Riong Kali’s pro-Opposition news portal reported that Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad who said that the Federal Government is weak because the support of the rakyat is not solid and firm, and “Has the tendency to accede to the demands of extremists in the opposition”
Dr M says Putrajaya is weak due to low support, pandering to opposition
OCTOBER 28, 2013
LATEST UPDATE: OCTOBER 28, 2013 01:51 PM
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) today attacked the Najib administration as weak, saying it was pandering to extremists in the opposition and getting lesser support from the people.
The former prime minister has not criticised Datuk Seri Najib Razak since he took power in April 2009 and had praised him as better than Tun Abdullah Badawi.
“The political situation now is unstable because the perception is that the government is weak and the lunatic fringe now hold sway over politics in the country,” he said in Putrajaya today.
“We have a government that is weak because of weak support from the people, and with a tendency to accede to the demands of extremists in the opposition.
“The worst part is that they make extreme demands to unseat the government who can’t get rid of whatever they don’t like. But if you think that they will then say ‘thanks, we will support you now’, you are mistaken,” he added.
Najib is currently in London to attend the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF).
Speaking today on the topic of “Current Political Trends and their Impact on the Economic and Social Direction of Malaysia”, Dr Mahathir appealed to the “moderate majority” to have courage to speak their minds and at the same time for the government to pay more attention to the silent majority.
Dr Mahathir said there was no need for the government to entertain the demands of extremist groups.
He said the government must understand the thinking of the moderates and convince them to work together to promote stability.
“This is a clear example of politics impacting on the economy because when the government is seen as weak and entertains the demands of extremists, the growth of the country is in danger.
“I hope that the moderates will prevail. They must be brave enough to make choices, not in their own interests but for the good of the nation, for good politics and the good of society,” he added. – October 28, 2013.
Tun Dr. Mahathir often reminded that if the Malays’ support of the Federal Government is solid, then there would be strong confidence of crafting up strategic socio-economic development plans and programs, make decisions and eventually roll out the implementation.
Then there would no no room for pockets within the minority groups to be bold enough and stand up to sound out their demands, in the insulting and threatening tones and connotations that they have been doing.
The Malays as the majority are not united and as solid as they were, when the movement to fail Malayan Union in 1946 was galvanised and eventually UMNO was formed, and there on UMNO carrying the struggle for Kemerdekaan. The fragmentation within the Malays led to BN having to pander pander into all sorts of demands by the minority groups, because they are unable to rely on the Malays for the support to maintain power.
As such, during the days of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as the Fifth Prime Minister and Sixth UMNO President, UMNO are not allowed to be bold even in their soundbites, to uphold their struggle of championing the Malay cause and issues. This is despite UMNO leaders and even the Malays have been systematically challenged if not insulted by the minority groups and extremists.
The situation digressed further as UMNO has not been seen able to continue the ‘struggle for the Malay cause and agenda’ and say the right things. At least to the eyes of the Malays.
Simultaneously, bold soundbites and effective campaign have shown the Malays started to be taken in to the Opposition struggle and drama. As such, the ‘Political Tsunami’ of 8 March 2008 happened. BN lost 5 + 1 states and for the first time, unable to have 2/3 majority in Dewan Rakyat from the position of 90% control of Parliament the term earlier.
The majority of the Malays were not happy and in utter disappointment started to look out for NGOs instead, to carry on their hopes of ‘Struggle for the Malat cause and agenda’. Hence, PERKASA was formed four months after the fateful 12GE.
Some of the journos who were from Riong Kali dot com reported Gerakan Chief’s manipulation the facts about Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s stance on pro-Malay NGOs.
Najib is actually against Perkasa, claims Gerakan
BY SYED JAYMAL ZAHIIDOCTOBER 26, 2013UPDATED: OCTOBER 26, 2013 01:59 PM
Biz Updates From PR NewswireChang called on the Najib administration to reject all forms of extremist politics and named Perkasa specifically as an enemy of multi-racial Malaysia.KUALA LUMPUR,
Oct 26 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has never agreed with Perkasa’s extremist politics although his administration never openly admonished the Malay rights group, Gerakan interim president Datuk Chang Ko Youn said today.
He said in all of the party’s “dealings” with Najib, the prime minister has repeatedly expressed his opposition to Perkasa’s communal agenda despite not making the stand public.
“I’m not sure about criticising but in all of our dealings with the PM, he definitely doesn’t share their (Perkasa) wills,” Chang told a press conference after opening Gerakan’s congress here when asked what he felt about the government’s muted response to some of Perkasa’s extreme actions.
Earlier today, Chang in his opening speech called on the Najib administration to reject all forms of extremist politics and named Perkasa, specifically, as an enemy of multi-racial Malaysia.
Present at the congress was Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who, in his opening speech, echoed Chang’s view that Barisan Nasional (BN) should reject racist politics.
But critics have questioned Najib’s seriousness for reforms as his government was seen flip-flopping on several pledges including backtracking on his vow to open up the economy to more non-Malay participation and improve civil liberties.
