Any Minister who dare to ask Cabinet tomorrow to openly apologise for the PM’s wild and baseless allegation that Bersih 3.0 was a coup attempt by Opposition to topple government?

Now that the Barisan Nasional government, through the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz’s reply in Parliament yesterday, had as good as confessed that there is not even an iota of evidence to substantiate the wild and reckless allegation of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Gua Musang on May 4 that the Bersih 3.0 rally was a coup attempt by the Pakatan Rakyat opposition to topple the government by force on April 28, the Barisan Nasional Ministers must place this topic on top of the Cabinet agenda tomorrow.

The Cabinet Ministers must come to the rescue of the Prime Minister to save his face by assuming collective responsibility and make an open apology on behalf of the Prime Minister to the hundreds of thousands of Malaysians who took part peacefully and patriotically in the Bersih 3.0 rally and the 28 million Malaysians for this wild, reckless and baseless allegation about the Bersih 3.0 rally being a coup attempt by the Opposition to topple the government by force on April 28.

The question Malaysians want to know is whether there is any Minister, whether from UMNO, MCA, MIC, Gerakan, Sabah or Sarawak who dare to ask the Cabinet tomorrow to openly apologise for the Prime Minister’s wild, reckless and baseless allegation that Bersih 3.0 was a coup attempt by the opposition to topple the government by force on April 28.

Or will the former Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir be proven right that the Cabinet Ministers are no better than “half-past six” Ministers?

After Nazri’s reply in Parliament yesterday, which is distinguished by his complete failure to furnish even an iota of evidence to substantiate Najib’s wild and baseless allegation, there are at least three things the Cabinet should do tomorrow:

Firstly, establish who was responsible for feeding the Prime Minister with the false and baseless information that Bersih 3.0 rally was an Opposition coup by the Opposition to topple the government by force on April 28.

Former Inspector-General of Police Tun Hanif Omar, who gave immediate support to Najib’s allegation, told the media the next day that the Prime Minister must have received intelligence from the Special Branch before making the allegation.

But this has been denied by the Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Ismail Omar who said two days later in Kulim that the police were investigating the Prime Minister’s allegation that the Bersih 3.0 rally was a coup attempt by the Opposition to topple the government.

This is coming to a full circle – if Najib had been briefed by the Special Branch resulting in his allegation in Gua Musang, why was the IGP talking about the police investigating Najib’s allegation two days later in Kulim?

Something is not right. Has the Prime Minister another “Special Branch” to feed him with such security intelligence that has nothing to do with the normal Police force under the IGP and which the IGP knew nothing about?

Secondly, the Cabinet should face up to the reality from Nazri’s parliamentary reply yesterday, that the Barisan Nasional government was afraid of the salt and plastic mineral water bottles that some Bersih 3.0 protestors had armed themselves on April 28 – not as offensive weapons to challenge the police or topple the government but to defend themselves against any reckless and disproportionate use of police tear gas or chemically-laced water cannons, as happened on that day!

In reply to my rejoinder whether the Barisan Nasional government was so fragile that it could be toppled with salt and plastic mineral water bottles, Nazri said salt and water bottles should not be underrated as they could topple governments which have lost the support of the people.

The Cabinet should discuss at length the wisdom of Nazri’s admission – that governments can topple not only by salt and water bottles but by handphones as in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt if they lose the people’s support.

The real issue is not salt, water bottles or handphones which are just symptomatic but the root cause of the government’s loss of people’s support because of rampant corruption, abuses of power, economic injustices exploitation and gross violation of human rights.

Is the Cabinet capable of admitting and finding out why after three years’ of a whole spectrum of transformation policies, the Najib administration is losing out to Pakatan Rakyat in the battle for the hearts and minds of Malaysians to the extent that Najib’s Ministers envisage salt, water bottles and even handphones as “weapons of mass destruction” for continued Barisan Nasional rule and Najib premiership?

Thirdly, the Cabinet must make amends, admit to the fact that the government’s misjudgment and mishandling of Bersih 3.0 rally is an even greater public relations disaster than its initial misjudgment and mishandling of Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9, 2011.

Is the Cabinet prepared to take the bold and right decision to end the demonisation of Bersih 3.0 organisers and Pakatan Rakyat leaders in Parliament as well as over the controlled mainstream media, and most important of all, dissolve the Hanif “independent advisory panel” on Bersih 3.0 and give full support to the Suhakam inquiry to ensure a credible, impartial and comprehensive inquiry into the Bersih 3.0 violence and brutality, regardless of whether the victims were police personnel, media representatives or peaceful protestors?

