Lo and behold, PM Najib’s Emergency rule By Commander (Rtd) S THAYAPARAN Royal Malaysian Navy
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Malaysiakini : “Quintus: People should know when they are conquered.
Maximus: Would you, Quintus? Would I?”- ‘Gladiator’
COMMENT | De facto opposition leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed that if BN loses by a small margin, “The bullies in BN would be ready to create instability.”
Let us get something out of the way first. The only political party
in BN that has the means and ways of creating instability is Umno and
Umno has never been shy of playing the bully in Malaysian politics.
Therefore, if any political party is going to declare emergency rule it
is not going to be the BN alliance but rather Umno.
The former Umno strongman does not make flippant comments. He does
not just throw things out there to get a rise. Everything he says or
does is carefully considered and made with the intention of fulfilling
I have made it clear that I do not consider the recent corruption
allegations the existential threat facing Malaysia. I wager that if
“bangsa” and “agama” did not corrupt the Malaysian system, most
Malaysians would give someone like Prime Minister Najib Razak a free
pass. He would be given this pass because in the words of Malaysiakini columnist Josh Hong reminding us that naysaying is not enough, “for all its flaws, Malaysia remains a prosperous, relatively efficient and economically vibrant country.”
Mahathir makes the case with his examples of voter fraud, compromised
electoral system and vote buying, that even if the opposition wins by a
small margin, they would eventually lose, because the Umno hegemon has
no intention of ceding the political battlefield to the victors.
In any other civilised country, when a former prime minister makes
such an extraordinary claim, the current prime minister, his cabinet and
political allies would rebut the claim. They would assure the citizens
of their country, that they would abide by the democratic process and
that the rule of law and principles of democracy would ensure a smooth
transition of power.
This is not the case in Malaysia. The Najib regime has made no
comment and indeed the racial and religious rhetoric has escalated to
the point that the Umno establishment has enacted laws that would give
them legal authority to rule in emergency until such time that they feel
confident enough to resume the facade of democracy in this country.
There is no point talking about the 1MDB scandal as if the current
regime has any intention of conforming to democratic norms because
scandals such as these depend on institutional integrity and voting
demographics that, regardless of partisanship, hold politicians
accountable for their deeds in office.
In my piece ‘Malaysian Official 1 should resign but won’t’,
I wrote - “Najib loyalists are wallowing in the fact that Najib’s
authoritarian measures ensure his political stability because there are
no democratic or legitimate means to oust him from office.