Kit Siang accuses Najib of being insincere in Bersih row

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
July 07, 2011 | The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, July 7 — DAP leader Lim Kit Siang accused Datuk Seri Najib Razak today of being insincere and irresponsible for continuing with the Bersih clampdown, despite the group heeding the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s call to hold the July 9 rally in a stadium.

The election watchdog has chosen Stadium Merdeka as the venue for this Saturday’s rally. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar has however told the polls reform group to hold its rally outside of the capital.

“Datuk Seri Najib Razak runs the risk of becoming the first Kafkaesque Prime Minister in Malaysia who does not mean what he says and does not say what he means,” Lim said in a statement today.

“Kafkaesque” relates to Czech Franz Kafka’s writings which centre around the bizarre, random, surreal forced by an impersonal administration where the individual feels powerless to understand or control what is happening.

The DAP advisor said that the King’s intervention of the row between Bersih and the government was “short-lived” when Najib “passed the buck” of allowing Bersih to hold its rally ay Stadium Merdeka to the police.

“It is reported that the Prime Minister will be leaving for overseas tomorrow. He should not do so but should be in the country to ensure that the Bersih 2.0 stadium rally on July 9 as agreed upon as a result of the wise and just intervention of the Yang di Pertuan Agong and with his concurrence is held in a smooth, peaceful and orderly manner,” added Lim.

  1. #1 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 7 July 2011 - 11:37 pm

    Najib insincere?

    I thought that was already a foregone conclusion from the Altantuya era and the PD saga.

  2. #2 by Joshua on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 2:39 am

    Chibo Rectunt is a strange message especially Najib goes overseas and to where?

    Chi po return or no return???

    Where do we dump anything insincere? Dustbin?

  3. #3 by Jong on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 2:47 am

    Insincere? That’s an understatement for this “Father of All Rhetorics”! Evil best decribes him.

  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 7:32 am

    I believe no one even think of Najib’s insincerity at this point. What they are more worried about is foolishness, his infantilism. He has made one amateur mistake after another and continue to do so. Each time offered an opportunity to come back, he has regressed. His judgement is severely poor under pressure and the pressure is just mounting.

    We have given the keys to the kingdom to a pathetic infant and he has behaved as infants do.

  5. #5 by k1980 on Friday, 8 July 2011 - 10:25 am

    Jib is scared that what happened in Benghazi in February 2011 would occur here—-

    The fighting in Benghazi started on 17 February, after two days of protests in the city. Security forces opened fire on protesters, killing 14. The next day, a funeral procession for one of those killed passed the Katiba compound. Accounts differ on whether mourners began throwing stones first or the soldiers from Katiba opened fire without provocation. In the end another 24 people from the opposition forces were killed. Following the massacre, two policemen, who were accused of shooting the protestors, were hanged by the opposition. Police and army personnel later withdrew from the city after being overwhelmed by protesters. Some army personnel joined the protesters and helped them seize the local state-controlled radio station.

    In al-Baida, unconfirmed reports indicated that local police and riot control units joined the protesters. By the end of the 18th, the only place that still housed a significant number of Gaddafi loyalists in Benghazi was the Katiba compound.

    On 19 February, another funeral procession passed the Katiba compound en route to the cemetery in an act of defiance and were again fired upon by Gaddafi loyalists in the compound. By this time, some 325 mercenaries from southern Africa were flown into Benghazi and other towns in the east to help restore order. During the 18th and 19th, there were major retaliatory attacks by the opposition forces against the mercenaries. 50 African mercenaries were executed by the protesters in al-Baida. Some died when protestors burned down the police station in which they locked them up and 15 were lynched in front of the courthouse in al-Baida. The bodies of some of them were put on display and caught on video.

    Following the second attack on a funeral, opposition forces commandeered bulldozers and tried to breach the walls of the Katiba compound, often retreating under heavy fire. As the fighting continued, a mob attacked a local army base on the outskirts of Benghazi and forced the soldiers to give up their weapons, including three small tanks. Opposition members then rammed those tanks into the Katiba compound’s walls. Days later, the burned hulks of the armored vehicles could still be seen, stuck halfway into the breaches they made.

    The fighting stopped on the morning of the 20th February. Another 30 people were killed during the previous 24 hours of fighting. A third funeral procession passed the Katiba compound. Under the cover of the funeral, a suicide car-bomber attacked the compound’s gates, blowing them up.

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