Najib should apologise for his own mistakes first before apologizing for past BN mistakes resulting in the political tsunami four years ago

Four days after the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak extended an apology for past Barisan Nasional (BN) mistakes resulting in its loss of several states and electoral seats in the last general elections, it remains a mystery and state secret what were the mistakes Najib was apologizing for.

Nobody knew what past BN mistakes Najib was confessing and apologizing, allowing the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasin to immediately dismiss the need to find out what these “mistakes” were arguing that “the crucial thing now was to look ahead” and the UMNO Information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan to make nonsense of Najib’s “apology” by declaring that “UMNO needs mandate to fix its mistakes”!

Does Najib himself know what past BN mistakes he was confessing and apologising for in Kedah last Saturday or was it a meaningless political rhetoric just to win votes?

While Najib mull over and decide what were the past BN mistakes which he is prepared to confess and apologise, let him apologise for his own mistakes first, especially those committed during his 35-month premiership.

Najib’s mistakes alone run into scores. Off-hand, just to mention ten, as follows:

1. Illegal, undemocratic and unconstitutional power grab of the Pakatan Rakyat Perak State Government led by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin which he orchestrated and executed two months before he became Prime Minister.

2. His failure to defend his 1Malaysia policy to create a Malaysia where every Malaysian regards himself or herself as Malaysian first and race, religion, region and socio-economic status second when his Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin declared right from the beginning that he was Malay first and Malaysian second.

3. The politics of hypocrisy where he preached the virtues of moderation in international forums while allowing the rise of extremism, ethnic and religious, in the country spearheaded by UMNO mouthpiece, Utusan Malaysia resulting in worsening racial and religious polarisation in his 35 months as Prime Minister with unprecedented political rhetoric of racial hatred and religious intolerance founded on lies and falsehoods and the outsourcing of the politics of extremism by Umno to Perkasa.

4. His speech at the UMNO General Assembly in 2010 warning of “crushed bodies, lives lost” (“walau berkecai tulang dan juga badan, walau bercerai jasad dari nyawa”) to defend UMNO in Putrajaya. Is Najib prepared to apologise and retract this threat by declaring that in keeping with his aim to make Malaysia “the best democracy in the world”, he and all UMNO leaders will fully and peacefully accept the electoral verdict of Malaysians in the next general elections, including a change of government in Putrajaya?

5. Increasing incidence of political violence against opposition politicians and civil society activists like the UMNO Youth and Perkasa attack on anti-Lynas protestors at the Penang Speakers’ Corner injuring two reporters, while the police looked on and did nothing.

6. Worsening corruption in Malaysia with the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2011 falling to the worst-ever ranking of No. 60 and lowest-ever score of 4.3, placing Malaysia at the most corrupt level in the nation’s 55-year history under six Prime Ministers.

7. The death Teoh Beng Hock and the failure to take action against his killers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), as well as to bring to book persons responsible for the death of Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamad at the MACC premjises, V. Kugan in police custody and all other cases of custodial deaths.

8. The return of the politics of Mahathirism, with the present generation of Malaysians still paying for the financial scandals of Tun Mahathir’s 22 years as Prime Minister, as in the recent third and latest RM840 million bailout of former Malaysian Airlines (MAS) chairman Tajudin Ramli with his out-of-court settlement with Danaharta and GLCs.

9. Continued politics of corruption, cronyism and patronage as in the award of RM2.2 billion Kinrara-Damasara Expressway (Kidex) to two companies, Emrail Sdn Bhd and Zabima Engineering Sdn Bhd linked to Umno lawyer Datuk Hafarizam Harun and wife of former Chief Justice, Tun Zaki Azmi and the RM7.1 billion West Coast Expressway from Banting to Taiping awarded to Kumpulan Europlus Bhd for a 60-year concession period.

10. The refusal to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the long-standing problem of illegal immigrants in Sabah which have made Sabahans strangers and minorities in their own land.

There is a long list of “mistakes” made in the past 35 months for Najib to apologise on his own behalf, without yet going into the past BN mistakes resulting in the BN debacle in the last general elections in 2008.

Where will Najib begin?

  1. #1 by Godfather on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 9:46 am

    I know what mistakes Najib is referring to, and so does Moo Moo. He is apologising for all those who got caught, and he is promising that there will be fewer “sharks” caught after the next elections.

  2. #2 by k1980 on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 10:09 am

    None of the 29 “tuans” has been caught by the police after so many days! Are they protected by uncle jibby and gang?

  3. #3 by k1980 on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 10:12 am

    Her missing front tooth— has she been kicked in the mouth by a cow?

  4. #4 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 10:52 am

    While an arrogant Najib may apologize for his party’s mistakes, he will never apologize for his own mistakes.

  5. #5 by limkamput on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 11:05 am

    PM Lee of Singapore apologized to the people before the general election, so our copycat here also want to apologize. Can you imagine the disparity in standard? Can you imagine what if BN/UMNO were to rule Singapore? What do you think will happen to them now.

