Malaysian Elections: A Case of Too Little, Too Late for the Government?

By Farish A. Noor

The by-elections in Malaysia this week have demonstrated in many ways the fact that Malaysia’s political landscape has changed very little over the past year: The ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front) that is dominated by the UMNO party won the by-election in East Malaysia, but lost both by-elections in the West Malaysian states of Perak and Kedah. In the case of the latter, the results of the elections have shown that the prevailing political mood in West Malaysia remains in favour of the opposition made up of the parties of the Peoples’ Alliance (Pakatan Rakyat), which won a majority of the votes in the Peninsula during the general elections of March 2008.

Political commentators and analysts will now set about dissecting the results of these elections and engage in the arcane art of political predictions: Not least for the simple reason that the by-election results will be seen as the peoples’ verdict on the standing and popularity of the country’s new Prime Minister, Datuk Najib Razak.

Sworn in as the country’s sixth Prime Minister less than a week ago, Najib Razak hails from one of the oldest elite families that have dominated the internal politics of UMNO – and by extension Malaysia – for more than half a century now. Son of the country’s second Prime Minister and connected to several of the aristocratic families of the country, Najib ironically cuts a curious figure in the context of Malaysia’s new and increasingly complex politics. In the 1950s and 60s he would have been seen as a prime candidate for the office of Prime Minister thanks to his elite background and Western education. But today Malaysia is witnessing the emergence of a new society that is infinitely more complex compared to the Malaysia of the 1950s.

After several decades of uneven development, Malaysia is an anomaly of sorts: The country that once boasted of having the tallest building in the world is also one where the Health Ministry recently announced a two and a half-year course in ‘traditional Islamic healing’ that also involves, among other things, lessons for treating victims of witchcraft, black magic and all manner of hocus-pokus shenanigans that apparently is widespread in Malaysian society today. This is a Malaysia that on the one hand thinks of itself as an Islamic state while at the same time is deeply engaged in sorcery of all kinds, to the extent that a magic spell was found under the table of the former Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

It is also a Malaysia that is in many ways unable to speak to itself, and unable to deal with its manifold contradictions. As soon as he came to power Najib Razak made his first speech calling for national unity and propounded the notion of a ‘united Malaysia’ where all races and religious communities would be given equal treatment. Yet Najib leads the very same UMNO party whose leaders have, in the recent past, unsheathed weapons including the traditional Malay dagger (keris) in public while calling for the re-statement of Malay numerical dominance in the country. This is a country that aspires to reach the first-world status of a respectable democracy, yet also a country where Malaysians of Indian origin have suffered disproportionately while under police custody.

Prime Minister Najib needs and wants to be given a chance to show that he can succeed in changing the trajectory of the nation as it lumbers down the precarious path of intolerance and inequality. But the results of the by-elections in West Malaysia would suggest that many Malaysians are neither willing to listen or be persuaded by the rhetoric of reform that was, after all, articulated by his predecessor Badawi who failed singularly in his own appointed tasks of reforming the judiciary and police force.

So as the dust settles and Malaysians brace themselves for the full impact of the global economic recession that may well send the country back by two decades, Malaysia’s political impasse seems to have remained at the status quo of 2008. The victory of the opposition in the two by-elections demonstrate that Malaysians who support the opposition are prepared to think out of the box and to go against the grain of outdated political norms. One of the victorious candidates who won, for instance, was from the opposition Malaysian Islamic party, and he had won even in areas dominated by non-Malays and non-Muslims.

UMNO and the Barisan’s rhetoric, however, is still struggling to re-present itself as a discourse of national unity while at the same time harking on issues such as Malay rights and privileges. All of this is bound to send worrying signals to the leadership of UMNO and the Barisan, and add to the impression that the ruling coalition is living out its final salad days before its ultimate collapse. As in the case of other long-established parties such as India’s Congress party and the LDP of Japan, the case of UMNO and the Barisan in Malaysia demonstrates that being in power for too long may ultimately be the cause of one’s own downfall and undoing.

