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A Stunning, Sudden Fall for Najib Razak, Malaysia’s ‘Man of Steal’ – NY Times

A Stunning, Sudden Fall for Najib Razak, Malaysia’s ‘Man of Steal’

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Just a few months ago, the political machine led by Najib Razak, the gilded prime minister of Malaysia, appeared so indestructible that a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal seemed unlikely to derail it. The end came so quickly, so completely, that even his opponents were shocked.

For nearly a decade, Mr. Najib, 64, had unfettered control of his nation’s courts and coffers. His party had thrived by unfailingly delivering huge cash handouts at election time. The media was at his disposal; journalists he didn’t like, he shut down. Political foes were shoved into prison.

The pampered son of a prime minister and nephew of another, Mr. Najib enjoyed the friendship of President Trump, who after playing golf with him in 2014 gave him a photo inscribed, “To my favorite prime minister.” Last year, Mr. Trump hosted Mr. Najib at the White House, even as the United States Department of Justice accused him of taking Malaysian state money.

But his authority suddenly evaporated in the early hours after Malaysia’s national elections on May 9 delivered a commanding majority to the opposition, now led by the political titan who had once lifted Mr. Najib to power: the 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad.

The opposition was fractious, and remains so, but it was galvanized by a single purpose: to deliver the ouster of Mr. Najib to an electorate furious at his excesses and emboldened by social media even as news outlets were being muzzled.

Now, Mr. Najib is suddenly vulnerable to criminal charges at home, as well as a reinvigorated effort by the Justice Department as it pursues billions of dollars missing from 1Malaysia Development Berhad, the country’s state investment fund supervised by Mr. Najib for years.

The details released from that investigation in the past three years painted a lurid picture of a Malaysian leader and his family members and friends living high on diverted public money.

Prosecutors say that hundreds of millions of dollars from the fund appeared in Mr. Najib’s personal account and was spent on luxury items including a 22-carat pink diamond necklace, worth $27.3 million, for his wife. In all some $7.5 billion was stolen from the fund, prosecutors say, and spent on paintings by Monet, Van Gogh and Warhol and others worth more than $200 million; on luxury real estate in the United States; and even on a megayacht for a family friend, Jho Low, who reveled in his Hollywood connections.

Those accusations, and others, became grist for social media outrage in Malaysia, frequently on private WhatsApp groups, but it seemed Mr. Najib still underestimated how much he was losing: a public that still valued some semblance of moderation, his once unbreakable Malay power base, even family members.

Mr. Najib’s stepdaughter, Azrene Ahmad, took to Instagram on Friday with an emotional condemnation of him and her mother, Rosmah Mansor, who had become widely known here for piling up designer labels, garlands of jewelry and a multimillion-dollar handbag collection that more than rivaled the shoe fetish of Imelda Marcos, the former first lady of the Philippines.

A Stunning, Sudden Fall for Najib Razak, Malaysia’s ‘Man of Steal’
By Hannah Beech, Richard C. Paddock and Alexandra Stevenson
May 15, 2018 – NY Times


Building coalition politics and fulfilling the people’s hopes

Building coalition politics and fulfilling the people’s hopes

Rais Hussin

COMMENT | It was University of California Berkeley political scientist Arend Lijphart who first described Malaysia’s political system as a “consociational democracy,” meaning that each of the respective races in Malaysia would be represented by a key political party of their choice.

Right until May 9, 2018, which will go down in history as a monumental day, Malays had primarily believed that Umno was the main vehicle of representation to channel and articulate their interest, and that MCA and MIC would do the same for the Chinese and Indians in the country respectively.

But as much as May 9 was a huge electoral victory for Pakatan Harapan, with the seismic effects continuing to be felt from Kangar to Kota Kinabalu, there has to be due regard for the previous political system, even as Pakatan Harapan tries to strike out on an independent future to free the minds and habits of Malaysians.

In the event of any conflict or issue, arising from cabinet appointments, for instance, it helps if all sides can resort to using internal party mechanisms to forge a consensus. Speaking openly and directly to the media at the first instance – while emotionally cathartic – is politically damaging to a new government.

There are five reasons why Malaysian politicians, regardless of which party in Harapan, have to be wise and savvy, not just ‘fact-smart’. The latter involves a direct engagement with the media that can prove counterproductive to what Harapan hopes to achieve, especially in the first 100 days leading up to the next five years.

