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Lemme tell you why Najib kena bambu

Even the most ardent Umno blogger / Najib defender will have to admit, however reluctantly, that the PM took a hard hit with the “Let them eat kangkung” meme.

The problem is not the ‘kangkung’ slip per se. It’s the man. Let’s just say it was Ismail Sabri Yaakob (he’s the Agriculture Minister) who had instead uttered the very same words. It would hardly have attracted any attention.

But because the ordinary folks are already so disgruntled with Najib Razak, that’s why the kangkung laughing stalk spread like wildfire. Everybody just wanted to kenakan dia.

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I’m directing this missive at the Umno bloggers so that you guys can understand the reason for people – including those from your own side – being vexed with the PM.

We (I speak on behalf of whoever agrees with me, which is quite a lot) think that Najib has got his head in the clouds. He is too detached from the concerns of the average wage earner who has difficulty in making ends meet.

We cukup sakit hati when we see the extravagance and wastage incurred by his spendthrift administration. Kenapalah Najib mahu membela kucing gemuk dia tu yang berekor-ekor? (see tweet below)

Twitter - ParpuKari- Why la sudah gumuk kah

The most glaring example of Najib’s big mistake is his appointment of Khairy to the Cabinet, who in turn appointed a twit to sit in his office.

Here we are all reeling from price hikes across the board, and there is the Minister’s secretary gushing that “this year will be awesome“.

Obviously the nitwit in Kementerian Belia dan Sukan is clueless that the rakyat marhean do not foresee 2014 to be an “awesome year” for us. Rather we’re anticipating ikat perut.

We step into the grocery store and see how the prices of essential foodstuff has gone up and up, and there is KJ’s secretary blaring out to the entire Twitterjaya her excitement about “pretty awesome projects” — which only exemplifies the Najib government’s big and unnecessary #SYOK SENDIRI spending.

Twitter - reginalah- @Zhengguan year awesome

Twitter - reginalah- Loads of meetings awesome

We’re told the cost of public transport is going to go up, the toll rates are going to be increased, the petrol subsidy is being reduced and there is @reginalah tweeting that she’s looking to change her car. The Penang Chief Minister’s new Mercedes syndrome must have rubbed off on her.

Therefore when Najib’s bratty minister – KJ whom even Siti Nurhaliza was moved to admonish for being “kurang ajar” – and the Minister’s equally biadab secretary pula mengada-ngada (other bloggers are irritated by other Ministers), then obviously the backlash of our discontent will become a torrent.

It would help if we had some reassurance that the people sitting at the pinnacle of power in Putrajaya had their feet planted firmly on the ground. But alas, no.

Looking at how the PM is reeling from one public relations disaster to another, nampak macam orang kanannya (si penasihat, si konsultan dan Ketua Pemuda belum sedar). Masih asyik masyhuk dengan #Lifestyle.

TiangSeri

Beanstalk

Above is the results of a Google search specifically in the PMO website on the keyword “tiang seri”. Not many will be aware of this but “tiang seri” is a favourite word which appears in many of Najib’s flowery speeches.

What “tiang seri” lah? You mean the magic beanstalk – see cartoon below – that is taking Najib to Cloudland?

Recently Wenger Khairy urged the PMO to attack Umno bloggers whom he labelled Hitler’s brownshirts. It would be foolhardy for the PM’s Office to listen to W. Khairy just like it has been foolhardy for Najib to be taken for a ride by his overfed Pemandu.

The Attack of the Killer Kangkung (“kangkung can kill” is The J-Star‘s scissors snipe at Najib) had simply overwhelmed the PM from left, right and centre not to mention top and bottom. Everybody is jumping on the bandwagon.

The most important lesson for the Najib administration is this: It was the shenanigans of the Fourth Floor Boys that sparked the revolt against Sleepy Dollah.

Khairy was the one responsible for causing his father-in-law’s fall from grace. He is a Dapster Minister. This Menteri Kangkung will be the downfall of Najib Tun Razak.

HISTORY IS REPEATING ITSELF!

Tolong cegah sebelum parah.

