2013 Budget hides a very unconfident Najib who is haunted and hounded by the phobia that his fourth budget speech may be the last Umno/BN budget in Parliament

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s barefaced denial yesterday that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 2013 Budget was an “election budget” illustrated what is wrong with the UMNO/Barisan Nasional government after 55 years in power – that the Umno/BN government leaders suffer from the dual terminal ailments of denial complex and unprecedented credibility gap.

Even UMNO/Barisan Nasional Ministers, MPs and members would not believe Muhyiddin’s brazen denial that Najib’s 2013 Budget was not an “election budget”.

Why then is the Deputy Prime Minister making a denial that is completely bereft of credibility, whether in Pakatan Rakyat or Barisan Nasional camps?

The only answer is that UMNO/BN leaders continue to suffer from the false sense that they could transform Malaysian politics into a world of make-believe and get ordinary Malaysians to believe what the UMNO/BN leaders decreed, although totally divorced from the world of reality.

It is because of this misguided and misplaced complex that caused UMNO/BN leaders to continue to deny that the growing fear of crime among Malaysians as well as rampant corruption in the country are major problems in the country, falling back on discredited GTP and NKRA statistics and claims of falling crime index and progress in the war against corruption.

But this is false sense of make-believe and denial is not sustainable in the real world, especially in the era of Internet and information technology where information travels at the speed of light and could no more be buried by the BN mainstream media.

Najib had put his finger on the pulse of the problem when he became Prime Minister in April 2009, when he declared that “the era that the government knows best is over”, but the tragedy is that Najib had demonstrated in his 42 months as Prime Minister that he could diagnose the problem afflicting UMNO/BN government but he could not act on the diagnosis, either for lack of political will or personal convictions.

Najib made dubious history yesterday when he transformed his 2013 Budget – which had goodies for almost every sector of the electorate – into a brazen electioneering speech.

Despite Muhyiddin’s post-budget claim that the 2013 Budget is not an “election budget”, Najib devoted more than 10 per cent of his budget speech in a blatant electioneering appeal for continued support for Umno/BN while launching a most improper attack on Pakatan Rakyat.

Najib took MPs and the listening Malaysian public by surprise when he devoted the first six paragraphs of his 2013 Budget speech appealing to Malaysians for continued electoral support for Umno/BN government after 55 years, and hurled charges and insinuations against Pakatan Rakyat.

But he outdid himself at the end of the budget speech when he devoted the last 14 paragraphs of his 174-paragraph budget speech on a unashamed glorification of Umno/BN rule and condemned Pakatan Rakyat, causing many on both sides of the political divide to shake their heads with the common complaint that the 2013 Budget presentation was a poor reflection on the “class” and “standard” both on the Prime Minister and the annual budget.

It is evident that the 2013 Budget hides a very unconfident Najib who is haunted and hounded by the phobia that his fourth budget speech as Finance Minister may be the last Umno/BN budget in Parliament in the nation’s history.

This is why despite all the chest-thumping and braggadocio of supreme confidence that Malaysia will witness six more budgets to be tabled by the Umno/BN Government to transform Malaysia from middle to a high-income developed country, Najib has continued to play the role of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “To Be or Not To Be”, agonizing over whether “To dissolve or not to dissolve Parliament” since last year.

The reason is simple – Najib has no confidence that he would not be the last Umno Prime Minister in Malaysia or that he would not be toppled as UMNO President and Prime Minister in a repeat scenario like what happened to Tun Abdullah in 2009, becoming the latest “trophy” of Tun Mahathir with the scalps of three DPMs and two PMs!

  1. #1 by yhsiew on Saturday, 29 September 2012 - 3:49 pm

    Well, whether Budget 2013 is an “election budget” or not, we will know the answer after GE13. It is likely that Najib’s government will start to raise electricity tariffs, water rates, import duty on goods and price of sugar to get back more than what it has given/promised to the rakyat prior to the 13th GE.

  2. #2 by monsterball on Saturday, 29 September 2012 - 4:23 pm

    Najib is trying very very hard to ask Malaysians forget the past and look at how he doing so much for the people.
    He is using OUR money to buy our love…our trust..our confidence in him.
    Just imagine….a crook steals from a rich man and use the money to but that rich man’s daughter’s love and trust…..hahahahahahahaha

  3. #3 by monsterball on Saturday, 29 September 2012 - 4:29 pm

    You can actually know Najib is finished with the total absence of Cintanegara for months.

  4. #4 by monsterball on Saturday, 29 September 2012 - 11:03 pm

    And….Anwar invite Najib to his Budget rebuttal speech on Monday and will give Najib time to speak.
    All Malaysians know Najib and his DPM will be absent.

  5. #5 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Saturday, 29 September 2012 - 11:17 pm

    Najib tried to snigger at the opposition at times, he tried so hard to be professional as he salivates in between gasps and drooled all over his lips which spread all over his moustache; so he wiped his mouth intermittently like a school boy trying to impress with his first elocution.

    At the final count, Najib’s words sound so hollow. He could have impressed with a sound budget, but his cacophony smacks of financial recklessness and inconsequential spoof of a budget.

    Score: C4.

  6. #6 by monsterball on Saturday, 29 September 2012 - 11:41 pm

    Najib is good in memorizing prepared speech..and all his speeches… actions are nothing by politics and election campaign stuffs.
    Leaving to speak off the cuff….he will mumble and fumble and shiver from his pants.
    He ended his budget speech by saying the Angel’s angels will also benefit from his budget.
    What budget?
    He is splashing money out like nobody business…ignoring the many things he promised to do..and none has been done…like new buses for Penang and Sarawak’s rural areas pipe water and electricity needs and wants.
    While the goodies given will be accepted with happiness from all…come to voting..it is all about getting rid of corruptions..murders and double standards.
    Not a single sentence of his speech is talking about corruptions and police brutalities.
    As we can see…ROS is after SUARAM…and ROS is asking the police to assist them….round and round it goes….giving endless trouble to SUARAM for no reasons.
    It’s the Devil dressed as Santa Clause.

  7. #7 by cskok8 on Saturday, 29 September 2012 - 11:54 pm

    Fighting crime with millions for new RELA uniforms? Sounds more like somebody needs a new contract?

  8. #8 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 30 September 2012 - 12:29 am

    Mahathir never really left the scene after 22 years. He wanted to be the puppet master and control things so he installed his first puppet Pak Lah. But this Pak got carried away, had his own ideas and actually started not to respond to the puppet strings; so the puppet master had no choice but to cut off the puppet strings and let him fall.

    And then came the second puppet who said he will dance according to the string pulls. But now he too turned rogue and won’t respond to his master. He will respond to the wife instead and to the voices inside his head. The puppet master is again furious and is looking to cut his strings off.

    Will the puppet master be third time lucky in finding a third puppet who will respond to his pulls? Or will the puppet master decide that he must come on stage again and dance to the tune that he wants? Or is the music ending soon and there is nothing more to dance about ?

  9. #9 by Godfather on Sunday, 30 September 2012 - 9:33 pm

    I was with a number of retired civil servants over the weekend. It was fairly unanimous that they realise that only a change in government could prevent this country from going bankrupt. Coming from the Malays, the signs for GE13 are fairly encouraging.

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