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Why Prime Minister Najib is on his way out

Why Prime Minister Najib is on his way out

COMMENT According to former deputy prime minister Musa Hitam in his book, “Frankly Speaking” there are three ways Malaysians can get rid of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

The first is through Umno, which Musa thinks is “near impossible”; the second is through foreign intervention, which is a greater impossibility despite the much publicised scare tactics used by his supporters to whip up anti-American sentiment; and the third is for Malaysians to decide whether they want Najib out through the next general election (GE14).

Musa omitted to mention a fourth way – the one which looks most likely to happen unless there is an extraordinary and unexpectedly rapid sequel to the IMDB and personal donation in the Prime Minister’s bank account controversies.

This fourth and most foreseeable way is Najib’s decision to voluntarily step down from his position as prime minister and president of Umno and hand over of the leadership reins of the nation and party to current Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is now also Umno deputy president.

This decision may not take place immediately or even soon. But the odds are that BN and Umno will not go into GE14 with Najib in charge and also that this decision will be made well before the election takes place. Hence, if GE14 is held in early 2018, expect the announcement of Najib’s retirement from politics to take place in early or mid-2017 at the latest.

After The Great Escape

There are personal and strategic reasons why Najib will want to leave the leadership scene earlier than most observers are expecting, and contrary to his earlier promise to “never back down or surrender” in his battle over the twin scandals.

Firstly, he must be feeling a great sense of relief – if not euphoria – for what appears to be the engineering of a great escape from being charged for his role in the wrongdoing and criminal conduct engaged in by the perpetrators of the 1MDB crisis.

Now that the authorities (Bank Negara, the attorney-general, the Public Accounts Committee and MACC, with the police also expected to follow suit once they complete their investigation) have cleared the prime minister – or in the case of the PAC, it has not definitively pinned Najib down for responsibility in the IMDB mess – Umno and the mainstream media can argue that he is leaving office with his head held up high and honour intact.

In April 2015, in his speech during the launch of the Performance and Delivery Unit’s Annual Report at Angkasapuri in Kuala Lumpur, Najib called for everyone to be magnanimous (berjiwa besar). He said: ”Believe me, when the truth shines out and reveals itself, all insults and imputation will disappear.”

Although the insults and imputations continue, and the truth has not been forthcoming, a year later, along with his claim of innocence in any wrongdoing, he will also want to claim victory against his two political enemies, Dr Mahathir Mohamad (photo) and Muhyiddin Yassin, whose efforts to dislodge him have produced the new party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).

The more compelling reason for Najib’s decision to call it a day as prime minister is strategic. Foremost in the mind of Najib and Umno leaders who have rallied behind him is the concern that Bersatu may gain a strong footing among Malay voters.

Despite downplaying the new party’s impact in public, it is apparent that Umno’s leadership are nervously watching and analysing how the new party may take away votes from Umno leading to a tighter general election outcome, and possible inroads into the party’s dominance in GE14.

Such a development is more likely to happen should Najib decide to remain as the incumbent prime minister as he will be leading his party into the election with a massive cloud hanging over his head, and with the difficult to refute charge that he is leading a kleptocratic government sure to dominate the election campaign.

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Why Prime Minister Najib is on his way out
Lim Teck Ghee
30 Aug 2016 – malaysiakini


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REJECT such a leader!
We cannot afford ridiculously expensive RM55 Billion ECRL!
All that is necessary
for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

- Edmund Burke
When the people
fears their government,
there is TYRANNY;
when the government
fears the people,
there is LIBERTY.

- Thomas Jefferson
Do you hear the people sing?

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