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Updated: 11.45am

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32 thoughts on “Lemme tell you why Najib kena bambu

  1. Lagi satu pembaziran kerajaan di masa rakyat menhadapi barang naik; jpa meminta kesemua civil servants membuat id baru bagi penyeragaman. Why oh why???? each id will cost rm15.

    Who is making money? rm15 x 1.3 million civili servants. Wow!!!! somebody is gonna be filthy rich at the expense of the rakyat. the problem with the existing ids? why now? On one hand the gov is asking the civil servants to jimat, on the other hand asking them to spend on the useless ids. For heavens sakes, just use the old or existing ids la.

    The prob with the people in charged is they are only particular about the form but sorry to say no substance.

  2. A short while ago I asked you who is our PM’s Press Secretary, and your reply was “he/she” is an O.K person. The reason I asked is that I want to find out whether sieving through various media, print, portal and electronic is part of the Press Secretary and his/her team daily routine.

    I don’t think our PM has the time to read/watch through all the various media, print, portal and electronic on his own. Thus, the responsibilities lay on the Press Secretary or any other personnel that is in charged on this area.

    Having said the above, it is either the said Press Secretary has not done his/her job well or he/she simply picks and chooses news just to paint a rosy picture to our PM on daily basis. This type of behaviour is nothing new, it is even apparent in corporate culture where subordinates and the brown noser in particular are fond of doing. Similarly, the big bosses in return don’t like to hear the truth, all they like to hear is anything but bad news.

    Whoever is in charge of the said area in PMO, YOU SURE HAVE DONE A LOUSY JOBS and NOT TO FORGET SUCKS BIG TIME AT IT……

    1. Sorry, my mistake to have answered in the singular (press secretary).

      Of course the PM has plenty of press secretaries (plural).

      And the PM has a ring of gatekeepers around him. They would filter and sieve what he hears, and who has access (i.e. can be given appointments) to see him.

      1. Hence to solely blame him for what he has done and said is totally unfair. He is surrounded by entourage, and this entourage has a painted a rosy picture for him to digest and some have even manipulated the situation to their own advantage.

        1. re: “He is surrounded by entourage”

          The buck stops with No.1.

          He allowed five of his special officers to contest in GE13. Those people should have concentrated in helping BN win instead of focusing on their own political careers and trying to get their own Yang Berhormat seats.

          Btw, all five lost (I’m mentioning this for the info of our general readership).

          Najib allow his entourage to crawl around him like ants around sugar. And he appointed Khairy.

          1. You worked in an organisation before and you know how thing gets done, how some people got promoted while some didn’t. It is not as easy as all of us in here have said or commented. Talk is cheap but to do it is something else.

            1. re: “Talk is cheap but to do it is something else.”

              Some people are obviously trying to do something about it by toppling Najib in the same way Tun Dol was successfully toppled. They feel that should Najib still be leading Umno by the time GE14 comes around, the BN will lose the election.

              If BN loses, could we become like the Yellow Shirts and Red Shirts in Thailand?

              Personally I do not see anyone else in Umno who can do a better job.

              If the PM removes the Menteri Kangkung in the next Cabinet reshuffle, it will ease some of the pressure on him.

              1. Re. If BN loses, could we become like the Yellow Shirts and Red Shirts in Thailand?

                May be, but I think it will start the never ending “sikap tak siapa pun yang berkenan dipandangan mata dia orang”.

                Re. Personally I do not see anyone else in Umno who can do a better job.

                I still support him despite of it all, for I understand that he is trying very hard to let the race relationship in this country going down the drain. If only people could take step back and try to understand that for a moment.

                But the Ultra-Malay-Racist inside me is all for DPM and KDN for the next succession anytime.

                Re. If the PM removes the Menteri Kangkung in the next Cabinet reshuffle, it will ease some of the pressure on him.

                Ameen to that.

                P.S

                Have you watched 12 Years of Slave. I am thinking of watching it today….

                1. re: “May be, but I think it will start the never ending ‘sikap tak siapa pun yang berkenan dipandangan mata dia orang’.”

                  You’re right once again LOL.

                  I was also thinking, this “putsch” (Kit Siang’s word) attempt on Najib will make anyone in future sitting in the No.1 chair to be vulnerable.

