Is Najib politically weak?

Aug 30, 2016
Prime Minister Najib Razak (right) and Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem.
Prime Minister Najib Razak (right) and Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem.

Bakri Musa in his post at Malaysian-Today titled: ‘Devolution and the rise of Adenan Satem’ believes Prime Minister Najib Razak is, weak that is, but I reckon Bakri gave far too much credit to Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem.

Bakri Musa shows this by the following …

He reckons Najib’s weakness has been caused by ineptness and insensitivity in dealing with state leaders, such as Adenan Satem, as indicated by even the absence of having a Department of Iban studies in a Malaysian university.

Was such a topic available in any Malaysian university during Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s time?

I reckon Bakri Musa shouldn’t allow his personal desire, such as the academic pomposity of having an Iban Studies Department in one of our university, to cloud his judgement.

Bakri Musa also believes Najib’s lack of sensitivity with the eastern states, especially a non-Umno controlled state like Sarawak, has resulted in not having a Sarawakian on the Board of Petronas?

Well, was such a person on the Petronas Board during Mahathir’s time?

Why then is Adenan Satem now imposing various restrictions on Petronas management, administration and recruitment with regards to Peninsular Malaysians serving in Petronas Sarawak?

Firstly, we need to to recall his family relationship with the ‘King’ of Sarawak, namely its governor Taib Mahmud, the real power behind the CM, who had allowed/appointed Adenan to be CM.

So whatever Adenan might have said, you can bet your bottom dollar those have been on the directions or/and with the approval of Mahmud Taib.

Strangely, Bakri Musa himself gave away the real secret in saying “Adenan has acted with far greater autonomy than Taib … declaring English to be on par with Malay in schools and the state’s administration, in defiance of federal policies. The surprise is the silence of Umno chauvinists and Malay language nationalists.  That can only happen with specific directives from Najib.”

Indeed, such utterances could only have been done with the approval of both Taib and Najib, who are the real political powers in Sarawak and Malaysia respectively.

In fact, Sarawak in having a member on Petronas Board, as has Sabah, has been with the quite recent approval of Najib.

No doubt Najib has to placate a more independent-minded East Malaysian states who were both somewhat dissatisfied with Mahathir’s 22-year draconian rule.

Najib has to no ameliorate and mollify them, in other words, make up for Mahathir’s arrogance, disdain and big-brother attitude towards those states.

On the Petronas issue, there was also another unpleasant falling out between Najib and Mahathir when the former appointed a Chinese Muslim, Mohd Omar, Najib’s personal matey, to the Petronas Board very much against the wishes of anti-Chinese Mahathir.

By now we should know how Najib operates.

He is the exact opposite of bullying blustering bulldozing anti-Chinese Mahathir.

Najib uses others to be his surrogates or indirect reps of his policies as if to ‘test the waters’, in other words, Adenan has been used as his voice for the enhanced use of English and/or even the recognition of the Chinese Independent Board’s examination certificate of UEC, the latter strongly opposed by Mahathir.

The sad fact of our very racist-conscious nation is that Najib cannot be personally seen as being too liberal or too ‘pro-Chinese’ as he was accused of by Mahathir, or he (Najib) would lose his power base, that of heartland Malays and conservative Umno divisional leaders.

Wasn’t it Mahathir who condemned Najib after the 2013 general election of wasting too much time and money in trying to win the Chinese vote when he should have spent all that time and money focusing on the Malays instead?

An important point to note, there are now more than 3,880 Sarawakians out of the 5,190 Petronas employees in the state, whilst about 1,000 Sarawakians work in Petronas outside the state.

These stats prove that Petronas has hardly been discriminating against Sarawakians, so Adenan’s mucho noise has been more propaganda for home consumption that anything.

Najib is silent about the Sarawakian government’s prohibition of Umno operating there.

Did such a Sarawakian prohibition of Umno exist during Mahathir’s time?

Dr Andrew Harding and Dr James Chin informed us via their book ’50 Years of Malaysia: Federalism Revisited’ that Taib Mahmud had a written agreement with Mahathir not to set Umno up in Sarawak as long as they are in power, and remember, Taib is still in power, as the Sarawak governor and its de facto CM … Read More

Source: KTemoc Konsiders

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