|The Star 19 March 2012|
He did manage to make me laugh again with what he was reported to have said in a dialogue session with 800 retired civil servants in Shah Alam recently.
It is not the content of what he was reported to have said. In fact, the content of what he was reported to have said is precisely what we Malaysians expect of a responsible and good PM to have said and meant.
It is the sheer cynicality of it all. The obvious fly in your face.
He was reported to have said by the Star newspaper, and I quote:-
'There have been weakness in the bumiputra community in the past. It was not the people's fault but the corporate figure who lacked knowledge in running an organisation.
The Government had to pump in huge amount of money to bail out these companies. So, to avoid this, contracts should be awarded to bumiputras based on merit and expertise.'Note: All emphasis mine.
Wah, very nice one lah! I am impressed. But where is the proof that Najib and the GOM (Goverment of Malaysia) are serious about what was said?
Just recently, a huge Rm2.2 billion highway contract was awarded to companies belonging to an UMNO lawyer and the wife of a former Chief Justice, who himself was a former UMNO lawyer before he was appointed Chief Justice.
Malaysians would like to know whether the companies awarded the contract have the necessary expertise and whether they were awarded the contract based on merit?
But at least Najib did admit to the GOM bailing out failed companies with huge sums of public funds.
Malaysians are telling Najib no more of the same. We are fed up.
At the rate things have been going on for a quarter of a century since the Mahathir administration, Malaysia will be bankrupt before long and not in 2019 as a cabinet minister had once feared..