After nearly a week of mountain air, daily trekking, and plenty of engagement in the analogue world of India’s Shimla highlands, I returned to KL; back to the embrace of internet and digital media. The loudest scandal rising above the noise of many important issues is that of Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak, accused of embezzling billions from the country.
He released a statement on his Facebook Page, and some parts of it caught my attention, mostly because of how unbelievably brazen the claims were:
“The latest allegation is that I have taken state-linked funds for personal gain. I believe Tun [Mahathir], working hand in glove with foreign nationals, including the now discredited political attack blog Sarawak Report, is behind this latest lie.
Let me be very clear: I have never taken funds for personal gain as alleged by my political opponents – whether from 1MDB, SRC International or other entities, as these companies have confirmed.
It is now clear that false allegations such as these are part of a concerted campaign of political sabotage to topple a democratically elected Prime Minister.
At no point have those making these allegations offered any evidence. All we have heard is that these allegations are based on leaked documents and unnamed investigators. Not once has the source of these documents ever been shown, neither have the documents themselves been provided for verification by lawful authorities.”
I am too lazy to address all the problems with his administration and ‘leadership’, because in the ocean of fuckups I can see, it would take a very wide net to drag up everything for examination.
As an example, here are some glaring problems contained in just the EXCERPT from his statement alone.
1. “Taken funds for personal gain”
Don’t qualify it, you muppet. It’s not what the money was taken for, it’s whether or not the money was taken at all. How was that “very clear”, and instead not easily seen as a very specific dodge? This isn’t a he-says she-says accusation. Declare your assets. And Rosmah’s. Open up the 1MDB account books. That’s our money, and we want to know where it went. If our coffers are being robbed, it’s a matter of national security.
2. “democratically-elected Prime Minister”
We simply do not have a democratically-elected PM. That’s a strong statement of legitimacy from someone who is the head of a minority government.
If you were democratically-elected, your coalition should have won the majority of votes in the latest elections. Especially considering how dirty the elections were — the blackout in polling centres , ‘indelible’ ink that could be washed off, the usual accusations of vote-buying, gerrymandering to the ends of our first-past-the-post system, dead people voting, and tampering of postal votes.
Whatever mechanism brought an heir of a political dynasty to the top of his party and then our country, despite not getting the votes, was not democratic elections. Don’t be ridiculous. And don’t even get me started on how false our “territorial representation” elections are, when we don’t even elect our mayors.
3. “the now discredited political attack blog Sarawak Report”
Sarawak Report, though flawed, is doing a better job than our government and our so-called independent investigative arms of pointing out the many discrepancies with state affairs. And because it is doing a better job, it is nowhere near discredited.
Our government reps may deny its validity instead of addressing the issues raised, but discredited? I think Malaysians are more inclined to believe Sarawak Report with a pinch of salt, than official government statements with a gunnysack of salt.
Also, looking at the reputation of state-controlled media, or politically-linked media, maybe don’t bring up credibility — it doesn’t work in your favour.
4. “At no point have those making these allegations offered any evidence”
Feel free to offer up proof by your own standards that these accusations are baseless lies engineered by Tun M.
If these allegations are not to be taken seriously, do provide “the source of these documents” that have gone through “verification by lawful authorities”. You’re giving us words, and not good ones. The Wall Street Journal is giving us far more in terms of evidence and proof to the contrary of your defense.
As it stands, our PM doesn’t seem to be able to even talk his way out of this mess.
Anyway, I’m not fond of keeping track of politics. I’d much rather stay in touch with the world of graphic design and theatre. But sometimes reading news about Najib is like watching a (very wealthy and powerful) baby smack himself in the face repeatedly, for the joy of the hungry news cameras.