First and foremost, an election can only remove the top layer of the corrupt politicians at work. But an election cannot, at one go, remove the politicians’ hidden cronies, nominees and vested family interests.

Thus, more than anything, courage to stay the course of comprehensive reforms, should be used to root out what can be analogously referred to as the ‘deep state’, rather than to speak to the open media, let alone to tweet it, as President Donald Trump is inclined to do in the United States.

In politics, no news is good news. This period of calm can be used as a strategic platform to terminate the ‘termites’ that had been gnawing of the foundation of the state – which is the expertise of Dr Mahathir Mohamad by virtue of his extensive experience and previous track record.

Secondly, the whole point of an election is not merely to usher in the new only but to understand what has previously worked. And, if the latter has proven to be the case, there is no need to challenge it wholesale, in order to retain some semblance of stability to ensure the next phase of reforms.

For example, it defeats the purpose of reform if every single move by Mahathir is seen through the prism of ‘authoritarianism’. Doing so not only allow one to be entrapped by the past but to allow the past to be the script of the future.

Take the response of PKR Subang MP Wong Chen, for example. While he is a good colleague of mine who worked tirelessly in this monumental journey, Wong’s blanket defence of Rafizi Ramli – that any failure to critique Mahathir now will lead to a return to the iron rule of Najib – is too simplistic and falls into the realm of confirmation bias, i.e., the tendency to interpret new events as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs.

Well, to be fair to Mahathir, his problem is not criticism. In any Harapan presidential council, he gets his fair share of sound bites from everyone across the spectrum. But Mahathir rejoices in parrying these criticisms too, which is why he has earned the respect of PKR, DAP and Amanah together with the rest of Bersatu.

Democraty in Harapan alive and well

Democratic criticism is alive and well in the presidential council and other such meetings, resulting in many extended hours despite Dr Mahathir’s periodic flu bugs. Most presidential council members including me were pleasantly surprise to witness the ‘listening dictator’ who despite hours of deliberations by all and sundry, will get a decision at the end of the meeting.

Likewise in the Bersatu supreme council meetings, where all without fear or favour register their views, however juvenile it may be. Mahathir had the patience and ability to listen to intelligent arguments and sometimes otherwise.

There have been numerous times Mahathir changed his strong views on issues when it was debated intelligently with facts, numbers and context. I have yet to see a more ‘democratic dictator’ than him.

Thirdly, elections are extremely exhausting and difficult to pull through. Without the will and good cheer of the rakyat, indeed the people of Malaysia from all walks of life, it is almost impossible to remove the regime of Najib, granted the propensity of the latter to resort to using open and other more sophisticated forms of bribes, or what Mahathir criticised as the ‘cash is king’ approach.

When a coalition is new, and still exhausted by the recent election campaign, it helps to take a breather. Using internal party mechanisms to resolve issues will cut down on the sensationalism that the media thrives on to get their copies and viewership up.

Take the raids of Najib and Rosmah, for example. No such events immediately took place, as good governance is not the equivalent of a witch hunt, where the mob is set on the culprits. Yet the media spoke of it as if these incidents were real and immediate. The police clarified that they just went to investigate the CCTV recording at the luxurious Pavilion condo.

Elections are not one off events across the country too. There are party elections as well, as required by law in the Registrar of Societies. When things do not immediately go smoothly, surely the members of Bersatu and the likes, would not know how to rein in their respective leaders.

Thus, one cannot accuse Mahathir of operating in a vacuum. As Mohamad Sabu, the newly minted defence minister and Amanah president said, “any cabinet decisions rest in the prerogative of the prime minister.” This is to give the prime minister some room of manoeuvre, without which the government of the day cannot run, but will always be bogged down by intense lobbying of special interest.

Fourthly, in any coalition, consensus can come in a variety of forms. Consensus can mean unanimity, where everyone agrees. But in the expediency of governance, consensus can also mean a policy of minus one. No doubt it is true that PKR has 47 seats in the Parliament. But DAP has 42, Bersatu has 13 and Amanah has 11.

In the days to come, there is no telling how many defections will work in the favour of Harapan too, now that Umno and BN have been painfully defeated. Thus, each cabinet decision cannot be subject to intense scrutiny of one party as yet, precisely because tremors continue to be felt across the lay of Malaysia. Granted this reality, three of the most important cabinet portfolios have to be announced first, with the seven remaining portfolios to come.