  1. #1 by k1980 on Thursday, 14 June 2012 - 8:42 am

    Bersih 3.0 was a coup attempt by Opposition to topple government? Jibby forgot to mention that it was secretly funded by the Jews and the American Crusaders

  2. #2 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Thursday, 14 June 2012 - 8:44 am

    Hey jib and you too naz. Up and down the country there are many people in kopitiams. They all talk about nothing but how very very bad umno has been and the urgent need to replace umno with pakatan come GE13. Dont. Never. Never ever underestimate the power of the cup and the murky brown content it carries. For these too could be used to topple umno.

  3. #3 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Thursday, 14 June 2012 - 8:48 am

    And and one more observation, naz. Lately I hear a lot of dogs barking near where I live. Had them recorded and translated to human language. Those dogs too are complaining about umno and the need to replace umno. So there. Dont. Never. Never ever underestimate the power of dogs. For they could also topple the umno gobermen.

    Oh boy, this is fun!

  4. #4 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 14 June 2012 - 9:40 am

    I have to say, its awe-inspiring to see an elderly party leader like LKS take on the existing entire UMNO-Perkasa/BN Cabinet. Its a monumental task to singularly try and paint the entire gargantuan cabinet as unworthy even if they deserve it and LKS does not shy from it.

    It would be an wonderful thing for people to think UMNO-BN Ministers is simply an accreditation for unqualified for the job they have.

  5. #5 by sotong on Thursday, 14 June 2012 - 10:07 am

    If their interest is affected, everything is a coup attempt to topple the government.

    This government is bankrupt of ideas and policies to win the hearts and minds of ordinary people.

  6. #6 by yhsiew on Thursday, 14 June 2012 - 10:08 am

    Najib should apologize for his unfounded allegation lest he antagonizes the nine in ten persons who want clean and fair elections and brings disaster to BN polls.

  7. #7 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Thursday, 14 June 2012 - 10:30 am

    I was crossing the road the other day. Came face to face with a stranger in the middle of the road. Saw that he had rather shifty eyes. He looked away and rushed off immediately. Jib and naz, dont, never, never ever underestimate the ability of that stranger to topple umno.

  8. #8 by dagen wanna "ABU" on Thursday, 14 June 2012 - 10:37 am

    Despite us having made it very clear that we would only use the ballot paper to topple them, umno still prefer to zoom their fear in to water bottles and salt.

    Instead of fearing the economic impact the eurozone and china could have on our country’s economy umno saw it fit to fear it’s toppling by the people using water bottles and salt.

  9. #9 by Loh on Thursday, 14 June 2012 - 10:52 am

    Mahathir’s words


    ///1) Lim Kit Siang is reported to have said that I am working hard to ensure the Opposition will not win because I am afraid when the Opposition Government is in place, it will act against all my “misdeeds” when I was Prime Minister.

    2) No doubt he is inspired by what happened to Gadaffi and Mubarak. He would love to see me dragged to the courts and sentenced to death or to at least a life sentence. Maybe like Gadaffi I would be murdered.///–Mamakthir

    Malaysians want with the new government so that the judges will be fair and independent. The court will be allowed to determine the case according to the law. Gadaffi was not killed by the new government.

    ///3) He is right. I am afraid. I am afraid of the kind of abuse of power that has already been shown by one of Pakatan’s great leader who got a senior police officer to frighten Dr Ristina and Ummi Hafilda into withdrawing Ummi’s letter to me.///—Mamakthir

    The Chinese has a saying that if one has done nothing wrong, there is no need to be afraid in hearing a knock at the door, in the depth of night.

    ///4) I am afraid of the fabrication of charges so as to put me behind bars. That I am innocent would be irrelevant. What is important is Kit Siang’s satisfaction at seeing me behind bars and more.///–Mamakthir

    So Mamakthir now admits that fabrication of charges can put people behind bars. Anwar had to be in jail waiting for the case to be decided in court. Is that haunting Mamakthir if Anwar is the Prime Minister and he might want Mamakthir to taste that medicine? So Mamakthir is working hard to ensure Pakatan Rakyat will not win. That confirms what Mamakthir said that he would migrate if BN is toppled. That is why Mamakthir wants Najib to delay the general election.

    ///5) Other than this I am not afraid. I had always been careful not to abuse the power I had as PM because I was mindful of having to step down and lose power at some stage. If I had abused power my detractors would gleefully expose me and strive to put me behind bars.///—Mamakthir

    That is why it was quite difficult to find finger prints. But there is no perfect crime, and though receipts might not be available, other evidence can surface.

    ///6) In fact this has been tried.///–Mamakthir

    Yes, when they found that the case could lead to them and they had to suffer collateral damages. It would be a different matter when Pakatan Rakyat Government takes over.

