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PM’s BN analysis refers to himself, says Kit Siang

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on June 8, 2009


PETALING JAYA, June 8 – Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s analysis that Barisan Nasional leaders are too obsessed with positions is “great”, says DAP strongman Lim Kit Siang, who stressed that the prime minister did not realise the irony that he was actually describing himself in that statement.

Kit Siang was referring to the Barisan chairman’s speech at the PPP assembly yesterday, in which he noted that Barisan component party leaders were obsessed with party posts, saying they should focus on the people and regain support for the ruling federal government coalition after its dismal Election 2008 results.

“It is a great irony that Najib is not aware or conscious that he is most guilty of the malady among  the Barisan Nasional leaders he diagnosed yesterday,” Kit Siang said in a statement this morning.

The Ipoh Timur MP said it was an indictment of the “business-as-usual” mindset of the Barisan Nasional leaders, who have failed to “feel the pulse of the people”, that there is not a single Barisan Nasional leader, whether from Umno, MCA, Gerakan or MIC, who dares to point out to Najib his own great failure to “learn and change”!

“If Najib had followed his own edict to  constantly ‘feel the pulse of the people’, he would have realised that the biggest Achilles heel in the credibility, integrity and legitimacy of his premiership is the unethical, undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional power grab in Perak,” he added..

The veteran leader said Najib was right in not underestimating the Malaysian electorate whom he said is waiting for the next 13th general elections to “teach Najib and Barisan Nasional a lesson for the illegal coup d’ etat in Perak”.

“It is not too late for Najib to make amends for his greatest political blunder on becoming the sixth Prime Minister – orchestrating the unethical, undemocratic, illegal and unconstitutional power grab in Perak – by dissolving the Perak State Assembly and returning the mandate to the Perakians to elect the government of their choice in a state-wide general election,” Kit Siang said.

Najib’s speech yesterday came at the right time in the PPP assembly, which was fraught with uncertainty after former PPP Youth leader Senator T. Murugiah had called for an emergency assembly and was elected as party president.

But the Registrar of Societies has already re-affirmed that Datuk M. Kayveas remains as party president, clearing the way for Najib to turn up and open the assembly.

Najib said in his speech that the fight for posts was a problem within the Barisan, which has been in power for so long and has not realised that “nostalgia, sentiment and even kindness” can be forgotten.

Instead, Barisan must “feel the pulse of the people” and “not think it is business as usual.

“When will we learn and change? Losing two-thirds of parliament and four states should be lesson enough,” Najib said, adding that Barisan parties must accept the reality that it was the ruling coalition’s worse ever performance in its 52 years in power.

He added that a “tsunami” was an accurate description for the last general elections as “it is a phenomenon where you do not see the waves until it is too late.”

“Do not underestimate the Malaysian public, who can smile and shake your hand but inside they say wait until elections and I will show my power,” he warned.

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