The culture of accommodation

Fifthly, one must understand the culture of accommodation, not the attitude of winner takes all, which is both zero sum in orientation and execution. In any system, to accommodate the interest of diverse cultural and subethnic groups, the basic threshold is organisational finesse and etiquette, what most would call ‘team work.’

Building coalition politics and fulfilling the people’s hopes
Rais Hussin
14 May 2018 – malaysiakini


Our nation is reborn

Our nation is reborn

Dennis Ignatius

COMMENT | There are no words to describe what has just happened. Nothing anyone can say or express can capture the emotions that millions of Malaysians feel today. Perhaps the tears that fill our eyes, that fill my eyes… might begin to reveal something of the intensity we all feel at this moment as we lift grateful hearts and hands to Almighty God.

Our nation is reborn! It’s a new day. We have been given a second chance.

Who would have thought such a thing was possible? All the polls, both foreign and local, said Najib Abdul Razak would cling on to power, that he had all the power of the state on his side, that the warlords in his own party were with him, that his cash would keep him king. And yet he fell with an earth-shattering thud.

Najib will now join the ranks of the Marcoses, the Soehartos, the Mubaraks, the Mugabes of the world, despots defeated by the people they spurned and took for granted.

Our people have shown their true colours. They came out in the millions. Standing in long lines in the hot sun, you could feel the potency of their determination, their resolve to defy the chicanery of corrupt and dishonest officials. They’ve rejected the politics of race and division and sent a clear message that they will no longer tolerate corruption and the abuse of power.

The sense of freedom is already palpable. Just watch national television and other media adjust to the new reality. It’s going to get really exciting and interesting as freedom takes hold.

Mahathir, man of the moment

Dr Mahathir Mohamad is the man of the moment. They poked fun at him, said he was too old. They cut his picture out of election posters. They tried to make him out to be a lackey of others. Not content with that, they threw money at us; they threw threats at us, but there was no stopping Mahathir or the people who stood with him.

Millions of ordinary citizens sensed in him the leader they had longed for and he rose to the occasion with grace, sagacity and leadership. Whatever wrong that was attributed to him before has been erased; he is now our prime minister and he carries with him all our hopes for a better nation. As I wrote earlier, he was not just a former prime minister trying to make a comeback but an idea whose time has come.

He did not stand alone, of course. This victory would not have been possible without the DAP and PKR in particular, and men like Lim Kit Siang and Anwar Ibrahim who kept the flame of freedom and hope alive during dark times. Anwar, in particular, paid a huge price and will forever be remembered as the man who launched ‘Reformasi.’ His plaintive cry for change decades ago finally brought down the walls of tyranny. We will very shortly join his family in celebrating his release.

Many others like the indomitable Rafizi Ramli, the late Irene Fernandez and the late Karpal Singh also sacrificed much to make this victory possible. We owe an immense debt of gratitude to such men and women who refused to give up, who were willing to pay any price for freedom.

And then there are the men and women of Bersih and the millions who marched with them… the list goes on. It’s a story of many pulling together as one, of Bersekutu Bertambah Mutu (Unity is Strength).

A second chance

Now the hard work of rebuilding our nation begins. There is so much to do, so many things to set right. It won’t be easy setting right years of destructive policies, repressive laws, division and disunity. But we have in Mahathir and his team of experienced and committed leaders, men and women who have been tested by adversity and proven by trial. And they have the support of the people.

Pakatan Harapan has already set forth its agenda for change – clean and trustworthy governance, the repeal of repressive laws, an end to corruption and economic policies that truly serve the people. This is what the people want. It’s not an impossible task, especially given the massive mandate that the people have given them.

I asked Mahathir recently whether he had given up on his dream of Bangsa Malaysia and he told me that he still carries it in his heart. Now, at last, the nation is ready for it; I am confident it will be one of his legacies to the nation.

This is also a time for healing the land and binding up the wounds of division and distrust. Let justice be served without vengeance or malice.

I hope Umno/BN will now use its time in the wilderness to cleanse and reform itself and come back to life again as a strong, credible and honourable opposition. It owes that much, at least to the nation. For our democracy to thrive, we need a strong opposition.

Stand on guard

More than anything else, let us remember that it’s not just Mahathir’s victory; it’s our victory. We, the citizens of this great land, have spoken. We’ve sent a message that we will not be bullied, bribed, intimidated, cheated or disrespected. A sacred trust, a solemn compact has been forged between the government and citizens – that the government exists to serve the people, to seek out their good and to strive to make our country the best nation in the world.

