January 30, 2015
Pak Kadiaq’s Advice to PM Najib: Run the Country and UMNO
Kadir Jasin likens the PM to the fictional Don Quixote, who instead of fighting the Opposition, is attacking imaginary enemies from within his own party.
Fresh from the ruckus at MIC’s headquarters yesterday that saw death threats and gangsters taking centre stage, veteran journalist Kadir Jasin took to his blog saying the country’s political coalitions, both Opposition and ruling, were falling apart at the seams much to the oblivious Prime Minister Najib Razak who was busy attacking imaginary enemies instead.
Likening Najib to the fictional Don Quixote, Kadir said, “Weak BN leadership is encouraging component parties to go their own ways” in reference to MIC’s internal strife, which he warned, if not resolved, would adversely affect Barisan Nasional, as the ruling coalition depended on the Indian vote to stay in power.
He also noted the “growing discontent” within UMNO itself, and lamented that instead of fighting the Pakatan Rakyat, Najib’s “real foes”, the PM and his “UMNO psychological warfare machinery” were bent instead on attacking imaginary enemies like former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and former Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin.
He said, “They (Najib and his machinery) committed the ultimate misstep by enlisting Opposition Leader (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim and his PKR cohorts to attack Daim on prime time TV and in the UMNO-controlled newspapers,” only to run “helter-skelter” when Daim himself said he knew who was behind the campaign that was smearing his good name.
Saying point blank, “Mohd Najib should be less gullible and spend more time running the country and party,” Kadir added, “He should by now realise that not everybody in his payroll are as good as they promoted themselves to be.He should stop following his daydreaming Don Quixotes on their silly missions fighting the windmills.”
“The state government is surreptitiously flexing its muscle over immigration by barring many Peninsula residents from entering the state.
“Even civil servants and GLC employers are subjected to closer scrutiny now before being allowed entry,” he said, noting that the “supposedly weak and amiable” Adenan Satem was proving to be more decisive that his predecessor when it came to corruption and abuse of power.
He also had some words of advice for Opposition leaders, telling them that their future lay with the “younger and more idealistic leaders, and their youthful supporters”, not “old-timers” like Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang and Hadi Awang, who they should “wean” themselves off.
He, however, said that 1MDB would continue to haunt the Opposition coalition even if they came to power.“I told them that if ever they win, they can choose to banish Mohd Najib and his merry men (and women) to the mythical Laut Kalzum (Kalzum Sea) to be devoured by the Garuda, but 1MDB will not disappear.
“The debt-laden sovereign fund will become their problem. So are other issues the country is now facing.”
Saying, “At the end of the day, it’s not about politics but about the country,” Kadir added, “…the future of UMNO, the Malays and Islam is far more important than the future of any one person in UMNO.”