Sparing the Wrongdoer like Najib Razak

February 7, 2016

Sparing the Wrongdoer like Najib Razak

by S. Thayaparan

 ‘Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets…’ – Napoléon Bonaparte

COMMENT: Nobody would agree more with the above quote than the Najib Abdul Razak regime. Ever since the Sarawak Report expose and then the alternative press began reporting on the ‘donation’-now-investment scandal that has engulfed the Prime Minister, the keris(es) have been out for the online media.

With UMNO devouring itself with its internal schisms, the search for acceptable scapegoats has been frantic. The Chinese community, always the first choice, has proven problematic since with each passing the day the Malay community has been inundated with news that the so-called defenders of race and religion have been selling them out for decades and getting rich in the process.

Sacred cows of Malay hegemony have been railing against the Najib regime and in the process, the Najib UMNO faction has been carry out a systemic Night of the Long Knives on dissenters and rebels.

The Christian community is always a juicy target but the threat of IS and Islamic extremism right on our doorsteps have the security apparatus in a constant state of high alert for provocations that could lead to sectarian Islamic conflict that we have demonstrated that we are woefully unprepared to face.

Secrets are leaking from the corridors of UMNO power. Sleepers, sympathisers, malcontents, dissidents, people of conscience or just plain troublemakers, are spilling their guts because Cash is King but, as always there is not enough of it to go around.

I never really liked the idea of calling Najib the Teflon Prime Minister. The only other person of such title is Russian President Vladimir Putin and we all know how he deals with dissent.

No, the real Teflon President was someone like former United States President William Jefferson Clinton, who had to contend with a free press, an independent legislature and his own personal demons. Yet nothing stuck to Slick Willy and most Americans loved him. Now that is Teflon.

However, our Prime Minister does not fit into my definition. With the UMNO state controlling everything, there is no need for spin or brilliant counter moves, shrewd political manoeuvrings, or deft handling of public perception, there is only the blunt force of the apparatus of the state doing its master’s bidding.

I have no idea when we descended the rabbit hole but when Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali warns everyone that his office is seriously mulling “to amend laws to increase the punishment for those who leak state secrets and journalists who report them” I think we can safely say we are not in Kansas any more.

What exactly are these “state secrets” he is alluding to? Plainly, his warning is to potential whistleblowers but more importantly, to the recalcitrant online press who continue offering alternatives views to the UMNO narrative.

Schizophrenic nature of this regime

The Attorney-General references China of all countries and says, “In some countries, the leaking of official secrets is a serious offence, like in China where it carries the death sentence,” which just goes to show, you the schizophrenic nature of this regime when the Chinese are sometimes to be scorned but other times worthy of emulation.

Well, let me remind the Attorney-General that China also has the death penalty for corruption. In fact according to the state-owned China Daily, “There is an overwhelming support for death penalty in corruption cases, according to an online survey conducted by Social Survey Centre of China Youth Daily on November 4, 2014. It claims that 73.2 percent of 2,105 respondents think that the death sentence should continue to be applied in graft cases.”

In the same article Che Hao, Associate Professor at Peking University Law School, said, “Considering the ongoing anti-graft campaign and people’s high expectations, it would be prudent to keep the death sentence for corruption cases”

Now, we already have the death penalty for a variety of offences but does the A-G’s office think that the death penalty be used for corruption cases? Would the public support something like this?

In the past year not only have our democratic institutions been compromised , we have a former de facto Law Minister charged in court for asking the Prime Minister to step down. We have had a law professor charged in court for giving a legal opinion. We have had a cartoonist charged in court for drawing cartoons. We have had activist charged in court for organising protests, as is our constitutional right.

We have had radio presenters investigated because of suspicion of turning Malaysia into a “liberal country”. We have had publications suspended because they were investigating and enticing employees to reveal damaging information of possible corruption. We have had material confiscated because certain words are verboten to a certain segment of the Malaysian polity.

