Eight reasons why Najib’s legitimacy as Prime Minister is questioned


There are at least eight reasons why there is widespread questioning of the legitimacy of Datuk Seri Najib Razak as the Prime Minister of Malaysia after the 13th general elections on May 5.

1. Najib and Barisan Nasional have only won 47% of the popular vote, while Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat won the majority popular vote at 51%.

2. The 13GE was the dirtiest elections in the nation’s 56-history of 13 general elections – where there was unprecedented money politics and massive unethical and unprincipled electioneering summed up by Umno/BN triple strategy of “Money Money Money”, “Lies Lies Lies” and “Fear Fear Fear”.

There was also the grave problem of the gerrymandering of the constituencies to benefit Umno/BN, where one vote in Putrajaya (16,000 voters) is equal to nine votes in Kapar (140,000+ voters) – making a total mockery of the “one man, one vote, one value” principle.

If the 13GE had been a clean, free and fair one, the popular vote won by Anwar and Pakatan Rakyat would have exceeded 60 per cent and even reached two-thirds of the total vote, securing the majority of the parliamentary seats to PR (even reaching a total of 125 parliamentary seats comprising 45 for PKR and 40 each for DAP and PAS) instead of the present 89 seats for PR and 133 seats for BN.

3. The peaceful and democratic protest of some one million Malaysian voters, mostly from the young generation of all races, since the 13GE results three weeks ago in “Black 505” ceramahs throughout the country demonstrating the depth and gravity of the problem of public doubts about Najib’s legitimacy as Prime Minister;

4. Najib’s premiership lacks legitimacy as a 1Malaysia government despite his post-election pledge to be Prime Minister for all races, because of the escalation of racial polarisation post 13GE, with Najib himself responsible for initiating such escalation with his statement on the night of the 13GE that the general election outcome was a “Chinese tsunami” – when in fact it was a Malaysian, urban, semi-urban and youth tsunami!

This was followed by a series of provocative, inflammatory and racist reactions and campaigns such as the incendiary headline by UMNO mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia : “Apa Lagi Cina Mahu”; the speech by the former Court of Appeal judge Mohamad Noor Abdullah, which is the most racist and seditious speech ever made in Malaysia in 44 years; the seditious call by the former Education Director-General, Tan Sri Ahmad Arshad for the abolition of Chinese and Tamil primary schools and the attempt by some NGOs to boycott Chinese goods.

5. Najib’s Cabinet does not represent all Malaysians, a belated awareness which has led to the proposal inside the Barisan Nasional that BN parties should respond to the demand by more and more Malaysians for an end to race-based politics and race-based political parties, by merging all component parties under the coalition into a multi-racial party.

6. Najib’s chairs a Cabinet with two illegal Ministers (Paul Low and Abdul Wahid Omar) and three illegal Deputy Ministers (P. Waythamoorthy, J Loga Bala Mohan and Ahmad Bashan Md Hanipah) as these five have not been sworn as Senators before taking their Ministerial oath of office – in fact the five have been left in a constitutional limbo in the past 11 days, as they have not yet been sworn in as Senators and they themselves dare not claim that they are lawful Ministers or Deputy Ministers.

This long-running constitutional farce and charade, causing unprecedented embarrassment to the Yang di Pertuan Agong as well to the nation’s international image, has only underlined the grave question about the legitimacy of Najib’s Cabinet and premiership.

7. The increasingly repressive and undemocratic regime of the Najib premiership, following the partnership of the most “political” Home Minister with the most “political” Inspector-General of Police trampling on democratic and human rights of Pakatan Rakyat leaders and social activists in the past week – with arrests, selective prosecutions and crackdown of freedom of assembly and expression.

8. Continued dependence of the Najib premiership on lies and falsehoods as a form of communication which is totally against all principles of accountability, transparency and good governance, not to mention the Election Integrity Pledge of Transparency International-Malaysia which was signed by Najib with such fanfare during the 13GE campaign.

The latest example of this dependence on lies and falsehoods as a basis of governance is the threat by the Home Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, to carry out a witch-hunt against pro-Pakatan Rakyat social media whether Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or blogs, because of the ludicrous claim that DAP had spent RM108 million to employ a “Red Bean Army” of cybertroopers to demonise Umno/Barisan in the cyberspace.

How can a government which could act on such a ludicrous and baseless claim as a basis for state policy enjoy any respect or legitimacy from the citizenry?

(Speech at the 4,000-People DAP Gelang Patah thanksgiving/Malaysian Dream Movement launching dinner at Sutera Mall, Gelang Patah on Sunday, 26th May 2013 at 10.30 pm)

  1. #1 by ChinNA on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 9:27 am

    Are there evidences that can support the claims made in point #2? And if presented, will the EC make light of it?.

    So far, I have not seen any report of evidences presented here in ths blog.

