The chameleon PM

By Othman Wahab | July 27, 2011
The Malaysian Insider

JULY 27 — Okay, now it is official. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has run out of ideas. After looking terribly unconvincing when handling the Bersih 2.0 rally, he is clutching at anything just to seem to have things under control.

But the sad fact is that his every act and every word uttered just shows him to be desperate ala a tikam-tikam politician, not the son of Malaysia’s second PM who showed some promise in the early days.

In the past few weeks, he has obliterated the image he was carving out as a moderate leader. He has played the religious card, calling Ambiga Sreenevasan an enemy of Islam for doing her legal duty of representing a client.

He has flip-flopped like an Olympic gymnast on the offer of a stadium to the Bersih 2.0 organisers.

Najib has played the reverse religious card: first going to the Vatican as a public relations exercise to try and win Christian support and then returning home to warn the Christians to support the Islamic leadership of the country. (This, to show his Umno cohorts what a brave and unbending Muslim leader he is).

In between all that, his administration has talked about a Christian plot; Communist plot; an Arab-style uprising; and locked up six individuals on trumped up charges.

If this was not bad enough, he sought some plaudits for cancelling a family holiday.

And today, he played the old Mahathir favourite: colonisation. Malaysians, he said, should fly the flag for six weeks to show foreigners that we are united and that we will not brook any interference.

Aiseh, Mr PM. We are united, Bersih 2.0 showed us that. This us versus them tactic was used by Dr M in the old days when there was no Internet and he could shape opinion. No more lah.

It is really sad that it has come down to this. In the short span of a few weeks, Najib has become a dictator, intolerant, chauvinistic, opportunistic and now an anti-colonialist.

I suppose you only know a person’s true colours when he is tested in a trying situation.

* Othman Wahab reads The Malaysian Insider.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 11:48 am

    He may have ran out of ideas but does not mean his arsenal is empty. When it comes down to it, the country can go to hell to protect himself – he is too far deep to let go in any easy way. Better the entire country be a basket case than him to jail or worse as far as he is concern..

  2. #2 by k1980 on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 12:44 pm

    //does not mean his arsenal is empty//

    The weapons left—

    1. c4 himself
    2. commit halakili ( malaysian version of the jap seppuku)
    3. launch ops tikus (based on ops lalang)
    4. launch more video clips (of mat sabu, hadi, nik aziz, ect in compromising positions)
    5. order saifool bookhari to make another police report, this time on mat sabu
    6. order the tanks out like gaddafi had done
    7. board a plane to mongolia like lin piao did in 1971
    8. migrate to Kerala, his old mentor’s kampung

  3. #3 by monsterball on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 12:47 pm

    He has a very confused mind now…..and out of fear knowing Malaysians CANNOT BE EASILY FOOLED NOR FEAR ALL HIS THREATS……he has lost the sense of directions and purposes and concentrate to insult Oppositions like a six year old child…not becoming of a PM at all.
    He is like a fruit…ripen at a tree and getting rotten…ready to fall.
    He is surely like a man holding on to a tree small branch before tsunami waves sweep him away.
    He is holding on to his dear life…wanting to be an elected PM…and save himself..once and for all…yet dare not announce a date for 13th GE for being the longest unelected PM in history.
    He is trying hard to declare Emergency Rule..don’t ever doubt it…but he has no power to convince all.
    “N” is the end of RAHMAN.
    May Tunku rest in peace shortly.
    May all that have died for no reasons rest in peace shortly.

  4. #4 by bruno on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 1:06 pm

    At the beginning when Najib took over from Badawi he was unpopular because of the Perak government takeover.But after the Hulu Selangor by election his personal ratings was at his all time high.

    That must have scared the shit out of his enemies inside Umno.A stronger Najib means that he might be PM for a longer period of time.That means the accension up the Umno hierachy for the ambitious ones will be slow.That caused his enemies to set loose the dogs.The first one was Abrahim Ali.

    Najib’s poor spineless leadership left froggy Abrahim unchecked for all his dalliances.Froggy’s clowning made Najib look stupid and his poor leadership for sitting on his hands doing nothing.Maybe Najib was scared of froggy’s master Dr Mahathir.

    One blackeye led to another and eventually a gutless and spineless Najib was deemed irrelevant.Eventually Najib was considered a lameduck.He seems to be blamed for every problems his enemies created.

    Najib couldn’t take any action caused by the trouble makers is because his enemies have something over him.His failure to uphold his offer of a stadium to Ambiga speaks of his weaknesses.His recent abrupt cancellation of his family’s vacation to Italy means one thing.Najib is in serious trouble and his tenure as PM is coming to an end.

  5. #5 by rockdaboat on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 3:52 pm

    “I suppose you only know a person’s true colours when he is tested in a trying situation.”


    Results: Failed miserably on all fronts, particularly,

    Worse in leadership
    Worse in integrity

  6. #6 by -e- on Thursday, 28 July 2011 - 4:19 pm

    diam lah, nr.

    diam lah, umno.

    (save your voice) lah, mca, mic, gerakan.

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