with all he wants, because of Mahathir. it is common knowledge that Syed Mokhtar does not ask Najib for this and that, he tells Mahathir, or Mahathir tells him what to take and do, and then Mahathir talks tio Najib. Still, he is a good source of political funds for BN/UMNO.

    Still, I think Najib is a weak leader, for now, and some things are not of his own doing, and if he can gain a good mandate, and keep the likes Mahathir, Daim, etc., at bay, then, it is possible, that Najib will make a good PM.

    But to all those to think that Pakatan is truly a better alternative, I will advise you all to think again, and again, and need be, again. PKR, PAS, DAP, have all too many ‘prima donnas’, within their ranks, and these are not politicians, they are bureaucrats, and bureaucrats don’t understand politics. It requires a leader with great skills to manage these prima donnas, and as far as I know, there none in Pakatan.

    That is my personal opinion, and I would not want to impose that on anyone, or debate or argue with anyone, on this.

  9. “That is my personal opinion, and I would not want to impose that on anyone, or debate or argue with anyone, on this.” – SS Nath

    But since you posting it for the public to see, your opinion will be up for a debate.

    “But to all those to think that Pakatan is truly a better alternative, I will advise you all to think again, and again, and need be, again. PKR, PAS, DAP, have all too many ‘prima donnas’, within their ranks, and these are not politicians, they are bureaucrats, and bureaucrats don’t understand politics. It requires a leader with great skills to manage these prima donnas, and as far as I know, there none in Pakatan.”

    Is that not IMPOSING your opinion on people despite using the word “advice”?

    Najib have said “never trust people who make promises” and then he went on to make promises everywhere he goes. For once I agree with him. I don’t trust him.

  10. SS Nath,

    Your observations are rational and cogent, but there is something adhering to my mind.
    My question still begs to be answered:
    “If DCM is found to have violated anti-trust Laws in the Scorpene investigations and trial; what would that do to a sitting PM who was the Prime-mover in the deal?”

    The French court might or might not ‘act’ or even need to name the person(s) involved, but should the verdict be guilty and unlawful – what does it imply? Keep in mind such was the verdict in the charges brought up in Taiwan and India.

    It has nothing to do with ‘legality’ or ‘international relations’ – but in the realm of ethics and morality. You need not respond, if you do not wish to do so.

  11. Tak payah menyusahkan diri, didi. Dia takkan jawab.
    Selain drp apa yg di tulis, kemungkinan komen nya adalah dari segi ‘consultant’ hang jibs.

  12. didi,
    I agree with you, that, since I have posted my ‘advice’ on a public wall, my advice will be debated, and I also know, that I myself will have to defend that advice, that is fair.

    Really, I wasn’t ‘imposing’ my advice on anyone, just saying, “please think carefully, if you are of the opinion that Pakatan is indeed that better alternative”.

    I have, often enough, ‘discussed’, I hesitate to use the word ‘argued’, with people in Pakatan, and all they speak about/against BN/UMNO is corruption, abuse of power, deaths in police custody,injustices in the judiciary, cronyism, Mahathir, Rosmah, etc., etc., etc. When/if Pakatan comes to power, they can and indeed will get rid of corruption, abuse of power, deaths in police custody, injustices in the judiciary, cronyism, Mahathir, Rosmah, etc., etc., etc.which is good, but running a Govt is much more than getting rid of corruption, abuse of power, deaths in police custody, injustices in the judiciary, cronyism, Mahathir, Rosmah, etc., etc., etc.

    It is about the right foreign policy, fiscal and monetary policies, defence policy and strategy, (buying arms without excessive mark ups and having a few retired generals in your team, is helpful, but those alone are not what entirely constitutes defence policy and strategy). Then, there is the question of International Trade and Industry, (Anwar criticizing the present alone lack of investments alone, isn’t sufficient), it is much more than these. Getting rid of corruption doesn’t mean more international investors will line up outside your front door.

    Then, there is the issue of the Finance portfolio. Do you know how many people in Pakatan have already made, and will make a claim on the Finance Minister’s job? Having a PPE Degree from Oxford alone, isn’t enough to be a Finance Minister. Condemning the existing financial and fiscal policies alone doesn’t qualify one to be a Finance Minister, and if it is, then my grocery shop owner, is definitely qualified to be one. Just knowing about Finance isn’t enough to be a Finance Minister.

