Saifuddin: Najib spent 100 days copying our ideas
THE MALAYSIAN INSIDERBy Lee Wei Lian
KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 – PKR leader Saifuddin Nasution has criticised the prime minister’s key policy achievements in his first hundred days in office as lacking in originality and a copy of Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) ideas.
Since taking office on April, Datuk Seri Najib Razak has spoken frequently about his 1 Malaysia philosophy which is aimed at fostering national unity among the different ethnic groups in Malaysia.
He has also risked the wrath of his pro-Malay party and made several key policy decisions widely perceived as an attempt to win back lost non-Malay support to the Barisan Nasional (BN).
These include announcing a new category of merit-based scholarships and a recent declaration that ethnic-based quotas are outdated policies that hamper the nation’s competitiveness, which appear to be similar to PR’s official stand made before the general election last year that there should be no racial discrimination.
“Najib has successfully hijacked the ideas of Pakatan to win back the support of the non-Malays,” the PKR election director and Machang member of parliament told The Malaysian Insider.
“The liberalisation of the 27 sub-sectors of the services industry, the national scholarships based on merit and the lifting of the 30 per cent Bumiputera quotas (for companies going for listing), I see it as Najib ripping off the ideas originally from Pakatan. But he cannot go on copying our original ideas.”
He complained of the irony in the way the mainstream media had treated Najib’s policy announcements.
“If it had been from us, the BN-controlled media would have said we are betraying the Malays. But when it is from Najib, he is hailed as a great leader.”
He added, however, that if the policies are for the public good, he has no objections to them.
Najib’s approval ratings have surged since he took office according to independent pollster the Merdeka Centre, jumping by nearly 20 points from 46 per cent in May to 65 per cent by the end of June.
The rise was most dramatic amongst the Chinese. The percentage of Chinese who approve of Najib doubled from 24 per cent in May to 48 per cent in June.
His support amongst both the Indians and Malays was 74 per cent, up from 64 and 53 per cent respectively.