Here’re 2 Methods To Skin Najib, But Election Is Not One Of Them

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Apr 13 2016
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Contrary to what Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s band of supporters and bloggers would like to believe, the 1MDB scandal is too messy and too scandalous to go away. And that’s good news to them because that means Najib regime would have to keep paying their wages as cyber troopers – earning an average RM3,000 every month.


That’s good money considering what they needed to do is to “cut and paste” ready-made comments onto blogs, websites and social media critical of big boss Najib son of Razak. Now that “The Malaysian Insider” had closed shop, they would have one less website to worry, and much lesser work to do with the same pay.

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Najib has to do one thing which his predecessor had failed to do to survive, at least until the next general election. Najib has to stay strong and play dumb – hear no 1MDB, see no 1MDB, speak no 1MDB – for another 2 years until the 14th national election is due in 2018. He has to pull up the thick skin while his critics continue naming and shaming him.


Many think the coming Sarawak state election would determine the prime minister’s fate. That’s a wishful thinking considering how many ignorant Sarawakians are singing songs of praise for Chief Minister Adenan Satem. They’ve conveniently forgotten the evil they used to hate – Taib Mahmud – who was promoted as the Governor of Sarawak and has been pulling strings behind puppet Adenan ever since.

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem and Governor Taib Mahmud

But that’s alright because nobody expects Sarawakians to be brave enough and say “enough is enough” to the face of Master UMNO. Sarawakians, in general, are simply too poor, too weak and too disunited to make good of their rhetoric “Sarawak for Sarawakians”. Until then, Najib’s Barisan Nasional (BN) coalitions will continuously milking Sarawak’s votes.


Even if opposition parties could deny Sarawak Barisan Nasional of its customary two-thirds majority in the coming state election, which is highly unlikely, Najib Razak will still remain as the prime minister. True, it would be an embarrassing and humiliating victory to Najib but as long as he doesn’t want to resign, nobody can force him to, and that’s a fact.

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Heck, even if the cash-rich BN were to lose the next 14th national election in 2018, there’re dozens of dirty tricks Najib could use to ensure BN stays in power, reducing the opposition parties to do nothing but bitching, whining, crying and moaning about cheating. Therefore, election alone is insufficient to dislodge Najib Razak from his premiership, unfortunately.


There’re, however, many ways to skin a cat and here’re two methods to bring down Najib Razak. The first way is to have majority ethnic-Malays taking to the street demanding his resignation, the same way Icelanders had done to their Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson after his scandal was exposed in the Panama Papers leak.

Bersih 3.0 Kuala Lumpur

The number here is at least 1 million Malays, not 200,000 or 300,000 mixtures of Malays and non-Malay participants seen during the peak of Bersih 3 rally in 2012. Sorry folks, a rally similar to Bersih 4 in 2015 where the majority rally goers were non-Malays will not work. The 1 million protesters have to be 99% ethnic-Malay otherwise it would be twisted as anti-Malay, anti-Muslim and anti-Monarch rally.


But even during the Bersih 3 rally where Islamic party PAS had mobilized their walking zombies on the street, the number was merely a fraction of 1 million. Now that PAS has joined force with Najib’s evil UMNO political party, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to calculate the probability that 1 million Malays would demonstrate and ask Najib to go fly kite.

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Why 1 million, you may ask. Well, because 1 million is a psychology number and very rare a global demonstration could reach such number. Of course, Najib regime could still rubbish 1-million as the minority, even if it does happen, but the magic number will definitely persuade, encourage and motivate the silent Malay Sultans “to seriously do something”.


Still, 1-million Malay protesters is not enough to send shivers down Najib’s spine if there’s no persistency. The Arab Spring saw thousands spending days and nights protesting. Chances are Malaysians would go back to their home sweet home after a couple of hours under the burning sun. And it would be back to business as usual the very next day, rushing to work to put food on the table.

