Sunday, June 3, 2012

Najib And The Man Some Say Can Walk On Water

Former premier Mahathir is the one some Malaysians say can walk on water. The only person I can recall who could walk on water was Jesus Christ himself!

That must be a feat worthy of worship, because I have not heard of any other person who has been able to walk on water since Christ himself!

However, there are other Malaysians who don't think so highly of him.

If I recall correctly, Aliran magazine had called him the man with no sense of shame. And that was yet very early on in Mahathir's tenure as the longest serving Malaysian premier (22 years no less!)

Now, why would some Malaysians say that Mahathir can walk on water? I am not too sure, and I don't believe that Mahathir can actually walk on water. I think they say that of him because of the perception that he can't do wrong.

And the man himself likes to do things his own way. He sings Sinatra's number well too and the song 'My Way' is said to be his favourite.

So, what has Mahathir got to do with Najib, whom some are fond of saying is a flip-flop expert. Flipping and flopping from one policy to another.

Well, some uncharitable Malaysian souls claim that Najib is so uncertain of himself that he often takes Mahathir's cues.

And it does seem to be quite true.

Several times in the past, Najib had indicated that the 13th general election could be called anytime soon and each time that Mahathir had come out to say that it would be inadvisable to do so so soon, Najib would conveniently forget about it himself!

Lately, following the Bersih 3.0 rally, Mahathir has been suggesting that the Najib administration had been too softy softy in its dealings with the rakyat.

And sure enough, in his speech at the investiture of the King yesterday, Najib talked tough.

He said that the government would act firmly without compromise to quash any threat bent on disrupting public order.

He added
Although this might be despised by certain groups, including foreign powers, we will never bow to any pressure
Strong words. And I am drawn to the reference to foreign powers.

Wah lau! Never heard him talk so tough, except when he once declared at an Umno general assembly that he would defend Putrajaya (the federal administrative center) at all costs even if this involved broken bones and crushed bodies!

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