4 things Najib must do to salvage his tattered credibility after his greatest leadership failure as PM post-Bersih post-EO6

The past five weeks are undoubtedly the worst period for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak since becoming the sixth Malaysian PM 27 months ago – making him the object of ridicule and scorn not only in the country but also internationally, forcing him to cut short his overseas trip.

It was his greatest failure of leadership as Prime Minister leaving his credibility in tatters – which is why his claim yesterday that the release of the PSM6 under the Emergency Ordinance was in accordance with the rule of law was met with nation-wide derision.

Najib cannot be more wrong if he thinks that he had restored his credibility with the release of the PSM6 yesterday, as nothing could wipe out the fact of his government’s high-handed and unsuccessful action to suppress the 709 Bersih 2.0 rally for free and fair elections, resulting in the arbitrariy and totally unjustifieable arrests of the PSM6, first on the ridiculous grounds of “waging war against the Agong” and “reviving communism” and then under EO for being “prime movers” of Bersih.

There are four things Najib must do, immediately and urgently, if he wants to salvage his tattered credibility after his greatest leadership failure as Prime Minister post-Bersih post-EO6.

Firstly, the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and the Inspector-General of Police should tender a public apology to the PSM6 for their unlawful detention and Najib should make public commitment to annul the four Proclamations of Emergency which are obsolete, going back from 34 to 47 years ago, repeal the EO and all oppressive legislation.

Secondly, lift the ridiculous ban on Bersih 2.0 and end the government’s even more ridiculous Xanthophobia (irrational fear of yellow) arresting people for wearing the yellow Bersih 2.0 T-shirt and set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry on free and fair elections to make recommendations in time for the forthcoming 13th General Elections.

Thirdly, take firm action against the UMNO official organ, Utusan Malaysia, which had in the past few months carried out a most insidious and seditious campaign to incite ethnic hatred and religious tensions in the country totally against the spirit and objective of a united, harmonious, inclusive multi-racial and multi-religious nation – making Utusan the greatest threat to and destroyer of Najib’s 1Malaysia campaign.

Fourthly, charge Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) officers found by Teoh Beng Hock Royal Commission of Inquiry as having committed a host of offences and crimes, including perjury before the TBH Inquest and TBH RCI, and setting up a special investigation squad for fuller investigation into the real causes and circumstances of Teoh Beng Hock’s death. This is because the TBH RCI, despite its unacceptable “driven suicide” finding, had provided several new leads which must be further pursued, in accordance with the Prime Minister’s undertaking to Teoh Beng Hock’s family in July 2009 to “leave no stone unturned”, to find out the real causes and circumstances of Beng Hock’s death.

It is only when Najib is prepared to tackle these four basic things that he can hope to begin to recover his credibility which suffered a fatal blow in the past five weeks as a result of the government’s gross mishandling of the 709 Bersih 2.0 Rally and arbitrary arrests of the PSM6.

  1. #1 by boh-liao on Saturday, 30 July 2011 - 1:58 pm

    Now some1 close 2 Johor sul tan had given her two cent’s worth of wisdom lor

  2. #2 by boh-liao on Saturday, 30 July 2011 - 2:16 pm

    D PSM6, detained under EO on d grounds of “waging war against the Agong” n “reviving communism”, were released unconditionally based on goodwill of polis, so said NR
    What a load of crap fr NR, goodwill over national security, really, betul ka?
    Y can’t NR admit lah based on no case, wrong detention bcos of false accusations, n abuse of power?

  3. #3 by yhsiew on Saturday, 30 July 2011 - 2:24 pm

    Last but no least, Najib should be on his guard and look out for those who give him “irrational advice” on day-to-day running of the country, as these are the people who want to force him off the premier seat.

  4. #4 by boh-liao on Saturday, 30 July 2011 - 2:46 pm

    Who said Bumiputra contractors r incapable of competing 4 tenders in an open system?
    Even a 19 year old contactor can 1

  5. #5 by monsterball on Saturday, 30 July 2011 - 2:56 pm

    He does all that …he is a dead duck.
    He does not do all that..he is a dead duck.
    Nothing can save a duck that is dying through his total sums of many sins committed.
    …keep treating Malaysians as fools….with his lies and flip flopping.
    The only option left for him is to declare 13th GE date and wait for the results…or resign and vanish into thin air.

  6. #6 by Bigjoe on Saturday, 30 July 2011 - 3:47 pm

    I beg to differ. While there is definitely a way for Najib to recover salvage himself, he, however, do not have the skills and character for it.

    The list above while urgently needed to begin with, does not even come close to having a clear path to a salavageable administration. It takes nothing less than splitting UMNO/BN in order to salvage the party – to throw anyone with even a part of Mahathirist ideas – literally anyone who hope to get wealthy or influential through politics or who won’t swear to poverty in service of the nation. In other words, the complete separation of business AND politics.

    Its not a step that Najib can cross, mentally and spiritually and hence its not possible for him or anyone to salvage a UMNO/BN government for much longer.

    Lee Kuan Yew was right all along – once the core is corrupted, its hopeless.

  7. #7 by drngsc on Saturday, 30 July 2011 - 5:25 pm

    Too little, too late.
    It is time to show him the door.

    We need to change the tenant at Putrajaya

  8. #8 by gofortruth on Saturday, 30 July 2011 - 5:34 pm

    He is doing none of the 4.
    Najib’s open bullying of the 5 Indians in EO6 has brought widespread condemnation locally & internationally both he as Prime minister & his cousin brother Hishamuddin,the Home minister.He is now attempting to appease the Indian community via his BN partner MIC by making the MIC president a full minister in his cabinet. Are we seeing a man in utter desperation? He still thinks he can ‘buy’ his way out by his infamous “you help me I help you” approach.

  9. #9 by Not spoon fed on Saturday, 30 July 2011 - 5:57 pm

    While continuing to attack (like this type of writings) about BN and Najib, DAP especially Pakatan should now focus fast on the ground works to reach voters across the country.

    This is especially vital because urban people are now knowing very well how corrupted and racial they are (BN). Rural areas like those in Sabah and Sarawak require much ground work to show how corrupted their leaders like Taib and show each long house using laptop about how rich is Taib (www.sarawakreport.org).

    It is urgent to continue to give open talk and show by projector (seeing is believing) during open talk (ceramah) in existing Pakatan’s controlled states.

    If general election comes in a few months, there would be not much time left for giving talk in each town by Pakatan.

  10. #10 by Godfather on Saturday, 30 July 2011 - 6:23 pm

    Whatever he does, he is not going to be around much longer. The warlords within UMNO are going to see to that. And the old Mamakthir still sees himself as a power broker, such is the sad state of affairs in UMNO.

  11. #11 by Godfather on Saturday, 30 July 2011 - 6:24 pm

    Poor Rosie still wants to hang on for a little while longer. She wants to use the Airbus, and she wants to go shopping. So I think he will call for elections only next year.

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