  1. #1 by Godfather on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 2:46 am

    Najis and BN know only one “style” of doing business. All the calls for transparency, accountability and meritocracy go out of the window. Najis already has said that his cabinet will be “racially balanced”. MCA is already asking for a DPM position. Gerakan also wants a DPM position. MIC wants an extra ministerial post. All these are bankrupt parties which never look at their weaknesses, at their rejection by the rakyat.

    Then Najis rolls out the architect of 22 years of repression and excesses – the Mamakthir – who now wants an advisory position despite branding UMNO as a corrupt party. Everyone knows he is trying to groom his son for a senior post within this corrupt party.

    Carry on, Barang Naik thieves – over the precipice.

  2. #2 by Godfather on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 3:12 am

    The rakyat are simply fed up of the abuse of power – the use of the police, the AG’s Chambers, the MACC, the Registrar of Societies, the Elections Commission, the judiciary – to further the illicit activities of BN. Thank goodness we have the alternative media or these guys will continue to run amok.

    Even with these agencies at the beck and call of the executive, they still can’t win. Just like our friends cintanegara and chengho, they think that mediocrity can still rule.

  3. #3 by pulau_sibu on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 5:32 am

    If BN wants to have a victory, they have to wish that one of the MPs of the BN’s favorite area should die or resign. Do they dare to do it and open up the seat? if not, the fengshui will not be reversed in BN’s favor.

  4. #4 by OCSunny on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 5:43 am

    The voters in Peninsula Malaysia do not only get news from the usual media but also through the internet. The older generations quite often get the Internet news from their children who very likely do so during family dinners and discussins. This is one reason why the Opposition is able to maintain the support they had since March 2008.

    To the older generations, though the UMNO recent election produced a large number of new leaders or new faces but generally speaking they are chips of the old block. They are not expected to change drastically as compared to the Opposition.

    Secondly, the Opposition has managed to instill in a large section of the voters the perception of doubt in the integrity of the new PM. And if this thought is always with the general public, irrespective whether it is true or false, BN will have a tough time to win back their confidence even with clean looking new cabinet ministers.

    Thirdly, the coming back of the former PM TDM is in many peoples’ minds more of a negative impact than positive. He was strong while in power as PM but sad to say a lots of negative images on him have emerged during the last 5 years or so. Great men do not die off but slowly and gracefully fade away. He has passed his peak and certainly is declining as age is catching up. He should let the present leadership takes its own course since UMNO members themselves voted they in.

    As for Opposition leaders, they should now start thinking of how to consolidate their position if they are serious about taking over the Federal Government. Plan should have been in place as to how they are to share power and run the Federal Government.

    They should by now realise that to gain inroad into Sarawak and Sabah, a totally different approaches should be their agenda for planning and implimentation as the next election is not very far away.

  5. #5 by taikohtai on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 6:26 am

    BN is not even suitable to be in the opposition, let alone government.
    Malaysians should not take any step back now that BN is on the slide.
    Just like the assets of criminals should be confiscated and returned to the country, I hope all the corrupted BN officials’ ill gotten assets be similarly returned to the poor people.
    Also, if PDRM is any smart, they should stop bullying the people with tear gas and chemicals because BN is doomed. Your master is fast losing power and the sooner PDRM repents, the better for PDRM and the country. But then again, how many hardened criminals can be rehabilitated?
    Its high time Malaysia commits a neutral ‘outsider’ from a Commonwealth country to head PDRM. Only then can the confidence in the guardians of public security can be restored.

  6. #6 by sotong on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 6:47 am

    It is time for Najib to reinvent BN before the next election to win back the support of the ordinary people……..failing which PR will take over.

  7. #7 by sotong on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 6:50 am

    In this difficult time we will see real and great leaders emerge from BN and PR.

  8. #8 by k1980 on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 8:26 am

    Najid: “Thank god Batang Ai masih ada!”—

  9. #9 by taiking on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 8:27 am

    Why ask for DPM position? The guy who deputise the main guy in other countries usually attend funeral on behalf of the main guy. He really has no important functions to discharge. Ask for Fin Min. Fin Min is the second most important postion in any cabinet after the PM. And in malaysia Fin Min ought to be filled by a chinese. If the umno idiots want to talk about social contract then wasnt it in the contract that the post of Fin Min be given to chinese? Afterall the first Fin Min was a chinese – a clear indication / evidence that fact. In any event since there is a precedent and hence it would not be a problem to ask for Fin Min.