    Do listen to Anwar’s speeches, whether it is Sarawak or Sabah, from Johore to Penang. At one of his speeches he said, “why can’t Mahathir or Najib speak about policies in their speeches, why must they always speak about him, and condemn the opposition”.

    I agree.

    But, listen to what Anwar is always speaking about? Tell me one speech where he, Tony Pua, LKS, Hadi Awang, Azizah, other top PKR, PAS, and DAP leaders have outlined policies of the various organs of the Govt?

    Bringing down the price of petrol by 20 sen, doesn’t have such a tremendous effect on 40% of the Malaysian electorate, but is sounds good when it is announced to some kampung folks. Agreed, that is helpful, but Pakatan sounds as if that all they will do, and can do.

    We, the electorate are not demanding for more from Pakatan, in terms of explaining their overall policies, we are just accepting whatever Pakatan says, we are thinking with our emotions, and because we hate the BN Govt so much, Pakatan knows that as long as they condemn BN, and we, the electorate will become emotional and vote them in.

    Never mind what they will do once they form the Govt, or indeed if they can govern at all.

    Najib is not a debater or an orator, he is rather polished and refined, he can’t even be considered a good speaker. Who says that to be a good PM, one must be a good orator and debater. All one needs to be, is, a good “do’er”, and let us not deny what Najib done the last 4 years, there has been great effort on his part, with some good consequences, and all he is saying is this, “Look at what I have done, so far at least, give me mandate, and I will do more”. Perhaps, we can and should deny BN the 2/3’rd majority.

    If one cares to compare what Najib has done in the last 4 years, and what Anwar has done, during the 16 years in the Govt., then one will have a fairly good idea about my arguments. Anwar tolerated more of Mahathir’s cronyism and abuses, than Badawi had, and Najib has. Only when he and Mahathir were fighting each other during the last few months, prior to, and after his sacking, did Anwar highlight Mahathir’s abuses. Until then, he was too busy with his own abuses.

    The argument that Anwar is a changed man now, given his time in prison and all that, only holds water, only to a certain point, not one inch more. Anwar’s fight with Mahathir for the control of UMNO, was for his own personal doing, that was his own personal fight for power.

    Had Anwar succeeded in bringing corruption charges against Mahathir in Sept 1998, as he planned to, using the Perwaja issue, to start of with, who is to say that Anwar would have treated Mahathir fairly, or at least fairer that what Mahathir was to Anwar? Anwar went for Mahathir’s throat, and Mahathir was more than prepared for this, and Mahathir fought back, and Anwar knew what was coming to him, and he also knew the consequences of going after Mahathir. And he took that chance, and paid the price, and we suffered the consequences. Now he wants his personal vendetta against Mahathir. If Anwar had succeeded against Mahathir then, then, Mahathir would have paid the price, and we will also would have have suffered the consequences.

    Who is to say, which of the two, would have been lesser?

    That is all I had ‘adviced’ people to think, but do make up your own minds.

    C.L. Familiaris, at the end of the day, no foreign nation, will find the head of a sovereign nation guilty, well, unless you are from a inconsequential country like Uganda, Zimbabwee, Somalia, etc. It sets a precedent for their own leaders to be found guilty too, especially in purchases relating to arms, pharmaceuticals, and oil. Even their own leaders will be implicated in the scorpeone affair. I assure you, that court case is nothing, but an eye wash, and it will go on for years and years, even after Najib has retired. Ask any one who is fairly conversant with issues of how Govts’ operate, and you will have an idea.

    Suffice to say, the Althantuya affair isn’t as straight forward as one thinks. She was, as has been reported in sites overseas, negotiating for several Govts, and with several arms dealers, and Malaysia was just ONE of them. Razak Baginda is free to travel to France anytime from the UK, where he resides, and that is a clue for you.

    I shall say no more. But Sir, your point is taken.

  13. I just want to add that PAS wants to make Thursday and half day, and Friday an off day for the whole of Malaysia, and what a setback that will be for international trade. We will not work on Thursday and Friday, other Govts’ will not work and Saturdays and Sundays, so with effectively 3 working days, we shall still have 5-6 % annual growth.

