January 3, 2016
COMMENT: I have just returned to Phnom Penh from a short visit to Kuala Lumpur. While I was there in the company of my dear wife Dr. Kamsiah, I was able to meet friends like Ambassador Deva Ridzam, Cmdr (rtd) Thayaparan, Tawfik Ismail, publishers Pak Chong and Rashid Azad Khan, Dr. Shahrin Merican, and Dato Zain Yusoff and speak to others on the phone like Ambassadors Razali Ismail and Kamil Jaafar, Tan Sri Ramli Kushairi, Halim Rejab, Ahmad Zakie, and others. I also received a return call from my favorite Chief Minister of Penang, Sdr. Lim Guan Eng.
One of them told me bluntly that “we do not have any government, only a system operated by band of thieves who are squeezing blood out of their citizens”. Another buddy asked me,”Do you where is Najib?” I jokingly answered, “He has gone into hiding”. Yet another told me that “pressure on Najib will increase in 2016. He will be forced to take drastic action against his political opponents. Unlike his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, he will cling to power whatever the cost to the country”.
Most Malaysians are frustrated and angry with our dishonest Prime Minister and his accomplices in the civil service and public agencies, but feel that there is nothing they can do about our racist politics. The system, which former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir created to perpetuate his rule, is now being used by Najib to prevent Malaysians the opportunity to speak and stand up against the government. They hope that their chance will come in GE 14.
The question to ask ourselves is will there be a GE-14? Who will hold elections if he knows he will be voted out of office? Najib may be corrupt, dishonest, and incompetent, but he is not politically stupid. So far he has successfully resisted all attempts to force his resignation using all means at his disposal.
In 2016, when pushed in a corner, Najib will use the new NSC Law against his political adversaries and civil society critics. So I see uncertain times ahead for the Malaysian economy and more bad news to come. –Din Merican
The Question I’d ask but Jahabar Sadiq did it First
by Jahabar Sadiq