Najib’s magic trick for 13th GE

Mariam Mokhtar | November 11, 2011
Free Malaysia Today

The rakyat should support calls for the 13th general election to be postponed until after ALL the recommendations (on electoral reforms) have been implemented.


Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s flurry of reforms in the last couple of months, raises disturbing questions about his desire to make Malaysia the “best democracy in the world”.

Who stands to benefit most from his idea of the “best democracy” in the world? The rakyat or the Barisan Nasional (BN) political elite?

The naïve rakyat, who are lulled into a sense of security by Najib’s rash of reforms, may think it will be the main beneficiaries. On the other hand, BN’s political elite and their cronies hope to woo the electorate by appearing to accede to calls for political reforms and then undo the reforms, after they have secured a win.

Judging by the number of times BN has reneged on election promises in the last 54 years, it will be the latter group who will benefit.

Any reforms, which BN announces now, are purely cosmetic. They give the appearance that Najib is listening. It is like a roué wooing a schoolgirl with sweet talk, before he has his way with her. He walks away smiling, because she was fool enough to believe him. He outsmarted her.

That is the danger the rakyat faces now – to be lulled into thinking Najib will enact the reforms that he has promised. After the 13th general election (GE), he will sing a different tune, if BN wins.

BN’s promise of reforms is pointless when all other aspects of BN rule ignore human rights, the rule of law, endemic corruption and economic enhancement. The “best democracy in the world” is not one which elevates one race but ignores the others.

A government which allows family members and close associates to benefit in multimillion ringgit projects is not fit for purpose.

Launching personal attacks on members of the opposition and smearing their children’s reputations are morally wrong, distasteful and will backfire.

The prime minister’s reputation was trashed after his disastrous handling of the July 9 Bersih 2.0 “pro-democracy march”. This was a terrible blow for someone who values spin and image above all else.

So, Najib felt compelled to pull out all the stops to try to rebuild his image both within his own party and with the rakyat.

He started with the repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA). Just like the magician doing his illusory show, who made the rabbit disappear, he then produced two more from a hat. Yes, Najib promised that there would be two new laws to replace the ISA.

Why did a sea change envelope Najib and make him repeal the ISA? For several decades, various groups which wanted the ISA abolished were ignored, but with the 13th general election around the corner, Najib acquiesced.

Paramount importance

Najib’s deputy, Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the education minister, was adamant that science and mathematics should be taught in Malay.

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad joined in the chorus to maintain the teaching of these subjects in English. Parents vowed to vote for the opposition. The day after announcing his final decision, Muhyiddin was forced into an embarrassing U-turn.

In Najib’s “best democracy in the world”, a Muslim girl can get married and start a family as soon as she reaches puberty, without her parents’ consent. Some girls reach puberty at nine years old.

At 18 years old, teenagers can drive a car and buy cigarettes, but they can’t vote until they are 21.

Furthermore, the Universities and University Colleges Act (UUCA) prohibits students from engaging in any political activity.

It isn’t just the students who are restricted. Any academic who does not toe the political line may find himself suspended and his academic career in jeopardy. Compare the two university lecturers, Professor Abdul Aziz Bari and Ridhuan Tee. Mind control is what Umno-BN is after and not freeing the mind for intellectual expression and advancement.

As we have only one chance to reform our government and vote for a party that will govern properly, the run-up to the 13th general election is of paramount importance. It matters to all of us.

Najib and BN are doing a magic trick. What has BN done to improve the lot of the rural population in the more economically deprived areas? Some kampungs and longhouses still lack water, electricity and proper roads. Schools and clinics are poorly funded.

And yet, the prime minister, his self-styled “First Lady”, their family and his political party have spent billions of ringgit on personal travel, luxury goods and bribes, all funded by the taxpayers.

One way is to deprive these people of their luxuries, so they can focus their efforts on solving the nation’s problems. For example, we should make them commute to work using public transport.

That means taking away their chauffeur-driven cars, their outriders and the police who restrict traffic on the roads when these VIPs travel. Once they suffer the traumas we go through, our public transport system might not be in such a deplorable condition.

When Najib made his maiden speech at the UN general assembly, he talked about rejecting extremism and being a moderate. So why does he don the cloak of racism at home? Does he have a split personality or is he just a scheming con-man who knows which side his electoral bread is buttered?

Electoral fraud

Former Umno minister Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir admitted that BN had bought votes in many elections, but the typical Umno reaction is shown by Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin who demanded proof of these accusations.

In the past months, electoral fraud on a grand scale has been uncovered and Umno-BN and the Election Commission have not provided plausible answers.