                  We’ve never had any military coups in Malaysia. In Thailand, they do that every now and again to remove their elected PMs. If what happens to Tun Dol again happens to Najib, it may create an unhealthy trend. Then it will be the foundation of our democracy that suffers.

                  re: “I still support him despite of it all, for I understand that he is trying very hard to let the race relationship in this country going down the drain. If only people could take step back and try to understand that for a moment.”

                  You made a typo, LOL – “he is trying very hard NOT to let the race relationship in this country going down the drain.

                  As a Chinese, I fully appreciate Najib’s role in standing between us (minority community) and our fall into the abyss. Come to think of it, his task is Herculean, the poor man.

                  This kangkung fiasco is a case of people lepaskan geram. Just my humble opinion but methinks – first things first – Najib must get the awesomely powerful “party elders” back on his side and claw back BN support among the voting public.

                  In a tactical calculation, Najib’s mollycoddling of Saifuddin, KJ and by extension Wardina, Marina, Mujahid and others wearing the Firster stripe in his Unity Council will not get BN the Chinese and other non-Malay votes (nothing can swing the Chinese electorate).

                  Yang dikejar tak dapat, yang dikendong tercicir. The current path that Najib is taking is making Umno lose its core support to Perkasa and Isma.

                  The “party elder supremos” are aghast to see how things are falling apart and the centre cannot hold (lines from Yeat’s poem), and that’s why the poltergeist occurrences are currently taking place.

                  1. Re. This kangkung fiasco is a case of people lepaskan geram.

                    But then again, it maybe it was his tactic to get people to have something to bitch and bicker about, as in to see how petty the general public can be. Malaysians are know to be petty and “banyak songel”, WE (all of us included) tend to focus on the negativity of things rather than the positivity.

                    I personally feel that Kangkung is a none issue at all, as I love Kangkung very much, in fact I have a very fond childhood memory of picking fresh wild Kangkung at my late aunt’s “bendang.” Luckily our PM didn’t mentioned “Pucuk Betik” (Papaya Shoot) which is my all time favorite and hard to find now, even if I managed to get it at some food-stall, normally they are not the young green shoot but more like “DAUN BETIK”, but I digress.

                    Have you actually feel the pinch with the price hike?

                    I personally don’t, or maybe because I live on my own and don’t have family, but still my fried bee hoon, plus sunny side up egg, and 6 pieces of kueh ( 3 pieces at RM1.00) still cost RM4.00, same goes with my lunch etc. nothing extra ordinary. Except for fine dining, this is understandable as you are expected to pay extra ( a lot more) but you have a choice not to by not eating out.

                    Re. In a tactical calculation, Najib’s mollycoddling of Saifuddin, KJ and by extension Wardina, Marina, Mujahid and others wearing the Firster stripe in his Unity Council will not get BN the Chinese and other non-Malay votes.

                    Tak tahu nak kata apa. Maybe it is just “pemanis mulut” and “window dressing” measure, on the other hand it maybe “pandai sangat komplenkan, skang kau orang buatlah” wrt Wardina, Marina, Mujahid and others wearing the Firster stripe in his Unity.

                    In fact, we should start beating the drum that all of them “Makan Gaji Buta” for nothing has come out it yet, except the nonsensical from their “Mulut Longkang”.

                    Re. (nothing can swing the Chinese electorate).

                    We have established that right after PRU13.

                    1. re: “But then again, it maybe it was his tactic to get people to have something to bitch and bicker about, as in to see how petty the general public can be.”

                      The first reaction of some Umno bloggers was to blame Cina DAP when it was actually Cina PKR who pulled the stunt.

                      Now after the uproar on the side of Umno, the Pakatan Chinese pula complaining that Umno is racialising the Machang Bubuk incident.

                      I think the backlash is against all Cina now. Kesian the 10 percent of us BN voters who do not hate Najib.

                    2. Meantime, the sound engineer who posted the youtube video on Kangkung has been arrested by the police I read.

                    3. “The first reaction of some Umno bloggers was to blame Cina DAP when it was actually Cina PKR who pulled the stunt.”

                      This only shows how predictable and precocious the Umno bloggers are.

                      “Now after the uproar on the side of Umno, the Pakatan Chinese pula complaining that Umno is racialising the Machang Bubuk incident.”

