Najib is made Optimus Prime by Michael’s Decepticons


Datuk Seri Najib Razak was crowned today the “Father of Moderation and Transformation” by the World Chinese Economic Forum (WCEF), which said the prime minister’s “fair and just leadership” had benefitted the Chinese community “tremendously”. WCEF chairman Datuk Michael Yeoh said in his speech at the conferment ceremony here today.

This was the major news item of the day. WCEF is a gathering of Chinese hongs and towkays eager to seek business favors from the PM.  How does Michael Yeoh come by his assessment? 

Among others, Yeoh praised Najib’s 1 Malaysia platform, his administration’s decision to increase allocation to Chinese schools and the introduction of tax exemptions for churches and temples, saying the initiatives were proof of the prime minister’s commitment to “fairness and justice”.
Fuyoh! I had to pinch myself. Never have I heard such outpouring of boot-licking averments which Michael sought to prove by stating the material I placed in italics above. 
Let me steal the thunder from Michael’s shameless  sycophantic offerings.
Two weeks ago, I sat down with Dr Richard Cockett, SEA Correspondent for The Economist. Also present was Wan Saiful Wan Jan, head of IDEAS. Richard posted the question to me as to whether Najib will succeed in his transformation ideas.
He will not succeed I said. But let me say some nice things about Najib. Najib is a personable fellow and if you get close to him, you will have to be a black hearted person NOT to like him. But that is as far as I can go. He is a nice and a personable fellow. 
He has his heart at the right place, but as I wrote sometime back, he is a political invertebrate. He doesn’t have the political will and personal strength to push through his programs. I was ready to concede later, that Najib on account of his exterior rhetoric does indeed have a backbone but still, I find difficulty to locate where on his anatomy. 
Take the case of his New Economic Model. Nowadays we hardly hear about it. In the 2011 UMNO General Assembly, Najib did not even mention it. Instead he devoted much of his speech sounding very combative and full of vehemence. What he has done was to actually retrograde to UMNO cavemen politics. You disagree with us, we bash you in the heads with our swing sticks. 
Ask yourself. How will Najib for instance push through his economic agenda? Answer: He will revert to the tested ways of selecting cronies, of giving direct negotiated projects masked by seemingly transparent methods to the chosen few. Those chosen few too will be recokmeded by the Man who can walk on water. He will continue with the patronage system instead of pushing his transforming ideas through. 
The only transforming sensation that Najib will achieve is perhaps playing with his Transformers toys and watching the film starring Shia LaBeouf. His eyes will probably focus more on Megan Fox. 
In the 2010 UMNO General Assembly for instance, all his big ideas were rejected and thwarted by UMNO delegates , obviously mirroring the general objection to Najib’s adventurist ideas which were his alone and most probably, scripted by expensively paid consultants. His idea of 1 Malaysia with the hazy notions of inclusiveness and outward readiness to “We must pool our collective talents and in the interests of our nation so that together, we will win out. Fulamak!
That to be read as: we must pakat pakat to swipe clean the country’s wealth and make hay while the sun shines. We will carry out the agenda of guatolonglu-lutolonggua win-win policies. 
The delegates at that assembly immediately rejected Najib’s 1 Malaysia by insisting on Malay first policies on everything. So what 1 Malaysia is Najib talking about?