Razaleigh: Malaysia must end racial politics

The Najib Tun Razak government and the United Malays National Organization (Umno) came under attack from former Finance Minister Tengku Razaleigh who urged the nation to do without 'communal policies' and racial based politics.

Tengku Razaleigh pointed out that the current government was elected into power on March 8, 2008, and not 100 days ago.

He also argued that Najib had effectively been in power since last year when Tun Abdullah Badawi’s departure schedule had been announced.

“The issues before the present BN government are not transformed overnight with a change of the man at the top,” he said.

In a scathing criticism of the BN government, he cited the recommendations made in 2004 by the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operations and Management of the Police and pointed out that despite the allocation of RM9 billion as a result of the panel’s conclusion, “there has been no dent on our crime problem.”

“Security is about more than just catching criminals out there. It is also about the integrity of our own people and processes.

“It is above all about uprooting corruption and malpractice in government agencies, especially in law enforcement agencies,” he said.

The key recommendation of the panel, he pointed out, was the formation of an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission, but it had been shelved.

Citing another example, he said the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Lingam video clip “might as well have not been conducted” because its findings had been completely ignored.