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Friday 6 February 2009

Najib's Rule of Three

The big bad wolf at Perak’s doors.

HRH the Sultan of Perak has proclaimed that there shall be no dissolution of the state assembly. Before the Sultan made his decision, Nizar the MB said, he believed HRH Sultan will make a just decision. Now that a decision has been made and it is not favourable to PKR government, why are they conducting themselves in defiance? It seems to me, according to PKR’s definition, a decision is just if it is favourable to them.
Many people were less than enamoured at the way UMNO got the government in Perak. I did an article on that, following the footsteps of greater political luminaries such as Tun Mahathir and Tengku Razaleigh. While Tun Mahathir points towards the fragility and vulnerability of an UMNO which takes in questionable characters into its bosom, Tengku Razaleigh has been more direct and forthright in telling the wrongness of the whole thing, ab initio.
Yes, the whole drama strikes at political decencies. It has shaken the foundations of democracy when one of its most important pillars, which is the election of a government through the ballot box is abandoned.

Now that HRH the Sultan has decided, we must keep our peace. There must be compelling public policy reasons as to why HRH the Sultan of Perak decided on such a course. A government, which is continually exposed and threatened by the vagaries of volatile loyalties, can never serve the rakyat. An unstable government is not good for Perak.
The PKR government is one such government. Its ability to rule is continuously being threatened by its own scorched earth policies which have proven very divisive. Nizar’s defence of his land policies for example, under the guise of ,’we must be fair’ has not gone well with the Malays as well as even the Perak Palace. Nizar must have ignored the subtle signals from the Palace regarding this particular issue. I think it was HRH Raja Muda who spoke about this by way of using Felda as an example. To make matters worse, the perception that Nizar is but a puppet in the hands of the Ngeh-Ngah twin terrors of chauvinism, is sufficient to keep Perak on perpetual tension.

This political episode shows a side of Najib rarely seen. Having beaten Anwar at his own game, there are a few lessons that must be learned by political novices like Nizar. Nizar’s only weapon, was essentially his reliance on the reservoir of support from the rakyat which he hoped was sufficient to persuade HRH Sultan Perak to decide in his favour. But that reservoir of support remains in potential. Unless it can be translated into (a) a popular vote through elections or (b) through representation by the elected assemblymen, NIzar’s claim of the rakyat’s backing remained, just that, something in potential. He is denied the first option and he lost on the second.
What he needed was proof that he has the confidence of the majority of the assemblymen. Clearly he did not and could not show proof of that.
Najib on the other hand, showed his carefully planned course of action. He must have known or was counselled that HRH Sultan could be persuaded to decide in BN’s favour, if proof can be shown. He therefore corralled all the 28 +3 friendlies to assemble at the Perak Istana and produced the proof that BN commands confidence of the majority. That was a better and deciding move. Where Nizar came with a handful of party leaders, Najib came with the people who matter. Najib was able to show BN commands the bigger support of the house, Nizar could not.
Now the big bad wolf is assembling thousands of people in a mammoth assembly to save the imperilled government. The slogan is save the Perak/PKR government. That is very good, but self destructing. Public policy reasons of not having a dissolution must have been high on HRH’s Sultan Perak’s decision than having a dissolution.
What has Najib done? By assembling the majority of state law makers under BN’s leadership and presenting them as a united front against NIzar’s claim in the form of a potential, Najib has made a brick house for himself. The big bad wolf in the form of Anwar can huff and puff while Najib can say, not by the hair of his chinny chin chin.
In Permatang Pauh,Najib made himself a house of straw. Big bad wolf entered the house and ate him. In Kuala Terengganu,Najib made himself a house of sticks which was stronger. But the big bad wolf entered it still and ate him. In Perak, Najib has made himself a house made from bricks. Anwar is trying to enter through the chimney, but Najib has a cauldron of boiling water waiting. Najib can say, not by the hair of my chinny chin chin.


Anonymous,  6 February 2009 at 10:09  

One of the nicest analogies ever put forth by you Dato'!
It shows that you can criticise Dato' Seri Najib and also praise him when necessary..even though it was still unacceptable to many, the 'dirty' tactic was initially mooted by DSAI/PKR.
Dato' Najib had no choice! Its either do or die!

Anonymous,  6 February 2009 at 10:36  

Brilliantly said Dato'...logical, realistic..straight from the heart.

kuldeep 6 February 2009 at 10:43  

There are a few "respectable" opinions (TR,Prof salleh Buang..) stating that legally Nizar is still the MB , as the only proviso to demonstrate the loss of confidence is through a sitting of the legislative assembly.

Apart from that, there are issues arising out of the EC's decision,the "resignation letters" that will wind through the courts.

