Najib has lost best timing for dissolution of Parliament and his window to choose the best time for 13GE has closed

Firstly, let me pay tribute to Malaysians, particularly in Petaling Jaya and Selangor, for their public-spiritedness, powerful sense of justice and the ability to distinguish between public right and wrong, in their splendid one-week response online and offline in coming to the support of DAP MP for PJ Utara, Tony Pua, among the foremost warriors for the water rights of the people of Selangor, who had lost in the first round of the defamation suit by Selangor state water concessionaire Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) with the Kuala Lumpur High Court awarding RM200,000 damages to Syabas.

Tony is appealing against the KL High Court judgment but Syabas is demanding payment of the RM200,000 damages.

If Tony is finally vindicated and wins the defamation suit against Syabas, the collection will go to the Party’s national funds to be expended for the forthcoming general elections or other public interest litigation cases.

Tony’s defamation suit is one of the many tests and challenges DAP leaders have to face after the 308 political tsunami of the 2008 general elections, which saw an unprecedented change in the national political landscape with the formation of five state governments (Selangor, Penang, Kedah, Kelantan and Perak – although an unconstitutional coup subsequently robbed Pakatan Rakyat of the Perak state government but we are confident winning Perak in the next general election) and the unprecedented denial of BN’s two-thirds parliamentary majority).

The whole country and all Malaysians will be faced with two critical tests when the long-delayed 13th General Election is finally held, whether in another two or three months or next year.

Time has run out for Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his window of choosing the best time for dissolving Parliament to seek his own mandate as the nation’s sixth Prime Minister has long been lost, particularly after Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9, 2011 and Bersih 3.0 rally on April 28 this year.

Najib should be aware of his plight, which explain his desperation to the extent that he has to hijack the National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations as part his 13GE election campaign – insisting that the BN campaign theme of “Janji Ditepati” (Promises Fulfilled) is adopted as this year’s theme for National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations.

National Day and Malaysia Day should be national occasions where Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region, class, gender, age and most important of all, political beliefs and affiliations, can come together as Malaysians first and last to celebrate the attainment of Merdeka on August 31, 1957 and the formation of Malaysia on Sept. 16, 1963.

But when the Prime Minister is politically desperate, he cannot see anymore the clear and important distinction between the nation and the parties-in-power or among the government, political parties and private personal interests.

It is the failure to make the important distinction between the nation and the parties-in-power , or among the government, political parties and personal interests that is the real cause of the overwhelming misgovernance in the country, whether gross abuses of power, massive corruption or rampant cronyism.

From now to Malaysia Day on Sept. 16, let the “Janji Ditepati” slogan all over the country be a powerful and constant reminder to all Malaysians that they must stand united to demand for change in the 13th general election if they want the promises of democracy, justice, progress, clean and honest governance in Malaysia to be fulfilled!

In retrospect, the best time for Najib to dissolve Parliament was either to hold the 13th general election simultaneously with the Sarawak state general election on April 16 last year, or in the three months after the Sarawak state general election and before the Bersih 2.0 rally on July 9, 2011.

But with his characteristic indecisiveness, Najib has lost the initiative to choose the best timing for dissolving Parliament. He can only choose the next best timing in the remaining nine months that is left before the 12th Parliament is automatically dissolved on April 28, 2013 with 13th general election to be held latest by middle of May next year.

The 13th General Election is a critical test for Najib, not only whether he could lead UMNO/BN to win the next general election to get his own mandate as the sixth Prime Minister, but whether he could win with better results than his predecessor Tun Abdullah so as to fob off and foil any UMNO attempts to topple him in the way Abdullah was toppled in 2009.

Malaysians will decide whether they are sufficiently impressed by Najib’s premiership, his “1Malaysia, People First, Performance Now” slogan; various transformation programmes whether government, economic, political or social; and finally, his “Janji Ditepati” roadshows.

Have Najib “walked the talk” of his 1Malaysia slogan and made Malaysians more united than ever or is there greater polarization whether or race or religion in his three years as Prime Minister?

