Shooting PM’s own foot

PM Najib can’t have it both ways: he is either a moderate or a supporter of Perkasa, says Lucius Goon.

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I am genuinely puzzled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Outwardly, he seemed much brighter than his predecessor and has been spared a campaign to force him out by destroyer extraordinaire Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

But he has been making one mistake after another. Just take today (18 February 2012), for example, he spoke to the Chinese about the crossroads facing the community, an engagement aimed at making the Chinese trust him more.

And later tonight his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, is scheduled to be a guest at a Perkasa dinner.

How wonderful? In the morning, the PM spreads some butter on the Chinese and at night, his better half pays homage to Perkasa, the single most right-wing organisation in the country, the one organisation that has consistently attacked non-Malays.

Sorry, sir, but you can’t have it both ways. You either are a moderate or you are a supporter of Perkasa.

In similar vein, you are either the prime minister of all Malaysians, all the time, or you are not. There is no such thing as being the prime minister of all Malaysians sometimes.

So instead of making jarring observations like Kelantan and not Sabah being the poorest state in Malaysia, and appearing happy to put down the Opposition-held state, it would have been much better to state your commitment to develop every corner of the country. An economically backward Kelantan is an indictment of a federal government that has been stingy in helping Kelantan as well as depriving the state of oil royalties.

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In conclusion, much more is expected from you, prime minister. If it is true that Chinese Malaysians are at crossroads, it is due to policies, practices of the BN government.

After all, you are the only ones who have ruled the country. So if Malaysia is at the precipice of disaster, surely it is the BN that has placed the country in a precarious situation.

Lucius Goon reads The Malaysian Insider.


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Dr. Amir
Dr. Amir
3 Mar 2012 9.59am

Dear Readers, I am of the opinion that Najib is a confused man, he neither knows how to make a real stand pertaining himself nor having a clear cut of himself as the PM of Malaysian. He is very aware, BN is losing the Chinese votes, at the same time he wanted to be seen as the protector of the Ketuanan Melayu and be ‘seen’ championing the Malays. He has his Deputy echoing Malay first policy, which is at heart of UMNO supporters, and he must at the same time be seen not to lose on this issue, since his deputy can coup de tat him out of office with the help of the UMNO supreme Ayatollah. He wanted to be seen strong but his is actually weak, weaken by his own ‘skeleton in his closet’. This is a real pity, so you can understand why in the West such leaders are not allowed to be in number one spot, where non of his ideology and policy can be implemented. This is the reason why UMNO Ayatollah wants Najib replaced Pak Lah ASAP, since Pak Lah… Read more »

3 Mar 2012 9.46am

Just like a CEO running a corporation with branches all over the country. If there are branches lag behind in performance, it is his responsibility to ensure help is rendered to prop them up whether he likes those branches or not. The same goes for a pm of a country unless he considers himself only pm for certain states.