Bersih 4 and the RM2.6b Man

The Bersih movement began in 2007 to urge clean and fair elections in Malaysia. Since then, three mass rallies have been held, with the number of participants reaching as high as 250,000 on April 29, 2012. Considering Malaysia’s chequered history of democratic struggle and the politics of fear, it is indeed no small feat that the movement has successfully planted in the minds of many the idea that street rallies are part and parcel of a healthy and mature democracy.

Lest one forgets, the theme that ran consistently through these highly significant street protests has been nothing other than clean and fair elections. In other words, a government that has ‘won’ an election through trickery, vote-rigging and blatant bribery is devoid of legitimacy, plain and simple.

Now that we know RM2.6 billion had been channeled into Najib Abdul Razak’s personal accounts just before the 13th general election in May 2013, as confirmed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), there is every reason to believe that this astronomical amount of money was meant to save Barisan Nasional – and Umno in particular – from a potential defeat.

Najib himself has done nothing to clear the air, other than reiterating that the money was not for ‘personal gain’ and issuing a hilarious ‘legal letter’ to The Wall Street Journal ‘asking for explanations’. In fact, he now has the nerve to argue that the MACC has cleared him of corruption claims.

This aside, Najib has resorted to extra-constitutional measures to stay in power, the abrupt sacking of the attorney-general being the most shocking.

Nur Jazlan Mohamed, chairperson of the public accounts committee, has been coopted into the government, the special task force on the 1MDB scandal has been disbanded, while efforts have been made to ensure the MACC and Bank Negara would toe the line, not to mention the suspension orders against the Edge Financial Daily and the Edge Weekly.

If there is one single person who is now the biggest stumbling block to any substantive and meaningful change in Malaysian politics, it is Najib, Najib and Najib.

Hence, it is right and proper for the Bersih 4 rally to be focused on Najib the 2.6 billion Man, for he clearly used unethical and questionable means to secure a win in 2013.

Aug 14, 2015 – malaysiakini
By Josh Hong
Bersih 4 and the RM2.6b Man


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