    Sotong said najib has to reinvent BN if not PR will take over. PR will take over. That is for sure. Najib will not reinvent BN. That too is a certainty. Its almost like asking najib to reinvent the wheel – to do the impossible.

  10. #10 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 8:30 am

    I get its too little, but why too late?

    My verdict of the Tri-election is that the PR momentum in Peninsular marches on BUT Sarawak and Sabah is by no means anywhere close to within PR hand.

    PR has to face the fact taht Sarawak and Sabah politics are so vastly different. A reform message and new media don’t work. The fact of the matter is low education level and low-level of development is a stumbling block to change in Sarawak and Sabah.

    The issue is can PR win the Federal Govt without big swings in Sabah and Sarawak? Not likely.

    Honestly, PR is in trouble. It needs a renewed strategy. The voters of Peninsular Malaysia is not going to wait for Sarawak and Sabah education and internet penetration to pick up in 10-20 years time.

    Either PR find a way to channel significant funds into Sarawak and Sabah now and continously for the next few years to win votes or it need to figure out a new strategy.

    Najib may not offer a coat-tail for anyone to ride on but he represent resistance to change which he can still do. A war of attrition between PR and BN will only get voters mad at both and create a third or more factions like in Bukit Selambau.

    So I say it again. PR is in trouble.

  11. #11 by ALLAN THAM on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 8:48 am

    It was not that BN did not realize what they should do, it was simply they can’t swollen their ego. They also find it very difficult to adapt the new environment of change after so many years of rapping the country for their own crony.

    Many event that follow after 308 clearly shown that they still believe in using ISA to silent their critic. Many actions that follow also indicate that they are lack of will power to make the necessary changes. Many of the leaders at the federal level also seem to be very scare of their grass root members and scare of offending them.

    Issue like in Perak, where they mobilized all the agencies to their own benefits have further prove that their mentality did not change at all. They have use MACC, they have use the police, they even seem to influence the judiciary all to their advantages.

    They have been all these while talking empty promises and inventing slogan to cheat the people. All these just do not work any more.

    when they talk about clean out corruption but they have no will to take action against many clear cut cases.

    Let look at all those cases as high lighted in the Sun paper by Mr. Nades, no action and no development despite the writer challenge the authority to sue him if what he has written was false! How , can the people believe in their sincerity change.

  12. #12 by Bobster on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 9:10 am

    Bangsat Negara can only win by robbing and stealing, illegal take over, frog culture, jungle election in Salawak etc.

    Even fighting against all odds, with limited resources, with no government machineries, no tax payers money to buy goodies, no support from EC and police, Pakatan still win hands down.

    This is to show that if they fight fist against fist on level playing field, BN will be trashed like a garbage bag in the mud.

    Shameful scumbags, tsunamis after tsunamis they still havent woke up. Still appoint a scandalous figure as PM. Still stirring racial garbage and sending people to ISAs, still robbing 10 mil from the people of Selangor, hantus and toyols still around haunting and harrassing the crowd.

    Come on, time for PEOPLE POWER TO ARISE and to reject robbers and thiefs to lead this nation. We have to ensure our future generations will have a place under the sun. We have to ensure nation will be prosperous without professional robbers and thiefs still at the high chair.

    Pakatan Rakyat, continue to be humble, strenghten your team, elect good and caliber people, work hard, be transparent and accountable, you are going to WIN THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION!

    Titanic is sinking as old and rotten hats refuse to change.

  13. #13 by monsterball on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 9:19 am

    Mca OTK said winning Batang Ai shows people still want BN to govern.
    I quote Blog owner…Romerz comment…”Maybe BN should move to Sarawak and govern there”
    Yes Malaysians!! Let UMNO and BN keep talking cock and bull to Dayats and Ibans.
    Lets throw them out of West Malaysia completely.
    But by 13th GE…I am fully confident even Dayats and Ibans can learn and change faster than UMNO hypocrites.