In all those cases where charges brought, I am sure the A-G’s office had 90 percent (sic) of the evidence. What a ludicrous proposition. What exactly does 90 percent of evidence mean? Either you have evidence of probative value or you do not.

Why bother shooting the messenger? The alternative press is but a small fraction of the dissent that is heard in the online world. When the prime minister initiates legal proceedings against Malaysiakini because its Yoursay column offends him, does he really think the average netizens would be cowed into self-censorship like the propaganda organs of the state?

When the editors of Utusan Malaysia have no problem saying that it lies and spins for the government, all bets are off. That is one kind of message that is being spread. I suppose lying and spinning are on the bottom of the list for the A-G’s office unless it comes from the alternative media.

Whenever Apandi Ali or indeed anyone from Barisan Nasional speaks, what they say does not resemble anything like a functional democracy. What they describe, with their threats, intimidation, provocations and enticements is not a system of government or governance.

What they say makes the Malaysian government sounds more like Cosa Nostra rather than a democratically elected government for the people by the people. What does Cosa Nostra mean? It loosely translates to ‘Our Thing’.Indeed.

S. THAYAPARAN is Commander (Rtd) of the Royal Malaysian Navy.


9 thoughts on “Sparing the Wrongdoer like Najib Razak

  1. The DAP made a political blunder of massive proportions by “abstaining on principle” in the Mukhriz SD affair and hence sealing his doom (he only lost by one vote, it seems. Even PAS backed him!)

    Number 1 – it’s sheer hypocrisy after the acrobatics to get rid of Khalid in Selangor, which was also an SD drama and was also backed by the DAP.

    Number 2 – A Mukhriz victory would have pushed Najib onto the back foot, instead the DAP have made him stronger. Kedah is irrelevant to the DAP. Why be the fly in the ointment? In the end you are making the enemy of the people even stronger.

    I guess the abstentions got the blessing of the elderly comrade Lim, who seems to be losing the plot as badly as the rest of the hopeless Opposition morons.

  2. Time to let Chinese New Year celebration to continue until AG Apanda Ali and 1phoney PM be removed. Time to walk off from work in perpetuity until Bersih’s demand be met. Time to resign from Najib’s kleptocracy. Time to restart. Year of fire monkey. Forgive 1PM and Apanda Ali we will, forgetting them to what we want. To be spared is what we seek.

    That is the most loving thing we can do for each other today. Seek first the kingdom of justice.
    “What is patience? Is not patience the courage that freely takes upon itself the suffering that cannot be avoided?” “Are you now living in such a way that you are aware of being a single individual and thereby aware of your eternal responsibility before God.” “Is not evil, just like evil people, at odds with itself, divided in itself?” “What is it to be more ashamed before others than before oneself but to be more ashamed of seeming than being?” “Should not he who planted the ear hear? But is not the opposite conclusion just as beautiful and convincing: Should not he whose life is sacrificing love believe that God is love?” “What means do you use to perform your work; is the means just as important to you as the end, just exactly as important?”

    Time to share. Time to love. Time to walk off from evil. Time to sacrifice.

    Do Not Worry
    25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

    28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

    Time to walk off, or silence and peace will never go away in generations of Malaysians to come.

  3. Correction:
    Forgive 1PM and Apanda Ali we will, forgetting them now (is) what we want.

    Time to walk off today, or (inner) peace will never be with us in generations of Malaysians to come.

  4. The charades of the scandals are turning out to be even worst than the opposition expected. When even hardcore UMNO and villagers do not believe, what is the point?

    There must be a plan to CHEAT the voters. Question is what ARE THE???

  5. Never forget that President F Castro expropriated the property of foreigners and the wealthy and then for 60 years justified it to the world. The rest is history.

  6. I do pity Richard Nixon……….

    However, najib can get away with it and under the present system, you can never even smell his fart……..Stop delusional! Be bold! Move to the next stage!

  7. Great piece Commander. There has been much commentary on this issue but I think you set it up pretty nicely. This is not a government. This is a criminal enterprise.

    “Our Thing” indeed.

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