Both Najib and UMNO/BN Must Go

Koon Yew Yin
31st Aug 2016

The hot rumour in town is that Prime Minister Najib may resign soon and that UMNO and BN will go into the next GE without him at the helm. This story seems to have appeared probably because of a n article by Dr. Lim Teck Ghee which appeared recently.

Titled, “Why Prime Minister Najib is on his way out”, the article has resulted in numerous comments and feedback from the public. Some commentators have agreed with Dr. Lim, who incidentally is a friend of mine, and his prediction that Najib will call it a day and leave office ahead of our 14th GE so as to give UMNO an advantage in the polls.

But others have disagreed with him. So strong is the public disapproval and disgust with what has happened in the 1MDB case as well as that unbelievably gigantic donation into the PM’s personal account that many Malaysians want to see Najib pay the price for these two scandals which is costing our taxpayers billions of ringgit. I am with other Malaysians who hope that the Prime Minister will not be able to get away scot-free or in the words of Dr. Lim, be able to engineer “the great escape” from these two scandals which have made headline news around the world for the wrong reasons.

One thing I must say about the piece is that Dr. Lim was trying to be a good social scientist and was not directly putting out his personal views on the Prime Minister’s integrity or leadership. Dr Lim has already written enough in the past on the misrule and abuse of power by UMNO and BN. Those of us who know him and those who are familiar with his writings know where he is coming from and what he is getting at in this most recent article.

But I agree his article opens up lots of questions. Not only about what Najib is going to do next or when he is planning to go. Also what UMNO’s supreme council leadership may be discussing quietly among themselves behind the back of the Prime Minister. As Dr. Lim says, UMNO and other BN leaders must be nervously looking at the 1MDB mess and wondering if this mother of all financial scandals may have a final eruption which will take Najib as well as UMNO/BN down with him.

To me, and many thinking people in this country, it is simple.

This is that both Najib and UMNO/BN must go. We have given them a lifetime of being in office and provided them with positions, power, privilege and perks. And what have we got in return? This is a question which every Malaysian must ask himself and herself.

What we have got from UMNO/BN is a rotten deal. Let me enumerate some of the details of this rotten deal that have come with this lifetime of BN rule.

Piratization, Cowgate, bailouts galore, brain drain, millions of foreign migrants, a sub-standard education system, GST, unaffordable housing, unemployed and unemployable graduates, super-cronies, grand corruption engaged in by Tan Sris, sick man Proton and APs – the list of abuses and cases of bad governance can fill up several books.

In 2012 when my book on “Road Map for Achieving Vision 20120” was published, it was revealed to readers that various mega projects such as the commission for Scorpene submarine purchase, Eurocopter deal, the National Palace project, etc had cost the taxpayer more than RM20 billion while the cost of bailing out GLCs, starting with Bank Bumiputra in 1970 and ending with the bailing out of Proton and MAS in 2006, had cost us close to RM70 billion.

I am sure that Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin of the new party, Pribumi, realize this too as they were part of the rotten structure of UMNO/BN. But understandably they do not want to talk about or revisit this past record of structural rot and defect in UMNO/BN today.

What is important though is that these two key Malay leaders have now openly admitted that the problem of greed and corruption, abuse of power, and cronyism is embedded in UMNO and cannot be rooted out or defeated from within.

Only with the rejection of UMNO/BN – and not just the departure of Najib – can Malaysians hope to have a brighter future. Only with a change in government – after giving UMNO/BN a lifetime of opportunities – can Malaysia avoid falling into the list of failed states which we are rapidly plunging towards.

Three New Malay Parties

It is principally our Malay fellow citizens who must realize that they have been taken for a ride and betrayed by UMNO. There are now three new Malay parties with leaders of worth and integrity – PKR, Amanah and Pribumi – that can replace UMNO.

Let’s work together to get rid of Najib and UMNO/BN once and for all.

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  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 1 September 2016 - 3:46 am

    It’s a fight between the likes of TangkapMO1 and Jamil Yunus and Ali Tinju. The rest of us, most of us, including the biggest opposition players are mere spectators and can only capitalise or influence what they can achieve.

  2. #2 by donplaypuks on Thursday, 1 September 2016 - 6:19 am

    Not a chance! Najib will not leave until he’s dragged out in chains. Remember what he did in 2013? He will hang on till the last days before he has to call for a GE. Besides, the double salary and perks as PM and Finance Minister is too lucrative for him to give up too soon.

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 1 September 2016 - 7:36 am

    Between Zahid Hamidi and losing RM50b, frankly keep the RM50b..

  4. #4 by Justice Ipsofacto on Thursday, 1 September 2016 - 9:00 am

    The journey that jib is on now has one and only one destination: the exit door. Where to the door would lead is not my concern but it is not unimaginable that is would be somewhere horrible. Really horrible. And jib knows his fate well. He fully appreciates the complete lack of choice in the matter of his final destination. Hence he has resorted to doing all that he could just to slow the journey down. The decision has incredibly adverse consequences upon the country. Perhaps, his wish, maybe design, was to put a drag on the nation so that he may never reach the exit door.

    That I suspect is closer to the reality of the moment than what Dr Lim opined.

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