  14. #14 by wanderer on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 9:31 am

    “Once a thief will always remain a thief!” A little bit of window dressing here and there, will not change the perception that this once beautiful country is administered by donkeys and monkeys.
    The winning of the by-elections by PR, have proven the rakyat is yet to be convinced of their sincerity and not buying the hallow rhetorics of these cheap UMNO politicians…who worship only to their Money god.

  15. #15 by shambles on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 9:40 am

    Why we should vote for PR??

    If not for anything else, vote PR because when BN is weak and clamouring for votes, they usually dish out goodies to the rakyat…..kain batik here, go-go girls there, release some ISA detainees etc…. Afterall, all they know is to throw money at the problem….no problem = no money. Therefore give them tonnes of problem…hehe

    I’m sure the rakyat is smart enough to know that when a party is too powerful, they tend to forget the rakyat. They assume that its their birthright to rule as a dictator over the rakyat. How wrong they are…..Vote for PR!! (hehe…i’m campaigning for GE13 already!!!)

  16. #16 by i_love_malaysia on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 9:50 am

    BN is going downhill and downfall just like the last manchu dynasty of China. They see the downfall coming, but they just could not do much and in fact they are fighting for positions eg. more DPM posts, as they still got used to the old good times!!! Why should they “suffer” and work hard while they still enjoy APs and billions ringgit contracts’ commissions etc??? It is just a cycle of life, the first generation worked very hard to build up the empire, they fought and went into the battle field themselves before proclaiming king, next, they passed down to their sons, who may or may not have any fighting experience but at least under the influence and teaching from the father, after that, the third generation, they only know how to enjoy life!!!

    Najis thought that TDM will help him to regain BN power like when TDM was in power in the past, but too bad that TDM is not going to help much as it is a new ball game all together!!!

    Najis should stand on his own two feets, but too bad that he just lacks that!!!

    The govt servants are not going to help him much because they have got used to the good old times where BN used them as their sure win votes!!!

    PR should really sit down and find ways to reach out to Sarawak and Sabah voters. What they really want??? they may be feeling very very proud that the Sarawak CM is driving a rolls royce instead of feeling shame that the CM got ill gotten money by sucking their blood, if not because of the CM, they might be able to have better life and dont have to work in peninsular Malaysia or Singapore but enjoy family life in Sarawak!!!

  17. #17 by DAP man on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 10:10 am

    BN still think we live in the 50s. Calling Nizar a traitor or getting Independent candidates to siphon votes will not work. Neither will they swayed by live coverage of BN’s campaign. The mainstream media is a sure no, no.
    Getting police to intimidate voters, MACC to threaten Opposition leaders and the AG to charge those not alligned with BN and using the courts to intimidate Opposition will work against the government.
    Unless we have an independent and free Police, MACC, AG, EC and Judiciary, BN IS FINISHED.

  18. #18 by suara on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 10:39 am

    Any new PM that takes office always has a slogan and vision for Malaysia. But as always, at the end of their tenure, they just remain as just another slogan and another vision, never realized, never implemented. And the people as in the past, will have been conned, remain conned and continues to be conned by the next PM.

    So, unless the Najib carries out reforms and walk the talk, the political landscape will continue to shift. Already, the BN is in a state of the denial of the actual reasons for the loss of the Bkt Selambau and Gantang elections. Yet, they still want to appoint an independent party to analyse the losses when the reasons are obvious and already known. Too much analysis leads to paralysis. It is time to act.

    We always claim to have fantastic systems and visions but these are all pointless unless implemented. So, PR, pls walk the talk.

  19. #19 by ktteokt on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 10:42 am

    One of the factors leading to the loss of the by-election in Perak was perhaps the presence of TDM who acted as a “catalyst” to the downfall of BN! TDM thinks he is still influential but the fact is he has retired on his own accord and his in and out of UMNO has become a depreciating factor for his credibility! This old man must be so senile as to not realize this.

    Perhaps he thought this would help his son to gain political mileage but this was proven wrong. Just when is this “old horse” going to learn that his days have become HISTORY!

  20. #20 by son of perpaduan on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 11:01 am

    Najib, you should hire me to help you play money politic. Stimulus aid fund can’t reach to the real people hand and mind. Therefore, you must release and let them like me our EPF money. Really need money lah but bank don’t borrow.

