Najib rues Bersih handling, says Kit Siang

by Clara Chooi
The Malaysian Insider
Jul 11, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 — Lim Kit Siang said today Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s unannounced visit yesterday to Bersih 2.0’s rally hotspots proved the prime minister was aware that his “mishandling” of the event had plunged him in “deep political trouble”.

The DAP advisor also chided Najib for claiming support from the “silent majority” who stayed home on Saturday, and told the prime minister they had broken their silence by calling for his resignation through Facebook.

A Facebook fan page set up after the rally, called “100,000 People Request Najib Tun Razak Resignation”, reached its 100,000 mark at 3.50am this morning and is still growing steadily.

“This is a most eloquent response to Najib’s call yesterday on the ‘silent majority’ of Malaysians to make their stand in cyberspace on the Bersih 2.0 rally.

“The ‘silent majority’ of Malaysians have indeed spoken out loud and clear, in the most viral phenomenon on Malaysian cyberspace, declaring their denunciation of the Najib crackdown on the 709 Bersih 2.0 rally,” Lim said in a statement today.

Najib yesterday praised Malaysians who chose to opt out of Bersih 2.0’s Saturday rally, saying they represented the “silent majority” who did not support the outlawed coalition and its demands.

But Lim sought the shred Najib’s confident front today, claiming the prime minister’s visit yesterday to Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Masjid India was the act of a man well aware that that his credibility had plummeted to a new low.

“Najib and his strategists are aware that the prime minister is in deep political trouble because of gross mishandling of the 709 Bersih 2.0 rally — hence the instant counter of an Umno-organised briefing for Umno officials, Umno-linked NGOs and heads of government-linked companies yesterday and a walkabout by Najib at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Masjid India, two ‘hotspots’ of the 709 Bersih 2.0 rally in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.

Lim also likened Najib’s impromptu walkabout yesterday to that of former US president George W. Bush’s surprise visit to Baghdad following the US-led invasion into Iraq. Bush’s visit had resulted in the infamous incident when an Iraqi journalist flung both his shoes at the premier, calling him a dog and accusing him of killing Iraqis.

The veteran politician also said today that Saturday’s events had seen the death of Najib’s 1 Malaysia, which he claimed was replaced by a “Bersih 1 Malaysia” and demonstrated by thousands who took to the streets of the capital and resisted police threats to march for free and fair elections.

“Malaysians of all races, religions, gender and age walked tall despite police threats, teargas, water cannons and sustained media demonisation to re-affirm their faith in clean Malaysia where there are free and fair elections, a clean political system and incorrupt national governance,” he said.

Lim said the only way for Najib to reconnect with the newfound “Bersih 1 Malaysia” generation would be if he agreed to set up a royal commission of inquiry to review the events of the rally, take disciplinary action against errant police officers who purportedly abused civilians and fired tear gas into the Tung Shin Hospital, order the unconditional release of the six PSM members detained under the Emergency Ordinance, and lift the ban on Bersih 2.0.

  1. #1 by negarawan on Monday, 11 July 2011 - 10:13 pm

    Don’t just ask Najip, Hishamuddin and the IGP to resign. That is not enough. SEND THEM TO THE GALLOWS!

  2. #2 by Jong on Monday, 11 July 2011 - 10:48 pm

    I watched him on tv news last night, like a rabid dog displaying his teeth claiming to have support of the silent majority! Poor fella.

    For those around him pity them, their expression betrayed them – all must be tolerating that terrible ear-ache. But they clapped for him though! :D

  3. #3 by vsp on Monday, 11 July 2011 - 11:31 pm

    If I had known about Najib’s walkabout at Masjid India, I too would have thrown a shoe or a rotten egg in his evil face.

  4. #4 by monsterball on Monday, 11 July 2011 - 11:33 pm

    Yip more than 100000 signatures within 4 hours…all asking Najib to step down.
    Nice to know young Malaysians are actively supporting a change in government.

  5. #5 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 12 July 2011 - 8:58 am

    Najib has no business complaining about the handling. Malaysia Today revealed that the modus operandi was from the PMO itself. True those who executed still did a bad job BUT they are HIS people, under HIS instruction.

    Yes, the whole lot got to go but it starts with top first.

  6. #6 by balance88 on Tuesday, 12 July 2011 - 10:26 am

    I am one of the silent majority. To our PM, the silent majority is not with you on this one and on many other issues – PKZD, Sarbani, Teoh Beng Hock, etc etc. We can’t be with you when your govt cannot differentiate right from wrong, the core basic tenets of morality and when you have 2 sets of laws – one for BN and one for the opposition.

  7. #7 by best4rakyat on Tuesday, 12 July 2011 - 11:02 am

    Calling himself PM of all malaysian?

    Put him in exile during his UK trip and Queen Elizabeth’s face with all other good leaders will be tarnished to meet him.
    He is a coward!

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