Najib owes the rakyat answers

Jeswan Kaur | March 7, 2013
Free Malaysia Today
March 7, 2013

Lives have been lost in Lahad Datu all because the prime minister failed to uphold his responsibility of keeping the country and its people safe and secure.


After eight policemen died at the hands of intruders in Lahad Datu, the prime minister has come to his senses and declared that he has to defend Malaysia’s dignity and sovereignty.

This knee-jerk reaction from Najib Tun Razak in an attempt to do some damage-control has not appeased the rakyat; it has instead raised their hackles.

The Lahad Datu drama has raised a host of questions, all of which point to the federal government’s failure in averting bloodshed.

More precisely, the Lahad Datu debacle has revealed that Najib lacks perspicacity in preventing a crisis and this is a major cause for concern for the country and her people.

On March 1, armed intruders from the so-called Sulu army fired at policemen on duty in Lahad Datu, killing two of them and another six officers in Semporna the following day.

Najib was reported to have said that following the armed intrusion in Lahad Datu on Feb 12, the government adopted the approach of resolving the issue without bloodshed.

The unwise call by Najib today holds him accountable for the deaths of the eight policemen.

Had Barisan Nasional leaders been “on their toes” instead of prancing about for public sympathy and votes to secure a win in the general election, the Lahad Datu tragedy could have been avoided.

It is baffling that Najib decided to take a soft approach to the intrusion when the intruders themselves came armed to kill.

BN lacked guts

As usual, when things go wrong in this country and they so often do because of the inept and ineffectual ruling government, all blame is conveniently dumped on the opposition front.

The Lahad Datu intrusion-turned-murder too is no different with BN’s nemesis Pakatan Rakyat being blamed for politicising the issue.

But in hindsight it is the BN government that has always lacked the guts to face the music for its notoriety.

Instead of continuing to spin a yarn, can Najib or Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein enlighten the rakyat as to how the intruders so easily crept onto the shores of Sabah?

Has safety not been a priority in Sabah or for that matter can outsiders easily trespass and gun down whoever they want?

What happened to the marine authorities? How is it that the nation’s safety can wantonly be breached?

Najib has missed the point that each time a country’s security is hacked, its dignity and sovereign is at stake.

Why does the government continue to act like the proverbial “katak bawah tempurung”, crying foul only when lives are lost?

What were the country’s leader and sovereign rulers doing when the intruders made it clear they had no intention of saying “goodbye” to Sabah?

Najib’s biggest mistake

With eight lives lost, it is imperative for the rakyat to demand the truth post-the Lahad Datu massacre.

This is not the time for people to empathise or praise the BN government over the Lahad Datu episode for to do so would only strengthen its determination to hide the truth.

As with the people of Sabah, the rakyat of this country should also take cognisance of the ill-fated episode and worry for their safety, especially when Najib is calling the shots.

It was he who compromised the safety of Malaysians by not acting swiftly against the unwelcome visitors because he wanted to portray Malaysia as a peace-loving Islamic nation.

So strange that the premier could not apply the simplest logic that negotiations with the intruders was a dead-end approach; the country’s intelligence failed to detect or slipped in its assessment of these killers who had no problem spilling blood to achieve their means.

Lives have been lost all because Najib failed to uphold his responsibility of keeping the country and its people safe and secure.

Relying on the police and not the military was Najib’s biggest mistake in tackling the issue. Not giving the intrusion priority and treating it as an internal affair was his next mistake.

Ironically, for a premier who made “People First, Performance Now” as his mantra, Najib’s incapable salvoes fired bear proof he is the real culprit behind the Lahad Datu tragedy.

Najib made the mistake no leader can afford to make – he compromised the nation’s safety, taking it for granted, leading to the Lahad Datu bloodshed.

Jeswan Kaur is a freelance writer and a FMT columnist.

  1. #1 by SENGLANG on Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 12:51 pm

    The government has grossly understated the Sabah crisis, they have read wrongly the situation and as a result 8 lives have lost. Can you imagine they have sent in policemen from special branch to tackle the situation? It is just can’t imagine why we are short of people that is tactical competence when facing a real threat from outsiders? The authority seem to act better when facing the unarmed people of theirs own.

    Those policemen need not to die that way if they have a proper plan and read the situation more accurately. The government should take full responsibility. In other country the Home and defense ministers will have long since resigned on their own.

  2. #2 by sheriff singh on Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 1:04 pm

    ‘……Najib lacks perspicacity in preventing a crisis and this is a major cause for concern for the country and her people….’

    With all the advisers, both local and international, around him, with all the country’s resources at his disposal, with his 38 Ministers by his side, Najib just can’t seem to lead. He is just indecisive, he is just lost.

    When a rocket is fired from Gaza into Israel, or when Hamas intrudes into Israel, the Israelis counterattacks immediately and decisively. And Najib and Co will condemn Israel from afar.

    When there is an intrusion into our territory by armed men, Najib is at a loss as to what to do, how to react … for weeks. This man is dangerous to have as PM.

    He now wants to go visit Lahad Datu today after a month. Well, I hope he brings Rosmah with him. She might tell him what to do, not that she is smart. No. She is just pulls the strings and changes the diapers.

