Sudah lah ‘Jib! You
Haven’t Got it!
M. Bakri Musa
Sudah lah ‘Jib! You haven’t got what it takes to
lead modern Malaysia.
by the recent national election and overwhelmed by mounting problems, Najib
resorts to the typical tricks of third-rate Third World leaders. He travels abroad
frequently to distract himself and Malaysians, and when at home he bribes his
way through problems.
loss in the popular votes during the last election was only the latest
expression of this lack of confidence in Najib’s leadership. The man has been
coasting on the memory of his illustrious father, Tun Razak. For that reason Malaysians
have been too generous in giving Najib a pass for so long.
cannot go on; the nation can ill afford it. There will be a splendid opportunity
for the nation to be rid of his leadership without having to wait till the next
national election, and that will be the upcoming parliamentary budget debate. All
we need is for a handful of Barisan MPs (12 to be exact) to see through this
character so he can be ejected from the Prime Minister’s seat. He does not
Back to Najib’s third-rate Third World leadership tricks, his
most recent – and most expensive – was the junket that took him through San
Francisco on his way to New York. That was literally around the world. Rest
assured there will be many more such trips in his ultra-luxurious,
custom-fitted full-sized Airbus jet, burning the rakyat’s precious ringgit.
saving grace this time was his uncharacteristic prudence financially in landing
his jet at Oakland instead of at the exorbitantly expensive SFO. Najib however,
more than made that up by staying at the Fairmont Hotel in a suite that would
have pleased the likes of King Saud.
1960s, traveling extensively abroad was also the favorite refuge for
Indonesia’s Sukarno. It was left to his ministers back home to tell the rakyat
to eat rats and thereby simultaneously solve two problems – widespread starvation
and rat infestation.
recently there was the example of Tunisian leader Zine el Abidene, now
languishing somewhere in the Saudi desert with only his ill-gotten wealth to
sustain him. Meanwhile he faces a death sentence at home and the Interpol has a
search warrant for him. As for his wildly extravagant and obscenely
ostentatious wife, a former hairdresser, she too has long ago abandoned him. She
is also on the Interpol list for money laundering. Take a glimpse of her during
her heyday; she has the uncanny resemblance of someone familiar to Malaysians,
and not just in facial features.
fate in contrast was less severe. At least he died and was buried in his native
land. Something for Najib to ponder!
far from being Sukarno’s Indonesia. That however, is setting a very low bar. It
tells us how far we have fallen that the two countries are now often mentioned in
the same sentence. While Malaysia is also infested with rats, Malaysians are
thankfully not starving. Instead what we have are even more rapacious rats continually
raiding the people’s Treasury. The biggest of all is Najib.
Bribing His Way Through
With his unrestrained access to the Treasury, Najib’s mode
of problem solving is to bribe his way. He bribed Malaysians with his multitude
of expensive 1-Malaysia giveaways. Just before the election his largesse became
more targeted, as with his instant generous grants to Chinese schools and
special allocations to East Malaysia. Those bore his trademark of lu tolong gua, gua tolong lu (You
scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours).
bribees everywhere, the Chinese eagerly took the money and ran. Come election
time however, they readily saw through what was going on and unhesitatingly dumped
Najib. Najib the briber was reduced to lamenting loudly of the Chinese tsunami.
Najib mistook the Chinese to be like UMNO Malays, readily bought with only a
few million devalued ringgit. In the end Najib was left scratching himself.
Malaysians were sufficiently grateful for the bribe to vote for Najib, only to
be rewarded post-election with a court order banning them from using the word
“Allah!” I hope that their Barisan representatives in parliament will now stage
their own mini tsunami and flush away Najib.
Malays too are complaining. Again Najib resorted to his favorite trick of
bribing, a few billion here and there under the bombastic package of Memperkasakan Ekonomi Bumiputra (MEB – Strengthening
Bumiputra Economy). Malays this time have shrewdly anted-up their price,
learning from the Chinese. Thus Malays this time are less than enthusiastic with
the only few billion thrown their way, even though that is real money.
that the whole purpose of the New Economic Policy and all its iterations for
the last four decades had been to enhance the economic status of Malays. Obviously
had the NEP been successful, we would have little need for this MEB.
for Najib, even the dumbest ass learns eventually. Malays have smartened up and
realized that this MEB will just be another massive and lucrative bribery
scheme for UMNO cronies. Their beneficiaries may be Malays, the pseudo as well
as wannabe, but they do not represent our values.
are, MEB notwithstanding, this time Malays are no longer mudah lupa. Like the Chinese, Malays (at least the lucky ones) are
becoming shrewder and will readily take the money and then run. Rest assured that
come the next election, there will also be a Malay tsunami.
sooner! The recent UMNO election produced more malcontent losers who will be skipped
by the gravy train. They will be grouchy enough to take their frustrations out on
of various persuasions have already pronounced Mahathir a loser in this UMNO election.
One sure way to make a grouchy loser more so, and thus likely to strike back,
would be for the winners to gloat. Abdullah Badawi too gloated after his spectacular
2004 national victory.
Back to Najib
the briber, he is finally learning a painful lesson. That is, bribees, be they
national or party voters, continue to escalate their price tag, especially if
they know their targets are soft and lucrative. Najib is one such target.
despicable with Najib is that he is using our
money to bribe us, after he takes his
usual generous cut of course! When you bribe a cop, you are using your own
hard-earned cash, not anyone else’s.
It is not
just Malaysians that Najib is bribing. He thinks the rest of the world too is easily
bribable. Soon after becoming Prime Minister, Najib was all over the global
media giving high-profile interviews. Alas those “interviews” were nothing more
than “informecials,” paid crass commercials masquerading as legitimate news
being embarrassed, Najib still revels in the “glory.” That was his mode of
operation. Malaysians were of course embarrassed, as were such media giants as CNN
and BBC once they realized they were being duped. The “journalist” involved was
duly fired, after earning his
millions from Najib. Back in Malaysia, the consultants who thought of the idiotic
scheme were rewarded with even more lucrative public relations contracts. For
them, it was truly “endless possibilities” as well as endless profits with
their desperate-for-praise client, Najib.
recent trip to America, Najib was back in his old form. He addressed the
Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and Harvard Club of New York, among others. Bribing
is illegal in America, except where it is nicely wrapped as “lobbying.”
bribe money has to come from somewhere. Even the Saudi Treasury is finite.
Watch this upcoming budget; Najib will once again squeeze the rakyat, this time
with his Goods and Services Tax together with his scheme for “rationalizing”
subsidies. He will again bribe his way by offering in return, a puny reduction
in the income tax rates.
GST is the
most regressive, meaning it imposes a disproportionately heavy burden on those
least able to afford it. What Najib gives away in sens (pennies) as with his income tax reduction, he will haul back
hundred-fold more through GST.
I hope that
our parliamentarians especially in Barisan will finally see through this man’s façade
and terminate his tenure once and for all, for the good of Malaysia. Muslims
have just celebrated the Eid Qurbani (Celebration of Sacrifice). It is time to qurban Najib for the good of Malaysia.
Then the nation can celebrate!
happens unless Allah wills it, that is, guide Najib to see the light, if not
him, then those parliamentarians.