                      It is not just the Pakatan Chinese. A lot of non-Chinese find the Umno bloggers reaction to the ‘kangkong’ meme to be immature. The Umno bloggers unintendedly worsened their situation, although I think it is just their nature to dig deeper when they are stuck in a hole.

                      “I think the backlash is against all Cina now. Kesian the 10 percent of us BN voters who do not hate Najib.”

                      You can rest easy. Everybody including the Malay netizens are laughing at Najib and his pack of bloggers attempting to do damage control.

                      The person behind the kangkong song was not arrested. It is just a rumour.

                  2. “If BN loses, could we become like the Yellow Shirts and Red Shirts in Thailand?”

                    When the Barisan Nasional lost five states in 2008, there was a lot of talk about race riots being ignited to recapture those states. That did not happen.

                    “If what happens to Tun Dol again happens to Najib, it may create an unhealthy trend. Then it will be the foundation of our democracy that suffers.”

                    The movement to overthrow Tun Abdullah Badawi was instigated from within by the pro-Mahathir clan. They are now attempting to repeat that with Najib, but they are finding Najib is a tougher rock to crack. The pro-Mahathir clan has only one agenda in mind; a puppet Prime Minister that obeys the diktats of Tun Mahathir. That, would certainly be hazardous to our foundation of democracy.

                    “As a Chinese, I fully appreciate Najib’s role in standing between us (minority community) and our fall into the abyss. Come to think of it, his task is Herculean, the poor man.”

                    The problem facing Najib is mostly internal. It is coming from the pro-Mahathir clan and the conservatives. They still think it is still the 1980s and dissent can be extinguished with the magic words of ‘ban’, ‘block’, ‘threaten’, ‘jail’ or ‘ISA’. These do not work anymore, in fact, it will worsen the predicament that Barisan Nasional is facing.

                    “Yang dikejar tak dapat, yang dikendong tercicir. The current path that Najib is taking is making Umno lose its core support to Perkasa and Isma.”

                    It appears that may be Najib’s plan, and that may help Khairy too. Let the ‘ultras’ leave Umno to form their own political parties. Consequentially he would have less resistance within towards his policies.

                    1. re: “When the Barisan Nasional lost five states in 2008, there was a lot of talk about race riots being ignited to recapture those states. That did not happen.”

                      You’re talking about 2008, five years before the tsunami and Utusan asking apa lagi Cina mahu? It is also before the Malays started the Buy Chinese Last boycott, before the country got its first woman and evangelista Speaker and before the Allah issue reached the peak it has now.

                      The temperature in 2018 (when GE14 is expected) will no be the same as 2008 — a decade apart.

                      re: “The pro-Mahathir clan has only one agenda in mind; a puppet Prime Minister that obeys the diktats of Tun Mahathir. That, would certainly be hazardous to our foundation of democracy.”

                      The Tun will do whatever it takes to save the party 2.0 he founded, and to preserve his beloved Malay race. The critics can say whatever they want of him but nobody can deny he loves his country. (On the contrary, I don’t sense that KJ is a patriot.)

                      Dr M is also very consistent. I suggest you read more books — those authored by the man himself where he records his thoughts, and those written about him by serious academics. For starters, you can read his 1965 speech recorded in the Hansard. I’ve scanned a few pages, see https://helenang.wordpress.com/2013/04/14/dap-of-today-like-pap-of-1965/

                      re: “it will worsen the predicament that Barisan Nasional is facing”

                      Then the right wingers will resort to greater force.

                      re: “It appears that may be Najib’s plan, and that may help Khairy too. Let the ‘ultras’ leave Umno to form their own political parties. Consequentially he would have less resistance within towards his policies.”

                      The delicate problem is that Najib may win the battle (triumph over Umno’s right wingers in Perkasa) but BN may lose the war.

                    2. “You’re talking about 2008, five years before the tsunami and Utusan asking apa lagi Cina mahu? It is also before the Malays started the Buy Chinese Last boycott, before the country got its first woman and evangelista Speaker and before the Allah issue reached the peak it has now.”