Instead of acting on these serious allegations, and in an attempt to divert the rakyat’s attention, Umno attacked the opposition with charges of supporting the communists and released more sex videos of the Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.

The rakyat should support calls for the coming general election to be postponed until after ALL the recommendations (on electoral reforms) have been implemented. Promises of reforms are not good enough.

However, the other course of action is to register to vote.

Do not boycott 13th general election. All votes are critical because the amount of cheating is going to be massive. This will be the dirtiest election in the history of Malaysia.

  1. #1 by tak tahan on Saturday, 12 November 2011 - 11:30 pm

    What ever la in the past and the present but resentful political reality,we have had enough all this long miserable fifty over years without progress much less stability for the nation.ABU!

  2. #2 by bruno on Sunday, 13 November 2011 - 3:29 am

    If PM Najib were to send Anwar to jail,together with all the cabinet ministers from his present cabinet as company my money will be on Najib.A one horse race all the way.

  3. #3 by k1980 on Sunday, 13 November 2011 - 9:39 am

    Najib’s “best democracy in the world”— at least 10 unelected political rejects appointed as senators and inducted as ministers in his cabinet. Most notorious one is the fat mamak gal who gets RM500 million to rear 3,000 cows—each cow costing RM166,667

  4. #4 by monsterball on Sunday, 13 November 2011 - 10:30 am

    “At 18 years old, teenagers can drive car and buy cigarettes, but they can’t vote until they are 21.”
    Simple….the smarter they become…UMN0 b must find reasons to delay their voting rights.
    Mahathir is known to be smart….but he is afraid on University students…and he was the one…who created alot of jungle laws to make a mockery of righteous laws….to protect his party and thieves.

  5. #5 by yhsiew on Sunday, 13 November 2011 - 10:35 am

    I doubt Najib dares go ahead calling for the 13th GE in the next three months as “cattle condo”, RM24m diamond ring, costly handbags, over spending by civil servants (e.g. pricey telescope), MRT land grab, unfriendly employee law amendment and phasing out of teaching Maths and Science in English are still fresh in people’s minds.

  6. #6 by monsterball on Sunday, 13 November 2011 - 10:42 am

    Najib’s and BN magic tricks are out-dated.
    Audience are watching…not magic tricks but by a bunch of clowns…performing like idiots.
    Keep defending…..keep denying…flip flopping…and disrespecting Malaysians by bringing back so many voted back door ministers.
    That’s the starting of his insults to voters…followed by a string of insults…that only an idiot think like that.
    We laugh and enjoy…clowns performing.
    They were already known as clowns with false titles and dressed up….like successful filthy rich buggers ..with stolen money to splash around.
    Clowns and hypocrites they are to smart Malaysians.

  7. #7 by monsterball on Sunday, 13 November 2011 - 11:04 am

    Mahathir advised Najib to hold 13th GE till the last day of his appointed PMship.
    In other words…he is telling Najib….resign..shut up and get lost.
    When some to Mahathir….he is always smart to protect his interests…his son’s wealth.. his party…and always blaming others ..ignoring the fact…he resigned when he knew Malaysians will vote his part out…if he stays as PM.
    Najib cannot resign!!
    And UMNO b has split up to so many groups that Najib…don’t mind to be known powerless……as long as he can avoid court cases against himself and Rosmah.

  8. #8 by drngsc on Sunday, 13 November 2011 - 3:25 pm

    I am very disappointed in the poor turnout at Parliament House on Saturday and Sunday at the PSC on Electoral Reforms, public hearing. Here was a legal opportunity to be there, call it a show of conviction, and for those of us allowed, to say something? I was there on Saturday and I was allowed to speak to address the committee.
    How come we would brave teargas and water cannon on 9th July, and not take a pleasant drive to Parliament House on 11th or 12th November? It beats me. I cannot understand. Go and show that you want electoral reforms. Go and support you desire, by your very presence. Can you imagine 12th Nov, up Parliament house, a sea of yellow?
    Or is BERSIH 2.0 just for fun sake. Ask yourself. I am disappointed.
    We need reforms. we need to change the goumen. We cannot do it, sitting comfortably at home. Please my fellow Malaysians, get off your comfort zone, and do something. We cannot change this goumen, just by sitting at home replying or writing blogs. It is good but not good enough.

    We need to change the tenant at Putrajaya. GE 13 is our best chance. Failure is not an option. Lets us all work very very hard.

  9. #9 by tak tahan on Sunday, 13 November 2011 - 5:23 pm

    limkamput should be there to lend support since he is the biggest braggart amomg here.Instead he only know how to brag in blog.Hahahahaha

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