Updated: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:30:00 GMT | By The Malaysian Insider : Malaysia

Dr M’s words have made impact across nation, ex-minister warns Najib

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should look beyond the flattering news articles about him and instead focus on the huge impact Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed's withdrawal of support has wrought on the country, a former minister said.


Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should look beyond the flattering news articles about him and instead focus on the huge impact Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed's withdrawal of support has wrought on the country, a former minister said.

Ex-information minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin said that the former prime minister's criticisms again Najib and his administration had spread like a wave through all corners of society.

"Behind the support plastered across newspapers today after Dr Mahathir rejected him, Najib must obtain a valid and truthful report on how great the wave blown by Dr Mahathir is.

"It has enveloped the entire nation, villages and towns, the upper and lower levels, schools and universities," Zainuddin wrote on his blog today.

On Monday, Dr Mahathir said he was withdrawing his support for Najib and his administration as his criticism had fallen on deaf ears.

“I have tried to give my views to him directly, which are also the views of many people who have met me,” said the country’s longest-serving prime minister on his popular blog, chedet.cc.

“This has not been effective so I have to criticise. I have no choice but to withdraw my support,”?

But the following day, Malaysian newspapers were silent over the attacks, suggesting that editors had deliberately muffled any criticisms against Najib.

This was despite Dr Mahathir lashing out at government supporters for not speaking out against Najib’s policies.

“Many of the policies, approaches and actions by the government under Najib has destroyed interracial ties, the economy and the country’s finances,” Dr Mahathir wrote on Monday.

“This is all because government supporters have never criticised their leaders.”

Dr Mahathir said Najib's slide began when the latter listened to his "enemies' demands" and repealed the Internal Security Act in 2011 and the Restrictive Residents Act, which allowed the government to detain anyone, including suspected criminals, without trial.

Zainuddin today called on all Umno divisions to save their president by urging him to bring back the controversial ISA once they convene this November for the Umno general assembly.

He said abolishing the ISA was a big mistake on Najib's part, as it allowed certain "anti-national quarters to insult and belittle the Federal Constitution".

"I understand that Najib's move not only shocked the rakyat, but it disappointed the Attorney-General's Chambers and the police, who had advised him to make amendments, and not abolish it," said Zainuddin.

He said Najib put an end to the ISA to build a name for himself internationally, without taking into account the sentiments of Malaysians.

"This is the same with Khairy (Jamaluddin) who showed up at the protest over Gaza in London because he felt it would boost his image compared with joining the protests in Malaysia," said Zainuddin.

But he added that "Najib is not Khairy", and understood the prime minister well from his days as Utusan Malaysia's editor-in-chief.

"There is no reason for Najib to feel guilty or worried his dignity will be compromised if he retracts his mistake.

"On the contrary, his image will return to its peak and become stronger if he is willing to right his wrongs, which have emboldened Malaysians to become ruder and tarnish the purity of the Constitution," he wrote. - August 21, 2014.

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Aug 21, 2014 9:03AM
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Zainuddin today called on all Umno divisions to save their president by urging him to bring back the controversial ISA once they convene this November for the Umno general assembly.---@MSN News Report.

  This is another mamak whose words must NOT be listened to.  Mahathir appeared strong and retained the PM-ship for 22 years mainly because he was able to take shelter from behind the draconian Laws such as the Restrictive Residents Act and the ISA, especially the latter.  A COWARD would have no reservation or qualm to do just that.  Najib, despite being relatively quiet & perhaps a wee bit timid, is NO COWARD and he was confident enough to repeal those draconian Laws and he needs no ISA to shelter him from troubles & criticisms even in this era of the Internet the use of which was not yet widespread during Mahathir's era .  Zainuddin is talking c0ck.
Aug 21, 2014 10:53AM
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Ya ya ya! This Mamak Maidin bloke is just clinging to his old chieftain Mamak Mahathir's coat-tails and hoping to grasp his hand along the way to show how united Mamaks are in issues of sustaining Mamak power and influence within the country! These people (not all) are a desperate lot seeing PM Najib is increasingly more open to general Malaysian interest in his on-going inclusive programs. It is about time ex-PM Mahathir and his clique-of-yesteryear be told in no uncertain terms that their authoritarian, even wayward, methods of governing a modern nation are over-the-hill in forward nation building! One must unite not divide the nation! Take note everyone! It is by no sheer coincidence that this Mamak Mahathir's clique is always rushing out to promptly to defend and furiously support him every time after he issues a provocative statement against the current government and/or other fellow Malaysians. This particular Mamak group is an unyielding, self-serving and divisive lot working against the future long term good of Malaysia and all Malaysians! Despite their advancing age, they should all be kicked hard in the butt publicly! No longer have to give face to these divisive and self-serving Mamaks who are still up to no good with a hidden agenda to continue exerting and expanding on their warped influence and power-based within the country! Whatever actions to be taken against these Mamaks, if at all, could only be seen as a reciprocal measure to expose their continued arrogance and insolence against the intelligence of all good Malaysians!
Aug 22, 2014 2:37AM
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A TIME OF DISASTER IS A TIME OF SOBER REFLECTION TO THE LIFE WE LIVE, IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MAN ONCE TO DIE AND AFTER DAT JUDGEMENT. THOSE WHO ARE ALIVE SHOULD GO BACK INTO THEIR CLOSET AND ASK THEMSELVES," AM I DOING WHAT GOD WANTS ME TO DO HERE". ITS NOT A MATTER OF THROWING FLOWERS TO THE DEAD WHO GOT LITTLE OR NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. REPENT OF YOUR EVIL WAYS, YOU COULD BE THE NEXT VICTIM.
Aug 21, 2014 5:12PM
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Stupid article


why the ****kkk should we support the ISA and the MAHAFIRAUN?

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