It is timely to sound this warning. Beware! Those responsible for sending Malaysia into the trajectory of a kakistocracy and a rogue and kleptocratic state are trying to make a political comeback starting with the UMNO party elections this month. In this political comeback, Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be back atop the UMNO pile, though not as UMNO President but as the “power behind throne”.
This could be discerned from three recent developments in the past month since the historic and watershed 14th General Election on May 9, 2018. Firstly, Najib Razak emerging as the leading, in fact the only, spokesman for UMNO/BN issuing periodic statements to attack the Pakatan Harapan government, except that his statements could not get any audience for he had lost all credibility and trustworthiness. Secondly, the surfacing of the faceless and nameless UMNO Strategic Communications Unit on 24th May 2018 laying claim on behalf of UMNO to the assets seized by the police from the Pavilion Residences for example 72 bags out of which 35 bags contained RM114 million cash. The cash were in 26 different currencies and 35 bags of jewellery and watches as well as 284 boxes of designer handbags. It is not known whether the UMNO Strategic Communications Unit is also laying claim on behalf of UMNO to the luxury items which police seized in a raid in a Najib “safe house” in Precinct 10, Putrajaya two days ago although it is clear that his mysterious Unit is a camouflage and proxy for Najib.
Thirdly, the UMNO mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia, which had practised a more sober and responsible journalism in the early days of the historic and watershed 14GE on May 9, 2018, reverting to the old Utusan/UMNO journalism of fake news and false information re-peddling the UMNO campaign of race, religion, hate, fear and lies. For example, three days ago, in the Mingguan Malaysia weekend column, Awang Selamat, which is the name for Utusan Malaysia’s editorial voice, returned to the reckless, irresponsible and treasonous politics of race, religion, fear, hatred and lies by accusing the DAP with the dastardly lie that the DAP wants to abolish the system of constitutional monarchy and by turning Malaysia into a republic. There is a common unifying factor propelling these three developments, the involvement of the same personalities who had sent Malaysia into the trajectory of a kakistocracy and a rogue and kleptocratic state, causing Malaysian voters, regardless of race, religion, region or even party politics to unite to Save Malaysia in the 14GE! Now these very forces responsible for making Malaysia a kakistocracy and rogue and kleptocratic state are conspiring to make a political comeback starting with UMNO party elections later this month.
From the Pakatan Harapan’s own selfish interests, we would welcome the candidacies of Tan Sri Annuar Musa for the post of UMNO Deputy President and Datuk Seri Jamal Md. Yunos for the post of UMNO Youth Leader, although the answer would be very different from the standpoint of promoting the best interests of democracy in Malaysia. – LIM KIT SIANG