Do Malaysians feel safer in the streets, public places and even the privacy of their homes despite all the publicity about Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and National Key Result Areas including reducing crime?

We have the scandalous situation where fighting crime is increasingly outsourced as witnessed the mushrooming of gated and guarded communities, but the fear of crime is even more palpable in many places than in the past!

Have we achieved the other NKRA in fighting corruption? Only two days ago, we marked the third death anniversary of Teoh Beng Hock, victim of cruel injustice perpetrated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) which must bear full responsibility for the death Teoh Beng Hock because of abuses of power by MACC officers.

Can Teoh Beng Hock’s family expect justice as promised by Najib to them that “no stone would be left unturned” to find out Teoh Beng Hock’s killers? The answer is no, that only a Pakatan Rakyat government is prepared to open a high-powered investigation to get to the bottom of the killing of Teoh Beng Hock and to bring the killers to justice.

Has MACC succeeded in fighting corruption, bringing to book the “big fishes”, as is happening in Indonesia, Philippines, India, Hong Kong and China?

That Malaysia has fallen to the lowest 60th ranking in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index 2011 with the lowest CPI score of 4.3 is a double indictment of the failure of Najib’s GTP and NKRA to fight corruption in the past three years.

Although the 13GE will be a critical test for Najib, it also poses two critical tests for Malaysians, whether Malaysia has matured as a democracy and as a nation 55 years after Merdeka.

For the first time in the nation’s electoral history, Malaysian voters will be going to the ballot boxes knowing that they have the power to effect a democratic change of government at the federal level.

Will they dare to do so and will they be allowed to do so.

Already forces are at work to disseminate lies to create fear, hatred and distrust, with UMNO/BN raising an army of 10,000 cybertroopers to stoke racial tensions with dishonst and unethical “spins” and downright falsehoods.

I have just seen the latest issue (Mei 2012) of Selangor Kita, clearly a BN/UMNO publication although it does not carry the identity of either the printer or publisher.
Blazoned on page 2 in a special box are the words:


“SUMBER DAP: Lim Kit Siang dalam komennya berkata Raja-Raja Melayu semuanya Lanun. Semuanya Perompak. Kata Lim Kit Siang lagi, buat apa hormat Agong, buat habis wang ringgit cukai rakyat sahaja beri pada Raja-Raja Melayu.”

These are downright lies and falsehoods as I have never made any such comments.

Through the Internet, UMNO/BN cybertroopers spread the vicious lie that I was responsible for the May 13 riots in 1969 and that I had roamed the streets of Kuala Lumpur after the 1969 general elections results, hurling anti-Malay abuses resulting in the May 13 riots.

In actual fact, I was never in Kuala Lumpur on May 10, 11, 12 and 13, 1969, something which could be easily verified in the media at the time and by the police records.

I was standing for parliamentary election in Bandar Melaka in 1969 and on the morning of May 13, 1969, I had taken the morning flight to Kota Kinabalu to help in the election campaign of Sabah Independent candidates as polling for Sabah/Sarawak in the 1969 general elections was staggered for two weeks after that in Peninsular Malaysia.

I was in fact advised not to return to Kuala Lumpur after I was evicted from Sabah by the then Sabah Chief Minister, Tun Mustapha because of my public rally speech in Kota Kinabalu.

On the morning of 14th May 1969, a team of Immigration officials came to my hotel in KK to serve the eviction order on me. But I did not leave Kota Kinabalu until 15th May as I missed the outgoing flight on 14th May. As there was no connecting flight to Subang as curfew had been imposed, I stayed in Devan Nair’s house in Singapore for two nights.

I kept in contact with party leaders and my family by phone and they advised me not to return as I was on the Internal Security Act “black list” and would be arrested.

I told party leaders that not returning to Malaysia was not an option for me, that I would be failing in my duty as a just elected MP if I did not return to the country to be with the people at their hour of need.

On 17th May, 1969, I took the flight back from Singapore and was arrested at the Subang Airport, starting my first ISA detention.

