Dr Mahathir Mohamad believes that BN will lose the next election if Umno missteps — see Bernama report today.
Meanwhile his son Mukhriz earlier brushed off an article by influential London magazine The Economist which suggested that should he win in his bid for the Umno vice presidency, the anti-Najib forces would “coalesce around him as a proxy” for the Tun, the NST reported.
The magazine wrote on Sept 28 that Umno’s regression to “race-tinged policies” – alluding to the BEEP (Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Programme) – is a direct response to the outcome of GE13.
“The lesson that Umno has now drawn is that the more inclusive and liberal style of politics promoted by Mr Najib does not work. So the party has reverted to the bad old ways of race-based politics to shore up the Malay base, at the expense of those who were ungrateful enough to vote for the opposition,” it said.
Liberal, inclusive, progressive Najib
According to the Economist, before the election Najib had “come to be seen as a great reformer, winning the centre ground of politics”.
This view by the magazine squares with the sales pitch by Saifuddin Abdullah, the CEO of the Global Movement of Moderates — an organization newly set up by Najib and of which the prime minister is the patron.
“Najib… he is primarily very progressive. He is a democrat. He is a moderate leader,” Saifuddin said of his boss in a recent interview with The Malay Mail Online ahead of Umno’s polls (source: Yahoo! News).
Saifuddin asserts that Najib is “trying his level best to be as centrist as possible” and that Umno needs him to “regain the middle ground in GE14”.
Speaking about the middle ground, Saifuddin elaborates: “I know these people very well. Majority are colour-blind. They do not vote based on race at all.”
Someone like Saifuddin is regarded as tidak berpijak di bumi nyata.
Saifuddin’s fate awaits
The fate that befell Saifuddin in GE13 where his lost his Temerloh Parliamentary seat might parallel what could befall Najib’s premiership.
Despite Saifuddin’s loud “colour-blind” credentials, he was rejected by the Chinese voters in his constituency. At the same time, he was rejected by his pro-establishment Malay constituents as well.
Saifuddin – who is a firm favourite among the Firsters – had been given the mantle of “moderate Umno” to wear. However his cloak of moderation failed to win him votes from either side and consequently, he fell between two stools. In Malay the saying goes, yang dikejar tak dapat, yang dikendong berciciran.
In an election where Umno did exceptionally well in the Melayu pekat seats, Saifuddin ranked among the rare candidates from his party to have taken a beating. In other words, Saifuddin is an Umno reject. He does not have the support of the traditional Umno grassroots, only Najib’s patronage.
Ditelan mati emak, diluah mati bapa
Over the last several years, Najib has been clutching his ‘1Malaysia’ slogan like a teddy bear. He has bent over backwards to emphasize racial harmony. But still he can do nothing right in the eyes of the Chinese.
Yesterday I blogged ‘Aiyoyo, Najib lantik Wong Chun Wai jadi ahli lembaga pemegang amanah‘.
Najib had appointed The Star Media Group CEO Wong Chun Wai to the board of trustees of his Global Movement of Moderates. It simply boggles the mind that the Prime Minister should have done so.
One commenter Elijah remarked, “Daripada banyak-banyak orang, Najib pilih dia juga.. Kenapa Najib tak lantik Guan Eng terus? haha”.
Najib is taking advice from evangelista Wong Chun Wai on moderation … indeed. He’s apparently unaware how Wong’s newspaper has glorified guerrilla leader Chin Peng.
Below: The amount of ‘Star’ stories churned out on Chin Peng in the short span of less than a week
Who supports BN?
If you were to take a drive into the rural areas, you will come across ramshackle houses flying tattered BN flags. It is touching to see the living conditions of those from whom BN receives its core support.
In fact, DAP supporters are fond of mocking the BN as being only capable of hoodwinking the dungu kampung electorate who lack exposure to the “world wide web” (www).
The Star‘s editor in chief June Wong, not too long ago, alluded to those in power who want to keep people “stupid and poor in order to control them and making them dependent forever”. See ‘The Star thinks Malays are stupid‘
Yes, it is the less well-to-do rural voters who are keeping Umno in power.
