Najib has violated the TI Election Integrity Pledge at least five times during the Chinese New Year

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak came to Kuching on Friday and boasted about the Transparency International (TI) Election Integrity Pledge which he signed on Wednesdy and declared that Pakatan Rakyat leaders too should sign the pledge if they are committed in fighting corruption and abuse of power.

He said: “They have been accusing Barisan Nasional of all kinds of things, yet we are willing to sign the pledge, so if they are truly committed they should also sign it.”

Najib has in fact beautifully given the reason why I, for instance, has reservations about signing TI’s Election Integrity Pledge after Najib had signed it!

There is no question about my commitment in fighting corruption and abuse of power for which I have dedicated nearly half a century of my life in Malaysian politics, but the question is whether my commitment to fighting corruption and abuse of power would become a joke and a mockery if I sign the Election Integrity Pledge after Najib had signed it!

Firstly, is Najib sincere and serious in signing the Election Integrity Pledge, which stipulates four principles for all signatories to observe when contesting in the 13th general elections, viz:

• Truth, integrity, ethical conduct and accountability, including not accepting or giving bribes or being involved in corrupt practices in any way;

• Upholding and giving priority to the interests of the rakyat as a whole;

• Good governance and transparency; and

• Compliance with all the applicable laws and regulations of Malaysia.

Although the TI Election Integrity Pledge technically applies only to the future after the signing of the pledge, it is not possible for Malaysians to completely ignore the signatories’ record on corruption, crime and abuses of power.

It is most appropriate, relevant and pertinent to ask whether Najib’s signing of the Election Integrity Pledge, especially in the presence of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, the bete’ noire of international anti-corruption campaigns, has enhanced or undermined and even destroyed the credibility and legitimacy of TI’s Election Integrity Pledge.

This is after taking into consideration that Malaysia, under Najib’s four-year premiership, is most corrupt when compared to anyone of the previous five Prime Ministers in the 56-year history of the nation – according to the annual TI Corruption Perception Index (CPl).

In fact, in the 15-day Chinese New Year of the Snake, Najib has violated the Election Integrity Pledge at least five times viz:

1. Yesterday in Kuala Terengganu, for the first time in his four-year premiership, Najib openly betrayed 1Malaysia principles and pandered to religious incitements, declaring that “a vote for PAS would lead to discord among the Muslims and a vote for DAP is a vote for the oppression of Muslims”.

Najib’s line of falsehood that PAS is a stooge of DAP is totally contradictory to the lies spouted by MCA President Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek to Chinese voters that DAP is “just a political eunuch in PAS’ shadow”.

Such dishonesty, hypocrisy and unprincipled opportunism is a violation of the TI Election Integrity Pledge to uphold the principle of “Truth, integrity, ethical conduct and accountability”.

2. Najib’s racist and divisive directive on Monday to exclusively screen the May 13 film, Tanda Putera, to 3,000 Felda settlers although the Cabinet decided last November, as revealed by the Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Rais Yatim, that the film was “inappropriate” to be screened because of “bias” in the portrayal of the May 13 riots in 1969.

This violates the TI Election Integrity Pledge of “good governance and transparency”.

3. For 15 days since Feb. 9 campaigning every day for himself and Umno/Barisan Nasional, Najib could not spare time to visit Lahad Datu in Sabah to get first-hand information about the fears and concerns of the local people over the 15-day government stand-off with 150-strong Sulu armed group, and to explain why there was such a serious security lapse and why it is the police and Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and not the armed forces and the Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is tasked with dealing with the crisis of “occupation” by the Sulu militants.

This is violation of the “People First” principle of the Election Integrity Pledge to “upholding and giving priority to the interests of the rakyat as a whole”.

4. The dishonest Bernama report three days ago plagiarising from a UMNO/BN cybertrooper website falsely claiming that the British think-tank Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) had dismissed Pakatan Rakyat as a serious challenge to Barisan Nasional in the 13th General Elections.

This violates the principle in the TI Election Integrity Pledge to uphold “Truth, integrity, ethical conduct and accountability”.

5. The lavish expenditure spending RM3.5 million to invite Korean K-Pop superstar to Penang for BN Chinese New Year Open House on Feb. 11 to perform Gangnam Style and other unaccounted vast expenses (like putting up 10,000 1Malaysia flags all over the island in a matter of a few hours in the early hours of the first day of CNY – and up to now nobody has owned up who is responsible for this project which could cost a quarter of a million ringgit) is proof of the bane of money politics in the run-up to the 13GE.

Is Najib unaware that in the TI Election Integrity Pledge, he has sworn not to be ‘involved in corrupt practices in any way” as money politics during election time is the root cause of rampant corruption, cronyism and abuses of power in the country?

(Speech at the DAP Sarawak election workshop at DAP Kuching headquarters on Sunday, 24th February 2013 at 12 noon)

  1. #1 by boh-liao on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 4:41 pm

    NR will tell U off: Gua boss what, gua can do what gua like, lu not happy aah, nanti gua show lu my KERIS lu baru tahu, so shut up lah

  2. #2 by St Peter on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 5:13 pm

    Ah Jib signed not what he meant. The bloody hand will remain bloody dirty, it’s permanent!

  3. #3 by Loh on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 5:21 pm

    Hijab said that as head of BN he had to set a strong tone by signing the pledge. He did not sign because he believes in the pledge. He did not sign because he felt responsible. He signed it for political interest to show that he was leader. As soon as he is removed as UMNO chief, the pledge has no meaning. Even as UMNO chief, the pledge would mean nothing to him too, since he would not accept the election results. So much for the integrity pledge by persons and party who are not guided by integrity in their life.

