(1) Did Deputy Minister P. Waytha Moorthy time the announcement of his resignation to coincide with the Kajang by-election?
(2) What is the impact of his resignation on the Najib administration?
The cabinet comprises the ministers. As a deputy minister, Waytha is technically not a member of the cabinet.
His appointment had been a maverick move and caught many people by surprise. His resignation is however less of a surprise and has been expected for some time.
Malaysia’s 14th general election has to be called by mid-2018. That’s more than four years away and a great distance if we’re looking at political lifetimes.
(3) What is the impact on Najib Razak’s image?
Kerbau dipegang pada talinya, manusia dipegang pada janjinya. Dilihat bahawa kata Najib tidak dikota.
By failing to roll out the Hindraf blueprint that he promised, Najib broke nambikei and trust after it is lost will be hard to regain.
This development inclines me to think that Najib will similarly fail to deliver on his promise of the BEEP (Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Programme).
(4) Will others now be willing to believe that Najib can keep his word?
Below is what he said when he spoke at UiTM in Shah Alam:
“kepada orang-orang Melayu dan Bumiputera, usahlah berbimbang-bimbang dan bergundah-gundah, kerana selagi ada bulan dan bintang selagi hayat dikandung badan survival Melayu dan Bumiputera tetap menjadi keutamaan dan pelita perjuangan kita sampai bila-bila.”
Najib also said to menyedapkan telinga:
“Setelah selesai Pilihanraya Umum yang lalu, kita mendengar pelbagai rungutan, pelbagai keluh-kesah serta ketidakpuasan hati, yang dibangkitkan oleh masyarakat Bumiputera, tentang nasib, masa depan dan halatuju, bersama anak-anak cucu mereka, di bumi tanah tumpah darah kita.
“Sememangnya, kita mendengar rintihan tuan-tuan dan puan-puan. Kita juga, menyelami denyut nadi serta resah gulana tuan-tuan dan puan-puan……, Yes… indeed!!!… we hear you… we hear you loud and clear.”
Are the Malays going to be getting the same treatment from Najib as Hindraf? Lu fikir sendiri lah.
This is what Hindraf secretary P. Ramesh (pix) said in his statement:
“We (Hindraf) did the most unthinkable – signing a pact with our one time nemesis, entirely in the interest of the Malaysian Indian poor, and in the honest belief that the Barisan National leadership would fulfil its promises.”
“We have now given up any hope of that happening, eight months of trying.”
Yup, Najib was given the benefit of the doubt before GE13 and rightly so.
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Ramesh also said:
“We have patiently worked with the Prime Minister to detail the MoU and to begin the rollout of the programs in the MoU. In trying to do this, we have met with nothing more than an unending series of delays and dead ends.
“It’s now clear to us that the Prime Minister and the Barisan Nasional are not going to honour the MoU. They have neither the necessary political will nor the courage to deliver on the promises in the MoU.
“The signing of the MoU and the often repeated promise of ‘nambikei’ by the PM seem now to be utterly empty promises to the Indian community. Their foot dragging is not due to the usual and unavoidable grind of the bureaucracy, but is just a guise for their concealed intention not to honour the MoU.
“Prime Minister Najib and the Barisan Nasional, in not honouring the MoU, have committed a historic act of betrayal to the Malaysian Indian community.”
(5) Will the BEEP largely meet the same fate as the Hindraf blueprint?
I suggest that you Malays should keep track of all the clouds and the mountains promised by Najib and see if your community will get half (or a quarter maybe) of what he promised on 14 Sept 2013.
There’s a saying — Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me
Najib fooled Hindraf, shame on him
If Malays let Najib fool you …
What has Najib done?
He paid RM7.2 billion to consultants. He flew the FLOM on private jet.
He retains Shahrizat at Ministerial status and she is given ministerial perks. Not only her but other cronies too. And not forgetting his busloads of Pemandu, who in a fit of Freudian slip had “sacked” him. Then there are the advisors — the Marina-Wardina-Mujahid national unity council. Now Najib has his National Reconciliation new toy.
He appoints his Menteri Kangkung who was found guilty of money politics by the Umno disciplinary board. KJ brings Veginatable to the office, and Ibdillilah too.
“So excited!” (see Regina Lee’s tweet) And soooo excited the Dapsters are too. This news of Waytha’s resignation is ammunition for the oppo.
“This year will be awesome la” (see Regina Lee’s tweet). Yes indeed.
Ramesh’s statement on how Najib treated Hindraf will provide a lot of mileage in the run-up to the Kajang by-election. The seat has more than 10 percent Indian voters and more than 40 percent Chinese voters. Kow tim already for Pakatan.
I’m not the only one who thinks that Najib may be the last Umno president to be Prime Minister of Malaysia. And this is coming from someone who really doesn’t want to see the DAP evangelistas take over Putrajaya.