It’s now Najib Razak Vs the Will of the Malaysian People

February 1, 2016

It’s now Najib Razak Vs the Will of the Malaysian People

by Philip Rodrigues

COMMENT: Right onl cue, the Prime Minister promptly issued a statement welcoming the Attorney-General’s decision to clear him of any wrongdoing. All the black marks on the record book of Najib Abdul Razak were erased.

Certainly, Najib was not waiting with abated breath to hear the “momentous” decision of Mohamed Apandi Ali. It was all in the script.

All Apandi had to do was to read out what had already been decided from the day he walked into the office at the Attorney-General’s Chambers vacated by the previous “sick” top Public Prosecutor, Tan Sri Gani Patail.  Apandi was appointed for just one purpose: to put the record straight on his scandal-tainted boss.

Apandi did a marvellous job. He dutifully wiped the slate clean with his announcement that he was not pressing any charges against the most powerful man in the country. He even ordered the case closed. Najib came out smelling like a rose.

Najib may be celebrating his exoneration in his office and in his bedroom, but, for sure, he is dancing all alone. For the country did not let out a collective sigh of relief upon hearing a verdict most bizarre. Instead, it was greeted with huge doses of scepticism, disbelief, even disgust.

The case is straightforward and clear-cut: a massive amount of money had found its way into the personal bank accounts of the Prime Minister. It should not be there but it was there. It was simply wrong. The fingers of guilt were all pointing at the recipient, although he vigorously protested his innocence.

Engine of justice stalled

Just when the claws of the law were about to reach the person of the Prime Minister, a long succession of events was set in motion that effectively stalled the engine of justice. The cover-up game went into full swing, with Arabian tales laced with political anecdotes and fantasies thrown into the stinking gruel.

It is impossible for the country to move on because the highest office on land is thoroughly tainted. The sacred trust given to the holder of this office had been broken and, by right, the person should relinquish his seat out of respect for integrity and age-old morality.

But Najib is not likely to step down from his high seat. He will cling on to it for dear life and will not hesitate to use draconian laws to clamp down on all those who question his exoneration. He may try with all his might to divert attention from his troubles, with the ardent hope that people will eventually come around to his corner. This is not going to happen.

Tide of public opinion

If anything, the tide of public opinion is flowing strongly against the Prime Minister. Nothing can change the people’s belief and conviction that the CEO of the country is deeply mired in wrongdoing. All the partisan defences and abject apologies put up by Najib’s obsequious ministers will not hold water.

In the face of Najib’s intransigence and a witless cabinet, the fight for truth and justice will all boil down to a contest between the Prime Minister and the will of the people. It is not far-fetched to argue that the majority of the people want Najib to take a ride into the political wilderness and never return. They will not buy the Apandi storyline or swallow the Najib capsule.

How can the people translate their deep resentment into political action, given the wide-ranging powers a subservient Parliament has bestowed on Najib? If they take to the streets, they will be crushed. If they continue to tear into Apandi, they will be hauled up in Najib’s courts. If they take their case abroad, Najib will cry “treason”.

The only avenue open to the people to register their strong disapproval of Najib’s conduct is the ballot box. They will have to judge for themselves whether the country can endure another five more years of turmoil created by new scandals and outrageous lies.

In the meantime, the miasma of 1MDB will continue to permeate our national life. It will not dissipate. It will stick in the corridors of power – until the country is cleansed and become wholesome again.

PHILIP RODRIGUES is a member of the Malaysiakini Team.

12 thoughts on “It’s now Najib Razak Vs the Will of the Malaysian People

  1. Looking at the present state, One can tell that Najib is winning unless……….

    I have my conclusions and strongly deemed views changes through legal means are bull……….

  2. Scheherazade kept telling 1001 Arabian Nights tales to prevent her execution.

    In 1Malaysia, grandmother stories keep on being told to the public to prevent certain people’s “execution” ?

  3. On the horns of a dilemma — must keep on dispensing cash to
    retain “support” of the hangers-on. But accumulating cash = generating unending series of financial scandals and bleeding and sapping the economic strength of the country.
    The smarter of the hangers-on will demand increasingly larger and larger amounts of $$$ (resembling blackmail).

  4. Actually that is the problem. The will of the people is weak especially those swayed by PAS. So long as they allow PAS to divert their attention by PAS own self indulgence, they will fail.

  5. Well, he has the Swiss AG to contend with

    Hello u Brits and Singaporeans the supposedly financial centres
    What’s your findings today?

  6. I really hope that Octo manages to bring down Jibros. The only time UMNO has been in any kind of electoral trouble is when it was fractured. Cash is King works on the warlords but the cadres are restless.

    Ordinary Malay folk are sinking deeper into the malaise UMNO has always peddled.

    There’s a class war coming. People already indoctrinated by religion are going to turn to the very thing that they think will be their salvation. PAS thinks its them but I doubt it. Amanah thinks it them but I doubt it.

    It won’t happen soon. UMNO will first turn the screws which will only inflame the situation. It will start slowly on the edges of cities. But it will spread. Slowly but surely the immigrants, the constitutional Malays, the real “pendatangs” will clash with the indigenous Malay population.

    There will be antagonisms then solidarity, Common folks rattling their chains at fat plutocrats. Whispers turn to shouts turns to violence.

    If UMNO by its own accord does not get rid of Jibros, we have all got a world of hurt coming our way.

  7. Quote:- “The only avenue open to the people to register their strong disapproval of Najib’s conduct is the ballot box”

    Even this avenue will, at the appropriate time, be closed? Don’t forget NSC Act which can be used without seeking a troublesome audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong hitherto the last hurdle to emergency rule.

  8. Hadi is Fork all, imagine a person like Hadi has never seen Rm 50 million, right in his face, he turn green with envy and ask for more ,than the deal is sealed, never trust Mullah’s in these day and age, they’ll sell the religion for a song, Good luck Hadi when you face Allah SWT and answer to your sins, that to the people that you lead, sins with Allah SWT can or will be forgiven if Allah SWT says so, but sinned with the people your ruled, well that’s a different story,may Allah SWT rewards you with whatever he sees fit, and I’m not fir to passed judgement on him, that belongs to Allah SWT, goodluck Hadi, you may really need it n Haron Din too, I use to look up to you, then you sold your soul to the you know what? May Allah SWT have Mercy on your soul, at least I know nor pretend to be religious,in Islamic parlance, I’m still in kindergarden state. May Allah SWT give me Taufik & Hidayat, In Shaa Allah, Aamiin

  9. Dear Dato Din,

    What tales will be written in the Annals of Malaysia, ala Hikayat Malaysia? What idiom will arises out of this?
    How we have become a corrupt and degenerate nation–Hikayat ala Melayu. It will be about New Economic Policy: Malaysia’s Path from Development to Underdevelopment through Corruption of the National Psyche.–Din Merican

  10. It was a well planned strategy when the former AG was replaced by a more experienced former judge to make a bold decision on 1MDB despite months of investigation by PAC and MACC. It was a one man decision to clear our leader of any wrongdoings in spite of multiple charges submitted by the investigators. Is that the end of the 1MDB and SRC that finally put those issues behind? What about the BNM reports to file charges under the banking laws?

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