We must now stand on guard for our nation. In the final analysis, for a democracy to flourish, the people themselves must be the custodians of their democracy, defenders of their freedom. Power invariably corrupts even the best of us; we must never again give power to anyone without watching them closely and holding them accountable. We made that mistake before; we cannot afford to make the same mistake again.

Hold your head up high, Malaysia

History is often punctuated by momentous and dramatic events. This is Malaysia’s moment. At last, we can again hold our heads high among the nations of the world. There is every reason to believe that, in time, we will emerge as one of the truly great nations of the world. Nothing less will suffice.

And let the word go forth that freedom and democracy have found a new home, a new people to champion its cause. Let struggling and oppressed people everywhere take hope that nothing is impossible, that freedom will triumph in the end. And it can be done without foreign troops, foreign interference or violence.

Rejoice, my beloved country, rejoice!

Our nation is reborn
Dennis Ignatius
10 May 2018 – malaysiakini


You did it Malaysia!

You did it Malaysia!

P Gunasegaram

COMMENT | Finally, at long last, after rather testing circumstances which saw a kleptocratic government refusing to stand down despite overwhelming evidence of wrongdoing, the people – you and me and everyone else – created history of the right kind when they kicked out the party which holds the world record for the number of years of being in continuous power.

Never before had BN and its predecessors lost an election, since the time when they were first held in Malaya in 1955 ahead of independence in 1957. The same party had stayed in power uninterrupted for 61 years.

Umno-led BN, headed by Najib Abdul Razak, lost power to opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan led by Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in league with the opposition in Sabah and Sarawak.

The victory was especially sweet, because PAS under Abdul Hadi Awang had abandoned the opposition coalition which it had been part of for over 10 years. Many, including me, felt with three-cornered fights all over the peninsula it would be an uphill task for the opposition.

Indeed it was, but the confluence of a number of things led to a decisive victory by the opposition this time, unexpected even by those who foresaw victory for the margin by which the battle was won.

The entire campaign was galvanised by the surprise entry of Mahathir into the fray on the side of the opposition, with the consent of jailed PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim and his wife and children. If all goes well, Mahathir will be sworn in as prime minister, and Anwar’s wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as deputy prime minister.

For Anwar, there can be no better present than that awaiting him when he is released from prison on June 8, with a tacit understanding that he will take over from Mahathir when all the procedural matters such as a pardon are taken care of.

A public already incensed by rising prices on top of the long-running 1MDB scandal, the biggest kleptocracy the world has ever seen, began to increasingly express its unhappiness. It was further upset by an erosion of all checks and balances against theft by government aggravated by questionable deals made and contracts signed which had the potential of pawning the future of the country.

I wondered, as others did, whether the Malaysian public will finally have the gumption to throw this corrupt, controlling, incompetent government. I knew the urban votes were sealed up but no one seemed to have a handle on what the rural community thought about all this.

“I never thought I would see the day this government was thrown out,” Malaysiakini’s co-founder and editor-in-chief Steven Gan said over coffee and a late dinner early this morning.

But it turned out that the public was indeed prepared to say ‘enough is enough’ to this government. Thus we, the Malaysian public, have regained our pride and our faith in ourselves and each other. Now we can look forward to ushering in an era of change or ubah! So congratulate yourselves Malaysians and pat yourselves on your backs – you bloody well deserve it.

More than anything or anyone else, it was you Malaysians who brought about the change in the process adopting social media to get news, analysis and information you would never have got from the mainstream publications and using social media to communicate with each other and pass the information around.

Shame on EC

This is your victory and you have clearly given the message to all politicians that they can no longer take you for granted and there is limit to what you will take from them. Now hopefully, Harapan will take heed of what you want, and it is up to you to tell them what that is.

Ubah or change is the word and there is much that needs to be done soon. You can bask in the glory of your victory now and take some time to let things sink in but the work will soon have to begin now for the rakyat and for Harapan.

Top of the list will have to be liberalising the flow of information, transparency, accountability and good governance. The institutions that are needed for checks and balances of the executive have to be restored, and the election processes must be revamped so that the will of the public cannot be thwarted in the future, and that all Malaysians, no matter where they live, have equal say in who will rule on their behalf.

So soon after the elections the spotlight will, of course, fall on the disgraceful performance of Elections Commission chief Mohd Hashim Abdullah, who dismissed calls for an extension past the 5pm deadline due to voters not being able to cast their ballots.

