Najib has discarded the robes of “the Great Transformer” for those of “the Great Reactionary” signaling he is no more prepared to listen to the real voices of the people for change

The Najib government’s gross mishandling of Bersih 3.0 of April 28 is proving to be even more disastrous than its initial mishandling of Bersih 2.0 of July 9, 2011.

At least, the Najib administration realized in the nick of time and reined in its excessive over-reactions to the Bersih 2.0, performing a volte face two months later by announcing on Malaysia Day on Sept. 16 a slew of repeal or reform of draconian laws like the abolition of Internal Security Act to make Malaysia “the best democracy in the world”.

Ever since, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has taken pains to emphasise that no one else but the Barisan Nasional should take credit for the slew of reform of draconian laws, like the revocation of the four Emergency Proclamations, the repeal of the Internal Security Act, amendments to the Printing Presses and Publications Act and enactment of the Peaceful Assembly Act because the Barisan Nasional government is prepared to “listen to Malaysians who want change”.

I concede that Najib and the Barisan Nasional Government had attempted to listen to Malaysians who wanted change as represented by the Bersih 2.0 rally which saw 50,000 Malaysians peacefully gathering in Kuala Lumpur for free, fair and clean elections.

But the government had not listened fully or attentively, which is why four or even five times the number of people who turned out on Bersih 2.0 – some 250,000 Malaysians – gathered peacefully in Kuala Lumpur on April 28 in response to Bersih 3.0 call for free, fair and clean elections.

The Najib government at least made an effort to the listen to the people’s demands in Bersih 2.0 although the efforts at reform proved to be half-hearted, half-baked and generally unsatisfactory like the recommendations of the Parliamentary Select Committee on electoral reforms.

But what has distinguished the Najib administration’s reaction to Bersih 3.0 as compared to Bersih 2.0 is its complete inability and refusal to “listen to the people’s demands for change”.

Instead, the Najib administration launched a concerted and systematic campaign of vilification and demonization against Bersih 3.0 illustrated by:

(i) the wild and irresponsible allegation by the Prime Minister that Bersih 3.0 was an anti-national conspiracy to topple the government;

(ii) the instant, blind and unthinking support given to this conspiracy theory by the former Inspector-General of Police Tun Hanif Omar;

(iii) establishment of an “independent advisory panel” headed by Tun Hanif to conduct an inquiry into the Bersih 3.0 violence although it does not enjoy support, trust and confidence of the Malaysian public, totally lacking in credibility and legitimacy; and

(iv) a most biased, one-sided and tendentious 30-minute documentary entitled “Bersih 3.0 itu Kotor” broadcast on TV1 to poison the minds of viewers on Bersih 3.0 and proof that the government is not prepared to keep an open mind to allow for an objective and impartial inquiry into the Bersih 3.0 violence and brutality.

Four recent events have banished beyond a shadow of doubt hopes that the Najib administration would be prepared to be open-minded and listen to Malaysians in Bersih 3.0 as had happened after Bersih 2.0, namely:

(i) The ridiculous claim by the Minister for Information, Communications and Culture, Datuk Seri Dr. Rais Yatim that there were only 22,270 people who joined the Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28, and not hundreds of thousands of people;

(ii) The incessant harassment of Bersih 2.0 co-chairperson Datuk Ambiga Sreenivasan, violating her privacy, human and citizenship rights;

(iii) The prosecution of Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and PKR leaders Azmin Ali and Badrul Hashim for offences under the Peaceful Assembly Act in connection with Bersih 3.0; and

(iv) The “last straw” – the government suing Ambiga and the Bersih 2.0 steering committee for alleged damages amounting to RM122,000 on Bersih 3.0.

The message that Najib is sending loud and clear is that he has exchanged the robes of “the Great Transformer” for those of “the Great Reactionary” as he is no more prepared to listen to the real voices and legitimate aspirations of Malaysians for change!

  1. #1 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 24 May 2012 - 5:35 pm

    What ‘Great Transformer’?

    You mean ‘Grand Deceiver’, don’tyou?

  2. #2 by Winston on Thursday, 24 May 2012 - 5:53 pm

    Bersih 3.0 is so humongous that it out class all previous tidal waves to hit them.
    And that inevitably threatens their gravy train.
    And nothing can be allowed to do that.
    That’s why the extreme reaction.

  3. #3 by dcasey on Thursday, 24 May 2012 - 6:04 pm

    At the end of it all, he dons the robe of a Great Pretender, this a cheat kor.

  4. #4 by PRmaju on Thursday, 24 May 2012 - 8:41 pm

    Ah cheat kor say: ” you ain’t see nothing yet”.

    Najis is going to cheat very way to stay in power.

  5. #5 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 24 May 2012 - 10:27 pm

    My goodness, Rais is such a chameleon!

    Rais, listen, Shakepeare said: ‘All that glitters is not gold’. I hope you know that, if it is not too late already. Only the streets of heaven are paved with gold. But I don’t think I will see you there. No, I am not God but if man can see thru your utter nonsense, what more the Almighty God who sees your heart and discerns your intentions. With God, if u believe there is one, U r finished brader.

