Najib ‘secrets’ on star drawing power explains ‘comeback’ trail . . .
Former Prime Minister’s ‘redemption’ hinges on going after Mahathir
and Family, for alleged money laundering, multitude of sins under Malaysia Boleh Mantra.
COMMENTARY and ANALYSIS . . .
It must be noted at the very outset that the small Malay capitalist class in Malaysia, win or lose, do or die, will probably never hand over the country willingly to the great unwashed masses. They have the resources to perpetuate colonial divide-and-rule policies and pursue internal colonisation, especially in the Borneo Territories, Sabah and Sarawak.
Except for 1990 to 1994 in Sabah during PBS rule and 1963 to 1966 in Sarawak under Stephen Kalong Ningkan, the gov’ts in the Borneo Territories have been Putrajaya’s proxies.
Therein lies the ingredients for a Great Revolution which will sweep away the decadent class and usher in a brave new world.
We know from history that it takes at least 50 years to create a Revolution. There are three stages viz. writers who spell out the need for sweeping change and reforms, politicians who seize power based on revolutionary writings, and bureaucrats who institutionalise revolutionary changes and reforms.
We can connect the dots on Revolution if we keep history, politics, organisation, system, establishment and navigating the maze in mind.
Personal note . . .
On a personal note, I am only interested in the spirit of the law, read with the letter of the law, and on what lies beyond law, on the nature of human relationships and how they are regulated. Therein, Revolution or no Revolution, lies the Way Forward.
Here and now . . .
Having said that, let’s focus on the here and now in politics. Patently, at the risk of repeating cliche, public memories are short. The widespread flooding, for one, in southwestern Sarawak, the eastern seaboard of Sabah and everywhere in Malaya, will soon be a distant memory. It won’t affect the political situation.
Once Najib goes after Mahathir and Family for alleged money laundering and a multitude of sins under the Malaysia Boleh Mantra, the immediate political picture in the country will become clearer.
The bottomline is that Malay still support Najib and Umno. That’s the stark political reality.
All politics are about restructuring the distribution of power, and restructuring the distribution of revenue and resources. It may even mean “robbing Peter (including the gov’t) to pay Paul, or robbing Peter to give Paul”. Paying or giving may be just semantics.
Light years ahead . . .
Fugitive blogger RPK in Manchester, England, may be right.
Malay politics is light years ahead of non-Malay as evident from the plight of DAP, for one, fumbling from disaster to disaster. DAP does not know what hit it since early 2020. More recently, it could only win two seats, Padungan and Pending, in Sarawak on Dec 18. The message was clear: urban voters, mostly Chinese, recognise that DAP’s bark was worse than its bite.
Add Islam and the combination in politics becomes formidable and even dangerous but hopefully not in a violent way. We may still be too English from the 150 years in the British Empire.
Add the gov’t sector and Deep State, some say the Islamic Deep State as well, and the bigger picture emerges.
The rule of law, the basis of the Constitution, gets pushed to one side, and must await Revolution before it can be restored.
That’s Karma, the universal law of cause and effect, at work. No one can escape Karma. It effects us all even if we dismiss it as superstitious hogwash. Experience tells! The Parable of the Sower isn’t a mere story.
Court cases . . .
In taking the cue from The Edge report above, it will be noted that the media covers the many court cases that former Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak faces.
He speaks up in the social media on the suffering. Indeed, he may have a huge following in the millions, as reported by the media.
His supporters have alleged that the charges against him were brought by those armed with a “thick black book of ‘subjective’ sins” navigating the system, pushing the right buttons and greasing the wheels. Let’s not go there.
Again, having said that, public suspicion remains rife ever since the unfortunate incident not so long ago where it was alleged that judgments, especially in certain courts, were going through other hands before the Ruling.
Hardcore . . .
Najib appears hardcore, even willing to suffer. If he’s jailed for a few weeks pending Pardon, probably a likely event after years in court, he would probably speak up like Anwar Ibrahim from behind bars, presumably on the people’s suffering. Old habits die hard. It would be very surprising if he walks into the sunset, never looking back.
In gov’t, Najib kept a stiff upper lip and maintained an “elegant silence”. It cost him dearly. The rest is history.
Generally, Najib or no Najib, most people don’t really remember what anyone says or did not say. They only know whether someone spoke up.
The people are not sitting around thinking of this or that person or what he or she said or didn’t say.
The cares of everyday life preoccupies them but they may take a moment for voting and other matters. Perceptions come into play. The advantage in the social media goes to those who can reach the masses directly i.e. one to one, face to face.
Again, very few among the people may be able to recall snippets of information about this and that and what was said or not said.