Recently the prime minister announced the return of race-based affirmative action policy in the New Bumiputera Economic Empowerment Agenda and also introduced laws that would restore the state’s preventive powers in a move seen as pandering to conservative demands.
Analysts said Najib’s sudden hardline stand was merely aimed at averting a potential challenge to his position at the party polls but this reflected weak leadership and indecisiveness on his part, especially when forced to confront issues concerning Malaysia’s growing polarisation.
Chong said BN has deviated from its original ideology of inclusiveness and that it must now fight towards restoring the “Spirit of Independence” in charting policies that would benefit not only one race, but for all.
He claimed this co-operative spirit was embodied in the politics of Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Malaysian prime minister, who was also known to reject the politics of race.
“Tunku never backed down when facing extremism and communalism, because he felt that the only way for a country to move forward is for each rakyat to feel belonged.
“Everytime we disagree, it is unfortunate that extremist groups like Perkasa will challenge other non-bumiputera races and ask them to ‘return to their country of origin’ or migrate. This taunt is not only hurtful, but is detrimental to unity and social harmony,” he said.
Despite growing calls for action, including from his own non-Malay allies in BN, Najib
has never openly censured Perkasa or other similar groups despite some of its provocative actions.
And while Chong urged all parties to reject Perkasa’s extremism, the Gerakan leader appeared to have backed Najib when he said that it was important to engage the group in a dialogue in the spirit of freedom of speech.
“The PM has made it known that he is against extremism..we should condemn them (Perkasa) definitely, but we must also respect their freedom of speech. And that is why we believe we should instead dialogue with them,” he said.
Gerakan, and other non-Malay component parties in BN had previously blamed Najib’s party Umno for the minority vote swing. They claimed Umno’s Malay-centric politics have alienated non-Malay support for the coalition.
The party which once dominated the politics in Penang, Malaysia’s second most industrialised city, is now facing party elections amid growing calls for a firm leadership, claiming the present lineup pandered too much to Umno’s will.
Chong said today Gerakan will stay committed to BN as Najib has proved his mettle as a moderate and progressive leader.
The fact is that PERKASA is not and never about extremism. The NGO and like other Malay NGOs such as PPIM, JATI and others sprung out for nothing else but about upholding the ‘Struggle for Malay cause and agenda’ as per status quo and what have been provided in the Federal Constitution and State Constitutions.
It is very wrong to accuse that the notion and call to defend and protect all of the special provisions enshrined for the Malays in the Federal Constitution as ‘racism’ and ‘extremism’.
The matter of fact, to detest, challenge and demonise all these special provisions enshrined for the Malays in the Federal Constitution such as role and position of HRH Rulers, Islam as the religion of Federation, Malay as the national language, Special Malay Rights under Article 153 and role and power of the Syariah court are the acts and intent deemed as ‘extremism’.
Another interesting fact seen in the recent Gerakan convention is that many of the leaders and members freely blame UMNO and Malay NGOs for the poor performance in the last two GEs. They do not even use their own political convention platform to attack DAP and any of the racism and extremism brought forth by the Chinese Chauvinist party.
That should be deemed as ‘back stabbing’ UMNO.
The Malays for hundreds of generations have demonstrated their kindness and hospitality in their willingness to share and accommodate. Even politically. That is the basis of the Alliance Party to work together in the Federal Consultative Council general election in 1955, where out of 52 seats contested 15 were allocated for MCA and 2 for MIC. This is despite the fact that 84% of the eligible voters are the Malays and there is only 11% eligible voters amongst the Chinese.
In rising for the ashes of the 13 May 1969 racial riot tragedy, Second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak Hussein adopted in the accommodating and inclusivity approach where the participation of all ethnic groups are taken into consideration when strategic plans are formulated and crafted. Even Gerakan, which was one of the ‘radical and subversive elements’ in the 13 May tragedy were brought into the consultation conference.
Hence the birth of the New Economic Policy.
Barisan Nasional was born two years later, where the Alliance Party was disbanded and all the component parties in Sabah, Sarawak and Gerakan were accepted as members. The agenda was to move the nation forwards and no one should be left behind.
UMNO and BN have been giving Gerakan a consistently strong backing through thick and thin. Even economic development programs and spending. An example is UMNO led Federal Government invested in the mega project of the Penang Bridge in 1981, the largest infrastructure project this country has ever seen and the benefactor is not an UMNO stronghold such as Johor or Selangor.
Unfortunately, Gerakan has started to demonstrate its inability to endure extreme tests and stress. Instead of looking inwards and overcome their own shortcomings, they take the easy if not the coward way out and conveniently blame others, for failures which most of it should be attributable to their own fault. It is almost like pandering to the same tune and tone of the Chinese Chauvinist DAP.
It is wrong to accuse Prime Minister Najib is trying alienate PERKASA. In fact, Prime Minister Najib as BN Chairman allocated Shah Alam parliamentary seat for PERKASA Vice President Dato’ Zulkifli Nordin during 13GE.
If Gerakan has started to re-adopt its ‘radical and extremist’ traits, seen strongly 45 years ago, then probably it is for the betterment of Malaysia that UMNO and Gerakan part ways.