Monday, 18 August 2014

HOT !! Dr Mahathir : Najib Is Destroying The Country

HOT !! Dr Mahathir : Najib Is Destroying The Country

There was a huge birthday party for Tun Dr Mahathir and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah last nite.  The theme for the party was The Great Gatsby.  The women were all dressed up really cute 1920s American style. The guys were dressed up too. My three piece came in handy.  

 All real people

I wished Dr Mahathir happy birthday and spoke to him for a short  while. Someone had told me earlier that he is leaving to go overseas soon. I told Dr Mahathir that there were plenty of things happening in the country. He replied, 'Time to go for a holiday' (or words close to that effect). So I said, 'Yes Tun, I heard you are leaving for _ _ _ _ _ _  next week.' Dr Mahathir quickly replied, 'I was not talking about me lah !!' to which I laughed.  He was referring to Najib who just came back from a 17 day holiday and entah ape. 

Now just a few minutes ago this report has hit the news. This is fresh from the oven.

Dr Mahathir withdraws support for Najib government
Published: 18 August 2014

 minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he would criticise Najib Razak’s administration even if it meant opening himself up to abuse. – The Malaysian Insider, August 18, 2014.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today lashed out at Najib Razak’s administration, saying he was withdrawing his support for Najib as his criticisms had fallen on deaf ears.

“I have tried to give my views to him directly, which are also the views of many people who have met me," wrote Dr Mahathir today on his popular blog,

"I have no choice but to withdraw my support. This has not been effective so I have to criticise," he said, adding that Najib was no better than his predecessor, Abdullah Badawi.

Dr Mahathir said he had hoped Najib learnt lessons from his poor performance in the last general election but it appeared that he had not.

“Many policies, approaches and actions taken by the government under Najib have destroyed interracial ties, the economy and the country’s finances,” he added.

The country’s longest serving prime minister said if no one else wished to speak out against the administration, he would take it upon himself to criticise Najib, even if it meant opening himself up to abuse.

He added that he had similarly reproached Abdullah as well as Malaysia's first prime ministerTunku Abdul Rahman.

“It is not because I do not love my leaders. But I love my people and country more,” he wrote in his blog.

Dr Mahathir said Najib’s slide began when the latter listened to his “enemies’ demands” and abolished the Internal Security Act in 2011 and the Restrictive Residents Act, which allowed the government to detain anyone including suspected criminals without trial.

“These actions did not reduce opposition from the other side. Instead, crime increased because many gang leaders were released,” said the former prime minister, an active proponent of the security laws that allowed detention without trial.

He added that Najib’s “humble” attitude towards neighbouring countries had left Malaysia’s domestic affairs subject to their views.

“But the views of the Malays and the party, which had all this while supported and saved the government, are not given fair treatment,” he said obliquely referring to Umno.

Dr Mahathir also took Najib to task for using the government’s money to gain support from the people each time there was an election.

“The people’s spirit to work fades away when they are rewarded without making any effort. This will not help in developing the country,” he wrote.

Dr Mahathir was apparently referring to the populist 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) cashvouchers which the government hands out twice a year to the people.

Dr Mahathir also added that Najib was ruining the economy by prioritising imported goods at the expense of the local industry.
“Extra holidays are given to the point that there are workers who take holidays for over a week.

“The minimum wage is increased without taking into account rising costs, which could reduce local business’s competitiveness,” he added in the post.

Dr Mahathir said all of these policies had continued because none of the government’s supporters dared to criticise their leaders.

“I notice that many Malays do not criticise their leaders. Even though their leaders are obviously in the wrong, no one dares to openly reproach them,” he said.
But he noted that his own letter to Tunku Abdul Rahman criticising his unpopular policies eventually led to the latter’s resignation.  Dr Mahathir said Abdullah followed the same route when he stepped down in 2009.

“I, too, stepped down. Part of the reason is because I heard whispers questioning ‘when will this old man go’. I believe if I had not resigned, those whispers would have turned into shouts,” he wrote.

“My choice to replace Tun Abdullah was Datuk Seri Najib. But after a while, I can see that Datuk Seri Najib’s policies and actions are no more effective than Tun Abdullah’s.” – August 18, 2014.

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My comments :  Circa 2002, before Dr Mahathir retired, he did send out feelers asking for views if he should step down. One person, a Dato, came to ask my views. I said Dr Mahathir should step down. As much as we needed him, the greater need was to develop a second tier of leaders in the country.  We could not have Dr Mahathir as our leader for ever. This is one area where we have failed miserably. 

Then circa 2005/6 (I have to check) Dr Mahathir called me and one more person for a private meeting at his house by the lake in Cyberjaya.  At that time there were already loud calls (especially from Sabah) that Abdullah Badawi be kicked out and Dr Mahathir return as Prime Minister. He asked the two of us, 'What do you think?'

I was not in favour. I said if he were to come back as Prime Minister then there must be clear assurances that his return would be only to put the country in order and then he would make an exit again.  There must be a clear end game. The people may not be happy if he became PM again and stayed for a long time.

Actually I was not in favour and for the same reasons - the country must move on and develop new leaders.  I have always been a strong proponent of limiting the tenure of the PM to a maximum of two terms. 

Change must be a constant and there must be constant change.  I am a great believer in timely change of engine oil in your car.  It really does wonders for the life and health of your car. The same applies for the country's leadership. 

Abdullah Badawi was a sad mistake. But Najib has become an even worse mistake. That 6.4% quarterly growth in the GDP is dubious. Palm oil is down, rubber is down, timbe prices are down, iron ore is down, oil prices are stagnating and we have 6.4% growth ?? It must be all that construction activity that is going on in the Klang Valley. That is where the growth is coming from.

But as Dr Mahathir says the UMNO boys have lost their cojones. Money talks loudest and too many of them depend on the gravy train to survive.

The last time when Dr Mahathir called for Badawi to quit, thousands joined the bandwagon. It was the first time that UMNO bloggers played a significant role to bring down a lame duck Prime Minister.

This time around the entire country is becoming increasingly aware that Najib is becoming much worse than Badawi. The country is surely going down and at a faster pace.

Najib could have saved himself if he had listened to free advise and changed the Cabinet, dropped the controversial, the corrupted, the millionaires, billionaires and other crooks from his Cabinet. He could have saved himself if he had overhauled the entire constipated gomen leadership, the boorish GLC leadership, the leadership in academia, the corrupted party leaders etc. All this he did not do.

Now it is too late. The PM has to go.   Dr Mahathir is not a person to say things lightly. 

 The PM at Dataran Merdeka this morning. How does the PM look to you?  The source 
who took this picture said the PM looks puffed up and bloated.
 He coughed often while speaking. I really wish the PM the best of health. 
The Prime Minister's job is really serious business. 

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