Media Statement by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling Jaya on Monday, 8th June 2009:
Najib made a great analysis about BN leaders too obsessed with positions and failing to “learn and change” after the political tsunami electoral defeat last year – except he did not realise he was describing himself as such a foremost BN leader
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has made a great analysis about Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders too obsessed with positions and failing to “learn and change” after the political tsunami electoral defeat last year – except he did not realise he was describing himself as such a foremost BN leader.
Speaking at the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) annual assembly opening yesterday, Najib scolded BN leaders who were too obsessed with party posts, saying they should focus on the people and regain support for the ruling federal government coalition after its dismal Election 2008 results.
This is the Malaysian Insider report of Najib’s speech yesterday:
It is also an indictment of the “business-as-usual” mindset of the Barisan Nasional leaders, who have failed to “feel the pulse of the people”, that there is not a single Barisan Nasional leader, whether from Umno, MCA, Gerakan or MIC, who dare to point out to Najib his own great failure to “learn and change”!
If Najib had followed his own edict to constantly “feel the pulse of the people”, he would have realized that the biggest Achilles heel in the credibility, integrity and legitimacy of his premiership is the unethical, undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional power grab in Perak.
As Najib himself warned, “Do not underestimate the Malaysian public, who can smile and shake your hand but inside they say wait until elections and I will show my power”.
This is precisely the current thinking of voters, not only in Perak but throughout the country, waiting for the next 13th general election to teach Najib and Barisan Nasional a lesson for the illegal coup de’tat in Perak.
It is not too late for Najib to make amends for his greatest political blunder on becoming the sixth Prime Minister – orchestrating the unethical, undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional power grab in Perak – by dissolving the Perak State Assembly and returning the mandate to the Perakians to elect the government of their choice in a state-wide general election.
Is Najib prepared to practise what he preached at the PPP annual assembly yesterday – not to “underestimate” the voters of Perak and Malaysia?
*Lim Kit Siang, DAP Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor