Should Najib resign?

July 11, 2015

Should Najib resign?

by Hafidz Baharom

Personally, yes. He has tarnished the office of Prime minister with his continued failure in doing the one thing he had to do: lead. And quite frankly, I would rather he do so before succumbing to his “media triggered” depression, letting this country fall further into economic ruin and then promoting a “Twinkie defence”. Or, before he calls for martial law.

Najib must resignSo respectfully, it is time to clock out, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. And I’ll tell you why? In fact, I’ll write it out. The recent exposé by The Wall Street Journal has eroded whatever little confidence I have in the Prime Minister’s government, but I doubt his die-hard fans are quite in that position yet.

These are probably the same people who think the Titanic was an unsinkable ship that did not sink. Or to use Monty Python, still believe the parrot isn’t dead and is just “pining for the fjords”. Malaysians are a sarcastic and humorous people who have recently been able to channel this – directly or indirectly – through social media.

And with the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) public relations quagmire and the currently happening probe into how the Prime Minister had millions (or billions) placed into his personal accounts, the authorities have taken measures to try and keep this “parrot” alive through any means necessary.

Let us look at what is being suggested by these – for a lack of a better word – morons. First we have the conspiracy theorists, which include the Prime Minister himself. Initially, he had accused former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad of conspiring against him with the foreign press. When this was too ridiculous for the press to buy, or even the general public, he moved on to saying that the Dow Jones was conspiring to topple his government.

While there is a task force which is investigating these allegations, our Attorney-General found it necessary to task the police to look for who leaked the documents, even without first confirming that these documents were real or faked.

You read right. Insofar as the scandal has surfaced, the documents have been branded as “tampered documents” without any proof or revelation of the authentic ones from the parties involved. Why? Is it because the documents are classified under the Official Secrets Act, perhaps? And yet, a task force was established to investigate these allegations by an American newspaper based on these documents, and the Prime Minister is mulling action against the paper.

Personally, I would like to see this in court simply to see our Prime Minister take the stand and have the government prove that the documents released were  not real, untampered and untrue. It would allow the Sarawak Report, The Edge and The Malaysian Insider to then sue the Malaysian government for defamation and be vindicated.

Also, since the Journal is not published in Malaysia, it is outside the jurisdiction of the Royal Malaysian Police. In fact, can the Police actually take action against the Journal in any way or form since it is published and read online?

I sincerely doubt it. I’m guessing it is the same reason both Raja Petra Kamaruddin’s Malaysia Today and Clare Rewcastle Brown’s Sarawak Report are based beyond our borders. Perhaps our internet regulator will consider adding both websites in their Green Wall list – a list of websites inaccessible to the Malaysian public.

Speaking of which, we had a regulator weigh in saying that spreading false news on 1MDB was punishable by law. The Malaysian Commission for Multimedia and Communication (MCMC) found it necessary to even post this on Facebook.

Pro-government supporters are even considering the shutdown of the social network for nothing more than allowing Malaysians their right in expressing their views in the most hilarious and sarcastic ways possible – something that was guaranteed when we were granted Multimedia Supper-corridor (MSC) status.

Even going so far as to say it would make Malaysians more “productive”. Perhaps they would be so kind to practice what they preach and do so themselves, to set examples for the rest of us.

Of course, the typical UMNO leaders have also weighed in by saying that this is a foreign, Jewish conspiracy, but that is so overplayed by this government and its supporters that it rings on deaf ears. And then we have a leader of a bank who insisted on voicing his dissatisfaction and questioning the authenticity of the documents on social media, being shared by pro-government factions and being proven wrong. Sadly, his recant was not shared with the same enthusiasm as his calling the Journal stupid.

And he’s now being investigated by his employers, a move that I also do not support. We must not stifle anyone’s ability to express their thoughts on social media, and we should know where to draw the line between our individual and our jobs in the realm of social networks. For many reasons, this has been blurred drastically in the last decade when employers, the authorities and even insurance companies decided it a valid source of information.Even journalism has taken entries on Facebook as a source of news, as experienced by a fellow The Malaysian Insider columnist.

