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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Najib should not be too confident

An article by Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff caught my attention this morning.
In his article, the supreme council member of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) said, “Believe it or not, we have the key to the future in our hands. Not just in the hands of the power elite, but in the hands of every member of the rakyat, from the business tycoons to the farmer settlers.”
Rais Hussin further pointed out that this “power” is in the votes which he calls a “weapon” we must use, and wisely.
Do not forget history
Indeed, this is the weapon that needs to be used when it comes to the next general election.
There are so many issues at hand involving Najib Abdul Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, that have not been dealt with.
First, there is the death of former Mongolian model, Altantuya Shaariibuu. The motive of the murder has not been established. Why would two former bodyguards of Najib murder a woman whom they hardly knew?
Then, there is the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) which has earned Malaysia a reputation as a nation of kleptocrats. Who was the Saudi prince who ‘donated’ RM2.6 billion into Najib’s personal accounts in Ambank?
There is also the unresolved case of RM42 million from SRC International that had allegedly found its way into Najib’s private account.
And, then there is the death involving the former chairperson and CEO of AIAK Group which founded the Arab Malaysian Banking Group in 1975.
We have not forgotten the sudden disappearance of Kevin Morais and the shocking discovery of his death. Morais was a deputy public prosecutor attached to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) just prior to the removal of the attorney-general, Abdul Gani Patail.
This is why I am afraid that Najib is overconfident with his statement that Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) would win, whether the general election is called this year or next.
Tell-tale signs
In fact, if Najib is so confident, why did he have to appoint his own cousin, Hishammuddin Hussein, to be the special functions minister, and as one reader put it, “when there are no special functions to be performed”.
This is because Hishammuddin is said to be slated to replace Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Just think about it for a moment - why would Zahid even want to recommend Najib’s own cousin, instead of the people who have shown him support?
By doing that, Zahid is putting a loop around his own neck. Sandwiched between two cousins, Zahid is gradually going to lose his support base since he is nowhere.
If he were to become the next prime minister, Zahid would probably remove Hishamuddin and replace him with one of his own loyalists.
When this happens, even Najib will not escape the wrath. Zahid may do this to win the people’s support back.

This, in my opinion, is about the future of Umno especially since it has distanced itself from the rakyat. So, Najib should not be too overconfident.

STEPHEN NG is an ordinary citizen with an avid interest in following political developments in the country since 2008. -Mkini

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