Who despises BN?
Najib Razak surrounds himself with fat-cat-endless-possibilities-con-sultants who are, at the end of the day, unable to bring any votes to BN through their slick marketing strategies that are far divorced from the real ground.
Despite the seven Airbusload of hantaran that Najib had enticed the Chinese voters with, the BN was nonetheless roundly snubbed.
Did he learn anything from the May 5 election results?
Yup, the PM appoints the CEO of the Star Media Group as trustee to advise him on how to raise a moderate movement.
Rewarding your enemies, punishing your allies
BN by and large depends on poor people for its votes.
Poor Malays, poor Indians.
The Hindraf makkal sakti wave which swept the country in late 2007 was a revolt by the poor and the marginalized.
When police cracked down on the Indian dissidents, P. Uthayakumar was arrested and detained in Kamunting for one-and-a-half years.
Today he is in the Kajang prison on the same charge again for which he was kept under ISA without trial previously.
According to the law, a first offender guilty of sedition can be sentenced to a maximum of 3 years’ imprisonment.
In June this year, Uthaya was handed a 30-month jail sentence on the same offence for which he had been ISA-ed earlier. His penalty now adds up to (1.5 years ISA + 2.5 years jail sentence) = 4 years when the crime of sedition provides for only a maximum 3 years’ punishment. Uthaya is a political prisoner who is victim of double jeopardy.
Uthaya wants a plastic chair
Is that too much to ask?!!
Currently Uthaya is kept in a death row cell. He shares it with 5 other inmates. The cell which is 10 ft x 10 ft is very cramped to be holding 6 men. It is 10 feet in width and length, and the men have to sleep with their legs crisscrossing each other due to the very small space.
Adjoining the ten-by-ten cell is an open latrine area that is 2 ft x 10 ft. The prisoners, if they want to take their bath, are required to shower naked in front of their cell mates. Since there is no toilet wall or partition, water is splashed, making the common sitting and sleeping area wet all the time. The men are liable to catch a chill.
It is the same ‘open’ situation when they have to use the toilet or putting it in polite terms, there is no privacy at all when one has to answer the call of nature.
Now imagine 6 men doing their long call in the open throughout the day at odd hours, and the smell permeating. Imagine, I’m using euphemisms in my writing here when the reality is so harsh inside the prisons.
Uthaya’s cell in the death row block gives him a glimpse of the room across the corridor where the wardens prepare a corpse for burial after a hanging.
Before that he had been put in solitary confinement. Uthaya has been warned that if he is ‘troublesome’, he will be put in the Dark Room next.
Aside from his diabetes, Uthaya also suffers from a prolapsed disc. The prison doctors have prescribed Uthaya a chair to sit on to ease his back pain.
Recently his plastic chair was taken from him. Without being able to sit on a chair – there is no furniture in the crowded cell, obviously – his back has been acting up and related, his legs have began to swell.
MATTHEW 13:12 “Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
Najib seems to have taken to heart the Bible verse (above) that the rich will be generously provided with even more while the poor should be made poorer.
Potential BN vote bank thrown in jail, staunch oppo supporters given plum consultancies
During my visit to the Kajang prison, most of the other visitors there that day were Indian. It figures that the majority of the inmates are Indians too. (Family are to allowed to visit once a month for a duration of 45 minutes.)
Uthaya’s activism is for the Indian poor and it is these voiceless and almost invisible people for whom he speaks.
The undisputed voting pattern is that the better-off Malaysians, who live in the cities and the comfortable suburbs, cast their ballot for Pakatan.
Yet Najib Razak never tires of lavishing lucrative rewards on the very groups of people who hate the BN and are still doing all they can to destroy his party. He keeps giving and giving to the rich and the evangelistas, not only in terms of money but also recognition and platform.
Najib made the Star evangelista CEO a trustee in his GMM board whereas the government which he leads refuses to give an Indian activist a cheap plastic chair. This is a vast contradiction in terms. What does the PM understand by the word “moderate”?