    As to whether EC will make light of it, what do the rest of the readers think?

  2. #2 by janfernz on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 9:36 am

    Boycott of chinese business or any other race may leave a dent in the economy. At any rate,if you remember the orange boycott during CNY some years ago did bring about the desired results. If what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander,then what goes around comes around. So whether PKR or BN-tread cautiously for these times are quite different from any other era in human history. The rise and fall of the super powerful and the underdogs are becoming ever so common. When PKR becomes the ruling party,let there be fair play. No one ethnic group should proclaim supremacy.

  3. #3 by Loh on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 9:53 am

    ///This first past the post is a simple system where (there’s a) contest for seats in an area,” the EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar told The Malaysian Insider in an exclusive interview.///–MalaysianInsider

    The first past the post system is the system accepted for the GE 13, no problem. For that system to work, there must be a precondition as to how the people are allowed to vote in the area. One obvious qualification is that the voter is living now or has lived in the past within the boundary of the constituency, to vote for the seat in the area; the latter might have proof of his IC address. In other cases, the voter has remained in the same address at least since the last election. Thus a current resident or a regular resident of the past has the right to vote in the area where he has been registered.

    The EC had been informed just before 505 election that there were more than 100 persons found in one address. Obviously not all of them can be staying in that address. Is it possible that the 100 persons have lived in that house sometime over the last 45 years since computerized electoral rolls have been created? The age group of the people would tell EC whether it could be possible that the 100 person had been regular residents at different time over the last 45 years. A check against the electoral roll used for the 2008 election would have told the EC who had been added over the last 5 years to the particular address, if the EC record does not show the date of registration.

    The EC had not bothered to check why over 100 voters had been registered to a single address of a house. The EC relied on the authority of the law which gave it the excuse not to act. Thus the EC was not consciously performing its duties to ensure that the election based on the first past the post is determined by voters who have a right to vote there. When EC has shown to have failed in that regard, it has failed to ensure that the election held on 505 was fair and free.

  4. #4 by Loh on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 11:07 am

    In the first past the post system, how come the EC has the authority to choose where voters are placed? A family of three members have been assigned to vote in three different location across electoral boundaries during the 505 when they voted in the same place in 308. This proves the EC acted beyond its authority.

  5. #5 by pulau_sibu on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 11:54 am

    he himself is full of shxt, starting with the unresolved mongolian case.

  6. #6 by boh-liao on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 11:58 am

    AhCHEATkir sang: La la la, na na na, like it or not, I n UmnoB/BN won what, WHAT can U do, NOTHING! Ha, ha, ha
    Me n UmnoB/BN spent billions 2 flood d nation with our flags n 2 buy votes n promises (Gua kasih lu, lu kasih gua), n EC boh chap what (where got rules broken? No lah)
    Minority popular votes, so WHAT, me n UmnoB/BN still 1st 2 pass d 50% winning margin what, we continue 2 rule P’jaya lor – NOT happy aah, like my frens said, leave d country lor, go jiak sai lor, U crybabies

  7. #7 by boh-liao on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 12:00 pm

    AhCHEATkor sang: La la la, na na na, like it or not, I n UmnoB/BN won what, WHAT can U do, NOTHING! Ha, ha, ha
    Me n UmnoB/BN spent billions 2 flood d nation with our flags n 2 buy votes n promises (Gua kasih lu, lu kasih gua), n EC boh chap what (where got rules broken? No lah)
    Minority popular votes, so WHAT, me n UmnoB/BN still 1st 2 [email protected] d 50% winning margin what, we continue 2 rule P’jaya lor – NOT happy aah, like my frens said, leave d country lor, go jiak sai lor, U crybabies

  8. #8 by PoliticoKat on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 12:27 pm

    Do say that lah. Poor Najib has enough on his plate as it is. He need to concentrate on maintaining control over UMNO and thus the PMship.

    All Najib needs to know from his election, is GE12 was no fluke. GE13 happened and even more Malaysian voted for the position. GE14 will see even more Malaysians voting for opposition if nothing is done to boaster the economy.

    PS: The chinese hantu is no longer scary enough to work given the only chinese controlled that could be named in the recent boycott was Old Town White Coffee. A local food chain. Yeah, it is from this Kopitiam, the might of Chinese power in Malaysia flows…

  9. #9 by pulau_sibu on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 12:44 pm

    it said the component parties will merge in BN. Is it going to be a merging? I think the mosquito parties such as mca, supp, gerakan, etc., will all be absorbed by umno, not merging.

  10. #10 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 1:15 pm

    If owls can hoot and horses neigh,
    Najib’s legitimacy would be in disarray.