  6. #6 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 11:09 am

    Mohd.Ariff Sabri aka Sakmongkol comparison of Najib to Gollum is increasingly actually a reality. Like Gollum, everything he says and do is dubious and make little sense except ultimately he is just depraved lust for his own selfish reasons.

  7. #7 by cseng on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 11:38 am

    //Where will Najib begin?//

    Why not start with Altantuya first?

    The judge written : ‘Whatever the motive was, it is a matter of law that the motive, although relevant, has never been the essential to constitute murder.’

    Just replace the word ‘murder’ with ‘paid murder’ or ‘instructed murder’…. would that be essential then?

  8. #8 by k1980 on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 11:56 am

    The one thing Jibby will be remembered by the people– his setting up of the ETP—Eat The People, not Economic Transformation Program

  9. #9 by Godfather on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 12:02 pm

    Limkamput: are you referring to the disparity between University of Nottingham vs Cambridge ?? I should think that the disparity in honesty is the issue here.

  10. #10 by SENGLANG on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 12:54 pm

    Never never take the apology seriously. In fact just ignore it. It is no different from a cat cry over a dead mouse

  11. #11 by k1980 on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 1:09 pm

    comparison of
    Najib to Gollum
    Al-Tantooya to Precioussss
    Mamaktiu to Sauron
    Daim to Saruman
    Perkosa to the Ringwraiths

  12. #12 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 1:17 pm

    Ah Jib Gor will say his apology has nothing to do with his own mistakes; that it is not “personal” and that the mistakes relate to BN’s for whom he as president and head was apologising for and on behalf. Apart from the fact that his apology has so far drawn flak than reap sympathy by reason of the apology not sounding sincere and genuinely contrite for the lack of specifics and details, the point highlighted by Kit here about his “failure to defend his 1Malaysia policy” contradicted by his Deputy’s “Malay first and Malaysian second” stance has raised yet another issue/facet relating to this business of his attempt at political apology – and that is, in spite of the fact that he is president of UMNO/BN and head of government, does he have the standing (as such a head by ostensibly authority ordinarily has) to apologise for and on behalf of a group of people like UMNO led BN who may feel absolutely no contrition and that the so called mistakes apologised for by him were not mistakes but their entitlement and who do not even support his feeble attempt at apology? When no one in UMNO/BN has yet seconded/affirmed his apology unconditionally -and in fact some are on record of having said or done things diametrically contradictory to his platform and his policies – the further question is raised, whether he has a mandate/authority to claim he could represent and apologise on behalf of a group of people (BN/UMNO) who may actually feel there’s nothing to apologise for? (It will be recalled that there’s no minister connected whether directly or indirectly to the NFC controversy has shown any remorse at the controversy generated to date, let alone admit to any mistake).

  13. #13 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 1:33 pm

    Dear Jib,

    I sudah minta maaf sama JPJ utk semua saman2 trafik yg I kena sebelum ini. Semua saman2 saya pun sudah kasi kembalikan kepada JPJ untuk dibatalkan. Ini bermakna saya tak payah bayar apa apa saman lagi.

    Di sini saya ingin ucap terima kasih sama you kerana kasi saya satu chance selesaikan semua saman2.

    Sekian dan terima kasih manyak manyak.

    dagen (masih wanna “ABU”)

    ps. Alamak pagi ini I kena satu saman lagi. I punya minta maaf itu hari masih boleh pakai kah?

  14. #14 by mm08 on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 1:38 pm

    i think some more mistakes done, that we may do not know! The known one, Lynas plant, NFC, etc…so to give you mandate to make more mistakes? are we crazy?

  15. #15 by tak tahan on Wednesday, 7 March 2012 - 2:28 pm

    Ajib kor,

    Tak guna minta maaf kalau tidak betul betul insaf dan memperbetulkan apa-apa saja kesalahan yang telah dilakukan.Untuk permulaan,tolong pergi minta maaf pada roh roh TBH,Ahmad Sarbaini dan Altantuya.Cry if you have to…masih ada kan that Sibu punya hankerchief?..i like that one.Kedua,revamp institute negara seperti PDRM,MACC dan judiciary.Akhir sekali tapi not the least,bersih kan electoral roll sebelum pilihan raya.Ok or not kah?Haai..i ingat you tak boleh one lah.

  16. #17 by GodIsWatching on Thursday, 8 March 2012 - 2:01 am

    Ah Jib is required to also apologise for all the Birkin bags and disgusting shopping and holiday sprees enjoyed by his missus and family …

  17. #18 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 8 March 2012 - 8:25 am

    How about apologizing for this mistake:

    Its simply amazing how much of our problems started with Mahathir even before he became PM, 30+ years ago..

  18. #19 by good coolie on Saturday, 10 March 2012 - 12:16 am

    Dr. M might be the next: Mea culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maha Culpa.

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