    ///7) Since retiring I have been questioned by the police and the AG’s office several times. I was also made to appear before a tribunal to be questioned by all and sundry, including representatives of the Bar Council.///–Mamakthir

    What use was the questioning when the mere words of ‘I can’t remember’ were good enough to settle the matter?

    /// So far nothing could be pinned on me.///–Mamakthir

    The saying that people in glass house should not throw stone still applies. But this will not apply under Pakatan Rakyat.

    ///9) The anti-corruption people can even now investigate whether I have ever received illegal gratifications, whether I have detained or thrown people into jail for personal reasons, whether I benefitted personally from any of the projects carried out during my time.///–Mamakthir

    MACC only went through the process to give the impression that investigations had been conducted. MACC is not ICAC.

    ///10) I have not taken anything that is not mine. In fact all gifts given to me, many very valuable, have been given to the Government including a score of expensive cars. They can be seen in Langkawi or at the old PM’s house in KL. I must admit that I ate some of the fruits given me to prevent them from going bad.///–Mamakthir

    It’s news that when the value of fruit could make Mamakthir go against the law, other valuables wouldn’t.

    ///11) I had not allowed my children to do business with the Government or to be candidates in elections though they have been offered several times when I was PM and President of Umno. Only after I stepped down did I allow Mukhriz to contest.///–Mamakthir

    There are different ways to benefit from the government. Certainly government bail out such as the purchase of ships by Petronas was worth more than getting government contracts.

    ///12) Whatever money I now have is from savings during 29 years in the Government. My salaries were not big. But the Government took care of my housing, water and electricity, my travels. I don’t even spend much on food as I get invitations to functions like weddings etc.///–Mamakthir

    USSR leaders believed in the use of facilities provided by the government rather than owning them. The communist country did not allow private ownership. In Malaysia when one has the right to act like emperor, only the sons and relatives need to be super rich.

    ///13) I was therefore able to save my pay and allowances.///–Mamakthir

    That might not be enough to buy a number plate!

    ///14) Except for Mirzan, my children did not get any scholarships. I believe Mirzan paid back what he owed MARA. He had the scholarship before I became a Minister, in fact when I was expelled from UMNO.///–Mamakthir

    Good that he mentioned about not getting scholarship for his children. But did he stop his ministers doing for their children? Did he encourage his ministers to go astray so that they could be controlled?

    ///15) I have bought or been given no shares except for 200 Malayan Tobacco shares I bought long before I joined the Government. Other shares are the Unit Trusts issued by PNB and State Governments which I was obliged to buy. I own shares in MICO pharmacy in Alor Star which I set up when I was a private practitioner.///–Mamakthir

    All these can certainly not buy him a trip using Petronas jet.

    ///16) I am not interested in getting rich or living a life of luxury. What I have now is far more than I had hoped for when I was dreaming as a student. I am grateful to Allah for what I have and for sparing me to live this long.///–Mamakthir

    It is more satisfying becoming a Mamakputra.

    ///17) I am ready to go when my time comes. I am conscious that all that I have will not accompany me to the grave.

    18) But for as long as I can I will work hard to prevent evil people and crooks from destroying this country that I love.///–Mamakthir

    The person who has destroyed Malaysia ranking with Zimbabwe is none other than Mamakthir. Was that how he loved his country? He should have said that he loved his status as constitutional Malay more than anything else. If not for him this country could be lovely.

  10. #10 by Taxidriver on Thursday, 14 June 2012 - 10:54 am

    The awakened Malays will topple UMNO B, the awakened Chinese will topple MCA, hungry and jobless Indians will topple MIC, the short-changed Sabahans will topple their respective ‘Cheat Ministers’ BERSIH will not be involved in any way. All that BERSIH is asking for is clean and fair elections from the government of the day; for the good of the country, the people and the future generation. BERSIH is PEACE. BERSIH IS MALAYSIAN UNITY. 1Malaysia is NOT. 1Malaysia is Cock-talk.

  11. #11 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 14 June 2012 - 1:11 pm

    Which Cabinet Minister wants to immediately become ‘un-winnable’ and be dropped for the coming GE?

    Which Cabinet Minister has ‘bolas’ in the first place?

    Which Cabinet Minister wants to step off the gravy train?

    Which Cabinet Minister has ‘no problems’ ?

    Which Cabinet Minister wants to opt for early retirement and be forgotten?

    Which is why they all act like cretins, sycophants and court jesters.

  12. #12 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 14 June 2012 - 1:27 pm

    ‘……he had rather shifty eyes. He looked away and rushed off immediately…’.

    Was he using lip gloss and mascara ? Was he wearing a rain coat? Did he ‘transform’ into a pontianak ? He didn’t say ‘Selamat 1Malaysia’ ? He didn’t say ‘You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’ ?

    Hmmmm. It could be Ibrahim Ali then.

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