Pm Najib has been handing out one goody after another.
He started with the Rm200 book voucher to tertiary students, Rm100 to students, then the so-called 1BRIM Rm500 one-off payout to householders earning less than Rm3000 per month.
And just recently Rm400 "tyre assistance" to taxi drivers, Rm400 "duit raya" to Felda settlers and he has agreed to a minimum Rm500 "raya bonus" to the million plus civil servants.
All this must have easily cost the Malaysian government Rm5 billion or more. And all this while government debt is at an all-time high of 54% plus of GDP, that is just a whisker short of the legal limit of 55%!
Of course Najib has ministers who are willing to come out to say, as one fellow actually did when the debt level was at 53% point, that we are still not there yet so there is therefore nothing to worry about!
Yeah sure, while the latest indication is that Malaysia is the worst placed among some Asian countries to weather the storm of the financial and economic uncertainties in Europe and an expected slow down in the Chinese economy.
While Najib is trying to boost his popularity among the rakyat with the goodies and hopefully win their votes, he still has no guts to call for a general election even though he recently bragged that he would thrash the opposition 14-0 in football parlance were he to call for it!
However, when the man Malaysians see as the de facto Prime Minister, former premier Dr Mahathir, came out to say that a date after the raya holidays would be a suitable date to call for the 13th general election, it seemed that finally Najib might just call for it.
But as they say, the gods don't favour the weak and events in Sabah look like once again scuttling any plan Najib might have had to finally have the guts to call for the much anticipated GE and sending him back into his shelf nursing his lack of mojo.
I really hope not. Because Najib is the only Malaysian premier who does not have a mandate of his own. He became the prime minister only because his predecessor Abdullah Badawi was ousted by his own party.
And it has been 4 years plus since.
It seems Najib is the Pm with the loudest sound bites and full of hot air.