Kit Siang says Najib an utter failure as PM

By Neville Spykerman, The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 – The failing economy, rising crime and crisis of confidence were among the  litany of shortcomings of the prime minister raised by DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang during a dinner last night.

The Ipoh Timor MP who was speaking at the Serdang DAP Branch’s 42nd anniversary in Seri Kembangan said the PM had been in office for nearly two-and-a-half months but was still dogged by a deepening crisis of credibility, integrity and legitimacy.

“He does not seem to be able to do anything right. Whether on the political, economic, educational or nation-building front, he has yet to deliver.”

Lim repeated his challenge for Datuk Seri Najib Razak to ask for a vote of confidence when Parliament reconvenes tomorrow.

On the political front, Lim claimed, Najib inflicted on himself a deep and grievous wound in orchestrating the unethical, undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional power grab in Perak.

On the state of the economy, Lim slammed the prime minister’s two RM67 billion economic stimulus packages as failures.

This is demonstrated by the downward revision of 3.5 per cent GDP growth in 2009 when the first RM7 billion package was announced last November, to the current estimate that the economy will shrink by 4-5 per cent.

He said in a period of just nine months, the Malaysian economy has plunged from a government forecast of  5.4 per cent for 2009 when this year’s budget presented in Parliament on Aug 29 last year to a contraction by 4 or 5 per cent which was just announced by Najib, on May 28.

Meanwhile he said Malaysia’s streets have never felt so unsafe with the ever-rising crime rate.

“Yet we have an Inspector-General of Police who is so cut off from the people’s basic needs that he could misallocate scarce resources to harass peaceful demonstrators lighting candles, wearing black or even singing birthday song instead of going after the real criminals.”

He said meritocracy is still a bad word in the local education and human development front.

“Annually SPM students with 11As, 12As, 13As, 14As have to beg for Public Services Department scholarships which are denied to them compared with applicants with just 6As.”

Lim says evidence of Malaysia becoming a failed state is everywhere, including the recent roof collapse of the RM300 million 50,000-capacity Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium in Gong Badak and the ongoing RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal.

He said Najib has failed to send out the right signals that his motto of “1Malaysia. People First. Performance Now” which has become an empty slogan.

He added that Najib could not even unite Barisan Nasional and should not be talking about 1Malaysia.

Lim pointed out that 78.1 per cent or 2,409 out of 3,084 persons polled in the blog of the MCA President, Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, wanted MCA to get out of the Barisan Nasional.