(At Semenyih, when Najib secured a win, he reworked his image.
The updates in red reflect yesterday’s conviction and Najib’s fall.)
I am against bad governance, whether in Umno-Baru/BN, PAS, or in PH. (and PN)
What happened to the vision?
When PH won in GE-14 in 2018, they offered Malaysians a vision of a country that was going to address corruption and tackle injustice. They gave Malaysians a reason for change. People were fed up with the scandals. Najib Abdul Razak stealing taxpayers’ money. 1MDB. Rosmah’s bags and jewellery. The cronies. PAS and Umno-Baru’s unity government. Land sold cheaply to the PRC.
Malays were stealing from the Malays. Tabung Haji, Felda, MARA. Adnan Mansor. Zahid Hamidi. Allegations of corruption in mosques. Wives and children of Umno-Baru/BN ministers forming companies to enrich themselves.
It was not the Chinese, the DAP, Christians or Israeli, stealing from the Malays. It was Malays stealing from other Malays. When are the thieving Malays going to be punished?
Padan muka, PH
On 2 March 2019, PH lost in Semenyih. Did they deserve to lose? Yes, they did. Padan muka! They were complacent. They failed to address bread and butter issues. They failed to implement the reforms, and people’s lives have not changed much.
Najib who last year, PH said, was responsible for almost bankrupting Malaysia, roams free. It is taking a long time to punish him, his wife, former members of his cabinet and their cronies. The rakyat is getting restless.
Najib is clever. He uses social media and his new image, to travel around Malaysia, and undermine PH, to attack its ministers and its policies. In other words, he is acting like an innocent man.
When Bersatu accepted former Umno-Baru members into the party, it was seen as a splinter group of Umno-Baru. PH will never match, nor win, the incendiary racial and religious rhetoric of Umno-Baru/PAS.
Umno-Baru/PAS excel at division. They incite the Malays to hate non-Malays. PH should not attempt to be like them.
Be bold PH. Do NOT be a splinter group of Umno-Baru
Affirmative action policies make Malays weak. PH should end affirmative action policies which have been in place for decades and have not worked. Many Malays realise this. It is time for PH to be bold, and punish anyone who incites violence, and show Malaysians that it means business.
The people who are used to accepting dedak, know that with Umno-Baru/BN, they can be assured, of receiving more dedak. That is probably one reason why Umno-Baru/BN won in Semenyih. Umno-Baru promotes stealing and lying.
PH could offer a vision of a country which is based on meritocracy and needs, but instead it appears to reward people who lie and who are failures. The senior politicians who are deputy ministers or Mentri besars, who lied about their degrees, should be sacked. They have brought shame to the party and Malaysia.
Wrong people are promoted and failure is rewarded
PH has young people in very senior roles, and inexperienced people to run very important ministries. For example, the Youth and Sports Minister, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, shocked Malaysians when he said that to carry out reforms too quickly will result in PH losing GE-15. On the contrary, if PH is bold, it will gain the confidence of the populace and win the next election.
Education minister, Dr Maszlee Malik, is more interested in religious teachers and the colour of school shoes, than revamping the system, making teachers more productive, and lessons more appealing.
Last year, PH appeared to show solidarity, to get rid of Najib and Umno-Baru/BN. This year, we see a PM-in-waiting talking about his succession plan, who offers few solutions for a more equal and harmonious nation. PH also showed its ugly face with public displays of party infighting.
PAS leaders have allegedly taken money from Umno-Baru. Their leaders have publicly admitting lying about their corruption. However, few, if any, religious scholars, muftis and royalty, have condemned the destructive Islam being preached by Hadi Awang, in which lying and stealing is acceptable. What is PH doing about this?
No teamwork, mixed messages, lack of momentum, complacency, unpreparedness
In the Semenyih by-election, what happened behind the scenes? Did PH sit down and discuss what to focus on and what to avoid? The PH candidate, Muhammad Aiman Zainali, talked about the need for a hospital, but the Health Minister, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, disagreed. Then, the Health Minister changed his mind, and passed the buck to the Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng. If there is a need for a hospital, surely it is for the Health Minister to lobby and present his case to the Finance Minister. The Health Minister looked weak and he compromised the PH candidate.
Don’t mimic Umno-Baru’s tactics and use family members, as candidates, to gain the sympathy vote. Don’t talk about flying cars, when you can’t even resolve congestion on roads. Don’t give out election goodies.
The public relations exercise of Najib and Umno-Baru was slick. They were media savvy. Their election machinery was well run, whereas PH’s lacked momentum.
Malays who are used to the dedak culture will welcome Umno-Baru, but the majority of Malaysians who are decent hardworking people, do not want taxpayer’s money being stolen or abused. They are looking for bold moves by PH to stop race and religion being used to destablise Malaysia.
Instead of going on the defensive and attacking Najib, PH should focus on what it can do for Malaysia. Carry out the reforms now. Punish corrupt politicians and their cronies quickly. Trim the civil service to make it more effective.
Malaysia is a mess
Malaysia is a mess because the government is held to ransom by the Malay extremists. For how long should the government continue, to pander to Malay sensitivities? Ten months, ten years, ten decades? The Malays will be wiped out, by then.
Syed Saddiq said that PH will lose GE-15 if the reforms are done too quickly. Don’t be daft! It’s already happening.
It is time that Malaysians learnt, that the best person for the job, should be based on meritocracy and not on race.
PH looks like a poor copy of Umno-Baru. Its loss is nothing to do with Najib’s aura. Semenyih showed that PH was weak and unprepared.
Will Harapan learn and reflect?
UPDATE in July 2020
On 28 July 2020, Malaysians half expected disgraced Najib to be acquitted in the SRC International criminal trial, as they were not convinced Najib would be charged. The nation was on its knees again, after the Coronavirus pandemic and the change of government in the Sheraton coup.
When the High Court found Najib guilty of one charge of abuse of power, three counts of criminal breach of trust offences, and three counts of money laundering offences, many Malaysians felt a glimmer of hope for the nation. Najib has been convicted on seven counts, will be imprisoned for 12 years, and fined RM210 million
Najib Abdul Razak, the son of Razak, is nothing more than a common thief.
He went from zero to hero at Semenyih, but on 28 July 2020 went from MO1 – to Malaysian Criminal 1 (MC1).