Najib the biggest loser, says Kit Siang

By FMT Staff
July 11, 2011 | Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: There are many casualties in the Bersih 2.0 rally – police, mainstream media and the Election Commission (EC) – but the biggest loser is Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, says DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang.

He said that the rally on Saturday saw the death of Najib’s 1Malaysia concept but the birth of a true Bersih 1Malaysia.

“(On that day), Malaysians of all races, religions, gender and age walked tall despite police threats, teargas, water cannons and sustained media demonisation to reaffirm their faith in a clean Malaysia…,” he said in his blog posting today.

He added that Najib and his strategists are aware that the prime minister is in deep political trouble because of the gross mishandling of the Bersih 2.0 rally.

He claimed that was the reason why Najib called for an instant Umno-organised special information briefing for Umno officials, Umno-linked NGOs and heads of government-linked companies yesterday.

Najib also took a walkabout at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Jalan Masjid India, the two “hotspots” of the Bersih 2.0 rally.

However, Lim said Najib’s credibility has plummeted to a new low as a result of the gross mishandling of the peaceful assembly.

He added that this is why more than 100,000 Facebook users want Najib to resign in the wake of the heavy-handed police against the Bersih supporters.

“This is the 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’ has indeed spoken out loud and clear in the most viral phenomenon on Malaysian cyberspace, denouncing Najib’s crackdown.”

Nadir point

Lim said that Najib’s popularity has reached a nadir point since becoming prime minister 27 months ago – all because of flip-flop leadership reminiscent of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, which caused the former prime minister’s undoing.

“What is most shocking is the denial complex afflicting the national leadership,” he said, citing Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar who denied that police fired tear gas into Tung Shin Hospital and at Bersih and Pakatan Rakyat leaders at the enclosed KL Sentral tunnel.

He said that Ismail claimed that there were only 6,000 people supporting Bersih 2.0 rally when 50,000 had turned out.

“Yet the police mobilised a 7,000-strong force and arrested 1,667 men, women and children – the largest mass arrests in Malaysian history!”

“Can Najib save his premiership, make amends and reconnect with the Bersih 1Malaysia citizens… who want a clean Malaysia in elections, political system or national governance?” he asked.

Lim said that for Najib to reconnect with the newfound generation of Bersih 1Malaysia, he must take the following measures:

  • set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry for free, fair and clean elections and into the gross mishandling of the Bersih rally;
  • take disciplinary action against police officers who were guilty of wanton and unwarranted brutality and violence;
  • immediately and unconditionally release Sungai Siput MP Dr D Jeyakumar and five other PSM officials detained under Emergency Ordinance; and,
  • lift the ban on Bersih 2.0
    1. #1 by bruno on Monday, 11 July 2011 - 6:09 pm

      Najib is the biggest loser.
      Smaller winner is the 3M’s.
      Najib is the sucker.
      3M’s the carrot handler.

    2. #2 by mm08 on Monday, 11 July 2011 - 6:16 pm

      because of power, he will continue doing his way! he has been doing all this as he thought that he can remain in power using force!

    3. #3 by Bigjoe on Monday, 11 July 2011 - 8:11 pm

      Honestly, he did it to himself. He screwed up again and again. Read MT’s revelation of Guidance for Bersih Rally from PMO..

      It included specific instruction to let police do their job meaning the police were given detailed specific instructions. It was HIS plan – a bad one and his respond after the fact was just as bad.

    4. #4 by habis on Monday, 11 July 2011 - 9:46 pm

      My family and friends are truly proud to see all races gathering together as 1 People in the Bersih rally in our hope and aspiration of A CLEAN AND FAIR ELECTION in MALAYSIA.WE ARE TRULY ONE PEOPLE.Allm over the world we can see corrupt despotic regimes overthrown by the downtrodden citizens and the Winds of Change WILL SURELY blow in Malaysia.When Leaders enjoyed power for Too long they will do whatever deeds to protect and keep their POWER INTACT.Power Corrupts Absolutely.

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