Desperado Najib – the Flamboyant Prime Minister of Malaysia
If you should ever confront a wounded tiger in the wild, be extra cautious, for the wounded tiger is more than likely to be more ferocious, insanely wild, unpredictable & fearless. With its diminished ability to hunt for food, it would attack & devour anything in sight.
Look at Najib (as pictured above), his body language betrays his usual “gaya” self . . . now depressed, desperate & lacking any sense of aura & direction. He’s like a drowning man in the great stormy ocean clinging on to the last straw.
According to Bloomberg’s report on 19 August 2015:
“Malaysia Riskier Than Mexico Has UBS Warning of Worse to Come”. How long can you keep on pumping out the oil & draining it away? With $700 million drained into his own personal bank account that was initially linked to debt-ridden state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd, “Malaysia is paying the price for weak foreign currency holdings and messy politics as the cost to protect its debt soars to near a four-year high,” UBS Group AG predicts even more pain ahead.
The late Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore did shed some tears when Singapore got separated from Malaysia. His tears were meant for the poor suffering citizens of Malaysia & ironically, it was he who on 24 April 1961 proposed to Tunku Abdul Rahman about the formation of Malaysia.
On 9 May1961, Lee sent the final version of the paper on his proposal to Tunku and Abdul Razak in Kuala Lumpur, after doing all the ground work. Malaysia was to comprise of Brunei, Malaya, North Borneo (later named Sabah), Sarawak, and Singapore, all of which had been British colonies, essentially as a whole to counter & combat communist activities & to ensure Malay dominance politically. Brunei dropped out on its own. Malaysia has existed since 1961 comprising of Malaya, Sabah & Sarawak, also known separately as West & East Malaysia.
Unknowingly, it was predicted that the lineage of Malay Prime Minister under the ruling party of UMNO/BN (United Malay National Organisation/Barison National) would begin with Tunku Abdul RAHMAN, the playboy prince from Kedah, who took 11 years to complete his law studies in London, and down the line it invariably ended up with Najib Razak, very much a playboy too, though on the quiet.
Notice from above paragraph, I spelt out RAHMAN in capital letters. Significantly, there have been just 6 (six) Malay Prime Ministers since the inception of Malaysia. Take a look at this below:
R stands for RAHMAN
A stands for ABDUL Razak
H stands for HUSSEIN Onn
M stands for MAHATHIR
A stands for ABDUL Badawi
N stands for NAJIB RazakSo you can see that Najib is fated to be the last of the Malay PMs from UMNO/BN. He’s the be all and end all of the Malay lineage. It’s just a question of time as his fate has been predetermined. Get out soon before more harm is done.
By Paul Chong
A Chinese by Descent
An Australian by Consent
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
I was born in Malaysia, a country I always refer to as the “Golden Chersonese” but have migrated to the “Lucky Country“ or “Down Under” (as it’s otherwise known). I have been away for 33 years, only returning briefly occasionally for family events. Though I was born there, the government never consider any of us as “Bumiputra” – a term they use to distinguish people born there as “Sons/Princes of the Soil”. It’s a known fact that many of the so-called Melayu or Bumiputra are from foreign lands like India, Indonesia, Middle East & others. Discrimination & prejudices stare glaringly at your face, if you are a non-Malay. The unfairness & injustice cover every facet of your life – education, employment, opportunities & what more can I say. A guided democracy practised without meritocracy. Admittedly, I still have great sentiments attached to the country I left behind. My siblings & relatives are still living there. My grandparents, parents & two siblings including my parents-in-law are buried in the soil which the non-Malays cannot lay claims of ownership. My alma mater in Taiping has an appearance alien to me. So is the premier Anderson School in Ipoh where I taught for several years after my graduation from the University of Malaya in Pantai Valley, Kuala Lumpur. I am grateful for the government teacher training scholarship at Kirkby, Liverpool, UK, and had served part of my five-year teaching contract in Flu Kelantan & Ipoh in Perak. Up to this point in time, most of us were happy & contented with our lives in Malaysia.
The scenario & political landscape took a drastic transformation after the May 13 Racial Riot & upheaval when the ruling UMNO lost their great majority. Tun Abdul Razak, father of the present Prime Minister Najib, ousted our beloved first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, set himself at the helm. He began to implement the New Economic Policy, switched the education medium of instruction from English to Malay, unjustifiably demanding 30% share of all businesses & enterprises for the Bumiputra “without any input of capital” . . . sheer daylight robbery…suffice for me to mention just a few. Tun Razak didn’t last long on the throne. His sudden death was quite unexpected.
Tun Razak started it all following up with Mahathir (someone who has lost his original root of descent) perpetuating the system & his supreme own brand of politics. Though much development has come about during his 22 years reign . . . much is best left unsaid. Abdullah Badawi, the Prime Minister after Mahathri, was an easy going kind of person, always caught sleeping at his job & in parliament. Najib, the five straight A’s Prime Minster, has developed “Najibism” apart from the existing Corruption & Nepotism. His slogan of 1Malaysia is appropriately replaced by such slogan as CNN (not the TV channel) but Corruption, Nepotism & Najibism.(Refer to my article on Najib: Straight A’s Malaysian Prime Minister (Thurs. 27 Nov. 2914).
The political landscape, economic management & the lack of meritocracy, law & order, media control all draw criticism from foreign press & commentators.
By & large the Chinese population which has dwindled to mere over 20% are complacent & unconcerned politically. As it is the Chinese are moist assiduous in their economic pursuit & are not likely to starve or be deprived of their business acumen, innovativeness & creativity in running businesses & enterprises.
As such, it was pointed out by past Deputy Prime Minister Musa Hitam who once said that the Chinese were themselves to be blamed for the present state of political situation. Needless to say, the less competitive Malays were kind of forced to be politically inclined & with political power, all other policies fall into their grip.