    I expect, if a Pakatan Govt is formed, PAS will have at least 36 MP’s, and with that number to prop up a Pakatan Govt, what PAS wants, PAS will get, or least there will be few renegades to try and sabotage the Pakatan Govt.

  14. I shall say no more. – SS Nath

    by the time I read the last para of your comment I’ve already forgotten what you wrote in the first, because it sounds just like a rojak of titbits from the umno-bn propaganda we hear day in day out without a proper peanut sauce.
    we are so consumed by our love for Anwar and Pakatan that we just can’t take you seriously. no disrespect meant.

  15. SS Nath,
    Do you seriously believe that PAS can get whatever they want as if it’s like manna fallen from heaven? Come on! Don’t you think this kinda of cheap propaganda is damn tiring to listen at. Remember what happen in selangor when PAS really did some funny over the local council thingy. Or you have forgotten that Azizan, MB Kedah got to personally come to see LKS to discuss over some state policy he has implemented. But then again, perhaps this song would sooth your feeling

  16. Reeperbahn,
    One just got to watch Yes Prime Minister to understand the gist of it…..Just enjoy! Or by the civil servants would prevent PAS from doing something really stupid

  17. Didi,
    SS Nath talked of others being prima donnas. Who says BN doesn’t have those? There is one gigantic prima donna…..His name is Madhatter. Whatever can cause catastrophe to nation including the collapse of the ringgit in 1997. What the hell about the spat between OTK & Soil Legg Chicken?

    CLF,
    Nath subscribe to Humphery’s view that government is not about morality but about continuity. Even if it means wanton corruption till it bankrupt the whole nation by Najib who is playing Santa Claus

    Nath,
    I can carry on listing down all your so called prima donnas in BN……..Let me refresh your memory in the youtube shown later. Hahaha, asking us to think carefully…..Tell you this after all my careful thought, I have decided to kick BN arse. PAP kicked Tunku arse & look at what happen to Singapore. Brunei sultan kicked Tunku arse by not joining Malaysia. Look at what happen to Brunei. UMNO is a beep beep disaster deserved to be eliminated. Tunku says so.
    Corruption! Abuse of Power etc etc! Those are the crucial things that we must discuss. Singaporeans had done the right thing 50 years ago by kicking out Lim Yew Hock…..Tunku’s sucker, UMNO lover boy

    To be continued

  18. Ooi, looes tak payah la.., jangan. Nanti kena severe case of talk-a-molly disease, how? Remember what i said about the Andra Pradesh Brahmin and his Idianitis metaphor?

  19. ”…by the civil servants would prevent PAS from doing something really stupid” – looes74

    the fact that Najib and Co. are warning the public about chaos and mayhem if BN is defeated endorses his inability to rule and probably the incompetence of the present government.. he has been prime minister for the past term and IF he had groomed the civil service, police, judiciary et etc properly then they should be capable of running the government in an interim period, even in the absence of the Pee M. just like an autopilot in an airliner. the civil service is the backbone of a nation.
    he slept on his work but he wants us to vote for him!!

    I’m sure he won’t be here for the GE and damned sure not thereafter too.

    Vote for a better future
    Vote for people like Nurul Izzah

    they have cheated us for 55 years, that’s enough, don’t let them get away with it.

    looes74, for the time being I’d prefer watching something like this, because politics is macabre. it’s not always the good who win.

  20. “It is about the right foreign policy, fiscal and monetary policies, defence policy and strategy, (buying arms without excessive mark ups and having a few retired generals in your team, is helpful, but those alone are not what entirely constitutes defence policy and strategy). Then, there is the question of International Trade and Industry, (Anwar criticizing the present alone lack of investments alone, isn’t sufficient), it is much more than these. Getting rid of corruption doesn’t mean more international investors will line up outside your front door.”

    Well, it’s a start. If you don’t try, you wouldn’t know. You talked about good foreign, economic and defense policies. You see that in BN? What is it that you are smoking? As of now, we are not only overpaying for weapons. Overpayment is not just in defense. It has spread to other government agencies and departments too. Come on, Malaysians are not stupid. Come up with a better propaganda please.

