To win 2013, UMNO has to project outsider as PM candidate not Datuk Seri Najib Razak


When the private investigator P Balasubramaniam (Bala) discovered that his testimony as a witness in Altantuya’s murder was not revealed, and the evidence suppressed, he felt it necessary to make a statutory declaration (SD). His family was then threatened and his silence bought in order for him to retract his SD. The day after, he issued a sanitised version of the SD.
The people involved – chief inspector Azilah Hadri, corporal Sirul Azhar Umar (two of Najib’s bodyguards who were later sentenced to death for Altantuya’s murder), Nasir Safar (Najib’s aide seen outside Abdul Razak Baginda’s house the night of Altantuya’s abduction), Abdul Razak Baginda (Najib’s personal confidante and friend) and Musa Safri (Najib’s ADC) – all have links to the PM.RELATED ARTICLE http://suarakeadilanmalaysia.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/intriguing-and-interesting-rosmah-is-fiddling-while-umno-burning/
I do not know whether UMNO realizes this or not — the best prime ministerial candidate of the party can only be from outside the party. The party, with its extreme policies, has painted itself into such a corner that there will not be enough people in the country who will be ready to put it back to power, on its own.
 Self-preservation is the default mode of the self-destructive. Datuk Seri Najib Razak  is trapped in an existential dilemma. He cannot blame himself for the wreck he has wrought. To do so would severely damage, if not abort, a political career born in genetic entitlement and wafted into that exhilarating but oxygen-thin ozone layer of celebrity. He cannot blamemi MCA either, the favoured recourse of regional parties caught in a crisis, for he is a child of Mahathir in more senses than one. He owes his job to  his master Mahathir, and more specificallyRosmah. He tried blaming the local opposition, particularly his bete noire PAS, but that is a futile dead end. It could not take him out of the maze.PAS is in control of neither the street nor the secretariat. Blaming PAS is too obvious to raise anything more substantial than a yawn.

Even those who believed in the concept of Muslim (political) leadership and thought that it exists in Malaysia should have realised that this is nothing less than a myth. Politicians love to politicise issues, even non-issues. So what stopped to take up the issue. In fact, no Muslim leader in the country worth his salt felt defend Islam.So what stopped them? Simply, they are not concerned. I don’t go by the argument that many parties are propped up to divide the so-called Muslim vote. It is a mystery why none of these parties or leaders speak up when there is dire need for them to do so.In the past, we have seen that either it is on ideological ground or on the street, it is not the Muslim leaders who have taken up the cause of Islam. So why this need for a Muslim leadership. It is a dangerous concept. We know as we have suffered it.Power is the glue of politics. That is why a government is expected to be in array and opposition generally in disarray. Ideology is a fickle custodian of unity in an age of convenience. Its absence has eliminated the difference between single-party rule and coalition government. Both are held together by individual or sectarian self-interest, which is why they last. Ideology is a differentiator; it makes a partnership untenable even if the partners consider it sustainable. Sentiment is irrelevant to any political marriage. This is true of all democracies where coalitions become necessary. Politicians live for power; why would they invite a premature death?

Time and again, Muslim voters have been cheated due to these so-called Muslim politicians. If there is a Muslim leadership What is important that Muslim citizens understand that they must play an active part in the society and raise issues, not concerning Muslims alone, but others .

Malaysia practises Parliamentary Democracy with Constitutional Monarchy and His Royal Highness is the Paramount Ruler With majority Muslim MPs in the parliament, lot of issues pertaining to the community should have been redressed and resolved easily, but the reality is that this doesn’t happen. In the last six decades Muslim electorate has been through all and must wisen up now.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak appeared to tell Muslims today that a vote for PAS was a vote for DAP, the day after MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek told Chinese voters the reverse.

Without naming either opposition party, the prime minister(picture) cautioned some 400 delegates at the Himpunan Ulama, Cendekiawan Islam dan Penulis Maya here that support for one “faction” will translate into backing for its partner as well.

“Even if we vote for that faction, it is the one who sleeps in the same bed with them that will profit,” he said during his luncheon address, adding that he hoped online writers would get his meaning.

“The Chinese held a debate on Chinese at the crossroads. Muslims too are at a crossroads, more so since the general election is not far off. We must choose, and the one we choose must be able to guarantee the honour and purity Islam.”

Dr Chua warned the Chinese community during his debate with DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng yesterday that a vote for the opposition party was a vote for PAS, which he claimed would impose its Islamist values on non-Muslims.

DAP would not be able to stop PAS from establishing an Islamic state in Malaysia should Pakatan Rakyat (PR) win federal power as “PAS is the taiko (big brother)”, the MCA president said.

Najib also said today that the assembly, which brought together ulama, Islamic scholars and bloggers, was “timely” as Muslims in Malaysia faced with serious challenges from “lies” in social media.

These challenges demand that Muslims stay ever more united and determined to ensure that national stability and the integrity of Islam could be defended, he stressed.

