Citizens’ Coalition to Oust Najib –An Audacious Naiveté


May 19, 2016

Citizens’ Coalition to Oust Najib An Audacious Naiveté

by Dr Kua Kia Soong

I have already pointed out the sheer opportunism of the ‘Save Malaysia’ gambit by some of the Pakatan leaders in their Anti-Najib Coalition with Mahathir (March 7, 2016) and their vain attempt to justify this move as a “united front” (April 2, 2016). My description of this unholy alliance as “an audacious naivete” seems to ring a bell in Anwar’s recent letter from prison when he said: “I can’t help feeling flabbergasted by the simplistic assertions that with Najib’s removal we will be able to usher change towards democratic accountability.”

Anwar’s letter also raises another glaring mistake in this unholy alliance with Mahathir, namely, the gross inconsistency in the stand by these Pakatan leaders on Anwar’s conviction.

Despite the generous gestures shown toward Mahathir by his former detractors, including Anwar, Mahathir has not displayed any remorse for his past record and instead, repeated his scurrilous attacks on Anwar’s character.  Naturally, Anwar was hurt when this “humiliation, sadly did not elicit any response from my trusted colleagues.”

Let this also be a lesson to Anwar for initially falling for this opportunistic gambit: “It’s baffling to note that after working with Pakatan Harapan, civil society and my trusted colleagues, he continued to pour scorn and venom against me!”

Thus, if these Pakatan leaders could be forgiven for their “audacious naivete” in working with Mahathir, there was no excuse for their continued alliance with the latter AFTER he repeated his prejudiced comments against Anwar. As to who is calling the shots in the Anti-Najib Coalition, this terse admonition by the Pakatan de facto leader says it all:

“But I resent the insensitivity in pressuring the president and in particular Nurul Izzah to pay respects to Tun M or attend his functions. You may want to appease him, but to demand such a sacrifice from my family, particularly after the recent scorn is the unkindest cut of all!”

No excuse for being unprincipled

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 Defence of their de facto Pakatan leader is only part of the equation; even more serious is the abandonment of their principles regarding Anwar’s conviction by the state.

Throughout Anwar’s sodomy trials, the Pakatan leaders had maintained that he was a “victim of political conspiracy and fabricated evidence”. When he was sent to jail for the second time, senior opposition parliamentarian Lim Kit Siang said: “It’s a day of infamy. It’s a shocking decision.” The PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali labelled Anwar’s jail term “perverse”, an “injustice” and an “absolute disgrace”, while former Bar Council President Ambiga Sreenavasan likewise slammed the political conspiracy against Anwar. Amnesty International and other human rights groups have also condemned the charges against Anwar.

Hence by not condemning Mahathir for repeating his scurrilous attacks on Anwar’s character even AFTER the formation of the Anti-Najib Coalition, it exposes the Pakatan leaders’ inconsistent stand on Anwar’s innocence in his political trial.

What do we want and when do we want it?

First, the Pakatan leaders should demand an apology from the man who initiated the prosecution of Anwar in the first place when he was Prime Minister. Mahathir should be asked to forthwith withdraw his scurrilous attacks on Anwar. Failure to do so should result in him being booted out of the Anti-Najib Coalition.

Najib Razak is very much in command

The reform movement should then be redefined to target not just an individual but the political regime and political economic system that oppresses, divides and exploits the people.  The aim would not only be to call for Najib’s resignation but to change the racist and exploitative regime. Furthermore, reforms should target the neoliberal economic policies that were set in motion by none other than Mahathir in the early Eighties.

Najib has merely made more extreme the structures created by Mahathir to entrench the powers of the Executive, emasculate the democratic institutions and provide the means for private enrichment of the elite in this country. Racist and racial discriminatory policies were also entrenched by Mahathir in the early Eighties and further manipulated by Najib until today.

Thus, Anwar’s recent letter from prison should not be brushed aside as “an internal PKR matter”. It stirs up questions surrounding the Malaysian rakyat’s continuing struggle for truth, justice, dignity, consistency, democracy and human rights.

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6 thoughts on “Citizens’ Coalition to Oust Najib –An Audacious Naiveté

  1. Extreme leftists destroy Venezuela democracy and its economy.
    Like our right-wing UMNO Baru-BN’s destruction of Malaysian democracy and its economy.

  2. A success story — Ecuador under President Rafael Correa.
    Much was achieved in under 10 years of good governance.

  3. Dr. Phua would have praised Venezuela 15 years ago before its socialism government bore fruit. Soviet Union took 60+ year to collapse because it was big and able to expand its territory to delay its impending bankruptcy. China suffered 30-40 million death by famine before Deng turned thing around with white-cat-black-cat sleight of hand.

    For Ecuador, the fruit of socialism should be ripen 15 year from now. Check it out in 15 years.

    When his 10-year-old son asked him what is socialism, Columnist Bret Stephens has this to say: http://on.wsj.com/1OAyMqT. In short, socialism is like cancer, your white blood cells will not recognize the harm for cancer cells because cancer cells look just like other cells in your body.

  4. Mr/Ms Shiou

    You have a tendency to lump everything together.
    May I suggest that you read up on the different kinds of socialisms first?

    Non-Marxist –> anarchism, social democracy (Swedish, Fabian socialism etc), guild socialism, Christian socialism and so on

    Marxist –> Maoism, Titoism, Trotskyism, Castroism, Communists who take part in democratic elections and have even rule entire regions in a democratic manner e.g. Kerala and West Bengal in India

    Neo-communism –> modern day China, Vietnam (?), basically capitalist economy with lip service to old style Communism

    By the way, I was always skeptical of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela as his economic policies don’t make sense. Maduro’s economic policies are worse. Maduro is a former bus driver and very likely poorly educated. (But someone like Lula da Silva of Brazil is also lowly educated — but intelligent and did a good job as President of Brazil, introducing innovative programmes such as
    “conditional cash transfers” of the Bolsa Familia).
    Rafael Correa is a Christian Socialist, influenced by Latin American liberation theology. His success in leading Ecuador speaks for itself.

    P.S. By the way, please do not think that what is presented on Fox News is
    the gospel truth. If you take Fox News too seriously, your view of the world and American society will become increasingly distant from reality🙂

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