  3. #3 by rjbeee on Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 2:08 pm

    Don’t waste time with Jib, he is busy with fat lady

  4. #4 by vsp on Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 2:49 pm

    For God’s sake, from now on, in order to navigate this delicate situation successfully, Hisapmudin, the most incompetent Home Minister; the Foreign Minister; the Defence Minister; and Mahathir, the half-past-six “school boy” who rule the country for the past 22 years, who couldn’t differentiate between cash price and contract price, as exposed in the Port Klang’s scandal trial, must be barred from having anything to do with Sabah.

    Najib is the Prime Minister and he must not allow Mahathir to usurp his responsibilities as the Prime Minister anymore. Mahathir is a proven disaster and his Project IC has caused Sabah to be a security risk to the rest of the country. His simplistic and superficial approach towards race and religion as the the only solution to power is faulty and dangerous in human relations and harmony. Najib must wake up and smell the coffee: Mahathir is the divisive factor in the fabric of multiracial Malaysia. Najib must forthwith order Mahathir to stop and desist from interfering in his duties, and stop him from self-appointing himself as the imposter prime minister of the government. Send him to Hilton Sungai Buloh, with the courtesy of the people, to enjoy free food and rest.

    But then, can Najib do the necessary? A man with scandals after scandals following in his every wake cannot be trusted to outwit a Machiavellian schemer like Mahathir. With Mahathir’s penchant for keeping a list of his ministers’ misdeeds, it’s no wonder Najib is frightened of the shadow of his past.

    So the only wise course for Malaysians is to send UMNO and BN into limbo.

  5. #5 by monsterball on Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 2:52 pm

    Najib is a show dog PM.
    Every important decision…comment…action must be advised. It is still Mahathir….the PM behind the curtain.
    Leave him to make his own decision….he will say “Are you say …for BN?”…3 times…..receiving NO NO NO…3 times.
    The show dog is going to Lahad Datu….brave brave brave…after fights are over and thousands of soldiers are stationed there.
    This show is nothing but to gather votes.

  6. #6 by Peter on Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 3:03 pm

    The PeeeeeeeeeeeM is so busy distributing money to the rakyat and exponding his 1 this 1 that instead of looking after the country security. All he cares about is winning the GE13 while the country bleeds. With all the so called sophisticated weapons we claim to have e.g billion dolloar submarines/planes etcc… and super duper commandos, we cant even dare or to eliminate a bunch of ill equiped terrorists from a third world country. The super duper fighter pilots must be blind or have not got a clue on how to combat in real situations. With all the bombardments its seem till todate none of the terrorists were confirmed killed. Even the drones can do a better job than them. What a disgrace to the whole world.

  7. #7 by chengho on Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 3:04 pm

    You need George Bush style , or Uncle Sam attitude

  8. #8 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 3:22 pm

    I really do not know what Najib is good at?

    Maybe, Najib is just good-for-nothing after all, just like Pak Lah.

  9. #9 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 3:43 pm

    Why is UMNO so full of imbeciles?

    And Malaysians so imbecilic to vote for them!

  10. #10 by monsterball on Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 4:23 pm

    bago…sontoloyos…nincompoops…racists…all created by Mahathir with his mind control methods…for 22 years….with his dirty…sinful race and religion politics…creating rouges and thieves…enjoying Dictatorship status…and is still the PM behind the curtain…after so retiring…some 12 years ago.
    He said….he owes Umno B members alot…thus will never stop helping the party to win 13th GE.
    The truth of it that..he is afraid Umno b loses the 13th GE and his sons billions will be investigated…by the new Govt.

  11. #11 by monsterball on Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 4:33 pm

    Mahathir observed Najib is not going to lead BN to victory….and he steps in…talk talk talk…and exposed himself…an imbecile…an idiot…and millions of racists and imbeciles are created…after 22 years…and that is why…you still see some Malaysians vote without thinking…without any brain…….just vote to support racists government….to be divided and rule….and the Muslims have been poisoned that only Umno B can protect their majority…being defeated by the minorities…so much so…..Muslims supporting PR parties are labelled as traitors.

  12. #12 by tuahpekkong on Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 4:34 pm

    I think it is a serious dereliction of duty by the Government for failing to act promptly which resulted in the deaths of several of our security personnel. What is there to talk to a group of armed invaders who have illegally occupied our land and challenged our sovereignty? I don’t think anybody would condemn our cruelty even if we kill all the armed intruders. On the contrary, we may become a laughing stock of the world if we try to be kind to them and allow them a safe conduct out of the country if they give up their arms and surrender.

  13. #13 by monsterball on Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 4:41 pm

    The more Umno b goons talk…the better for smart Malaysians to know what to do at 13th GE…and 35 days countdown…..Najib is still waiting for Malaysians to accept him…and victory is assured.
    Meanwhile…frauds in voting..especially in Sabah exposed….and Khalid said in Selangor…not less than close to a million votes are phantom voters…ghosts…and EC simple ignored…no actions or checking facts done.
    To me….the worst is MCA who are the real traitors to Malaysian Chinese.

  14. #14 by chengho on Thursday, 7 March 2013 - 6:11 pm

    easy to say , when one only enjoying coffee at KL , lets try at the front line at Lahat Datu

  15. #15 by Noble House on Friday, 8 March 2013 - 1:40 am

    What this country needs is a change of guards ….. starting with Putrajaya!

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