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Saturday, 24 January 2009

Najib's shortcomings...

1. Eurocopters for RM1.6 billion (remains unsolved when he made the order as Minister of Defence)
2. The Altantuya murder link (although he swore on the Quran, case remains unsolved... I mean, what motive does the 2 policemen have to kill her anyhow? Except orders from above maybe... Not to mention Razak Baginda defended Najib after his acquittal from the case through a press conference, I mean, is he a judge or something to say this and that?)
3. Withdrawing RM5 billion from KWSP to be given to Valuecap Sdn Bhd in a very volatile market (will the people ever get back their money? Especially recession is getting worse)
4. The Scorpene submarines bought in France with commission payments going to Abdul Razak Baginda's company (hmm...quite a lot of money involved there... maybe close to RM510 million)
5. Making possible false promises (during Permatang Pauh by-election, he promised RM100,000 for upgrading mosques and RM30,000 for upgrading suraus, which to no surprise, the money promised never came up to this point. Even the BN candidate, Arif Shah had said there are no such money allocated for the mosques and suraus)
6. None of the RM7 billion stimulus package is implemented yet since it is announced in Oct 2008. (As Azrul Azwa said, if that stimulus package had been implemented earlier, it would have at least lessened the effect of recession... but slowness to act has made this problem worse)
7. Possible takeover of IJN by Sime Darby (he agreed in principle to the takeover, only to be rejected by the Cabinet. Can we imagine how many poor people would lose the benefit of free treatment as a result of privatisation?)

Of course, what I mentioned above are issues that are linked to Najib, the in-coming PM. We must always remember that one is not guilty unless proven guilty. If we can let the court do their job without any interference of executive power (which unfortunately is happening since the sacking of Tun Salleh Abas in 1988), then we will be able to identify the real culprits for sure, which could be anyone, including top leaders.

If President Nixon was judged guilty by the US Supreme Court for his involvement in the Watergate scandal, which led to his resignation, why can't leaders at the head of the government be judged at all in Malaysia? What I'm trying to say is that the court should be the most powerful tool of any country without intervention of executive powers, making no one above the law. Only through that scenario that justice will prevail.

I have no power or right to say Najib is guilty of this and that unless I am one of the judges or I knew what he was doing at the time of the crime. But some of the issues above have been proved true. Najib admits that he injected RM5 billion of KWSP money into Valuecap, he had agreed in principle to let Sime Darby take over IJN until protests by the people had caused the U-turn, and he also dropped a bombshell that he has not implemented one single plan of the RM7 billion stimulus package since it was announced in October last year. The other issues will remained unsolved until the court is free from executive intervention.

Last of all, we all have our own shortcomings, including myself. If we can accept criticism from other people towards ourselves, we will be none the wiser as it helps us to overcome the weaknesses that we have.

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