But all this makes it necessary for us to question a few things. Primarily, our government has embarrassed itself through its inability to follow up on former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s promise for reform towards transparency, especially in the case of 1MDB.

Instead of allowing Malaysians and its stakeholders to openly view the wheeling and dealings of this company under the Ministry of Finance, the company chose to shun the press to the point of refusing to even allow reporters covering them from viewing their pitch at property events.

Even the Pime Minister himself destroyed his credibility in the court of public opinion. From being too fast on the draw during Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s guilty verdict, his “golf diplomacy” trip to Hawaii during the worst flood since 1971, the insistence on flying to the Middle East during earthquakes in Sabah, yet the quick draw ability to comment on “gay parades” and 24-hour eateries callously shows his failure in setting priorities for a country.

Adding on to this was his no-show from the ironically named “Nothing2Hide” closed door forum, his insistence on continued sniping instead of a face to face session with Mahathir, the MARA scandal and even the continued hiring of people to help his faltering public image.

Goons in Malaysia's CabinetAll I can say is, this government was led by an ineffecive leader and an even worse a Cabinet that has led to the exhaustion of their political capital built up in the past 60 years, all spent up in the last decade. But don’t take my word for it. Let us wait for Merdeka Center to conduct their poll. Better yet, take a look at the Edelman Trust Barometer. In 2012, the Malaysian government scored 52%. In 2015, that number went down to 45%.

Erosion of trust, inability to defend the nation, an ineffective cabinet of dunces, a public persona of ridicule and allegations of underhanded dealings and nepotism, and more importantly, bankrupting the ruling party’s political capital, all of which have been highlighted by both government and alternative media.

24 thoughts on “Should Najib resign?

  1. Why ask this question? He must resign, but he won’t. Keep yelling till the cows come home. Both his Cabinet and UMNO will not stand up against him. The Speaker will blog any no confidence motion in Dewan Rakyat. –Din Merican

  2. Din,
    We should ask John Malott what Americans did when Nixon refused to hand over teh audio tapes. And instead sack Aechibald Cox that precipitates the call for Nixon’s impeachment

    Najib still thinks that he is Ronald Reagan

  3. RPK ? This guy has as much (or as little) credibility as the 1PM.

    Sarawak Report responds to RPK’s attacks on Clare Rewcastle Brown:

    “RPK, the author of this material, lives in the UK.

    He has taken quite a bit of hospitality from his present target, which could be ill-afforded on the limited budget of our radio project RFS at the time.

    He therefore knows that ‘Clare’ lives in the same 4th floor flat (no lift) that she moved into after getting married 20 years ago.

    So much for this “life-style change’.

    The cost in 1992 was £162,000 and that has now boosted to the “multi-million” current estimate of around £1.6m.

    Malaysian money is involved – to the extent that the country’s exported billions have been inflating prices in London’s property market.

    The budget for Radio Free Sarawak comes from a foundation that focuses on rainforest issues in Europe and also from donations from the public.

    ‘Clare’ gets some freelance journalism and consultancy fees, which over the past decade have registered below the UK tax threshold.

    Travel expenses are carried by the budget for the not for profit Radio Free Sarawak, which she also manages.

    So, investigate away RPK and of course the estimable ‘Winifred Poh’.

    By the way, how come you got such a flash new BMW right after you spun on your axis and went from supporting reformasi to being the pet barking dog for Najib Razak?”

  4. RESIGN ??

    If you ask those UMNO morons, especially those in cabinet, the meaning of that word is:

    “Resign = To sign again, ie signing a person’s signature one more time at the bottom of a letter”

    Even that Oxford upstart will tell you the same thing.

  5. Yes , it is best that he resigns , but if this means the devil incarnate returns as the proxy prime minister – then i think not .

    So a better path maybe to have the whole cabinet resign and have tengku Razeligh act as prime minister for an interim period after which an election should be called .

    But NEVER the devil incarnate again.

