Najib the most stressed-out person in Malaysia today?
The most worked-up and stressed-out person in Malaysia today is the Prime Minister
Najib Razak. The grapevine in Putrajaya is that he s so worked up that
even if the Opposition breaks wind he wants to know what they ate for
Why is he so stressed out? Well, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad
is among the reasons - perhaps the MAIN reason. Mahathir is breathing
hard and fast down his neck because he is afraid Najib will fumble in
the last lap and lose the BN's 55-year-old political
hegemony. That is serious indeed. Many top Umno leaders will
immediately fall from hero to zero, 'enjoy' jail time and their families
disgraced if the Opposition were to win the federal government.
Yes, being a Prime Minister, one does have tremendous duties to govern
the country but alas for Najib Razak, he is constantly watching his back
because he has enemies on all fronts now.
'Instant noodles' formula fails, Muhyiddin seizes the chance
Najib's enemies are from within. It appears that Mahathir has decided to
bet on Deputy Prime Minister Muyihiddin Yasin. These two are plotting
to force Najib to a corner. It is a pity because it is these two and
Najib's own wife who are the ones who 'pushed' him into the hot seat in
the first place. Not that Najib wasn't willing, he's just too indecisive
to really make a push on any matter.
Some of his supporters say, if not for this haste he will still be
around as number two and would have taken his time to mellow into a
strong Prime Minister. They point out he was the youngest Menteri Besar
(Chief Minister) once, and it took him a number of years to mature into a
strong leader. But that's all water under the bridge.
Today, Najib doesn't have the luxury of time, its all 'instant noodles'
for him. He has to make instant decisions with a team of very
ill-advised consultants who are all 'book and paper'. They advise him
based on pure assumptions without gauging of grassroots sentiments. His
well-fed and well-clothed advisers who sit on high-rise chairs too do
not go to the ground to survey what's happening.
Some of his key decisions that have badly flopped are classic models of
what happens when time-tested and tried methods of research are not
used. The 1 Malaysia concept is a very good example. With the advice of
consultants, Najib embarked on the 1 Malaysia for all, forgetting that
Mahathir in his 22 years reign had sidelined all other races in his
quest to create a superior race Malay race to challenge other ethnic
groups in the country with handouts under the New Economic Policy.
Mahathir engineered the population and advised the Malays to be fruitful
and aim for at least 5 children without worry because the NEP would
take care of them, whereas the other races did not have such luxury and
as such could afford to have 2 to 3 children only. Mahathir also
gerrymandered constituency boundaries with the Election Commission so
that it was easy for UMNO to manipulate the general election results.
Hence for Najib to succeed with the I Malaysia concept, the chances are
nothing to nil. This is why Muhyiddin was so daring to publicly ridicule
1 Malaysia. Indeed it becomes a joke when the Deputy Prime Minister
stresses that he is Malay first and Malaysian second. Perhaps, if Najib
had quietly and efficiently carried out reforms first, instead of
politicizing the issue and giving his rivals the chance to back stab
him, then there would be a chance for 1 Malaysia to survive.
Najib falls on his own 1Malaysia sword
Today, sadly 1 Malaysia is Najib's biggest downfall because the other
races are also scorning it. They are scorning it because they see it as
yet another insincere mega public-relations exercise to distract the
public and waste their time. Mahathir and his cronies are also using
1Malaysia as bait to finish Najib off.
Another 'instant' decision was the BR1M or cash assistance to each
household earning less than RM3,000. According to the news reports, the
money went to about 5 million households, and there was some euphoria
there but sadly for Najib, this was short lived because there is no way
RM500 can solve the people's problems of soaring food and transport
prices. Kangkong is RM3.60 a kilo! Imagine that, so what about the rest?
Everyday we see 1Malaysia' this' and 1 Malaysia 'that'. But aren't these
eyewash only. None of the programs can sustain. There is no escape -
only good governance and transparency can solve Malaysia's huge economic
and social headaches. But Najib not only defends former Women's
minister Shahrizat Jalil, he is telling the Malaysian Anti Corruption
Commission not to investigate Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud,
unofficially the richest Malaysian in the world beating even Robert
So how can the people trust this UMNO-BN government and give it a mandate to continue to rule?
Return of the Dr M dictatorship
Maybe this is the reason for Mahathir's sudden high-profile. Suddenly he
is everywhere in the Utusan, Berita Harian and the Star newspapers
lashing out at the United States, George Soros, Anwar Ibrahim and the
"ungrateful" and "lacking in intelligence" Malays who support the
Opposition. He is even more Muslim than PAS.
Mahathir has even taken to ridiculing Najib's instant plans to the
extent of proclaiming that the BR1M handout could be considered a
'bribe'. Talk about dog eat dog! Is Mahathir taking over then? For sure,
some major political developments in UMNO are brewing and should erupt
For the Opposition, all of Najib's follies have been great ammunition.
His misjudgments have helped them gain ground with the people. Today,
public sentiment stand at 50-50 for the Opposition to win whereas before
UMNO-BN had the edge. The 13th general election can go either way.
Najib knows very well that Mahathir as well the Malays are the ones who
will either retain him or send him packing. So this is why Najib too has
instantly dumped his 1 Malaysia concept and is now championing Malay
rights so that even if they reject him, Mahathir might still prop him
But it is too little, too late. Too many of the Malays in UMNO are in
agreement with the Malays in PKR , PAS and DAP that Mahathir is the
Devil as he himself puts it so colorfully. There has been too much
corruption, too much dictatorial dominance. The pus must be released and
checks and balances finally put in place to preserve the country and
their own race.