The last time they were seen smiling together, Barack Obama was the most powerful man in the world, and Najib Abdul Razak, the most stubborn leader on earth.
It was December 2014 and Obama was still the President of the United States, whilst Najib, despite the scandals surrounding him, is still the Prime Minister of Malaysia. They were photographed playing golf, in Hawaii and worse still, Najib was wearing pink!
Pink? What is wrong with the First Couple….not Obama and Michelle, but that ‘Made-in-Malaysia’ First Couple.
Is pink their favourite colour? Pink t-shirt. Pink FLOM website. Now, we have the US$27.3 million (RM116 million) pink diamond saga.
For those who are not aware, the pink FLOM website was taken down when the rakyat were furious that the self-style First Lady of Malaysia, (FLOM) launched her own personal website, on the Prime Minister’s official website. Within a few minutes of the anger against the FLOM website going viral, the site was taken down.
A few days ago, when the Tourism Minister, Nazri Aziz, announced that his wife’s “Spouse-Minister business card was a fake, many people doubted it.
If FLOM can have a website, why can’t minister’s wives (or hubbies) have a “Spouse Minister” ministerial business card?
If some ministers’ wives can travel on personal jets, paid for by the taxpayer, then why not a ministerial business card which reads, “Spouse-Minister”?
Obama is now without a care in the world. According to the Jakarta Post, he is vacationing in Bali. His Gulfstream G-V N50JE aircraft landed at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar at 6:52 p.m. local time.
Back home, the Department of Justice is piling on the pressure, with news about property seizures, models being asked to return jewellery, actors forced to return paintings and Jho Low’s imminent arrest.
Calling on favours
What would you do, if you were Najib?
He could fly to Bali, have a round of golf with Obama, and ask him to put in a good word for the MO1 and MO1’s wife.
Not exactly plea bargaining, but with pressure being applied by the American Department of Justice (DOJ), every little helps. Desperate people will do desperate things.
Najib will argue the case, that he is the only moderate Muslim leader to tackle the extremist and ISIS threat. He will claim that he is the only Muslim leader who is well respected in the middle east, especially as the middle east seems to be imploding, what with Saudi Arabia and her allies, accusing Qatar and its allies of supporting terrorism.
Hari Raya falls on Sunday. Najib can’t simply abandon his open-house.
Obama leaves for Jakarta on 28 June. Will Najib find an excuse to nip over to Jakarta or Jogjakarta for a round of crazy golf next week? He needs to finish where they left-off, when the Malaysian flood victims, rudely interrupted their game.
Credit Lowyat for golf photo and caption