There’s no reason why the people won’t remember those who speak up. Again, it can’t be said that they remember the content.
Leadership skills . . .
In a way, such personalities come across in the public mind as having leadership skills. The people will always seek out leaders in all walks of life.
Life isn’t about being super duper careful, making no mistakes, keeping a low profile, and accumulating wealth which can only be left behind.
Life isn’t about exercising self-censorship, imposing censorship, and denying the right of reply.
It’s about allowing the free flow of thoughts to help make a difference, for better or worse.
It’s Karma that “those who block the ‘clear energy’ will be moved out of the way”. The social media, where no one before Trump was denied the right of reply in FaceBook and Twitter, killed the print media. The social media will bury the online media for “blocking the clear energy”. The writing is on the wall.
The sum total of life isn’t about being black and white only, black only or white only.
Life comes in various shades of grey. There are exceptions, qualifiers, caveats, ifs and buts.
Those who are willing to suffer exercise the right of free speech. They speak up and speak out on matters of public concern and public interest.
Hardcore characters . . .
There are hardcore characters and personalities like Najib and others in the same category.
They are not afraid that the people will see them as morons, fools, the pitiful clowns and gluttons for punishment mentioned by Lee Kuan Yew in dismissing the Opposition and J. B. Jeyaretnam, someone off the rocker, or dangerous characters who should be locked up and the keys thrown away, or sued to bankruptcy and reduced to waving the white flag to keep from begging on the streets.
Clearly, those who speak up won’t be remembered for accumulating great wealth or performing great works. Man does not live by bread alone. Principles matter.
Those who speak up will only be remembered for exercising the right of free speech.
There’s no such thing as “publishity”, for want of a better term. All publicity may be good.
The people continue to remember Anwar Ibrahim. It’s not because he led the student protests at Universiti Malaya, was detained under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) or was jailed for alleged corruption and sodomy.
They remember him because he speaks up. He spoke up even from behind bars. He continues to speak up.
In digressing a little, what’s Anwar’s problem?
Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul will tell us in a moment.
Jeffrey Kitingan . . .
It’s the same story with Jeffrey Kitingan and Mahathir Mohamad. These are two other examples cast in the same mould as Anwar.
It’s amazing that many people want to be elected, for example, or want to be promoted at work but are not willing to express themselves. They think that it’s “smarter” to keep a low profile, and not open up and “get into trouble” and suffer. They live in fear of fear. Alternatively, they may degenerate into sycophancy and call it “keeping on good terms with the boss”. (Jangan lawan towkay, don’t fight the boss).
No one will remember such people.
When election time comes, such people also invariably turn up and file nomination papers, and lose their deposit. They probably belabour in the delusion that elections and lottery tickets are the same. They may sell the nomination papers for a windfall if there are takers.
The Edge piece on Najib, in a way, reminds us of Naipaul and the others . . . Jeffrey Kitingan, Anwar Ibrahim, Mahathir Mohamad, P. Ramlee and Hans Isaac. Hans announced recently that he was quitting the entertainment industry for business.
The difference between Hans Issac and the others, especially P. Ramlee in this case, may be that he’s not willing to suffer for anything including the creative arts. P. Ramlee died a pauper but many others, including Shaw Brothers, benefitted enormously from his passion and suffering.
Kuala Lumpur meet . . .
Naipaul once told me in Kuala Lumpur that only those who have big egos speak up, and suffer, and probably become writers as well. “These are people who have something to say,” he said. “They feel it’s important for the world to hear it.”
I related what Naipaul said to Bill Campbell, a Canadian advertising guru in Kuala Lumpur. He agreed that Naipaul had a big ego. “Writers are like pregnant women,” added Campbell. “When the time comes, they suffer the birth pangs.”
Mahathir the nobody . . .
If not for the unthinking media covering his controversial remarks since the searing riots allegedly created by the small Malay capitalist class on 13 May 1969 in Kuala Lumpur, Mahathir would probably be an incoherent nobody pottering around in his Maha Clinic in Alor Star, Kedah.
Mahathir is a creation of the media and creature of the media.
Mahathir is notorious for making up incoherent stories as he goes along and doing u-turns like nobody else.
Before GE14, he defected to the Opposition and managed to return as Prime Minister after DAP persuaded Anwar Ibrahim on the matter. The carrot dangled was that Anwar would take over from Mahathir in two years.
On 24 Feb 2020, Mahathir brought down his own gov’t to prevent the handover and proceeded to make up even more incoherent stories on “scoring his own goal”.
Mahathir feared that Anwar would drag him and his Family to justice for alleged money laundering and a multitude of sins under the Malaysia Boleh Mantra.
