‘Rosmah, a thorn in Najib’s side’

By Tarani Palani

KUALA LUMPUR: The author of “Kesilapan-kesilapan Najib” (Najib’s Mistakes), Shahbudin Husin, said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak should step down if he does not rectify his errors soon.

Shahbudin (picture below), a member of Umno’s Wangsa Maju branch, said: “It serves as a warning… he should correct his mistakes before the next general election.”

“If he fails to do so, then he should step down. We support our party but we cannot support a weak leader,” added the former deputy Youth chief of Wangsa Maju.

Shahbudin’s 267-page book touched on various issues, including Najib’s 1Malaysia concept, his use of international public relations firm Apco and the alleged influence of his wife Rosmah.

Several of the chapters headings include: 1Malaysia Silap Pertama Di Hari Pertama Sebagai PM (1Malaysia the first mistake on the first day as PM); Pelantikan Apco (Engaging foreign public relations consultancy firm Apco Worldwide) and; Gagal Mengawal Karenah dan Gaya Mewah Rosmah (Failure to control (his wife) Rosmah (Mansor)’s luxurious lifestyle.

“I even caught my 12-year-old child’s friends discussing Rosmah’s hairstyles and her luxurious spending. Her antics have not gone unnoticed by many of the Umno grassroots members.”

“Many didn’t like ex-premier Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) because he crossed so many people. But no one made nasty comments about his wife Siti Hasmah. Rosmah gets everyone talking,” he told FMT.

Shahbudin added that her antics were so distressing to some Umno members that they wish Najib will not retain two-thirds in the polls so as prevent Rosmah’s antics from getting worse.

He also touched on the US$24 million (RM73 million) diamond ring fiasco implicating Rosmah, which was exposed by Pakatan Rakyat NGO, Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM).

Its president, Badrul Hisham Shaharin, claimed that the ring had passed through Customs without import duties paid on it.

‘No smoke without fire’

Pro-Umno bloggers came to Rosmah’s defence, claiming that the ring was brought into the country for a four-day private display.

Forced to respond to the issue, Najib denied that the ring was purchased by Rosmah or used for private display.

Asked if he, as an Umno member, believed that pro-Pakatan bloggers may have exaggerated the issue, Shahbudin said that there was no smoke without fire.

“I believe there has to be a basis for such an extravagant story. In three to four days they wanted to return the ring. But why did it come here in the first place?” he asked.

He said that history has shown many leaders fell because of their spouses such as former Philippine president, Ferdinand Marcos, and his infamous wife Imelda Marcos. But Najib seems to pay no heed to it.

Shahbudin whose first book, “Najib, the last Prime Minister”, which was also highly critical of the premier’s leadership, denied that he was sponsored by any faction within Umno.

“I did it on my own time and money. I paid for the 13,000 copies of the first book with my own money. In fact, I was quite embarrassed to approach Harakah daily to advertise my book because I’m an Umno member.

“So how can people say that someone within Umno or even the opposition is funding me?” he asked.

New leaders needed

When asked who was the best person to replace Najib, Shahbudin said that the current crop of Umno leaders inspired little confidence because of nepotism, corruption and cronyism.

Repeating his views in his first book, he said he would be happy if Umno-Barisan Nasional lost at the upcoming polls so there would be a two-party system in Malaysia.

“Only when they lose and a new breed of leaders emerge would Umno be better off. Things are far worse now due to nepotism and cronyism.

“The village Umno members who do all the hard work can hardly get a tender or a contract even after meeting a minister 10 times,” he said.

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