Would I have returned to Malaysia if I had caused the May 13 riots?

In fact, during my first and second ISA detentions in 1969 and 1987 respectively, I was never asked any question about my whereabouts on May 10, 11, 12 and 13 of 1969 during the intense Special Branch interrogations, for the simple reason that the police knew that I was never in Kuala Lumpur.

But what is even more monstrous is the accusation by these UMNO/BN cybertroopers that Lim Guan Eng was also responsible for the May 13 riots of 1969 on the ground that Guan Eng was the DAP Youth leader at the time and was in the forefront of anti-Malay attacks.

In actual fact, Guan Eng was only eight years old in May 1969 – and it illustrates how dirty and unprincipled politics has degenerated in Malaysia in the run up to the next general elections that such a despicable and contemptible accusation could be levelled against an eight-year-old child!

I understand that there is a new film on May 13 which would be making its premiere in the various theatres on Sept. 13. Is this part of the diabolical conspiracy and campaign to demonise the DAP and the Pakatan Rakyat to plant racial distrust, fear and hatred among Malaysians in the run-up to the 13th General Election.

I will not jump to any conclusions but I would like to know whether it is possible to have a private screening of the film before its premiere so that we know where we stand.

Be that as it may, the critical test for the Malaysian people in the next general election is whether Malaysian democracy and Malaysian nation building have matured sufficiently to debunk all these dirty politics and ensure that Malaysians would not succumb to the irresponsible and diabolical politics of fear and lies.

Malaysians, regardless of race and religion, should stand up as Malaysian patriots who are prepared to cast their vote because of their love of the country and for the sake of their children and children”s children in a common national endeavour to use the democratic process to bring about peaceful political changes.

(Speech at the “Solidarity and Support for Tony Pua vs Syabas” fund-raising dinner at MBPJ Civics Centre Banquet Hall on Tuesday, 17th July 2012 at 9 pm)

  1. #1 by monsterball on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 1:08 am

    Be it National occasions or any other occasions or opportunities Najib had and will have…he knows the situations and conditions do not favor him at all.
    He is trying to stay free as long as he can….while his DPM is getting impatient.
    UMNO b ministers and high ranking politicians are quite fed up.
    You cannot read that in papers.
    You can clearly see Najib is not respected at all.
    And when the leader is not respected…the hypocrisy is exposed.

  2. #2 by undertaker888 on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 7:28 am

    Janji diketepi sounds more like it. What janji has he tepati? Can he list them down? Maybe he has fulfilled his promises to his cronies, barking dogs, his samsengs. They are 0.001% of the population anyway.

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 8:26 am

    All the propaganda going on – it really feels like GE is here AND living in Orwell’s 1984 or Nazi Germany..

  4. #4 by k1980 on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 8:52 am

    What’s next? Well, unmo is going to declare that the food supply in all the 4 PR-ruled states are running out, and food rationing will be imposed. BN party members will get 4 coupons for 4 meals aday, while PR members will get only 1 coupon for 1 meal a day.

    Satu lagi project BN. JANJI DITEPATI!

  5. #5 by yhsiew on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 8:59 am

    Whether Najib calls an early or late general election, he has a lot to lose due to his lacklustre reform, mishandling of the two Bersih rallies and purchase of Scorpene’s submarines.

  6. #6 by Winston on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 9:20 am

    LKS, one thing is sure.
    And that is those who are Internet savvy will definitely give a resounding kick to the butt of UMNO/BN.
    It’s only in the rural areas that their twisted tales may stand a chance.
    But then there is still time for those with kin the the rural areas, particularly the Malays, who can help to right these perceptions created by the federal government.
    Have them act as anti-cybertroopers because when they dispense the correct version of events by word of mouth, it will be way more powerful than any other media, whether printed or electronic.
    And if PR can succeed in this respect, it will also negate the machinations of the federal government with regards to the lopsided delineation of the electorate.
    You would then have beaten them in their own game.