  21. “Najib is not a debater or an orator, he is rather polished and refined, he can’t even be considered a good speaker. Who says that to be a good PM, one must be a good orator and debater. All one needs to be, is, a good “do’er”, and let us not deny what Najib done the last 4 years, there has been great effort on his part, with some good consequences, and all he is saying is this, “Look at what I have done, so far at least, give me mandate, and I will do more”. Perhaps, we can and should deny BN the 2/3′rd majority.”

    Definitely a paid consultant.

  22. “Suffice to say, the Althantuya affair isn’t as straight forward as one thinks. She was, as has been reported in sites overseas, negotiating for several Govts, and with several arms dealers, and Malaysia was just ONE of them. Razak Baginda is free to travel to France anytime from the UK, where he resides, and that is a clue for you.”

    Yes, but she wasn’t killed by the other foreign governments neither was she killed in another country. Maybe the concept of justice is foreign to you. One clue for you, razak baginda admitted to having an affair with altantunya, didn’t he? Can’t blame people for casting suspicion on him.

  23. I must say that I am terribly disappointed with all the responses to my comments, none seem to want to rebut my points, but instead use sarcasm and emotions to respond.

    Didi, yes Althantuya was killed in Malaysia, I was referring to the case in the French courts, it was in that context that I was answering C.L. Familiaris.

    I am not saying that BN’s fiscal and monetary policies are good, but they have one, and Anwar was part of those policies at one time too, but Pakatan has none, if they have, we have not heard of it, and it is of paramount importance that we do hear of it.

    You mean Pakatan will be thinking and formulating these policies, after they have come into power, and whilst they are formulating these policies, the rest of the world will wait for them?

    You can believe what you like didi, that I am a paid consultant, paid consultants write rubbish, and all can be rebutted, whereas you can’t even rebut mine, and if it’s paid consultants that you are looking for, go and read Syed Akhbar Ali or Rocky.

    You just pick pieces here and there from what i have written, and you make sarcastic remarks, do read my observations, and respond to me in totality.

  24. Najib speaks well??He probably can engage in little conversation well(but not debate,until now he is running and hiding his face in the sand when someone ask him for an open debate)!

    When he give political speeches,better avoid it,he will monotonously shout to the top of his voice and in the process break the listeners ear drums and of course his supporters will clap,though many don’t even understand what was being said.

    Don’t know where this fellow Najib learn the art of shouting to get some attention!!

  25. Interesting, Dr SS Nath. And you’re are a consultant in or heading which government agency – or none at all, if i may ask?

    You seem to be able to speak about everything under the sun from business, economics, diplomacy, foreign relations/investments, international/criminal law, politics, social policies – real and imagined, governance, history and much more.
    I’m truly impressed with your verbosity. I’ve have always wondered about the relationship between polymath geniuses, morality and E.Q.

    Thanks for answering my doubt. Btw, don’t take it ‘personally’. To each their own, after all, life is adversarial.

  26. SS Nath,
    I’m sorry that I disappointed you and ridiculed your comment. frankly I don’t see anything new in your piece, these are ‘facts’ daily used by umno-bn to prove to us that they are indespensible for Malaysia. that Malaysia will fall apart if not for umno. umno and Najib failed to build up a strong government that could stay through a change of guards. isn’t that negligence of duty?
    about 20 years ago Helmut Kohl was voted out by the people of Germany, after a marathon rule of 16years. elected in was the Social Democratic Party, more or less an ‘Arbeiter Partei’ with strong influence from Trade Unions, and until then the largely unknown ‘Grüne’ also known as the Chaoten Partei.
    the then ousted CDU/FDP coalition sang the same song as UMNO-BN is doing in Malaysia now, that they are indespensible for the good of the german people.
    on the contrary the new coalition of SPD/Grüne brought many changes which Germany was hungering for.
    Helmut Kohl afflicted ‘Gedächtnisschwund’ after that, yes you guessed it, Selective Memory Syndrome! massive number of files were destroyed during transition to prevent the new government from exposing the rampant corruption which existed during their rule of 16 years.

    SS Nath, my friend, you are telling what parents tell their kids ‘don’t play outside after dark’ or ‘don’t talk to strangers’. I think malaysians are matured and smart enough to vote for a change and take a risk….

  27. It saddens me to say how shameful it is for Malaysians to accept a leader who refuse to clear his name from the Altantuya murder case. How will other nations look and regard this country as nothing more than a pariah country.

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