                      If you look at the current sentiment (hint: the kangkung meme), you know the masses, and also the Malay masses, are more concerned with higher living costs. Many thoughts from Ali to Arumugam to Ah Chong and Antang a/l Antoh can be summed up:

                      Very likely: My household in debt by 2015 due to higher expenses

                      Very unlikely: Malaysia a Christian country by 2020.

                      “The Tun will do whatever it takes to save the party 2.0 he founded, and to preserve his beloved Malay race. ”

                      Mahathir only cares about saving and protecting his own interest and legacies. His attacks on Badawi only escalated after his ‘Crooked Bridge’ was cancelled. Rather than allow his successors to do their own thing, he instigated and formented internal putschs to attempt an overthrow of a leader that does not follow his will.

                      He cares about preserving his legacy of Proton, for example. He has little care of the average Malay burdened by expensive vehicle loans and neglected public transportation bypassed for pro-automobile policies.

                      “The delicate problem is that Najib may win the battle (triumph over Umno’s right wingers in Perkasa) but BN may lose the war.”

                      If he bows to the whims and diktats of the right wingers, he may lose the goodwill with the East Malaysian partners and other component parties. That is even worse for Barisan Nasional.

                      “Dr M is also very consistent.”

                      Tun Mahathir is Consistent In Being Inconsistent.

                      Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA: Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad (L) shakes hands with US billionaire George Soros (R) in Kuala Lumpur, 15 December 2006. Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad on 15 December met his old foe George Soros and said he accepts that the US billionaire philanthropist was not responsible for premeditating the 1997-98 East Asian financial crisis.

                      Let us not begin with his complaint that the mainstream media was not giving him space after he retired.

          2. Re. Najib allow his entourage to crawl around him like ants around sugar.

            All bosses do that fyi. It is either for your security reason i.e. fortress or empire.

            Re. And he appointed Khairy.

            We have talked about this many times, at that point or stage, there is none in UMNO who is young and IT Savvy that can relate to the younger demographic.

            1. Add.

              It is either for your security reason i.e. fortress or empire or those people who are most the time will “mengendeng pagi petang siang malam”.

            2. You’re correct on both counts, LOL.

              My further take:

              (1) Najib chose to elevate KJ in order to consolidate his (Najib’s) position in Umno same as why he let Shahrizat off the hook over Cowgate, i.e. so that she can deliver him the Wanita votes.

              But having KJ and Shahrizat continue to lead the Sayap-Sayap Umno – while it helps strengthen Najib’s own position within his party – is at the same time clipping the wings of the mothership flying into battle.

              One of the opposition’s main planks to attack the BN is on corruption.

              Shahrizat’s cows-in-condo are now iconic. Then KJ pula was labelled the world’s richest unemployed 28-year-old by Kit Siang. KJ personifies “nepotism” despite the J-Star‘s lollipop-licking to sugarcoat his reputation.

              And you can’t get away from the fact that his own party’s disciplinary board found him guilty of “money politics”. It is immortalized in that YouTube video where the Umno youths chanted “KJ rasuah, KJ rasuah, KJ rasuah, KJ rasuah!”

              (2) I’m not disputing KJ’s popularity due to his personality cult cultivation (a very Dapster tactic, so the Scissorati sec comes as no surprise). But KJ’s personal popularity will not translate into votes for Umno or into bringing youths into the BN fold.

              KJ’s popularity is like him winning the sms Shout! award (gila glamer) beating Aaron Aziz and other celebrities. This is not election strategy that is of any benefit to BN.

              Keeping KJ in the Cabinet upsets the **** [LOL’s taboo word] and his prickly presence as a high profile Kangkung Minister will not help Najib who’s now in free fall.

  3. Helen,

    Najib’s dire predicament is self inflicted.

    Najib’s has an easy life. His father was the PM. He studied abroad. and when his father passed away in 1976, Najib was chosen as UMNO candidate for Pekan and he won easily, mainly due to his father’s iconic status among Malay community.

    Soon, he became MB of Pahang. And he rides gracefully along with UMNO’s supreme position in local political landscape.

    Najib too is not that outstanding. But he is lucky as he is representing UMNO, a party that has the largest share of Malay voters.

    Under Dr Mahathir/s tenure, Malaysia progressed well. The country was peaceful. No doubt it has to do with Tun’s time tested method of using ISA. Opposition still there despite lamenting how cruel Tun is.

