Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:15:00 GMT | By Kee Thuan Chye

Prime Minister Najib’s afraid of losing his job

Kee Thuan Chye stands by his grounds that PM Najib could've called for the dissolution of the Parliament on March 26.


ZAINAL ABD HALIM, REUTERS

No wonder a Singapore Straits Times editor, Reme Ahmad, was prompted to call such tactics “Santa Claus politics”. He also pointed out that handouts would not necessarily ensure votes for the giver because the “harsh reality is the more you give, the more people want”. And “the freebies have to be paid for by somebody down the line”.

Most telling is his point that Malaysia is now into its 16th year carrying a budget deficit since the 1997 Asian financial crisis. As such, he thinks that the tax revenue that could have been better spent for development purposes may instead be used to fulfil campaign promises.

“In other words,” he says, “they will be paid for by the same voters who thought they got them for free.”

Negeri Sembilan caretaker Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan has tried to justify Najib’s lack of action and resolve to call for elections by saying the automatic dissolution of Parliament should be made a common practice. This, he reasons, is because it will prevent speculation on the election date, which could make investors hold back their investment decisions. He also opines that if a government were allowed to serve its full term, that would help it develop the country without interruption.

That kind of talk serves no purpose because our system is not specifically designed for governments to serve full terms. At the same time, Mohamad Hasan should note that it is actually Najib’s indecisiveness that has encouraged the unnecessary speculation and investor hesitancy.

Obviously, his was a spin one could foresee even before he said a word. It belongs in the same rubbish bin as former Selangor Menteri Besar Mohd Khir Toyo’s praise for Najib for choosing to serve the full term and “abandon his privilege to call for a snap election”.

Najib is not opting for that by choice. He’s simply afraid of doing badly at the polls and even losing. Even winning it but with a reduced majority could cost him his job. He has openly admitted that. And it doesn’t help his cause that ex-prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has rubbed it in by saying the same thing.

Be that as it may, the prime minister has to call the shots. If he doesn’t, everyone will be kept in abeyance, including investors. Win or lose, it’s all part of the democratic game. And Najib has to learn to play it fair and square.

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* Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to MSN Malaysia
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Mar 28, 2013 9:52PM
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I have been around since before Malaysian Independence, and this is the MOST Corrupted group we have had as the Government.  A group of morons led by a Coward!!!!  Shame on you NAJIB!!!! Go read your History books, about Tengku Abdul Rahman and his team. He stands as the real Bapa Malaysia.  You guys have spoilt a beautiful country with adequate resources and a lovely nation of 3 races. At my age I feel all is gone because of YOU!!!!
Mar 28, 2013 7:13PM
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i think after the mamak pm mentioned about 'changing horse' najib is more certain he will be booted out even if BN win this government with less majority. this will be certain.

 

giving money dont mean the people will be voting for him.

if he had called for election end last year he will have a better majority then now.

but its too late, as people sees him having no I3all$ to face the opposition and with

what has been accused of him his silent is giving the opposition an inroad of winning.

 

the longer he waits the faster he will be out.

Mar 28, 2013 8:39PM
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With internal sabotage looming, it would be hard for him to call the election. And latest corruption charges on his inner circle is not helping either.

This is the first in history to wait out until the last minute or even automatic dissolve by itself.

 

Indecisive show weakness and fear indeed, nothing strategic here

 

BN supporter, one question to you, when did you start to forsake yourself to blindly support a corrupt government?

If you are fearing instability, Tunku and his alliance wouldn't achieve Independence if they are gutless like you

Mar 28, 2013 9:01PM
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may b he is afraid. or may b not. But they have to many more IC to illegal foreigners so that they can take a lead to get to Putra Jaya.

They still have to give BRIM this illegal foreigners such as Bangla , Pakistans , Negros , and others who will confirm to vote for BN.

HIDUP MALAYSIA UNTUK PENDATANG HARAM.

AS THIS have happen in sabah.

Mar 28, 2013 9:19PM
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In the school if a student does not pay attention and does his homeworks, he will become nervous and scare when facing the examination. Our PM is this type of student !
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He still has a business deal during LIMA  which he can .... (well, you know the answer, right?) an that's y he delays the GE. Hahaha
Mar 28, 2013 10:46PM
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What to say further from now does not matter any more? Action of NON ACTION to dissolve the parliament as require is the strongest VOICE ever to showing the ATTITUDE of the BN government.

 

It is TRUE, by giving out more money is not the solution EVERYONE is looking at. Some might think it is the most wasteful event made by the BN government. Giving sincerely does not need to be in quantative manner. But more in gesture and genuinely giving.

 

As anak Malaysia since growing around BN erra, It is quite a dissapointing moment to see no action taken in not disolving the parliament in order to gain confident in the election. WHY???

 

Maybe Our PM have some trick behind the curtain to surprise everyone. Thinking.........

 

Mix feeling and thinking and thinking of BN future........

