Each new day is the dawn of a new horror….

by Hussein Hamid

I know that in the last UMNO meeting chaired by Dato Onn before he left UMNO, he wanted to know who was going to take his place as leader. Nobody was prepared to answer Dato Onn’s question.

He then turned to Tun Razak and asked: “Adakah awak yang hendak menjadi Ketua Umno?”. Tun Razak replied: “Belum sampai masa lagi untuk saya nak jadi Ketua UMNO – tapi saya ada satu orang yang saya fikir layak …ya itu Tunku Abdul Rahman” and so it came to pass that Tunku became UMNO’s President.

I obtained the above information from just five minutes of surfing the internet. Now what has this got to do with Najib son of Tun Razak? Very simply this – through the internet we know what you have done in the past, what you have done while you were with MINDEF and what you are doing now. We know about your personal life, your social life and your political life. If you had known then about the internet and that you would one day be Prime Minster of this country you might have done some things differently. With hindsight so would we and be better people.

…..and now to the present….

Swigert: ‘Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here.’

Duke: ‘This is Houston. Say again please.’

Lovell: ‘Houston, we’ve had a problem. We’ve had a main B bus undervolt.’

Najib, YOU now have ‘a main B bus undervolt’ problem. If you think this is a problem just think ahead. All regrets about these problems you now have will vanished once the GE looms ahead…..then it will be strictly a case of survival. This entire 1Malaysia thing will not be of help then. Here in Malaysia it would seem that everyday is the dawn of a new horror for you.

We know about your ties with Razak Baginda and the payment of over Ringgit 500 million as a “project services provider” in the deal with Armaris for delivery of two new Scorpene and one refurbished Agosta submarines to the Malaysian Navy. What we do not know is what are the ‘services’ provided for that would be worth Ringgit 500 million?

We know about Altantuya Shaaribuu. Sirul Azhar Umar and Azilah Hadri confessed that they bundled her away from Baginda’s house and drove her to a state forest, shot her dead and blew up the body with military explosives. Immigration records of Altantuya had been deleted. Witnesses have dropped from sight including Balasubramaniam Perumal, who said in a sworn statement that the Mongolian woman was your mistress. He retracted his allegations the next day in a hastily convened news conference, and then disappeared, along with his wife and three children. Why?

We know that Baginda, who was charged as an accomplice in the murder of Altantuya received an SMS message from you “I wil see the Inspector General of Police at 11am today…The problem will be solved. Be cool.” True enough, in October a judge ruled that Baginda has no case to answer.

All that Teoh Beog Hock did was to assist MACC in their investigation. He was ‘cooperative’ and he ended up dead? We are not saying that it was your fault but we are blaming you because it happened under your watch as Prime Minister.

Despite the advisors and ‘sahabats’ that you now have around you none have been able to make you understand what it is that you need do to win the hearts and mind of the people. Who will do so?

I can. Lim Kit Siang can, Karpal Singh can. Even Anwar Ibrahim can – and they will do so despite the fact that if you are able to win the hearts and minds of the people if would mean that you are knocking another nail into their coffin. They will all say the same thing.

Scrap the ISA. You do that and there will be an immediate increase in you popularity ratings from 65% to 75%…and they will be happy – for what you did what was right. But what about the “subversive elements” in the country? Najib you have the Special Branch, PDRM, the Army, MACC, the Judiciary System and an AG who will take instructions from you. You have many other instruments of State that you could use to ‘manage’ these subversive elements. Yes Pakatan Rakyat will claim that they made you abolish the ISA – but that still will not overshadow the fact that it was Najib Razak who returned freedom to the Rakyat by the abolishment of the ISA. No Najib, abolishing the ISA will not be a ‘brave’ political decision – (‘brave’ in political terms would normally mean ‘suicidal’ lah….) it will be the right thing to do.

After abolishing the ISA work on doing the right thing over the PKFZ issue. Expose it for what it really is – and we all already know what it really is – jobs for the boys, another ‘selup tangan dalam poket’ situation and money for MCA and UMNO leaders and their cronies. Do the decent thing and go after them. Put the fear of God into MCA and the easier it is for you to ‘manage’ them.

There are other things you can do.