  7. #7 by Winston on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 9:35 am

    UMNO/BN has been telling lies and doing other deceitful acts for the past few decades.
    So much so, that many Malaysians will automatically reject anything they say as lies.
    So, no matter what they do, a big segment of the electorate is as good as being lost to them.
    So, if they keep doing it, it will only act as a constant reminder of their evil deeds and a catalyst and incentive for us to relegate them to history in the next GE.

  8. #8 by boh-liao on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 9:54 am

    Now Bo Hood proudly proclaimed dat AhCheatkor’s leadership very best 1
    Can we trust court officials? Selayang court interpreter charged with 43 counts of CBT
    How widespread is dis CBT thingy among court officials in dis land of cheats?

  9. #9 by setu on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 10:01 am

    the “Janji Ditepati” slogan applies to only a very small group of people, you know who la , on running the country so far.
    An then, when the 1 Malaysia concept has kind of made a u-turn, you know la , the slogan applies aptly.
    Also, suppressing the bersih, encouraging the kotor, allowing kotor spinning, allowing kotor political statements, etc. the slogan applies.
    Yes ? No ?

  10. #10 by Winston on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 10:06 am

    Also, once in Putrajaya, PR must ensure that all the honey-deals done by UMNO/BN with their cronies, which are against the interests of the Malaysians and the country, must be declared null and void and the people must be compensated to the full extent of the benefits so gained by their cronies.
    Both the giver and the recipient must also be penalised for their acts.

  11. #11 by Winston on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 10:14 am

    There is one item on the Malaysian political scene that is enigmatic.
    And that is the apparent popularity of the PM.
    It seems that according to some reports, he is more popular than the party he leads!!!
    That just couldn’t be.
    Don’t we all know that a political party is only as good as the people who lead it?
    Can bad leaders be popular?
    It’s just another feel good ploy.

  12. #12 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 11:18 am

    ‘…..he has to hijack the National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations as part his 13GE election campaign….’

    Najib is smart (or is he plain pokai or a plain cheapskate ?) that he is using public money and resources for his personal and party interests and benefit e.g. his holidays in Perth, his two trips to the US for his children’s graduations, his official trip to Kazakhstan for his daughter’s engagement, his party at a hotel in Putrajaya hotel, trip to Milan etc etc.

    Good governance will tell you that private and official business should be kept separate. The individual should separate his personal business from his official business and pay for the former from his own pockets.

    I remember a former employee, a brilliant student-scholar, of a large Malaysian conglomerate who was summarily sacked for bringing his family with him on an official business trip to London using his entitlement for the business trip (which was a lot). What he did did not comply with the company’s supposedly high moral and ethical standards but what are the standards these days when the CEO himself is now charged with CBT ?

    Further, the Income Tax Department should check Najib’s tax returns to see if he has paid the correct taxes (or is he exempt?). Expenses are often segregated and apportioned between official and personal expenses and any personal benefits thus enjoyed have to be added on to the individual’s personal income which is then taxed. Have all the personal benefits that Najib and Family enjoyed been added on to his / their annual income to be taxed or has Najib found a novel way to avoid / evade tax ? Has he been ‘di-dahulukan’ ? When will Najib and his Cabinet Ministers declare their assets?

  13. #13 by Godfather on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 11:38 am

    We must understand that Rosie hasn’t fully warmed up in Seri Perdana.

  14. #14 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 11:47 am

    ‘…..his window to choose the best time for 13GE has closed…’.

    Not really. The GE could be slated for early to mid-September.

    You can see all the many public functions and activities going on throughout the country in recent weeks, yesterday and that are slated for the Merdeka and Malaysia Day period.

    The “Janji Ditepati” theme and road show, the flying the national flag campaign and the coming independence day celebrations and so on are all aimed to spur and win patriotism and public support and Najib will want to take advantage of it. So expect a snap and early polls and don’t be caught off-guard.The fasting (‘holy’) month could also stymie political activity for some (to respect those who are fasting) and could therefore favour the ruling party BN.

    So take good note of the ma.sive onslaught the BN is churning out now on a wide front and their use of the media. They cannot continue this indefinitely and so would not want to lose any momentum. An early elections in early to mid-September is on the cards. Are you all ready to roll?