  6. As I’ve commented elsewhere, the regime and its parasitic supporters have too much to lose to even consider getting off the carousel in the three-ring circus they run.

    There are literally billions at stake in illicit funds stashed here and in foreign lands, there are millions of incriminating documents in all the GLCs, the Civil Service, the Armed Forces etc – documents that will prove the systematic swindling and pillaging that have taken place across the board for six decades …and there are limitless opportunities to steal and launder more in the years to come.

    UMNO and its partners in crime (read BN) have used this country as their ATM to enrich themselves and their cronies in the Civil Service, the judiciary and the Armed Forces without any fear of being brought to justice. Najib’s ‘you help me, I help you’ has always been the operating credo – a fact borne out by its most recent manifestation, the Task Force and before that, the great Altantuya Whitewash.

    So should these fellows be allowed to simply step aside to enjoy their unholy gains? Wouldn’t a perfunctory resignation result in the reading of a “lets forgive, forget and move on” script?

    No. Everyone of them should be charged and tried in courts truly transformed by the inclusion of men and women of unimpeachable integrity. The guilty should be made examples for the generations to come.

    Only then will the country be cleansed of this terrible stain.

    For that to happen however, increasingly greater numbers of honorable men and women need to step up and be heard. The collective voice of an outraged population will eventually enable the change. It will happen… as it has in many nations ruled by the corrupt and eminently contemptible.

  7. Tris,
    Slush Fund…….hahahahaha! Meanwhile, this is indeed very funny. I bet Hisham Rais would do something similar on Najib

    I wonder if there were any Malaysia version of John Dean. Definitely not RPK

  8. “…..but I doubt his die-hard fans are quite in that position yet.”

    I don’t think Hafidz Baharom really gets the dialectic here. Forget about rural heartlands/vote banks and Sabah and Sarawak. There is a class of people, who really think that only BN is capable of leading this country.

    They honestly believe that we have a free press or that some form of control by the Executive is necessary in disseminating information.

    They honestly believe that our institutions are functional and that they should be allowed to carry out their functions.

    They honestly believe that the Opposition causes trouble and hoodwinks voters into voting against BN.

    They honestly believe that Malaysia is a democracy with functional bodies that encourage free and fair elections.

    They honestly believe in the social contract and that Non Malays should be grateful that they are allowed to live in peace.

    Why ask if Najib should resign ? The question implies that that we have some choice in the matter. Public opprobrium and this Regime’s response to it only exposes the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of this Administration and nothing else.

    The real question is, what can we do if he does not resign ? And the answer to that is absolutely nothing.

  9. Get UMNO & its allies rooted out completely to look for better future for Malaysia. They had their day and now is the turn to others to manage the country.

    Why is this Tunku Razaleigh to be an interim PM? Till today he has not even opened his mouth on this mess and so I feel he is an opportunist waiting quietly to be handed over the country on a platter with a golden spoon.

    What guarantee is there that he, being an UMNO faithful and strong man will hand over his powers to the next elected government? No way lah ! UMNO will hold tight to grab the power under he guise of all kinds of excuses as what is happening now by bringing in race politics.

    The best option is go for elections but not with this EC board otherwise there will be no end to gerrymandering.

  10. What has Najib done as PM that could not have been done by a chief clerk in any major govt dept?

    And without having the high costs associated with his office-private jets, the expensive jaunts overseas, the maintenance of his palace, the bloated number of minions to keep his aristocratic lifestyle oiled and ready to go, etc, etc.

    So many resources spent and so few positives to show. No value added but a big drag on the nation.

    What a wasted life.

  11. Dear Somu 10:05 pm
    “Why is this Tunku Razaleigh to be an interim PM?”

    It is because the reality is that while about 50% of Malays support
    the Opposition, the other half supports UMNO Baru.
    This is the reality (although support may be diminishing 🙂 because of
    GST and round after round of petrol price increases and accelerating inflation).

    Politics is the art of the possible and the art of compromise acceptable to all (unless one wants to end up in extreme partisanship and civil war).