Thus wiser minds may not risk the jeopardy of a constitutional crisis in view of the uncertainties.

Perspectives from the fringes is always different from the oven's epicenter.

Anonymous,  6 February 2009 at 10:46  

Ramalan saya Najib dan kuncu kuncunya akan tumpas ditangan senjata api.


Anonymous,  6 February 2009 at 10:52  

Yep, one of the better write-up and posting.

MRSM Kalae Chepo 66/73

Saya... 6 February 2009 at 11:07  

dato, cuba tanya pemimpin2 UMNO yang pergi tanah rezab melayu yang berpuluh ribu hektar dibawah pentabdiran mereka?


Saya... 6 February 2009 at 11:18  
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Anonymous,  6 February 2009 at 11:48  


Unknown 6 February 2009 at 12:11  

I'm a supporter of the MB Nizar government but I have to say your take on the whole issue is the best. And I accept your reasons. Well said, sir!
(But still I can't see myself becoming an UMNO member, ever, not while it its present form) this)

Anonymous,  6 February 2009 at 12:23  


I think we missed one point when everyone started justifying "PR deserved it because Anwar started it first with Sep16.".

The fact is, UMNO started way back on the nite of 308 itself by approaching PAS to form joint govts, this is confirmed by BN leaders in the media months later...

So, no point for the BN pot to call the PR kettle black, vice versa.

No more hopping, introduce the law, that's it.

Anonymous,  6 February 2009 at 12:35  


As bad as Najib is, he show that he can fight a WAR ...

not like Paklah ... talk talk zzzzz ..

your entry clearly show that he is one of those leaders that learn from mistakes .. and it took 2 election losses for him to experience and learn ..

Next step is to assure the perak ppl .. or the nation that his party is till the no. 1 choice ...

focus on governing Perak with high integrity and excellent management ... if he can see this thru ... he will become the leader the we have been deprived of for so long ...

yet, another thing that he must do is to make sure that ppl doesnt 'berpecah belah' further ...


Anonymous,  6 February 2009 at 13:13  

Betullah kalau Dato Najib buat nampak kotornya and desperate BN.
Had DSAI buat then its a political game worth praising.
Sometimes the rakyat must be fair.
But I do agree with An-Nimr's question..mana pergi all those land?
And yes..agree with anon 12.3
Introduce the severe anti-hopping laws! Cut rheir balls if necessary..for ladies? Snip their teats!!

Anonymous,  6 February 2009 at 14:02  

Salam Tok Sak,
Your last statement, "... Najib made a house of bricks..". Sorry Tok I beg to differ: Najib made a house of "virtual bricks"... it will backfire on him and he'll risk a political backlash... apa dah jadi with Malays & Malaysians politics? Soon we'll become another pariah in the world!

Anonymous,  6 February 2009 at 14:37  

Aiyoh, dato', you one sly polician lah.

Your method is called endearing yourself to the readers who think you fair-minded and at same time jangan antagonize the new rulers, in short, sitting on the fence.

Hmmm, I wonder with your skills, how many skeletons you have got in your closet even though you sudah left politics. Luckily, I never have to face you because you real master lah. I salute you.

Anonymous,  6 February 2009 at 18:48  

Why are the Malays so emotional? And why do they love politics so much?
I've seen the video of the demo and I am left feeling: For what?
Would they not be better off paying attention to their work, guiding their families, thereby bettering their standard of living?
Why can't they be like the other Malaysians, focus on career and business, get good education for their children and speak only at the ballot boxes.


Anonymous,  6 February 2009 at 18:57  

Anon 14.37
Dato is so lucky not to have to meet your stupid crazy face too! You are so brave as to go against the rulers ? Then why the Anon??
Call Dato what you may, only you have many skeletons to hide to accuse others of doing so just because Dato has his limits when criticising others!
Just came out from Tanjung Rambutan is it?? Aiyooooo!!!

Anonymous,  7 February 2009 at 14:28  

Dear Dato,

I think you may have missed the trees for the forest.

It is not about who is taking power, it is about me, an ordinary voter who voted for one of the froggies.

Can I take back my vote is the question, not about which politician is smarter or more ruthless than the other.

Anonymous,  7 February 2009 at 20:41  

hee hee hee - very nice write up there Mr Sak.


footballer 7 February 2009 at 20:47  

Why can't they be like the other Malaysians, focus on career and business, get good education for their children and speak only at the ballot boxes.

LOL hee hee hee - you must be a chinaman kiasu type.

No wonder your kind cannot get ahead in the political mine field.

Anonymous,  9 February 2009 at 17:49  

NIzar’s claim of the rakyat’s backing remained, just that, something in potential. He is denied the first option and he lost on the second................kita tengok di bukit gantang

allah maha besar

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