    But as goes the saying, all good days eventually comes to its end. Tun Abdullah took over and he “kept elegant silent” when Khairi was insulting Tun Dr Mahathir. It cost UMNO lost hold of Kedah.

    Najib inherited a troubled government. Instead of listening to Tun Dr Mahathir on how to manage the state, Najib chooses to depend on consultants.

    So Najib concentrated so much on Chinese. He presided over a fund raising for Chinese school in Kuantan. A mega dinner for Chinese was prepared.

    But as Najib is detached from reality, he simply did not see the warning. UMNO circles themselves were already predicting that BN will lose Chinese votes.

    Najib is ‘calm” no doubt. but “too” calm is not a good image, it is deemed “dayus”. Najib did not defend Rosmah who was vilified day in day out.

    Najib is sending wrong signal day in day out. He irritates Malay community by having jokes with Guan Eng who is deemed “cruel” to malays.

    He appointed those with anti UMNO, anti Malay in MPKN. He abolished ISA. Yet he still did not get Chinese votes.

    THE TRUTH IS THAT Chinese rejected him AGAIN AND AGAIN because Najib represents a Malay party in power. They want UMNO dead. With UMNO “dead” and “ditalkinkan” the coast is clear for them to do what they want with Malaysia.

    UNTIL TODAY, the dream is still a dream as UMNO stands on their way.

    UNFORTUNATELY, Najib still does not understand it.

    1. Didn’t Dr Mahathir say recently, albeit grudgingly, that Malaysia needs the Chinese and the Indians?

      And wasn’t living in a subsidies cloud cuckoo land a disaster waiting to happen?

      Dr M could have unwound the subsidies regime when he was in power. He didn’t do so.

      So, it’s ironic, and indicative of his chutzpah, that he is now taking the Najib administration to task for “excessive spending”!

      How much did the government spend to bail out Malaysia Airlines, for instance?

      Wasn’t that a glaring waste of public funds?

      1. re: How much did the government spend to bail out Malaysia Airlines, for instance?

        Exactly. There were more bailout, privatisations, corruption cases, mega projects during Mahathir’s time simply because he was the PM for more than 20 years. These were inherited by Abdullah and Najib. Eg. toll concession contracts for 20-30 years.

    2. “Instead of listening to Tun Dr Mahathir on how to manage the state, Najib chooses to depend on consultants.”

      Najib did listen to Mahathir, the patron of Perkasa, and allowed Zul Noordin and Ibrahim Ali to run for elections under UMNO’s ticket.

      That exposed the ‘1Malaysia’ image which Najib has been professing, together with countless advertisements, “-1M-” acronyms, songs, and consultant fees, as a farce. A lot of Indians, especially in Selangor, decided to give their votes to the Opposition.

      Zul Noordin and Ibrahim Ali lost… in Malay majority seats.

      Najib is not doing it right. However, he is doing it better than if he had fully obeyed Mahathir’s antiquated style of ruling.

  4. Spot on when you mentioned that those in power do not have their feet firmly on the ground. I’m pessimistic whether the kangkung episode will jolt them to their senses. Lets see how they fare next week.

  5. Najib the once young boy who dream of a swimming pool never learnt anything from DR M when he runs the country. If another 1998 economic crisis hit the world and Malaysia still under Najib…. ?

    UMNO members is witnessing the worst of Najib and his ministry plus KJ and they have no balls to sent the messages. UMNO grassroot must change their stlye, no more keeping MUM, if you have to demo to your own leaders then do it for the sake of the county.

  6. Najib missed the golden opportunity to cement the various races together after the elections. The dismal support from the Chinese community and the withdrawal of MCA from official positions could have given him the platform to built Malaysia on the one-nation concept. He could have initiated the following:

    1. Introducing a single national education system using Malay and English as the medium of instruction. Phase out vernacular schools within say 5 years and turn them into language centres.

    2. Reduce the cabinet and ministries by at least 30 percent. Appoint a totally new cabinet and new Secretary Generals. The non participation of non Bumiputras politicians would have made the change easier.

    3. Stop race based schools and institutions and open them to other ethnic groups.

    It is still not too late though unless Najib is as useless as many seem to think he is.

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