Thursday, October 21, 2010

Najib warns of 'crushed bodies', 'lost lives', 'ethnic cleansing' if status quo not kept

Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle

In a speech that is bound to raise the already high political-temperature in the country and drive investors further away, Prime Minister Najib Razak used violent language in his opening address to his Umno party, vowing to defend their five-decade stranglehold on the federal government even if it meant crushed bodies and lost lives.

“This is the most shocking and irresponsible statement to come from a PM although many of us in the opposition have been warning of a major showdown. But it also brings to the fore the fact that Najib is not as confident as he pretends to be. In fact, he is desperate because the chances are very high that Umno-BN will lose,” PAS central committee member Nizar Jamaluddin told Malaysia Chronicle.

At the 61st Umno annual assembly, Najib – who is the party president – was cheered by members as he led them through reverberating shouts of Hidup Umno (the Malay equivalent of Long Live Umno) three times. Umno pundits had actually been expecting a slightly cooler reaction with many members waiting to grill Najib for his 1Malaysia plan, tepid performance and recent flip-flops on a series of political and economic issues.

“Even if our bodies are crushed and our lives lost, brothers and sisters, whatever happens, we must defend Putrajaya,” Malaysiakin reported Najib as saying. Putrajaya is Malaysia's administrative capital.

Racial cleansing

In his hour-long speech, Najib even warned of the possibility of 'racial cleansing' such as in Rwanda and Bosnia if unnamed parties continued to challenge and debate the preferential status now enjoyed by the Malays.

Nurul - Umno likely to hound her
Some of the Pakatan Rakyat leaders who recently and openly debunked Umno's claim of special rights include PKR's Nurul Izzah Anwar, who created a mini-tsunami in the country with her Malaysia or Malaysaja series of articles. She has challenged Najib, former premier Mahathir Mohamad and ultra-Malay rights group Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali to public debates, which all three men have shunned.

Malaysia's federal constitution does not state that Malays have special rights or rights that are above the other ethnic groups. However, there are clear provisions that the Malay community is entitled to special positions in the economic and educational sectors.

Nonetheless, this is not the way Najib sees it or is willing to acknowledge it to be.

“What I am saying is not surprising. In the 20th century, we have seen cases of punishment without trial in the United States, the holocaust tragedy in Europe, the slaughter of Palestinians in the Middle East and the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Rwanda. Imagine, what is the outcome, if every generation of Malaysians question the social contract which were agreed upon by their forefathers,” said Najib.

Pakatan calls for calm

Meanwhile, Pakatan leaders have called on Malaysians to stay calm and ignore Najib's invective. They slammed him for the "grossest" hypocrisy, pointing to his maiden speech to United Nations last month where he called for moderation and even offered Malaysia's help in creating a movement of moderates over extremists

"Shame on Najib for trying to frighten the people. This is the worst type of scare-mongering and bullying. If the people are still not convinced by now that he and his Umno-BN must go, then this speech will convince them," PAS leader Dr Hatta Ramli told Malaysia Chronicle.

"If Malaysians decide to change for the better, no one can stop the landslide, so stop the drama. Najib only shows his fear and hysteria of impending rejection by the people. He has degenerated so far down the line that he is even bragging to Umno that he is willing to use force to thwart the wishes of the rakyat (citizenry). And the sad thing is, Umno members are themselves deceived by this racial emotionalism."

Malaysia's 28 million population is expected to go to the polls again in early 2011. At the 2008 general election, the people gave Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and his Pakatan coalition control of 5 out of 13 states. Significantly, they also withdrew Umno-BN's long-held two-thirds parliamentary majority. This majority has been blamed for the rampant corruption and abuse of power by the ruling elite as it gave them the power to ram through whatever laws they wished.

Malays form about half the country's population, indigenous people about 10 percent, Chinese 28, Indians about 10 percent and rest by unlisted ethnic groups.

Pre-empting criticism from Umno members

Political support amongst the Malays is split between Umno, PAS and PKR. Chinese have abandoned BN's MCA and Gerakan in droves and are expected to vote for the Pakatan in the next election. Indians and the Bumi are harder to read as both have traditionally been BN loyalists, although the Indians switched over to the Pakatan in 2008.
Members were expected to grill Najib and his 1Malaysia
Despite rosy popularity surveys by pro-government bodies, there is also a growing number of pundits who believe that Najib may dissolve Parliament next year, but not the BN-controlled state governments so that he will not lose all should the people decide to go for change.

Some also believe Najib was trying to deflect Umno's attention from his weak performance and leadership by swinging sharply to the right and trying to out race-champion his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the Deputy Prime Minister.

"Dissolving just the Parliament is one theory that is making the rounds. But it is hard to tell. The facts are Najib is a political coward. He may even decide not to call for a GE next year. What he is trying to do now is to rally support for himself from Umno members and GE is always an effective way," Batu MP Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

"Umno members will get so hyped up by his speech, they may forget to blast him for his non-performance and flip-flops. He has been in power for nearly two years but has achieved nothing other than spending millions on expensive public relations and wasteful mega-projects. But whatever his strategy, he will not be able to fend off a challenge from Muhyiddin in the Umno election next year."


  1. Hello Najib,Malaysia does not belong to you,neither does it belong to the Malays.We thank Allah that we Malays don't think like you.

  2. kenapa terlalu taksub dengan 'kemelayuan'? kita hidup dalam negara berbilang bangsa, kalau hanya mekayu sahaja yang ingin didarjatkan, satu hari kelak, melayu akan terhapus dengan sendirinya...

    sebenarnya, melayu la yang merampas hak melayu sendiri...bukan bangsa2 lain...bangsa2 lain walaupun tidak mendapat hak istimewa, tp tetap berusaha memajukan diri mereka....lihat saja kaum cina yang terus maju tanpa sebarang hak melayu? walaupun diberi hak istimewa, tetap tidak mampu menandingi kaum cina? kenapa? apa pernah bangsa melayu terfikir hal ini?

    bagi saya, bukan hak yang perlu diperjuangkan, kerana tidak ada mana2 bangsa yang akan menghakis hak melayu...tetapi yang harus diperjuangkan ialah, melayu perlu bersih, jujur, amanah dan berpengetahuan, barulah boleh membangun seiring dengan kehendak agama islam...

  3. What you guys commented above are all true no doubt about it.But the thing is what can be done to rectify this when even the opposition parties cannot even unite to fight one common enemy. Look at what is happening in PKR, the only hope to take care of the BN menace...In PKR semua pun gigit sesama sendiri. Susahlah...kawan BN will be forever!!!

  4. This flying squad si going to help issue more ICs and passports to PTI and also strengthen the circle....

    Published: Monday October 25, 2010 MYT 7:14:00 PM
    Home Ministry sets up 'flying squad' for Immigration Dept

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry is setting up a "Flying Squad" to help improve the image and delivery system of the Immigration Department.

    Its secretary-general Datuk Seri Mahmood Adam said the decision to form the squad was taken at a meeting of the ministry he chaired on Oct 22.

    He said the squad was being given three months to identify weaknesses in the department and propose counter-measures to help uplift its image.

    "This squad will be able to help the ministry in its efforts to improve the quality of delivery of the department, besides ensuring the morale, welfare and integrity of its staff are preserved in the interest of national security and the people's well-being," he said in a statement here Monday.

    He added that the squad would be made up of 10 of the ministry's finest officers. - Bernama