Monday, March 05, 2012
Najib Apologizes: Will PM Walk His Talk?
Najib Razak extended an apology to the people on behalf of BN for the coalition's mistakes in the last general election, which cost it several electoral seats and states.
He said the BN would rectify the mistakes and make up by serving the people as best as it can. The voters' rejection of the BN was in a way due to the mistakes made by the coalition, he said.
"I believe that we should not be arrogant. In a parliamentary democracy, we have to subject ourselves to the power of the people.
Subject yourself to the people you must. I was asked by Malay Mail if the PM's apology will help to garner him more support. If yes, we must be quite easy to please.
However, I am willing to give the Prime Minister some benefit of doubt. After all, it is almost impossible to get Dr Mahathir to do the same - apologize for his long list of mistakes, poor decisions and abuse of power.
But talk alone is not enough. The PM should show some seriousness and political will to correct some of his administration weaknesses and mistakes like suspend the Lynas project indefinitely.
Is he willing to put the people of Pahang under severe mental anguish over his decision to allow the rare earth processing plant in the scenic and beautiful Gebeng, which is near Kuantan?
The next thing he should do is to withdraw his support for the dubious, irresponsible and racist right wing group called Perkasa. He should know it is almost critical for him to distance himself from this group if he wants to win back support from all Malaysians.
MCA should take note. UMNO's tacit support for Perkasa (and maybe Jati too) is a real threat in isolating non-Malay support for the BN. There is no need to harp on Pas and its symbiotic relationship with Dap.
Pas and Dap are realists. They know their liaison benefits both parties and they will continue to do so as long as there are mutual benefits. The moment Dap senses the real threat of Pas turning extremists and is scaring away their supporters the former will dump Pas without a second thought.
Next, the Prime Minister should implement the full vision and spirit of his New Economic Model. It is a mistake to dump the NEM just because his opportunist deputy turns mischievous on the plan. If UMNO is smart, they should know that Muhyiddin is going to alienate UMNO from the middle ground for good.
PM should rectify UMNO's prime mistake of segregating Malaysians into Bumi and Non-Bumi. Does he realise that more than 70-80% of all Malaysians are descendants of migrants? But focusing mainly on the son of soil, the PM and his party is poised to make millions of Malaysians angry and slighted.
So, UMNO should stop being racist. It should strive to become a party well received by all moderate Malaysians.
A number of cases are up for closure and they should be given fair and just trail e.g. Teoh Beng Hock sudden death, the formation of IPCMC, the restoration of judicial independence and empowerment, NFC financial scandal, Ministry of Defence multiple procurement controversies, PKFZ, MAS bailout of Tajuddin Ramli and others.
His powerful apology must be backed by an equally passionate and will to rectify, correct and improve on governance.
Only then, we will decide if we should give him our full support and mandate. Barisan's own enemy is the coalition itself. It has to look inside in order to find the right solution to claw back support lost in the 2008 GE.