    So, an interim PM has to come from UMNO. The rest of the UMNO Baru top leaders are all seriously tainted and also demonstrate incompetence
    by their pronouncements and handling of incidents such as MH370.
    I can’t think of any other UMNO person besides Tengku Razaleigh.

  12. “Should Najib resign?”

    As they say, nothing happens by ACCIDENT, rather it is by DESIGN…

    Jibby walked right into that TRAP of the Global MAFIA Elites & their 4 Stage DEBT trap…!

    Just to share this…

    21st Century Wire asks…

    What’s really been happening in Greece?

    Global Research News

    Every single mainstream media has the following narrative for the economic crisis in Greece: the government spent too much money and went broke; the generous banks gave them money, but Greece still can’t pay the bills because it mismanaged the money that was given. It sounds quite reasonable, right?

    Except that it is a big fat lie … not only about Greece, but about other European countries such as Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland who are all experiencing various degrees of austerity.

    It was also the same big, fat lie that was used by banks and corporations to exploit many Latin American, Asian and African countries for many decades.

    Greece did not fail on its own. It was made to fail.

    In summary, the banks wrecked the Greek government, and then deliberately pushed it into unsustainable debt … while revenue-generating public assets were sold off to oligarchs and international corporations. The rest of the article is about how and why.

    If you are a fan of mafia movies, you know how the mafia would take over a popular restaurant. First, they would do something to disrupt the business – stage a murder at the restaurant or start a fire. When the business starts to suffer, the Godfather would generously offer some money as a token of friendship.

    In return, Greasy Thumb takes over the restaurant’s accounting, Big Joey is put in charge of procurement, and so on. Needless to say, it’s a journey down a spiral of misery for the owner who will soon be broke and, if lucky, alive.

    Now, let’s map the mafia story to international finance in four stages.

    Stage 1: The first and foremost reason that Greece got into trouble was the “Great Financial Crisis” of 2008 that was the brainchild of Wall Street and international bankers. If you remember, banks came up with an awesome idea of giving subprime mortgages to anyone who can fog a mirror. They then packaged up all these ticking financial bombs and sold them as “mortgage-backed securities” for a huge profit to various financial entities in countries around the world.

    A big enabler of this criminal activity was another branch of the banking system, the group of rating agencies – S&P, Fitch and Moody’s – who gave stellar ratings to these destined-to-fail financial products. Unscrupulous politicians such as Tony Blair joined Goldman Sachs and peddled these dangerous securities to pension funds and municipalities and countries around Europe. Banks and Wall Street gurus made hundreds of billions of dollars in this scheme.

    But this was just Stage 1 of their enormous scam. There was much more profit to be made in the next three stages!

    Stage 2 is when the financial time bombs exploded. Commercial and investment banks around the world started collapsing in a matter of weeks. Governments at local and regional level saw their investments and assets evaporate. Chaos everywhere!

    Vultures like Goldman Sachs and other big banks profited enormously in three ways: one, they could buy other banks such as Lehman brothers and Washington Mutual for pennies on the dollar. Second, more heinously, Goldman Sachs and insiders such as John Paulson (who recently donated $400 million to Harvard) had made bets that these securities would blow up.

    Paulson made billions, and the media celebrated his acumen. (For an analogy, imagine the terrorists betting on 9/11 and profiting from it.) Third, to scrub salt in the wound, the big banks demanded a bailout from the very citizens whose lives the bankers had ruined! Bankers have chutzpah. In the U.S., they got hundreds of billions of dollars from the taxpayers and trillions from the Federal Reserve Bank which is nothing but a front group for the bankers.

    In Greece, the domestic banks got more than $30 billion of bailout from the Greek people. Let that sink in for a moment – the supposedly irresponsible Greek government had to bail out the hardcore capitalist bankers.

    Stage 3 is when the banks force the government to accept massive debts. For a biology metaphor, consider a virus or a bacteria. All of them have unique strategies to weaken the immune system of the host. One of the proven techniques used by the parasitic international bankers is to downgrade the bonds of a country. And that’s exactly what the bankers did, starting at the end of 2009. This immediately makes the interest rates (“yields”) on the bonds go up, making it more and more expensive for the country to borrow money or even just roll over the existing bonds.