  21. #21 by Ryanryan on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 11:04 am

    This by election let us know one thing. Most people in Peninsula Malaysia still want ‘CHANGE’ and not try to give ‘CHANCE’ to BN.

  22. #22 by Toyol on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 11:15 am

    The people have spoken and outright rejected Najib’s leadership. Whatever crap he tries to smear on PR is not going to work…simply because the man on the street is fed up with BN and UMNO in particular. IN the past Opposition strongholds were in mostly urban areas. Now you see even in relatively rural areas, people are rejecting BN.

    Unless, Najib comes clean with all the unwanted baggage that is synonymous with him, the rakyat will never accept him and UMNO ultimately.

  23. #23 by ALLAN THAM on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 11:21 am

    Now we should pray Samy will stay on to facilitate PR to take over BN.

  24. #24 by taiking on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 11:23 am

    Not very good news for najib at all. He had hoped for a clean sweep to start off his mission at the helm. Of course he had his hope dashed just like the other two recent by-elections. Dreams must be backed by real substance and actions and not with mere words and promise. What is worse. We see deceitful actions like release from ISA that is not really release. We hear of release but no full release has in fact been effected. No. Mr Terminator. This is not the way. It may be 2009 and you may be from the future, but that is certainly not the way to treat malaysians.

  25. #25 by son of perpaduan on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 11:25 am

    Even this tiger is the last on earth, what you do if your family have no food? Who come first? tiger or family?

  26. #26 by Cinapek on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 11:40 am

    The fact they went running back to TDM is clear indication that UMNO is unable to change. They are like a drowning man grasping at straws when they sought his help in the byelections not realising he is more a liability than a help, being the man primarily responsible for creating the mess UMNO and BN is in today.

    The people wants deliverance from Mahathirism. They thought in 2004 Pak Lah was one such person. He failed miserably. Najib not only did not even try to escape from the clutches of Mahathir, he actually courted it. That will be UMNO’s and BN’s downfall.

  27. #27 by Ray on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 11:41 am



    Sincerely Ray

  28. #28 by UzMiNoOnist on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 11:47 am

    Wow… what a day with a score line of PR 2: BN 1.

    If this is of any indication of a political trend, I will soon see all the BN goons migrating to Sabah and Sarawak. There, they will have to kow-tau to Sarawak’s emperor Taib otherwise risk being barred from entering the state at the emperor’s pleasure.
    Also, we may see that president of UMNO and MCA will be held by Sabahan or Sarawakian.


  29. #29 by Tonberry on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 11:52 am

    I suggest MB Nizar and all Perak Pakatan ADUNs meet the Sultan of Perak to convince the sultan to dissolve the state assembly on the back of this victory.

    note : not MB alone, but all Perak PR reps.

  30. #30 by pakualakurau on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 12:55 pm

    Umno/Bn still playing the race card in Bkt gantang, using all available resources, put in money. yet they lose in two bkt. That shows people want change. But umno will never change!

  31. #31 by OrangRojak on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 1:05 pm

    convince the sultan to dissolve
    They can’t. Nothing has changed for PR, they just held onto the seats they already had, as far as I know. Not only are the Perak Pakatan ministers not the State government, they would be acting against the Federal government and against one reasonably valid construction of ‘the numbers’.

    What do you want the sultan to do? Say “oops, silly me, soz!”? It’s not going to happen. If the seats won yesterday had previously been BN seats, things might have been different.

    It’s a good result. BN always have the dice loaded in their favour. Yesterday should have been a triumph for BN on the back of optimism – or at least ‘benefit of the doubt’ – for a new administration. That it wasn’t is a very good sign for Pakatan Rakyat. But it’s not a General Election. The show’s over, go back to your lives.

    For me the best thing about yesterday is seeing Nizar get into parliament. He seems a sensible, principled and charismatic politician. I look forward to watching his career.

  32. #32 by shambles on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 1:17 pm

    Hmmm……since GE12, seems like BN has lost foothold in Semenanjung Malaysia….dont know whether the new PM should think of relocating “PuteraJaya” to somewhere else….Maybe “KuchingJaya”???