“We will close at 5pm for those not in the voting room,” he said in an interview with RTM1.

According to Hashim, this was because the 5pm closing time had been gazetted and votes cast past that time can be challenged in court to the detriment of certain parties. He added that this is the reason EC advised people to come out to vote as early as possible.

Couldn’t more polling stations have been allotted considering that these constituencies were highly gerrymandered to increase their numbers?

And then almost all overseas ballot papers were delivered too late. Was this deliberate or was it incompetence? Either way this man must go, considering all the other clearly one-sided decisions in favour of BN such as redelineation, the midweek polling day, the delay in signing Form 14 to certify counting and so on.

There is so much more to do besides reforming the EC, but for now to bask in the victory is appropriate. We are right to hope that this epoch-making event will lead the country to greater freedom, prosperity, wellbeing and happiness for all of us. That requires all of us and Harapan to do the needful in the coming years.

Again, congratulations Malaysians.

You did it Malaysia!
P Gunasegaram
10 May 2018


GE14 numbers: What it means for BN, Harapan and PAS?

GE14 numbers: What it means for BN, Harapan and PAS?

GE14 | A new government, comprising a coalition of at least five parties, is set to be sworn into Putrajaya.

The main part of this coalition is Pakatan Harapan, which comprises PKR, DAP, Bersatu and Amanah, and the Sabah-based Warisan.

At the conclusion of the 14th general election, PKR won 47 seats, DAP 42 seats, Bersatu 13 seats, Amanah 11 seats and Warisan eight seats.

In total they make up 121 parliamentary seats, enough to form a stable government. If the PKR-backed Batu MP P Prabakaran is counted, the number climbs to 122.

There are also three other players. One is independent Julau MP Larry Sng, who won due to an informal deal with Harapan which saw the coalition giving way to him for a direct fight against PRS.

The other is independent Lubok Antu MP Tambat @ Jugah Ak Muyang, who pulled off a surprise win against PKR and BN.

The third is Gapari Katingan, who is part of Star, which may form a coalition government with Harapan and Warisan in Sabah due to a hung assembly.

If these three join forces with Harapan at the federal level, then the coalition’s number can be as high as 125 seats.

What does it mean for Harapan?

For one, PKR has emerged as the largest party of Harapan. This would allow the coalition to dispel the often repeated claim by BN that it was “dominated” by DAP.

PKR’s big boost in the parliamentary seats it won was largely due to the party contesting in mixed seats.

A Malay wave of revolt coupled with strong Chinese support helped PKR to gain additional 17 parliamentary seats compared to the last general election.

While Bersatu and Amanah also rode on the Malay wave, they typically contested in seats which have big Malay majorities.

However, with less anti-establishment Chinese voters in such constituencies, they could not sufficiently mitigate the PAS factor.

What does it mean for BN?

BN won a total of 79 parliamentary seats in the 14th general election.

In Peninsular Malaysia, BN is almost non-existent apart from Umno, which captured 47 seats here.

The MCA saw its seven parliamentary seats reduced to one.

MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong became the party’s sole MP.

Meanwhile, the MIC’s parliamentary seats were halved from four to two while Gerakan was wiped out.

The two MIC seats were won by M Saravanan in Tapah and C Sivarraajh in Cameron Highlands.

All three party heads, namely MCA president Liow Tiong Lai, MIC president S Subramaniam, and Gerakan president Mah Siew Keong were defeated.

Their defeat will likely see a renewed period of uncertainty in the BN component parties and possible internal transition of power favouring the few who survived the general election.

In Sarawak, Umno does not exist as BN there is led by PBB.

The breakdown of seats in Sarawak after the 14th general election is as follow PBB 13, SUPP 1, PRS 3 and PDP 2.

In Sabah, Umno has seven seats, however, its partners there have also been severely weakened, with PBS, Upko and PBRS all only winning one seat each.

With BN severely weakened and almost reduced to only Umno, it remains to be seen if its East Malaysian component parties will remain in the coalition.

The formation of a new East Malaysia coalition cannot be ruled out.

The outcome of the general election could see a realignment of parties and possible mergers.

What does it mean for PAS?

In the run up to the general election, Harapan had been touting a “Malay Tsunami” while PAS touted a “Green Tsunami”.