    From 2009 to mid 2010, the yields on 10-year Greek bonds almost tripled! This cruel financial assault brought the Greek government to its knees, and the banksters won their first debt deal of a whopping 110 billion Euros.

    The banks also control the politics of nations. In 2011, when the Greek prime minister refused to accept a second massive bailout, the banks forced him out of the office and immediately replaced him with the Vice President of ECB (European Central Bank)! No elections needed. Screw democracy. And what would this new guy do? Sign on the dotted line of every paperwork that the bankers bring in.

    (By the way, the very next day, the exact same thing happened in Italy where the Prime Minister resigned, only to be replaced by a banker/economist puppet. Ten days later, Spain had a premature election where a “technocrat” banker puppet won the election).

    The puppet masters had the best month ever in November 2011.

    Few months later, in 2012, the exact bond market manipulation was used when the banksters turned up the Greek bonds’ yields to 50%!!! This financial terrorism immediately had the desired effect: The Greek parliament agreed to a second massive bailout, even larger than the first one.

    Now, here is another fact that most people don’t understand. The loans are not just simple loans like you would get from a credit card or a bank. These loans come with very special strings attached that demand privatization of a country’s assets. If you have seen Godfather III, you would remember Hyman Roth, the investor who was carving up Cuba among his friends. Replace Hyman Roth with Goldman Sachs or IMF (International Monetary Fund) or ECB, and you get the picture.

    Stage 4: Now, the rape and humiliation of a nation begin. For the debt that was forced upon them, Greece had to sell many of its profitable assets to oligarchs and international corporations. And privatizations are ruthless, involving everything and anything that is profitable.

    Listen to 21WIRE’s Patrick Henningsen after the votes were counted on Sunday evening:….more”

    “These loans come with very special strings attached that demand privatization of a country’s assets. If you have seen Godfather III, you would remember Hyman Roth, the investor who was carving up Cuba among his friends. Replace Hyman Roth with Goldman Sachs or IMF (International Monetary Fund) or ECB, and you get the picture…”

    Patrick Henningsen Discusses Greece Referendum on RT International –

    In Greece, privatization included water, electricity, post offices, airport services, national banks, telecommunication, port authorities (which is huge in a country that is a world leader in shipping) etc.

    In addition to that, the banker tyrants also get to dictate every single line item in the government’s budget. Want to cut military spending? NO! Want to raise tax on the oligarchs or big corporations? NO! Such micro-management is non-existent in any other creditor-debtor relationship.

    So what happens after privatization and despotism under bankers? Of course, the government’s revenue goes down and the debt increases further. How do you “fix” that? Of course, cut spending! Lay off public workers, cut minimum wage, cut pensions (same as our social security), cut public services, and raise taxes on things that would affect the 99% but not the 1%.

    For example, pension has been cut in half and sales tax increase to more than 20%. All these measures have resulted in Greece going through a financial calamity that is worse than the Great Depression of the U.S. in the 1930s.

    Of course, the ever-manipulative bankers demand immediate privatization of all media which means that the country now gets photogenic TV anchors who spew propaganda every day and tell the people that crooked and greedy banksters are saviors; and slavery under austerity is so much better than the alternative.

    Author John Perkins describes how the IMF’s international extortion and debt slavery system actually works:

    Confessions of an economic hitman –

    July 6, 2015 – GREECE: The One Biggest Lie You Are Being Told By The Media –

    You be the judge.

  13. I agree with Frank, UMNO/BN would want him to RE-SIGN and continue with the Premiership….FOREVER ? ? That is indeed a very good idea, no doubt ! BUT what PM will then do is to RE-ASSIGN all his powers of ruling the Nation to his other-half, and he would be shaking his leg until ‘ death do us apart ‘ ,

    She will then continue with that Legacy of RE-SIGN precedent , and Malaysia will have set an
    ” out of this world ” Precedent – Will the UN Security Council decide that it tantamounts to ILLEGAL PRECEDENT ?