 Bersih 4.0 - Malays Praying

There you have it. A simple solution to send Najib Razak and Rosmah Mansor into early retirement. In practice, unfortunately, it won’t work because of the perception that the money lost from 1MDB scandal do not belong to the Malays. Unlike the “kiasi” ethnic-Chinese, majority of ethnic-Malay would only cry and panic when their money in Tabung Haji or KWAP disappear, for real.


Therefore, the first method will not work due to practicality reason. Najib’s #1 enemy, Mahathir, knew how pampered the people are after ruling over them for 22 years. Hence he didn’t put too much hope on street demonstration to get rid of PM Najib. That was why the 90-year-old former premier Mahathir went for the second method – calling for foreign or international intervention.

 Former PM Mahathir Mohamad and PM Najib Razak

As expected, Najib’s minions immediately accuse Mahathir of treason for asking foreign powers to intervene in the internal affairs of Malaysia. But what Mahathir meant was for foreign media to keep exposing, shaming and pressuring Najib’s 1MDB scandal. Unlike domestic toothless media who can do so much, the international media’s influence is practically limitless.


In fact, if you believe in conspiracy theories, the Panama Papers leak could be an insider job of U.S. intelligence agency CIA, as what Bradley Birkenfeld believes. Mr Birkenfeld, an American citizen, was a banker working at UBS in Switzerland before becoming a whistle-blower exposing tax evasion by Americans with secret accounts in Switzerland.

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The objective of CIA in hacking and leaking Panama Papers was to name and shame direct enemies of the United States namely Russia, China, Argentina, Pakistan and even some Arab Kingdoms who have recently gotten too close to Russian Vladimir Putin. But can Najib Razak be threatened by international news media considering how shameless he is?


Well, it’s one thing to be a shameless corrupt leader like Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe or North Korean Kim Jong-un. But it’s another thing to be pressured economically by foreign news media which affects foreign investment. Already, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) is weighing the sale of its 24% stake in AMMB Holdings Bhd due to 1MDB scandal.

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Squeezing into Najib Razak’s family members, the Wall Street Journal has linked the financing of Leonardo DiCaprio movie “Wolf of Wall Street” back to 1MDB, claiming the movie’s US$100 million budget came from a company called Red Granite Pictures, which is led by Riza Aziz, the step-son of the Malaysia’s prime minister.


After asking for legal assistance over around US$4 billion that may have been misappropriated from 1MDB over 2009-2013, to which the Najib administration has chosen to drag its feet, the Swiss authorities have now turned to Singapore and Luxembourg for “mutual legal assistance” in the matter. Not a single foreign entity believes Najib is innocent.

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Agreed with the Wall Street Journal, the Swiss Office of the Attorney-General has said it has “elements in hand” to suspect the US$3.5 billion 1MDB paid to a British Virgin Island firm – Aabar BVI – had benefited Red Granite Pictures because the source of money making the movie came from Aabar BVI’s principal investor – Abu Dhabi businessman Mohamed Ahmed Badawi Al-Husseiny.


After the release of Parliament PAC reports, Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund – International Petroleum Investment Co. (IPIC) and its subsidiary Aabar Investments PJS – wasted little time declaring in a filing to the London Stock Exchange that they never received US$3.5 billion in payments from troubled 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

1MDB Scandal - International Petroleum Investment Co. (IPIC) Filing - London Stock Exchange
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates’ central bank has ordered a freeze on the assets of Khadem Al Qubaisi, formerly the managing director of IPIC, and former Aabar CEO Mohamed Badawi. Can you see how the foreign media and banking authorities are working together nailing Najib Razak’s balls to the wall?


Unless Najib Razak plans to take the path of Robert Mugabe or Kim Jong-un, his name will be slowly but surely shunned by world leaders. For now, it’s hard to imagine how the international news media and financial institutions could suddenly make a U-turn and clear PM Najib Razak of any misappropriation of funds.

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When even BN Backbenchers Club deputy chairperson Bung Moktar Radin, traditionally a Najib’s bootlicker and a loose cannon, wants the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to determine if billions of ringgit had been siphoned from 1MDB to Aabar BVI, this is certainly a sign that BN warlords have started doubting Najib’s leadership. Perhaps this time the game is really over for Najib Razak.


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