Najib, it’s time to remove the muzzle from Muhyiddin

by Mariam Mokhtar

QUICK TAKE: In line with the Christmas spirit of charity and goodwill, will Najib Razak remove the muzzle from Muhyiddin Yassin, his former deputy?

Najib’s Christmas message included the phrase, “Let us celebrate this festive season and welcome the New Year with a brand new resolution and make it our personal mission to assume responsibility in bringing Malaysia to the pinnacle of success.”

So will Najib rise to the occasion and assume some responsibility? Muhyiddin who is also the Umno Baru deputy president should not be kicked aside, like an excrescence. He deserves our respect, whatever his politics. He may, or may not end up speaking rubbish.

Muhyiddin claims that Malay support for Umno Baru has dwindled from the usual 50% to around 30%. Let us hear his reasons.

The former DPM also claimed that people were unhappy about the mega scandals of the RM2.6 billion donation which found its way into Najib’s personal bank account, and the RM55 billion 1MDB debt. Let us hear Muhyiddin’s suggestions, to recoup investor and public confidence.

It is not in Malay culture, to treat a senior person with contempt. Have the Malays become less gracious with the rise in their standard of living? Is the phenomenon of treating senior citizens and people of seniority, shabbily a sign of a new Malay attitude?

The party leadership does not seem to believe in democracy. Is this because it is inconvenient for them, and they would rather their critics just shut up?

Is the party leadership so insecure that it believes that one man – Muhyiddin – can wield so much influence and sway opinions?

As more Umno Baru branches urge the PM to step down, it is a small price to pay, to ask Muhyiddin to speak, because that action alone, will reduce further damage to the party.

Najib was described as a gentleman and “God’s Chosen One”, so if he has nothing to fear and nothing to hide, let the nation and the Umno Baru supporters hear for themselves what the former DPM has to say, and if his words make sense.

At the moment, people know that only paper tigers exist in Umno Baru. Few leaders are willing to make a stand against injustice or corruption. They know that they risk too much by criticising the leaders.

If anecdotal evidence is to be believed, one courageous, albeit naïve contractor, who was involved in a government project complained about inefficiency and alleged corruption in the civil service, which caused major delays. A silence descended on the meeting room. By week’s end, the income tax officials descended on the whistleblower, and scrutinised his personal finances.

It is also alleged that anyone who complains about their senior leaders has lost lucrative contracts, his bank loans have been withdrawn and permits for his business, revoked. Some also allege harassment by the police. However, those who keep quiet about irregularities, are rewarded for their silence.

At the very least, removing the muzzle from Muhyiddin will allow Umno Baru to heal itself and reduce internal in-fighting. – The Ant Daily

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