Mar 29, 2013 7:27PM
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We, no,  perhaps the future generations of Malaysians, shall know who are the contributors here and elsewhere further causing Malaysia to become the failed state she is already steadily sliding into because of the never-ending decades-old government's blatant apartheid policies, arrogant implementation and full-blown corruption. For those concerned here, seat back, relax and ask your conscience whether you should or should not arrest this adverse trend in your beloved country. Think straight and you'll get the answer. So, try not to throw away the opportunity during this elections, vote wisely and not let your younger ones blame you for not removing the blinkers you are still wearing. Najib is not the issue here. He remains a pawn to former PM Mahathir. Replacing Mahathir's UMNO-BARU, with all his devisive policies still intact, even just for once, is the answer. That evil man is the root cause of Malaysia's current social malaise and instability. Also, after 55 years of UMNO's rule, with 20 to 30 years of UMNO-BARU's unabated plundering the nation's wealth, let's go for change of government and throw out evil Mahathir's extended destructive policies. As concerned Malaysians, let's create for ourselves the hope for a better Malaysia. Vote Mahathir's UMNO-BARU's BN out this season is voting for real change and hope. Let's forget Najib for now. Concentrate on defeating Mahathir's UMNO-Baru!
Mar 31, 2013 8:36PM
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What Najib is doing is wrong.He cannot give away money that are not his.The people are not stupid.They know what they are getting is their own money,for the years of paying tax.Najib is childish,he is buying people with their own money.Its easy to handout money,when its not his.Why don't he give up his wealth and give it to the poor and expect nothing in return.
Mar 29, 2013 10:55AM
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love will bring MALAYSIA to a better nation,think good,say good n do good...
Mar 29, 2013 8:03PM
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malaysia enters an era of political very mature and intelligent, right after mahatir sobbed and stepped down. abdullah perhaps is the best pm of all time, in the context of moving malaysia to a respected nation in the world stage. he gracefully stepped down for his defeat, but winning for malaysia as a whole. our political scene is a great success in term of political maturities and democracies.

this election is the most fair, the most fierce, the best politicians, the most mature, the most intelligent,  etc..  so far. we look forward to see malaysia moving forward. and the politicians work harder for us. 

那吉哥三年,  马来西亚一片繁华。。。

民联说他们会更好。。。。

我们好好的想。。。。

 
Mar 29, 2013 12:22AM
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Najib has lost his spiritual advisor with the departure of Deepak who had a "black face" with Kakak Rosmah over some big lucrative financial deals. I think his bomoh hasn't been able to find a favourable good date for him to announce the dissolution of Parliament.
Mar 29, 2013 7:07AM
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Mamak had secret plan against Najib but I can't write here. If Najib see me personally then I will reveal to him. If I reveal, I can face repercussion from police and mamak gang.
Mar 31, 2013 8:23PM
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kacau daun...

All u hv said abt PR r mainstream media propaganda, no substance & proof whatsoever. and these all go on to form your distorted perception of PR. In contrast the majority of M'sain r witnessing, before their very eyes, all d abuses & blatant corruptions happening over d years, unmitigated !!

The other thing is, all u ever resort to r vile & pathetic personal attacks on an honourable person who happen to be exonerated twice by d courts, of d very sick allegations & innuendoes that you been harping on.

Anyway d issue is not abt Anwar, it is about getting rid of a highly corrupted & racist regime and the establishment of a matured democracy whereby we can hv a choice of govt.

Mar 29, 2013 5:40AM
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Hey Kacau Daun!!!

 

U memang Kacau Daun!!! Anyway, wat wil b, will B!!!! Let Ccccc.

 

Apr 18, 2013 8:35PM
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Najib afraid of losing his job ?

no worry, he can still apply for the job of OPPOSITION LEADER

haa... haa.. haa..

Mar 29, 2013 10:52AM
Apr 2, 2013 6:03AM
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Everyone has an opinion, vocal or reserved.

Whether there is access to any "truths" behind such about what actually happened behind the scenes, when and involving whom in totality well...

Mar 31, 2013 10:33PM
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Dear all,

Nobody is scare with the near election date,
Sooner or later Datuk Sri Najib, the PM will release the date. Is it an issue? I guess not.
It is you people are nervous with the keramat date. Fearing will lose ground to win.

He looks after for the people, not the votes. 


Apr 1, 2013 9:18AM
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POLITICAL MONKEYS: Monkeys like to move from one tree to another. Why is it in Malaysia the PR politicians standing for both Parliamentary and State Assembly seats. Today's Star Newspaper states that " If Teng agrees to stand in Padang Kota state seat, Lim(Chief Minister) said he would not contest a parliamentary seat" What sort of political rascals-standing for both parliamentary and state seats-so greedy to earn 2incomes- depriving other party members. Election laws need to be amended to allow a candidate to stand for either a state or parliamentary seat only. These abuse occurs mainly in the DAP.This is an insult to the electorate.Readers please take note of such rascal like behaviour

 

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