    What’s your view ? Its a serious ‘ legal ‘ issue !

  14. “The recent exposé by The Wall Street Journal has eroded whatever little confidence I have in the Prime Minister’s government, but I doubt his die-hard fans are quite in that position yet, ” Hafidz Baharom.

    I am not a fan of PM, but I don’t think he should resign in this situation. I also basically trust journalism of The Wall Street Journal, but I still don’t think he should be forced to resign by unconventional ways.

    Losing credibility, incompetence, and embarrassing the nation are not good bases to remove the head of state in an unconventional way. In a nation like Malaysia where the people are struggling to put rule and order in place, the last thing we want is to resort to a coup to replace the head of state. Dr. M had abetted coups that force former PMs to resign, and he has no shame and no regret in causing the damage to our political system in the process.

    If we want to impeach a PM, them do it the right way: invoke votes of no confidence in the Parliament. If you apparently cannot marshal enough votes for passing a vote of no confidence, then the best thing is keeping the pressure on Najib and weakening him until he lose the next election. That is the patience we need to see through the process, upon which we are maturing politically.

    No? Why should a decent man like Tunku Abdul Rahman be so thin-skinned that he resigned upon attacked by the most Machiavellian man of the nation? Tunku should have fought openly including soldiering through the vote of no confidence — and be ready to fight as a lesser evil politician rather than claiming moral high ground. Claiming moral high ground, instead of fighting to be a lesser evil, is giving ground to the true evil which destroys judiciary independence and creates state within a state in the form of UMNO politics which alone can force a head of state to resign. Where is the Parliament? If there is no Parliament, then where is the power of the people? UMNO is the state within a state if we again allow Dr. M to short-circuit the Parliament.

    Najib fighting openly including under Parliament under vote of no confidence is good for people’s power because the fighting avoids the state-within-a-state. This is irony, but is true.

  15. Wayne,
    Unless he is forced to, just like what happened to Nixon

    Unfortunately our PAC chairman, ain’t Archibald Cox and Gosh! Maureen (Mo) Dean is damn beautiful. Who was Mo Dean?

    Halderman, Erlichman, Mitchell and Dean ………….US version of 4 stooges……See the parallel

  16. “UMNO is the state within a state if we again allow Dr. M to short-circuit the Parliament.” Shiou

    You answered your own dilemma. Octo may not want the Parliament to get rid of Jibros. What he wants is UMNOb to get rid of the most reckless and irresponsible, disingenuous, flip-flopping PM we had the displeasure of knowing. Octo has a vast array of ammunition. One can’t defend all the time, as the attacks are multi-directional. FGV and Altantuya card have yet seen the light of day.

    If he doesn’t get it done now, he’s more than willing to destroy UMNOb – ‘cuz by the time we get to him, senescence and dementia, would be a convenient excuse. My gut feeling is that with the current diatribe, dysfunction and diarrhoea – UMNOb will do the needful. Negotiations are on-going.

    Dissolution of Parliament and an early GE-14, is what Jibs threatening – as Ops Lalang and NOC style putsch is near impossible. The Opposition will (hopefully) be caught with their knickers down – if not too bad.. That is truly Jibs last ‘wild card’.

  17. “I also basically trust journalism of The Wall Street Journal, but I still don’t think he should be forced to resign by unconventional ways.”

    What is so unconventional about having to resign after having your corruption scandal highlighted by the Press ?

    What is “unconventional” is retaining power because your political party for whatever reasons cannot evict you , Parliament cannot evict you and the general public cannot evict you.

  18. “What is “unconventional” is retaining power because your political party for whatever reasons cannot evict you , Parliament cannot evict you and the general public cannot evict you.”

    Edit: What is “unconventional” is retaining power because the Law cannot evict you, your political party for whatever reasons cannot evict you , Parliament cannot evict you and the general public cannot evict you.

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