  4. #4 by john on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 5:35 pm

    For AhC4-umno/bn is just a piece of document signed with aplomb but end of day of no binding effect whatsoever – all institutions being UMNO/bn subsidiaries now. A spade is not a spade, right/wrong depending whose calling, white can be black, MORE SPECIFIC eg. Cowgate is just fading away, TBH injustices,,,,,,,
    But, this signed document is just a rope given to hang oneself ! to/can be used later, FOOLS ON YOU INSTEAD !
    Pakatan is afresh without the BIG, BIG LUGGAGES OF LAST OVER 55 YEARS TIED TO UMNO/bn-AhC4,Bodowi,MaMak Kutty SECURELY. This document will not absolve these one bit ! ANOTHER HOODWINK TACTIC ! PATHETIC.

  5. #5 by rjbeee on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 5:46 pm

    Jib, the end is near,

  6. #6 by Loh on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 5:50 pm

    ///KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 ― Voting PKR and PAS will divide the Muslim community and destroy their aqidah (faith), Barisan (BN) chairman and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has said, in a warning to Malay voters against supporting the opposition in Election 2013.

    Najib also added that supporting DAP would see “Islam oppressed” if the Chinese-dominated component of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) were to be voted into power, according to Sunday Star.///–MalaysianInsider

    The statement by Najib sounds as though it was from Mamakthir. This proves that he is no different from Mamakthir as racial opportunists; as both are not Malays.

    Even if it was true that Chinese have stronger representation in Pakatan Rakyat as MCA is weak in BN, why should it be bad for Muslims and Islam? Chinese in Malaysia want only their right to practice the religion of their choice and some want to call Al-lah, but no Chinese interferes in others’ practice in their religion. Ridhuan Tee claims to be Malay and Ibrahim Ali accepted him as one even though his ancestors were Chinese just like Mamakthir’s ancestors were Indian.

    If Najib believes in the rule of law, and laws treat all Malaysians equally, why should the race of any elected government leadership be a threat to any race. Najib obviously has been practicing racial discrimination when he would talk about the racial classification of elected leaders to the threat to Islam; for Najib threatens the practices of religions other than Islam.

    Najib promoted 1Malaysia, and he now talks about Malays versus non-Muslims. He is a true hypocrite and he is worse than Muhyiddin who at least showed that he was a racist.

  7. #7 by Jim55 on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 6:31 pm

    First question to prompt Najib is, by virtue of him signing the Pledge, does he understood what he is signing for and at that instant, does he has a sound mind?

    If not, at the end of the day, Najib will turnaround and say he merely signed a piece of paper that has a dotted line, and he was asked to sign it at the dotted line by his advisors despite his busy schedule!

  8. #8 by Cinapek on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 7:09 pm

    One of the main reasons for deporting Aussie Senator Xenophon was that vehement claim by EC that our electoral rolls are clean and that the elections will be clean and fair and hence we do not need independent foreign observers.

    By the same token, if Najib and BN will be running a clean and fair election they would not need to sign any pledges. By signing them they are indirectly admitting that there are elements of possible cheating by them and hence the pledges are for the purpose of reminding themselves not to cheat – but no promises. True to form, as soon as he walks out the front door, Najib violates the pledge.

    YB wrote:…”Although the TI Election Integrity Pledge technically applies only to the future after the signing of the pledge, it is not possible for Malaysians to completely ignore the signatories’ record on corruption, crime and abuses of power.”… Absolutely!! Ignoring the signatories’ past record of corruption just because they have signed a pledge can be compared to releasing a known paedophile amongst young children after he has signed a pledge he will not commit the same crimes again !!!

  9. #9 by yhsiew on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 7:15 pm

    I doubt Najib bothered to read the terms stipulated in the Election Integrity Pledge. He signed the Pledge as a mere formality.

  10. #10 by waterfrontcoolie on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 7:45 pm

    The PM and BN have actually insulted ALL Malaysians by treating them as nimcompops! They think Malaysians just cannot think in spite of the 3rd world education programme they have given the people. He says something and do exactly the opposite of what he has said!! If ever Malaysians still vote for BN, then we can only offer our prayers!

  11. #11 by monsterball on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 8:18 pm

    Najib empty hollow words…..already established…in many instances.
    His reputation is also established.
    Luring PR politicians to do as he did?
    Ignore him….he is powerless.

  12. #12 by Winston on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 8:48 pm

    Well, well, well.
    It’s just like the pickpocket telling his victims to beware of pickpockets!
    Height of hypocrisy!!

  13. #13 by cseng on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 9:03 pm

    This PM fits for any poster.. born poster boy.

  14. #14 by Noble House on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 9:17 pm

    What I would like to see is for Najib to sign a pledge to undertake the peaceful transfer of power to Pakatan if this is the choice of the people as reflected in the result from GE13. Otherwise, this is just another ‘Janji di-capati’.

  15. #15 by rockdaboat on Sunday, 24 February 2013 - 9:17 pm

    A crook can instantly turn into a saint by merely signing the TI Election Integrity Pledge?

    Another of the so-called PM’s “Pelan Transformasi”
    aka BULLSH*T!

  16. #16 by sheriff singh on Monday, 25 February 2013 - 2:51 am

    Don’t forget he is a ‘Haji’, Haji Najib Tun Razak.

    Surely a ‘Haji’ knows how to behave honourably.

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