  15. #15 by Godfather on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 12:11 pm


    We are ready to rock and roll, but they are not. They can’t get their act together in Johor, Negeri, Selangor, Kedah and Sabah. They are trying to mitigate the effects of sabotage within their own camp, hence they need time to give more contracts to those that are going to lose out.

  16. #16 by pwcheng on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 1:06 pm

    This is evil and UMNO is a living evil. These living Evils will do anything and everything to achieve their ends. Twisting of facts are already their way of life and their survival solely depends on this, especially bluffing the Malays from the rural heartlands. They will find it difficult to lie to those in the urban areas and now the semi-urban folks are not taking their baits. By now most Malaysians, Malays included, already knows these skunks which stinks, thieves and robbers and corrupt to the core, who will not hesitate to rob the rakyat, Malays included to enrich themselves and their cronies. We just cannot imagine that they can twist facts which they dare not even put up a White paper on it.
    Most of us , esp the older generations are in the know that they are the ones who planned and orchestrated it, They are the ones who caused the tragedy with loss of hundreds if not thousands of life and cause untold miseries and a black history for the country which they want to use it now to their advantage. They are just a bunch of liars and robbers.
    I was a witness to the whole episode of May13and I think my personal experience at the material time, will be able to shed some lights on who is the devil who did this.
    On that fateful day May 13 1969 at about 4pm, I was having my first driving lesson. In actual fact, my lesson is supposed to be at 6pm, but the Malay girl as I was told by my instructor had called up and said she will not be coming as she expect something to happen in KL. That means that was known to some privilege Malays. At around 5.30pm, I was driving around Jalan Raja Laut which is a Malay area and it was unusually quiet. Even my instructor who is a Chinese told me that it was very unusual. I was lucky that soon after I reach home at about 6.30 pm, trouble started from there and houses were burning as can be seen from where I stay.
    From my point of view, many of the Malays are already in the know. Now you make your deductions who are the planners of this May13. It has to be from the UMNO devils. Its clear and now they try to point the guns at others.

  17. #17 by Loh on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 1:29 pm

    May 13 is the greatest achievement of UMNO in all its history. Why UMNO now chooses to give the credit to others, when they in many an occasion declare in UMNO general assembly that they could launch a repeat of it?

  18. #18 by sheriff singh on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 2:06 pm

    ‘….a new film on May 13 which would be making its premiere in the various theatres on Sept. 13…’.

    Last week they said spinning and twisting and turning this way and that to benefit the government is OK. I believe we haven’t seen anything yet. The full top spin is coming and there will be more tops spinning than there are tops in the state of Kelate.

    Guan Eng said recently it will be the Malays who will decide whether there will be a change in government. How true. Without a Malay swing to its side, PR will never win Putrajaya. Other wins will not be enough.

    So this May 13 film is going to be very crucial and decisive. Even if it is full of lies and spins, its effect and impact is what counts and Najib and BN will be looking to benefit from it.

    The next question that follows naturally will be:

    What will the incoming PR government do to thoroughly investigate the May 13 incident so that all its ghosts will be thoroughly and finally be purged and buried permanently and there is closure ?

  19. #19 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 2:27 pm

    Propaganda is at its most effective when the audience does not know it is being manipulated and one of the best way is a film. They learn this from how Hollywood work with the Military establishment. Film producers/studios get from military free advice (whether on snipers or war events), planes, tanks and other assets. and produce films glorifying military traditions etc to mutual benefit. Production of a May 13 film will also get resources/film footages from authorities cheaply to make the film in exchange for skewing the right intended message on who’s responsible to the audience. Its like another form of RTM documentary. The GE 13 has encouraged the use of propaganda to a level never before so tried and intensified.

  20. #20 by Jeffrey on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 - 2:29 pm

    The May 13 film is to subtly communicate the message of how such catastrophe can recur if the Opposition wins. (So message, don’t vote Opposition). That could be true anyway.

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