On the surface, everything seems quite normal. The Chinese work hard at their businesses, but only a sprinkle of them are ever found in government employment. They live well in suburbs sprouting up everywhere & having two cars in each home is quite common. But every home is gated with bars of steel for security – even though the suburb may have security in force. In some areas, even like Bungsa,
break-ins & robbery are common features that occur even in daylight. No one can really feel safe at home or in public.
Undoubtedly, Chinese feature in most economic activities, a vital link in the system from small eating stalls to corporate establishments. Not to be handicapped in other areas of human endeavour, they circumvent the system which closes all doors of opportunities available. Domestically, the best schools & tertiary education institutions are all reserved for the Malays. Nevertheless, the deprived non-Malays work hard to send their off-springs abroad & has often happened, after graduation, all these brainy graduates stay back to work & live in foreign lands. This brain drain is very evident. As Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore would say that the Malaysian government would sacrifice such losses in order to hang on to their political power.
There is a Malay saying: “Gaya mahu, lain lain tak apa” (meaning pride matters, others do not count). What a brilliant mentality.
The highways within the metropolitan Kuala Lumpur & the North-South link are both impressive. The alignment of the super highways, quite often choked with traffic jams especially during holidays & festive seasons, avoid passing through scenes of kampongs with their stilt attap & timber homes. Road houses & rest places are also impressive with businesses dominated & reserved for the Malays. But I have a lingering thought how much benefits really penetrated to the average folks living in rural areas. The political UMNO cows are well fed & enriched is a known fact.
The ruling UMNO-Baru knows how to keep the peasant Malays happy by building mosques everywhere. Religion is such a useful political tool. Votes are easily bought with monetary bribes, constitutional change of voting boundaries, importing undesirable immigrants so long they are Muslims or vow allegiance to the UMNO Party by voting to keep them in power. Politics is such a dirty game!
Malaysia with its wealth of resources such as gas & oil, should have stayed ahead in economic terms of its Asian neighbours. Instead it is lagging behind its immediate neighbour Singapore, only a City State without any natural resources. Malaysia pales in significance when compared to the Indonesians.
What is going to happen when the oil & gas run out? The greatness of a nation cannot rely just on its natural resources – more tangibly & important is the human resources. Therein lies the wealth of the nation.
The concept of “easy comes easy goes” will soon spells disasters. When the going is rough & tough, the tough get going, but for the weak & life-time of takers they will sink beneath the economic quagmire. After all survival is always for the fittest.
The magic, romance & sentiment of that ever popular love song “Terang Bulan/Malayan Moon” dissipated the day it was adopted as the National Anthem of Independent Malaysia in 1957. None of us could sing any more of our love under the Malayan moon. The political, economic & social landscapes were changing. If changes occurring then were to be for the better for each & every citizen irrespective of colour, class or creed, the Malaysian Dream of peace & harmony would persist, as with fairness & justice.
Those of us, who have since fled Malaysia after the racial riot & upheaval of May 13, 1969, can only lament of the loss of our paradise. Things & events transformed rapidly with the ousting of our
inaugural princely Prime Minister Tengku Abdul Rahman (who had a passion for fun & that was how he took eleven years to complete his law degree in London). The historical watershed was May 13, 1969.
Tun Abdul Razak, the man who forced his hand on Tengku, was the father of the present Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak (who was then but a freshman newly returned from UK). Tun Razak
set the course of no return for all the minority races – the Chinese & Indians. The New Economic Policy, designed to essentially help the Malays, was implemented in haste without public debate.
His demise, however, was a sudden surprise.
To cut short the whole story, the worst of the political head is Tun Dr, Mohammed Mahathir. His misdeeds, corruption etc. set the present trend of disastrous Malaysia. His twenty-two years at the helm made him a multi-billionaire & sons all billionaires too.
Najib Abdul Razak is his protege who has graduated with great “distinctions or A’s” . . . not in the scholarly or academic sense but master of CNN (Corruption, Nepotism & Najibism” besides other major sex & scandals.
Summarily, Najib scored an A with Altantuya, the Mongolian beauty queen, whose body was blasted away to nothingness with high-security explosives, only obtainable from government-vault.
The mystery still left unsolved – everything swept literally under the carpet. Najib is secured as long as he’s the Prime Minister.
The second “A” is linked to the question of using the word “Allah”. It’s preposterous that the Malaysian authority maintain its usage is only reserved for the Malay Muslims. The Mahathir & Najib administration cling on to their strategies of power & control banking on religious polarisation.
The third ‘A” had to do with the re-jailing & retrial of Anwar, whose political fate hangs on the balance & whose dream of ever be the next Prime Minister will depend largely on a court system controlled by Najib. Anwar’s Sodomy trial & imprisonment is a politically motivated persecution executed by the ruling government.
Azizah, the wife of Anwar, provides Najib with his fourth “A”. Her political rise to fame rubbed hard on the UMNO-BN faces, who tried to block her from becoming the Mentri Besar of Selangor.
Last but not least, the recent Aircraft M-17 crash over Ukraine is forcing the UMNO-BN leadership
to come within the wider global radar screen. The jet crash of the Malaysian national carrier is revealing to the world how ridiculous things can get in the “Bolehland” – anything goes!
The new freshman Najib who returned from UK & who began learning the political craft from his ailing father Tun Abdul Razak, and of course also under the expert guidance of his mentor Mahathir, must seem to want to prolong his political career. Just how far can he go without being indicted is anybody’s guess.
At the recent APEC meeting held in Beijing, I hardly notice his presence.
LATEST UPDATE: The 1MDB financial scandal as reported by WSJ 2015. Will this smoking gun topple Najib?