  33. #33 by 1to1 on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 1:43 pm

    Being the scion of the second PM, who died in office, it is a foregone conclusion that Najib would one day be PM.

    The Malaysia he “inherits” is a very different country indeed. With rapid globalization and the phenomenal growth of the fifth estate, i.e. the internet, access to diverse information/opinion is swift. Any discerning person can compare and contrast what is presented by the MSM in order to determine the truth.

    It is a fact that race based parties are anachronisms in the 21st century. So are philosophies of reality with world views 500 years or more before the development of modern science and technology.

    If Malaysia is serious about becoming a modern democratic state, there must be major paradigm shifts in the thinking and actions of it’s intellectuals, elites, politicians and the civil services in terms which are relevant to the needs of the people and the country, otherwise Malaysia will be considered as regressive and tragically, a failed state, unable to reinvent itself to compete in the global community.

    The ongoing global financial/economic crisis has impacted all countries. It does not allow Malaysia the luxury of procrastinating the necessity for major structural changes to address uneven economic development for half a century.
    Despite impressive industrial development, it is a fact that Malaysia is still an “assembly” industrial economy without any home grown world class technologies or products. FDA is bypassing Malaysia for more competitive countries like China, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, India and Singapore. Our tin and rubber industries are dead. Malaysia will become a petroleum importing country within the next few years. Indonesia has overtaken us as the top producer of palm oil. We are in dire straits.

    The root of the problem was the lack of foresight in planning and implementing a coherent modern educational system to produce people with creative intellectual capital, the opportunity to realize it and reap the fruits. Physical capital is always available, but a knowledge economy is the bottom line for progress in the 21st century.

  34. #34 by Ray on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 1:53 pm

    Hi Org Rojak

    I want to ask the Whole UmnoPutras Kakis this .. ?.
    What went wrong with UMNO BN (52 yrs of Injustice -Greedy -Corrupted Merdeka Constitution )kris rule?
    Until now Never learn any lessons from MMLee K Yew, Right or whatsover ?
    “By Just looking at the Malaysia-Ringgit Nilai will tell the whole Nation Building Failure Story”
    Where is BN-UMNO Today??
    “BN-UMNO Is EVIL-CURSED FOREVER ….Instead of blessings”
    These UMNO Human Beings of Religious Bigotry surely quicken to “Damages and Instability “Forever.
    >> quoted fr Murphy’s Law of Success.

    “Hidup & Victory Forever Pakatan Rakyat Party”


  35. #35 by 1to1 on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 1:55 pm

    My apologies. It should be FDI (foreign direct investment), not FDA. I cannot edit my post.

  36. #36 by frankyapp on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 1:56 pm

    Every umno president cum prime minister since Tunku Abd Rahman had the dream/vision or omen that the word ” R A H M A N ” is the holy Allah’s prophecy which they all must fulfil and indeed the 4th prime minister AAB did as expected. Recalling TDM’s comment that much as he regretted, he still chose AAB,in fact he further stated that AAB was his second choice . Now that NR is both umno president and prime minister ,the holy Allah’s prophecy is finally fulfilled .What does this mean, Farish A Noor and you guys ? My humble opinion is that Umno’s era is completed in accordance with the Holy Allah desire. There will be no new chapter for Umno as Allah has no space for it.In another word, NR is the one and only last umno president and prime minister as a sacrifice to Allah.The final fulfillment of this act will definitely in the 13th general election.See guys,again another bad omen for umno ie # 13.

  37. #37 by fairvoice on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 2:16 pm

    To: New PM Najib,
    The following you have to do with immediate effect to redeem youself and gain back the people heart to lead this country and gain back the glory and support of the people. If you are real sincere in reforming UMNO and BN then please consider these:

    1.Return Perak state gov. to PKR with or without by election.

    2.Call for the formation of RC to investigate all accusations pointing to the murder of Mongolian beauty.

    3.Call for the formation of RC to investigate corruption charges on the purchase of helicopter and submarine etc.

    4.Revamp the PDRM , AG Chamber, EC, Judiciary, MACC by removing the present commissioners and replace with persons with credible character and intergrity irrespective of race and religion.

