Najib Supporters Are Panic, But Insult Sultans At Your Own Peril

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Oct 08 2015
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True, Najib Razak couldn’t care less about the latest decree issued by Council of Rulers whereby sultans of nine of Malaysia’s states have called for a swift and transparent investigation into 1MDB political-cum-financial scandal involving the country’s prime minister. Obviously the Monarchy agrees that the scandal had created a “Crisis of Confidence”.

FBI Department of Justice DOJ - Najib Razak and Rosmah Mansor - inset Riza Aziz

But the premier’s supporters aren’t happy and are actually panic over the unexpected and rare intervention of the Malay rulers in politics. Largely a ceremonial figure, one cannot remember the last time such “unprecedented” event had ever occurred in the history of the country. Even during the 1983 and 1994 Constitutional Crisis, it was political party UMNO that had attacked the Monarchy.


How do you know that pro-Najib supporters are panic? It’s quite easy and fun really, reading how these supporters – from top legal figure to bloggers – running around like headless chicken clarifying and playing down the rare public statements by the sultans. It’s also refreshing to see how they struggle in cooking up new stories to suck up to their big boss.

Attorney General Apandi Ali

After dragging his feet since his appointment, Najib-friendly Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali suddenly woke up and declares that the special task force investigating 1MDB has never been dissolved or disbanded. Amusingly, it was the same A.G. Apandi who had advised Anti-Corruption Commission that the task force was “not needed”.


In the same breath, Attorney General’s Chambers also declares that 1MDB has not committed any offence related to false disclosure despite Bank Negara (Central Bank) Malaysia’s appeal to review the case. Is A.G. Apandi trying to insult the sultans’ intelligence? Why would the financial expert Bank Negara requested for a review if there weren’t any irregularities?

Hishammuddin Hussein - Keris Waving and Kissing

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein sprung into action and refuted claims that the Conference of Rulers has lost confidence in his cousin PM Najib. He argued that if the Conference of Malay Rulers doesn’t believe in Najib’s leadership, they would have said so. Although he has some Turkish blood, Hishammuddin should know better than anyone about “Malay Adat (customary)”.


If he wants to wait until the Sultans tell all and sundry that the Monarchy has lost confidence in Najib, word-for-word, then there’ll be no turning back because the rulers would be extremely “murka (angry or furious)”. As a Malay himself, Hishammuddin should know that it’s dangerous trying the Malay rulers’ patience, let alone look down or insult their decree.

Zahid Hamidi Wearing Crown - 3

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, interestingly, plays a careful game instead of his usual thuggish approach. When Tourism Minister Nazri Aziz had dared to whack Johor’s crown prince for interfering in politics, surely a big gangster such as Zahid would have issued a similar threat to nine sultans.


But Zahid didn’t and merely said that Putrajaya is taking proactive measures to address concerns raised. Such statement is as good as saying “no comment”. It is safe to presume he doesn’t want to offend the Monarchy as he prepares for the premiership, in case Najib resigns. Nonetheless, he didn’t expect the sultans have guts to even mention 1MDB.

Malaysia Sultans - Malay Rulers

Meanwhile, pro-Najib bloggers are trying to scare the heck out of the Malay rulers that in an event of Constitutional Crisis, the Rakyat (people) will stand behind politicians, not Monarchy, should the (UMNO) politicians attack the Monarchy. These bloggers are trying to warn the sultans to stay out of 1MDB scandal because it’s a political issue.


Actually, 1MDB is no longer a political issue but a full-blown financial crisis affecting the country. It’s no longer a feud between two kindergarten kids where 4-year-old Najib said if 6-year-old Mahathir had stolen biscuits from cookie jar; he too can do the same. In the eyes of the global community, 1MDB is a clear case of corruption and money laundering.

Mahathir and Musa Hitam 1980s Photo

It’s also false to say that the citizens were not with the Monarchy during the 1980s Constitutional Crisis. Mahathir was lucky because internet and social medias such as Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, WeChat and whatnot weren’t born in the 1980s. Back then, government-controlled newspapers including the notorious Utusan Malaysia were used to attack Monarchy.


And these print media had published as if the majority of the Rakyat (people) were with Mahathir regime and not Monarchy. Do you know that during the 1980s crisis, majority of the Chinese were with the Monarchy for a simple reason that it would be dangerous to centralize all powers in the hand of one person – PM Mahathir?

Mahathir and Sultan Iskandar - Agong 1984-1989

Not only Mahathir tried to take away Agong’s (King) veto power in halting any Bills, the former premier also tried his luck at amendments on Article 150 so that the power to proclaim an emergency be transferred to the hands of the Prime Minister instead of the Agong. However, the Chinese kept it low profile because of fear of May 13 riots hence they believed it was wise for the Malays to solve it amongst themselves.


Pro-Najib netizens may argue that not all of nine sultans were pissed off with Najib. True, we know for a fact that the Sultan of Pahang is a huge fan of Najib. Some said rulers from Terengganu and Kedah also supported the prime minister. Hmm, that’s funny because it was the Terengganu’s oil wealth that 1MDB initially tried to pawn away (*grin*).

Najib Razak and Rosmah Mansor - Sitting

Assuming three sultans were pro-Najib, does Najib regime possess the guts and balls to unleash a confrontation with the remaining six sultans, the same way Mahathir did it during 1980s Constitutional Crisis? Most importantly, can the PM reuse the same tactic used by Mahathir – leveraging UMNO’s mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia and Red Shirts rallies to attack the Monarchy?


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