Both sides were to some extent right, as Harapan swept the west coast while PAS swept the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

BN lose a substantial number of voters to Harapan and PAS, with one getting more than the other depending on states.

PAS remains a relevant force, having won 18 parliamentary seats and is a kingmaker in Perak where there is a hung assembly.

Prior to the general election, there had been many overtures between PAS and BN with talks of forming a Malay Muslim-only government.

Following the general election, even if BN and PAS were to join forces at the federal level, they will only have 97 seats, which is not enough to form the government.

And even if Bersatu decides to recombine with Umno, which is unlikely as it has already won power, the three parties would have a total of 110 parliamentary seats, two short of a majority.

Furthermore, a mono-ethnic, mono-religious coalition will not be acceptable to East Malaysian parties, which could quit the BN as a result.

GE14 numbers: What it means for BN, Harapan and PAS?
10 May 2018 – malaysiakini


An open letter to all Malaysians on the eve of GE14

An open letter to all Malaysians on the eve of GE14

COMMENT | In a few days, we will be exercising our right as citizens to elect a government of our choice. It is a sacred responsibility. The future of our nation is in our hands. I don’t need to remind you that the stakes have never been higher.

From my long years abroad as a diplomat and ambassador, I can tell you one thing: when there is a government that is just, accountable and truly committed to serving the people, a nation can rise to greatness; people prosper, live in peace and have the opportunity to pursue their dreams. But when the government is corrupt, the whole country suffers.

There are already too many examples of countries which started off with great potential only to end up mired in corruption, mismanagement and instability.

I never thought such a fate would befall this beloved country of ours, that the Malaysia we know and love would come to be known as a kleptocracy, an object of scorn, a land of scandal, injustice and extremism. It is particularly sad as well that some 60 years after our independence, so many Malaysians are still struggling just to provide a decent life for their families. This is not the Malaysia I was so proud to represent as ambassador.

We live in a blessed land, richly endowed with natural resources and opportunity; our people are industrious and our diversity makes us unique. There is absolutely no reason why we cannot be the best nation in the world. All that is missing is good, responsible and accountable leadership.

There are those who say that change is too risky, too dangerous. They point to the instability and chaos that followed a change of government in other countries. They hint at a recurrence of experiences that traumatized our nation before.

But Malaysia is different. We have experienced and capable leaders in Pakatan Harapan who are able to usher in change without the chaos and instability that those other countries experienced. Look at Selangor. Look at Penang. And look at Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang, Mat Sabu and others.

In fact, never before have we had such a talented, passionate and committed team standing for parliament under the Harapan banner. I have met many of them and I am excited that the future of our nation will be in the hands of such outstanding and dedicated men and women, but we must empower them with our vote if they are to bring about the change we all long for.

Let there be no mistake: this election is not about race or religion or putting one group or another down; it is about lifting all our people up, about good governance, responsibility, integrity and justice.

The only people who fear change are the people who have exploited our weaknesses, manipulated our fears, and kept us from our destiny. They cannot be allowed to continue to hold sway over our nation.

Change is possible. Who would have thought that powerful men like Ferdinand Marcos, Suharto, Hosni Mubarak and Robert Mugabe would someday fall. They held all the levers of state power, dominated all the country’s institutions and surrounded themselves with a tight group of loyal cronies to do their bidding. They appeared invincible and secure. And yet they fell.

I don’t know what lies ahead but I know that this is our moment to send a clear message to those who would govern us that we will never again tolerate corruption and injustice, overlook abuses of power and impunity, or accept the manipulation of race and religion. A government that is not a servant of the people is an enemy of the people.

My fellow Malaysians,

This is our last chance to save our nation, to salvage our democracy, to redeem our future. If we don’t act now, the Malaysia we know and love will end up a failed state and our name will be synonymous with corruption, extremism and instability. Please don’t let that be the fate of our beloved nation.

I urge you, therefore, to vote for change, to vote for a better Malaysia, to vote Pakatan Harapan.

DENNIS IGNATIUS is a former ambassador.

An open letter to all Malaysians on the eve of GE14
Dennis Ignatius
7 May 2018 – malaysiakini


Rafidah Aziz: First Time In History, You Are Going To Change The Management Of This Country

Rafidah Aziz: First Time In History, You Are Going To Change The Management Of This Country
Ceramah Harapan (P117) Segambut, TTDI, Kuala Lumpur 05/05/2018
Published on May 5, 2018

The dawn of A Better Malaysia!
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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?