This could be achieved, Najib said, if the three groups worked with each other as well as the government to filter out from social media misinformation spread for political reasons.

He added that inaction would not only be detrimental to the country but Muslims themselves, as politics was an important “jihad” in Islam.

“This cooperation with government will become a bastion to defend the interests and honour of Islam,” he said.

Umno backbencher has dismissed accusations of Barisan Nasional (BN) “doublespeak” after the prime minister alluded that a vote for PAS was a vote for secular DAP.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s remarks today came a day after MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said support for DAP would bolster PAS, which would impose its Islamist values on non-Muslims.

BN Backbenchers Club vice president Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, however, defended both views as “consistent”, saying that the common denominator was opposition lynchpin PKR’s inability to control its partners’ excessive policies.

“Either way, if Pakatan Rakyat (PR) wins, PAS or DAP will be in control. PKR, or specifically Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, won’t be able to rein in their extreme views,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

Abdul Rahman, who is Kota Belud MP, had earlier said on micro-blogging site Twitter that PKR was “spineless when facing PAS and DAP”, unlike BN which spoke with one voice.

He also said the statements made by Najib and Dr Chua were contradictory as both had merely touched on the same issue from different angles.

“MCA is MCA. Umno is Umno. MCA has its own concerns, same thing with Umno. They were articulating views vis-a-vis DAP and PAS,” the Sabahan lawmaker said.

Abdul Rahman also hit back at critics on Twitter who questioned why Umno had tried holding unity talks with PAS if the Islamist party was so extreme, pointing out that such discussions did not mean Umno wished to form a government with PAS.

“We were talking to the Communists in Baling too. Tunku Abdul Rahman talked to Chin Peng,” he said, adding that such talks were also a way to “un-extreme” PAS.

But he stressed that he was not calling DAP and PAS extremist parties as he contended it is not necessary to be an extremist to hold extreme views.

Without naming either opposition party, Najib suggested today that a vote for PAS was a vote for DAP, which he strongly implied would be disastrous for Muslims and Islam in Malaysia.

“Even if we vote for that faction, it is the one who sleeps in the same bed with them that will profit,” he said during his luncheon address at Himpunan Ulama, Cendekiawan Islam dan Penulis Maya here.

“The Chinese held a debate on Chinese at the crossroads. Muslims too are at a crossroads, more so since the general election is not far off. We must choose, and the one we choose must be able to guarantee the honour and purity Islam.”

The prime minister’s remarks appeared to contradict Dr Chua’s warning to the Chinese yesterday that a vote for DAP was a vote for PAS, which he claimed would impose its Islamist values on non-Muslims.

DAP would not be able to stop PAS from establishing an Islamic state in Malaysia should Pakatan Rakyat (PR) win federal power as “PAS is the taiko (big brother)”, the MCA president added.

Just that UMNO can’t keep Muslims hostage by instilling the sense of PAS, these Muslim politicians should also be dumped as they are simply wasting their positions. It is always better to send pro-active non-Muslim leaders to legislatures.

Call me a cynic or whatever, that’s the truth. If there are any exceptions, please tell me. Meanwhile, the moral is that Muslim voters should better avoid voting for such politicians, who just have Muslim-sounding names, as in reality they have neither vision nor voice.

Nurul Izzah Anwar flayed Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria today for flip-flopping over whether Datuk Seri Najib Razak had “sacrificed his faith” by attending Thaipusam celebrations recently.

“It is hypocritical of him to say that, and then have a meeting with the prime minister, and all is fine,” the PKR vice president told The Malaysian Insider today at the Lembah Pantai Maulidur Rasul celebration here.

“(Harussani) has raised this, and it will affect the natural peace between Muslims and non-Muslims to congregate in Malaysia,” the Lembah Pantai MP added.

On February 10, Harussani had expressed dismay over the PM Najib’s decision to “sacrifice his faith” to attend Thaipusam at Batu Caves celebrations, saying his presence was against Islamic doctrine.

However, he retracted his comments after Najib personally spoke to him about his role on the day. The Perak mufti went on to say that as a national leader, it is not wrong for Najib to join other races for festive celebrations so long as he does not endorse or participate in the rites of other religions.

Nurul said today she was “shocked with Harussani’s about turn” as “it doesn’t do anyone any good”.

Nurul, who also attended the Thaipusam celebration, said she had consulted with former Perlis Mufti Dr Asri Zainul Abidin, who had assured her that it was okay for Muslims to attend religious festivals as long as they stayed uninvolved with the practices.

“We must understand that we (as Muslims) cannot get involved in other religious practices,” she said.

“I have been comforted by Dr Asri’s assurance that if we remain confident of our belief, then come what may, we may not sway.”

The maverick scholar had yesterday accused those who criticised Najib’s visit to Batu Caves of practising double standards as they had kept mum on a similar visit by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in Ipoh in conjunction with Thaipusam.

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