  11. #11 by worldpress on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 1:19 pm

    soon be ROJAK party

    buah-buahan dan sayur-sayuran

  12. #12 by Godfather on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 1:21 pm

    Mamakthir has spoken. We have to make do with Najib because there’s no other alternative. Not because Najib has stellar performance but there’s no one better. Amongst the blind, it would appear, within UMNO.

  13. #13 by yhsiew on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 1:35 pm

    47 per cent PM !!!

  14. #14 by Loh on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 4:44 pm

    The following nine parliamentary constituencies, 7 won by BN and two by Pakatan have more spoilt votes than the number of majority votes. The intention of the voters was ignored and the EC rules took precedent. It should be emphasized that the EC rules were to facilitate vote counting and they stay if the outcome of the election is not affected. In the following 9 parliamentary seats where the spoilt votes could change the outcome of the results, the court should rule as to whether the intention of the voters were clear, and whom the voters want.

    The affected seats are: Labis, Baram, Bachok, Bentong, Sungai Besar, Kuala Selangor, Cameron, Kuala Nerus and Kota Marudu. The results might not change the government!

  15. #15 by buylower2003 on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 6:30 pm

    Loh :
    The following nine parliamentary constituencies, 7 won by BN and two by Pakatan have more spoilt votes than the number of majority votes. The intention of the voters was ignored and the EC rules took precedent. It should be emphasized that the EC rules were to facilitate vote counting and they stay if the outcome of the election is not affected. In the following 9 parliamentary seats where the spoilt votes could change the outcome of the results, the court should rule as to whether the intention of the voters were clear, and whom the voters want.
    The affected seats are: Labis, Baram, Bachok, Bentong, Sungai Besar, Kuala Selangor, Cameron, Kuala Nerus and Kota Marudu. The results might not change the government!

    It would be interesting to know, and also possible cases of cheating!

  16. #16 by raven77 on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 7:20 pm

    No Malaysian out on the street recognises Najib as their PM…..this scam has run long enough…either UMNO corrects this defect asap or they will have to close shop…

  17. #17 by Bigjoe on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 8:21 pm

    Forget the technical reason. The fundamental reason is NAJIB CANNOT GOVERN THIS COUNTRY..He simply can’t lead in these challenging times.

    The final condemnation of Najib as PM is Mahathir’s own endorsement that there is no one in UMNO better. The truth is Mahathir’s latest excuse is simply CONFIRMATION that the reason why Zul Nordin and Ibrahim Ali was selected to run for parliament, is BECAUSE HE IS ONE OF THEM – racist and hence automatically disqualified from the leadership of this nation..

  18. #18 by sheriff singh on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 8:27 pm

    If Najib does not have legitimacy and should not rule, who then takes over? And will this person then have legitimacy in that he does not have a mandate of his own? What does he do? Be a lame duck for 5 years or call for a snap elections to get his own mandate?

  19. #19 by Loh on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 9:25 pm

    If the election results reflect the votes cast only by genuine voters, and those submitted by overseas voters are tabulated as submitted, and the spoilt votes which could affect the outcome of the results are reviewed, and those constituencies found to be questionable go into by-election, the results can be accepted even if a minority of votes return a majority in number of seats. Would Najib direct the present team of EC to go on holiday and find a replacement team to conduct by-elections?

  20. #20 by patriotmalaysian on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 9:55 pm

    Najib’s think the govt’s belong to his grandfather. He can spend all the govt’s money and appoint any tom dick & harry to be in the cabinet. The trouble is…. BN been in power for too long. They can be in power forever untill & unless we really have a clean & fair election. No way, any parties can beat their machinery & system.

    With the EC help, BN managed to get 47% popular votes…if not probably they could get only about 40%.

  21. #21 by tuahpekkong on Monday, 27 May 2013 - 11:34 pm

    There were at least 220,000 army and police votes which overwhelmingly went to the BN. Had these votes been evenly distributed, BN’s share of the popular votes would be reduced by at least 0.6%. The Opposition’s share of the popular votes would therefore increase correspondingly. Sarawak had 6 Parliamentary seats with less than 20,000 voters each, 13 seats with 20-30,000 voters and 4 seats with 30-40,000 voters. There were 35,000 voters for each Parliamentary seat in Sarawak compared with 93,000 voters for Selangor and over 65,000 voters for Penang and Kelantan. Despite BRIM1 and 2, salary adjustments, bonuses and a raft of other promises and the help of Government controlled media, BN still fared miserably.

  22. #22 by Loh on Wednesday, 29 May 2013 - 7:41 pm

    The 33 seats won by BN among the lowest number of majority votes, with Tasek Glugor in Penang at 3,042 votes, amounted to 47,538 votes. That is lower than the majority votes of 51, 552 returned to Seputeh. In other words, Seputeh won more votes than the majority votes BN obtained for its 33 parliamentary seats.

    The 220,000 police and army votes strategically placed, as we believe they are, determined the outcome of the election.

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