Monday, October 18, 2010

Najib Asks For Blind Loyalty To Umno From Civil Service

In the Prime Minister's speech when launching an Umno Club for retired senior government officers at his official residence, Seri Perdana yesterday, Datuk Seri Najib Razak claimed he is baffled that there are civil servants and government pensioners who preferred to support the opposition.

Bernama reported that he said the "civil servants should know better that it is only Umno that can ensure our survival".

Firstly, the Prime Minister is clearly unable to differentiate between loyalty to the Government as opposed to loyalty to a particular political party. While the civil service needs to be loyal to the Government of the day and carry out its policies diligently and professionally, the civil servants are allowed to have their own political ideals and preferences.

With Malaysia seeking to become a develop nation by 2020, the Prime Minister should perhaps start behaving like one for a developed country for countries like Japan, USA, UK, France or Australia are able to switch governments without the loyalty and political affiliation of the civil servants being questioned.

Secondly, Najib's reference to "Umno" as opposed to "Barisan Nasional" clearly shows the party's racial priorities when referring to "our survival" which could only refer to "Malay survival in the context of the civil service being dominated by Malays and Umno being a party exclusively for Malays.

However what was perhaps most damning in Najib's speech was his use of racial rhetoric and falsehoods to incite anger among the Malay civil servants.

"I want to ask who were the ones who questioned Article 153 in the Constitution? Malay privileges; who questioned them?

Who caused the incident of not offering prayers for the well-being of the king? Who wanted Universiti Teknologi Mara to be opened to the non-Malays. Not Umno, but the other side," he said.

Najib asked the questions like a true Perkasa "hulubalang" and gave away his true colours as a Prime Minister who is "Malay first" instead of "Malaysian first" as defined in his own 1Malaysia concept in the Government Transformation Programme (GTP).

It fully explains he lack of willingness to mete out harsh punishments against those who has spewed racist comments over the past few years including Penang's Ahmad Ismail, the teachers who insulted minority races, his own special assistant Nasir Safar as we'll as most recently, the BTN Deputy Director who referred to Indians as "Si Botol".

His speech marks a 180 degree about turn from his call for "moderation" to fight the global extremists at the United Nations three weeks ago. It is also in total contrast from his call for drastic reforms in the New Economic Model such as for affirmative action to be "market-friendly and merit-based" as opposed to being entirely race-based.

Who exactly was Najib referring to who questioned the Article 153 of the Federal Constitution? We would however question those who abuse to articles of the constitution to grant special privileges to political cronies, the already rich and influential.

The accusation of the King's name being replaced by others by the Penang state government in prayers at the mosque has been explained as being completely unfounded. Najib's lie is hence completely unethical and made with ill-intent.

At the same time, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim's innocent suggestion of making UiTM a little more multiracial was to encourage greater diversity and exhange of ideas within the university has been taken completely out of context by Najib, Umno and Utusan as threatening Malay rights to frighten the Malays.

Under the spirit of the New Economic Model, the Prime Minister should be open to such ideas to ensure that Malaysia will be able to produce higher quality human capital and become more productive and competitive.

However, Najib has instead succumbed to Perkasa's tactics of stirring race discord with racial rhetoric, proving himself to be like his Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who had proclaimed himself to be "Malay first, Malaysian second". It also explains why Najib has taken extra pains not to criticise Perkasa for their non-stop racist and extremist posturing, despite them causing increased racial tensions and dissatisfaction in the country.

The above will severely jeopardise our goal of achieving the high income status with the Government and Economic Transformation Programme. Malaysian talents overseas will resist returning while foreign and local investors will seek greener pastures elsewhere if unequal opportunities and unbridled race-based policies continue to be practiced.


Unknown said...

This is abuse of power. 工私不分.

Anonymous said...

Najib can tell that to Aseh and gang! And I tell them poraaahhh... just look at those attending the gathering... saya mahu muntah!

Anonymous said...

As a Malaysian, I am disturbed by who he meant when he said "..ensure our survival"?

I can definitely survive without Najib or BN!

Anonymous said...

Mr Pua, I’m rest assures that DAP/PR will do the same when they become federal government (which I don’t think can happen). Even now when PR/DAP rule Selangor, others PR statesmen also come out with such a comment to urge the government servant to be loyal even to the level of threatening them to be transfer if they are not loyal to DAP/PR.
Mr Pua, your article sound harsh and I’m sure the way you put it is to make it sound so racist. You do provoke and what do you expect comments would be? Don’t you think DAP as Chinese chauvinist party will also act the same when you guys rule the country (which again I don’t think that can’t happen either) .

Anonymous said...

This is what we call "Desperate times call for desperate measures".

Anonymous said...

Not surprising politician ask for blind loyalty but the way Najib put it - that civil servants should realize that UMNO/BN is RIGHTFULLY the only choice.

The problem with that statement is that
1) He believes it meaning he is unable to see the fallability of UMNO/BN and if it cannot see it, he cannot fix it.
2) If civil servant should think UMNO/BN is the only choice, why don't they and more importantly, its likely a UMNO/BN failure because UMNO/BN has such overwhelming advantage. Again, Najib gives up on identifying the problem and the analysis prematurely.
3) The surprise in the statement shows that Najib in reality does not want to really know the problem. He ASSUMES, making the proverbial pre-fix of himself, that he already knows and understand.

UMNO/BN should be the choice on the surface, and most parties in the world would kill to have the advantages UMNO/BN has/had. The fact its not shows UMNO/BN is hopeless.

Anonymous said...

Always dealing the Ace of Spades of Malaysian politics - Racial Rhetoric / fear mongering. Forever taking the easy way out. Digusting.