Mahathir remembers that PKR was formed to STOP him from getting away with anything.
Again, for example, Mahathir has been pictured using chopsticks, a hygienic practice among the local Chinese that he condemned in recent days as unMalaysian.
Mahathir, whose family hails from Kerala in southwest India, has never explained in his incoherence how Malay, who formed 50.4 per cent of the population according to the 2010 Census, would be able to assimilate the Chinese in Malaysia who form 27 per cent of the population. The Chinese continue to be a dynamic community on the march despite blatant discrimination against them since 13 May 1969 in all spheres of life.
Hauntings . . .
Mahathir, incoherent or otherwise, would no doubt continue to haunt us from the grave and beyond. The unthinking media, manipulated by the small Malay capitalist class, would flog his ghost until thy kingdom come.
Controversies . . .
Daim Zainuddin, the Godfather of the small Malay capitalist class, once said that if an issue lasts more than two weeks in the media, it will become a controversy. It will not end until there’s closure.
Nothing is an issue unless there’s a complaint anywhere, police report and related complaint in the Magistrate’s court, until parties in dispute on issues in conflict are in court, are in the media, go viral in the social media, are in the kopi tiam, teh tarik stalls, warong warong kopi and the pubs.
Mahathir and the hysterical Opposition allegedly created the 1MDB Scandal, and related scandals, virtually out of thin air in cahoots with the unthinking media led by The Sarawak Report.
Mahathir and the hysterical Opposition, in cahoots with the unthinking media, belaboured in the delusion that 1MDB and related activities were all about plundering the public treasury under various guises.
If the media had not zapped public and investor confidence in 1MDB, the IPO would have gone through. The Company would have emerged as the strongest in the Finance Ministry stable of economic activities. It would have been a technology Company driven by innovations i.e. a new way of doing old things.
Despite the so-called 1MDB Scandal, and related “scandals”, Malaysia did not collapse and implode.
That tells us something.
Politics remains about public perceptions.
Opposition unity . . .
Having said that, and despite GE14, Sarawak on Dec 18 shows that elections in Malaysia are not very democratic. In GE14 on Thurs 10 May 2018, an aberration, there was Opposition unity. In GE15, come 2023, the many Malay political parties will cause Opposition disunity. Still, it’s unlikely that Indian and Chinese would vote for race-based political parties.
If there’s no Opposition unity in facing the ruling coalition one to one, the gov’t will not change hands. There are no election run-offs in Malaysia.
The ruling coalition will continue to win even if they collect less than 51 per cent of the votes counted in seats.
This is where Najib comes in again to do what Anwar Ibrahim could not do i.e. drag Mahathir and Family to justice for alleged money laundering and a multitude of sins under the Malaysia Boleh Mantra.
He’s likely to return as Prime Minister in GE15 as feared by Mahathir himself. He told the media that “Najib will be the first convict in the world to be Prime Minister”.
It was Mahathir who told the media, in a rare candid moment, before Najib became Prime Minister in 2009, that his protege was “the shining star in Umno”. He was explaining why lacklustre Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was the wrong choice.
After Najib became Prime Minister, it was not too long before Mahathir told the media that “Najib curi duit, Najib curi duit kerajaan” (Najib stole money, Najib stole gov’t money). He claimed that Najib had told him that “Cash is King”.
Glass house . . .
The late Saudi King may well have personally given Najib US$681m “secretly” after being convinced that the latter was a good bet on helping fight terrorism and promoting the “cause of moderate Islam”. Najib, backed by Saudi Arabia, set up the King Salman Center for International Peace (KSCIP) in Putrajaya. It’s highly circumstantial evidence that the US$681m originated from 1MDB. It’s not clear why Najib kept only US$61m and transferred the balance out of his personal account/s.
We will never know about the “King’s donation” since “dead men tell no tales” and given Mahathir’s notorious “jealous rage” on the “stingy Arab” during his Administration from 1981 to 2003.
Mahathir stays in a glass house and throws stones . . . “baling batu, sembunyi tangan” (throw stones and hide the hands).
The reality remains that the country, despite the bad press the Najib Administration received after GE13, did not collapse and implode.
The gov’t has been able to give the people billions in cash handouts in the wake of the pandemic created by the unthinking media.
The media continues to be manipulated by Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates, CNN, the WHO and “control freaks” seeking even greater political power at the expense of the people, the nation, the economy and democracy.
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BREAKING NEWS! . . . ‘Losers’ declared ‘winners’ in Dec 18 Sarawak polls . . .
Winners should get at least 51 per cent of votes counted.