  6. #6 by jus legitimum on Thursday, 24 May 2012 - 11:21 pm

    Now everyone must call him ‘Ah cheat ko’ for ko also means ‘kotor’.

  7. #7 by assamlaksa on Friday, 25 May 2012 - 1:44 am

    Transformers? Specifically, you mean Decepticons or Insecticons?

  8. #8 by Taxidriver on Friday, 25 May 2012 - 2:25 am

    jus legitimum, ‘ ko’ is also short for terkor or boar. It means sex maniac.

  9. #9 by boh-liao on Friday, 25 May 2012 - 2:56 am

    AhCHEATkor has TRANSFORMED UmnoB/BN members n supporters in2 HANG SAMSENG, out 2 cause troubles n 2 intimidate peaceful rakyat
    D rogues unleashed hell n rained stones n eggs on PR events n rakyat who attend d events – transformed peaceful, civil events in2 intimidating, body-harming events
    Now Mat Rempits join butt-burger samseng 2 harass n intimidate BERSIH leader

  10. #10 by yhsiew on Friday, 25 May 2012 - 7:36 am

    He will pay a heavy price for ignoring people’s demands come GE13.

  11. #11 by undertaker888 on Friday, 25 May 2012 - 8:14 am

    The Great Pretender lyrics
    Oh-oh, yes I’m the great pretender
    Pretending that I’m doing well
    My need is such I pretend too much
    I’m lonely but no one can tell
    Oh-oh, yes I’m the great pretender
    Adrift in a world of my own
    I’ve played the game but to my real shame
    You’ve left me to grieve all alone
    Too real is this feeling of make-believe
    Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal
    Yes I’m the great pretender
    Just laughin’ and gay like a clown
    I seem to be what I’m not, you see
    I’m wearing my heart like a crown
    Pretending that you’re still around
    Too real is this feeling of make-believe
    Too real when I feel what my heart can’t conceal
    Yes I’m the great pretender
    Just laughin’ and gay like a clown
    I seem to be what I’m not, you see
    I’m wearing my heart like a crown
    Pretending that you’re still around

  12. #12 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Friday, 25 May 2012 - 8:28 am

    The only transformation i can see is jib’s great transformation from an autobot wannabe to a true decepticon.

  13. #13 by Dap man on Friday, 25 May 2012 - 9:27 am

    Najib, a Transformer??? That’s a joke.

    He is a charlatan, cheat,con artist, fake, fraud, imposter, mountebank, phony, pretender, quack, rip-off artist, a riffraff, a sham and a “deformer”.

  14. #14 by Godfather on Friday, 25 May 2012 - 9:45 am

    Najib’s true colours are showing. He’s afraid to call for elections, despite spending billions on his Bantuan schemes. His RM 500 bribes have lost their effect. His RM 15,000 bribes to Felda settlers will soon lose their effect. Then we have people like Mamakthir and Musa Aman saying that they need more time, and elections should be delayed until after Hari Raya. Selangor is threatening to delay state polls until the electoral rolls are cleaned up. What is Najib going to do next ? Probably fiddling while Bolehland burns……

  15. #15 by Godfather on Friday, 25 May 2012 - 9:46 am

    The true mark of an indecisive person, and a person who does not lead from the front.

  16. #16 by Bigjoe on Friday, 25 May 2012 - 9:47 am

    Even in the best of times, UMNO maintain larger liberal principles such as minority rights and open democracy ONLY BECAUSE it was practical to do so or because it was convenient. UMNO DO NOT STAND for liberal principles based on ideology – at least not since Mahathir took over because he does not believe in any of them, in fact taking them for granted, seemingly have no comprehension of its long term practicality in his ‘end justify the means’ perverted obsession.

    There is no such thing as an UMNO leader that can do ‘tranformation’ – its simply is not within their means, nor are they truly interested in the necessary sacrifice for it. Spending money is NOT transformation. Its been done by many for decades eventually leading to ruin each and every time.

  17. #17 by monsterball on Friday, 25 May 2012 - 10:12 am

    Stones and eggs are thrown at Anwar’s recent road show.
    Who are these hooligans?
    Umno b said it’s not their members.
    Najib and Mahathir….no comments.
    One was hurt badly bleeding from the head.
    Provocations increased to new level.
    So now…it is Najib’s patriots and hooligans against PR and their supporters..are traitors.
    Is that it?
    It is actually crooks and thieves and desperate ones afraid to loose 13th GE…so create as much trouble as possible….for reasons to declare Emergency Rule.

  18. #18 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Friday, 25 May 2012 - 1:30 pm

    These buggers did not realise that pakatan taking over putrajaya after GE13 is a very very real possibility. If they are cleverer they would surely know the possible consequences and therefore would behave better.

    They are either much too stupid, or are arrogant or plain blissful. I believe, stupidity is the reason for otherwise they would not dare to monkey about the way do now.

  19. #19 by jus legitimum on Friday, 25 May 2012 - 2:15 pm

    The father created a havoc in 513 that cost hundreds of lives and the son may follow suit to do the same anytime now based on what happened lately.But beware do not fall into this cunning trap from the cheat n kotor fellow.

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