    5.Stop associating yourself or your newly cabinet with former PM TDM. This is one blunder you made which caused you the 2 by election.

    6.Get serious I mean real serious on curbing corruption at all areas and angles. People do not want anymore wayang kulit. People know what is happening around.

    7.Be sincere and serious in recruiting non malays into cival service in all category of workforce. Enforce quota of 12% for Indians and 28% for Chinese. Go back to the fifties and sixties days.

    8.Abolish ISA with immediate effect and release unconditionally all ISA detainees including the remaining Hindraf leaders. No wasting time on reviewing the ISA. Just abolish. Just do it.

    9.In your new cabinet line up, appoint finance minister who is capable and competent to turn over the economy favourably to uplift Malaysia to glory. No need for just UMNO minister to hold finance. Appoint non malay. May be a chinese who are good at money.

    10.Reopen all death cases happened during detention in police custody including the recent Kugan case. Its a mockery in the International eyes that the government is biased on all such cases.

    11.Put pressure on MIC i.e Oldman Samy Velu to pay back all the Maika shares money to the share holders. He has swindled the hard earned money belongs to Indians including some lands belonging to schools. How is it you are still associating with him. Get rid of this swindler first. Instruct MIC to revamp its leaders.

  38. #38 by sightseeing on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 2:52 pm

    …// in Malaysia Finance Minister ought to be filled by a chinese.//…taiking

    [It doesn’t matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice] Deng Xioping

    It doesn’t matter if the Finance Minister is Malay, Chinese, Indian or other race. The important thing is to have an honest, just and fair government and accountable to the people. What’s the point of having corrupt people of any race as ministers? We need people like Nizar who are Malaysians to run the country. If we want to be a 1st world country we must stop thinking along racial line. Obama could not be President of USA if Americans still think of Black or White first.

  39. #39 by sightseeing on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 3:00 pm

    2.Call for the formation of RC to investigate all accusations pointing to the murder of Mongolian beauty.
    3.Call for the formation of RC to investigate corruption charges on the purchase of helicopter and submarine etc.


    You are asking Najib to do the impossible.

  40. #40 by i_love_malaysia on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 5:00 pm

    Najis is in a position of river of no return because of their own doings in the past!!! TDM was smart enough to pass all the sh*t to AAB and AAB lagi smart by passing all the accumulated sh*t to Najis, poor Najis has to keep all the sh*t to himself and to see the diminishing of BN and Nazi party and blamed for bringing down BN!!!
    Actually, all these wrong doings are accumulated through the BN years and it is not just one or two days affairs!!! How to reverse all the policies that were implemented by the same old Nazi party with supreme race mindset??? 1Malaysia is easy said than done when the Nazi and its members are still around and tried to claim all the credits for independence!!! Habislah cerita!!!

  41. #41 by alberttye on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 8:22 pm

    Dr Mahatail thought he still has the influence.

    The results serve him right.

    What an arrogant and conceited person. haha

  42. #42 by alberttye on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 8:24 pm

    I think Dr Mahatail’s mouth is now smaller than before. haha

  43. #43 by alberttye on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 9:21 pm

    Dr Mahatail must be feeling very lousy now.

    He is wondering why people did not listen to him and he would feel more frustrated as he could not do anything about it, unlike the way he could do to Tun Abdullah.

    It makes people feel good to see Dr M in this embarassed state. haha

  44. #44 by fairvoice on Wednesday, 8 April 2009 - 9:30 pm


    Nothing is impossible in this world if you want to survive and be a true PM for all Malaysians. Walk the talk………No body imagine a black man can be a President of USA at one time. Look now. I too know its impossible for Najib but on the other aspect,may be people will forgive him if he sincerely repents and do something good for all Malaysians irrespective of race and religion. There is no other option except to sacrifice your honour for the sake of country.

  45. #45 by sightseeing on Thursday, 9 April 2009 - 1:12 am

    2.Call for the formation of RC to investigate all accusations pointing to the murder of Mongolian beauty.
    3.Call for the formation of RC to investigate corruption charges on the purchase of helicopter and submarine etc.

    It is impossible because it is like asking Najib to hang himself!

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