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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Has the PM forgotten?

Has the PM forgotten?

 Najib knows that if there are genuine electoral reforms, BN will be wiped out.

By Selena Tay | FMT

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has mentioned last year that he is all for electoral reforms as he does not want BN to be seen as winning via electoral fraud. No one knows why he says one thing one day and absolutely forgets it the next day but this is just the case.

Now even after Bersih 3.0 on April 28, he has remained silent on electoral reforms. This means that his talk about wanting electoral reforms is just a cock and bull story. He also knows that if there are genuine electoral reforms, BN will be wiped out.

This confirms it that Malaysians have been cheated at the polls since the dawn of Independence. And yet there are still many who seem to enjoy being cheated by continuing to vote for BN.

However, eventhough PM Najib may have conveniently forgotten about electoral reforms, the French court will not forget him and the Scorpene submarine case.

It will be so shameful and embarassing for us Malaysians if we are international businessmen with overseas contacts because we will be asked countless questions pertaining to this matter.

Our international friends will think we are nuts for voting in PM Najib because they do not know that we do not have direct Prime Ministerial elections. The deal pertaining to the purchase of this submarine has tarnished the image of the nation.

As it is now, his administration is already riddled with financial scandals galore. It is high time we have a clean, transparent and efficient government for the good of the nation and its people.

The recent Bersih 3.0 events have booted Malaysian democracy a few rungs down the world democracy rankings.

All the Prime Minister’s talk about Malaysia being a model democracy is plain rubbish. There are many pictures on Facebook showing the treatment meted out by the police force towards the Bersih participants.

Is this a model democracy? Clearly PM Najib never fails to forget his words. With this type of credibility, it will not be long before more foreign investors bypass us. Woe is us if we are still stuck with the Bolehland mentality!

All the Prime Minister’s talk about BN being a caring government is also another lie. Why then are there so many hardcore poor in Sabah today? Why is the water in Johor more expensive than in Penang and Selangor? Why deny oil royalty payment to Kelantan?

Take note that Sabah is known as BN’s vote bank, Johor is Umno’s fortress and Kelantan has the most number of Malays. Who is oppressing who? And yet BN leaders like to use the race card in order to sow the seeds of distrust and disharmony.

Time for fear is over

It is high time that the BN be taught a great lesson, the lesson of obedience to the rakyat. Otherwise they will continue to bully us and take us for granted and treat us as dumbos.

It is time for us to say to the BN: ‘Look here, we are the boss and we are firing you for insubordination and sabotaging our interests as will as general disobedience’.

Time for fear is over. If we are governed by fear then all is lost. As the saying goes in the movie ‘V For Vendetta’: The people should not be afraid of the government but the government should be afraid of the people.

The time for a new awakening is now. Do we want to make history by ushering in the dawn of a new era through voting for a new government? Can we see this in our lifetime or never at all?

Therefore we need to stand up and be counted. Open our eyes to see that PM Najib is nothing but a dream-wizard casting spells to make us believe his stories of grandeur which are just plain hogwash and falsehood designed to deceive us into voting for BN.

He is not a wordkeeper but a promise-breaker. He is dull, insipid and lacks conviction. It is time that BN be the opposition so that we can evaluate their performance as the opposition.

Nevertheless, they will have an easier time as the Pakatan Rakyat government will not be so nasty as to deny them their rightful allocation unlike what the BN government is now doing to the Pakatan MPs.

An example of the PM’s forgetfulness or rather evasiveness was shown at a function in January this year. During this private lunch talk the Prime Minister was asked this question: “Mr Prime Minister, would you make the transition of the government for Pakatan a smooth one if the Opposition wins the general election?”.

According to some of those present, after some hesitation the Prime Minister responded: “I do not have to answer that question” or words to that effect; following which he abruptly left, ostensibly for another function.

Now, why did PM Najib not answer that question? Among the Cantonese, there is a proverb which best describes him. It is ‘kum kar geh’ which translates into English as ‘what a fake’ and that in essence fully sums up what PM Najib is all about.

Selena Tay is a FMT columnist.

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