Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Who Is The Prime Minister Of Malaysia?

It is honestly difficult to say that Najib Bin Razak is the man.

Yes, he is the de jure Pm of  Bolehland.

Who is running the country is another thing altogether.

Since the "Chinese tsunami" he talked about after being unable to accept Umno/Bn's poor showing at the polls post Ge13, Najib seems to be still suffering from the ill effects of the non existence yellow marine phenomenon.

Najib seems incapacitated, lacking any ideas of how to run the country and has largely kept a low profile on the more pressing issues of the nation like how to tackle the worrying economic outlook of the country or how to rein in the growing racial and religious polarisation brought about largely by Umno's long divisive and inimical politics of survival.

Not too difficult to see why.

He has to think about the up coming Umno General Assembly where his own position as the Umno president is at stake.

Umno sharks, smelling blood, are circling around him waiting to strike.

Najib has to be careful with what he says.

So he takes the easy and cowardly way out, keeping an inelegant silence on important issues like economy, race, religion and the increasingly violent crime scene so as not to offend the sharks who could bite him off in one disdainful shake of the head.

But really, Najib's position as Umno president aside, what has Najib done since he took over from his predecessor five years ago in a party coup, to give us any positive hint of leadership quality in him?

His "first term" as the "un-mandated" Pm until he was forced to by time to seek a mandate of his own, was marked by the strange dispensation from behind the even weirder Campbell Alphabet soup kitchen from whence a slew of unpronounceable "transformation" economic plans were cooked and concocted, cynics say, to hoodwink a supposedly gullible population into believing that the Najib's administration were in control of the nation's economy, and from whence BR1M handouts were dispensed, cynics say too, to buy votes and stay in power.

The consequence?

An aggravated national deficit and runaway sovereign debt that have rightly earned us a downgrading of our credit rating from "stable"" to "negative" by the Fitch credit rating agency.

Really, Najib was handicapped right from the very beginning with a baggage that in other jurisdictions would have had simply disqualified him from holding the Pm post in the first place.

With the ghost of a Mongolian beauty on his back and the allegations of Scorpene kickbacks refusing to go away any time soon, what ghost of a chance does Najib have of being an effective Pm?

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