Hornbill Unleashed

May 21, 2012

Step out of Dr M’s shadow, call for GE

Athi Shankar

 DAP national chairman says Najib must earn the right to be prime minister. He also wants the PM to bestow bumiputera status for all Malaysians born on and after August, 1957.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak mush quash the perception that Dr Mahathir Mohamad is still running the nation.

To do this, DAP Karpal Singh said Najib must call for a general election and earn his right to be the prime minister.

Pointing to the ever growing public excitement and demand for the general election, he said it was time for Najib to come out of Mahathir’s shadow.

“The perception is that Mahathir is the de facto prime minister,” he told reporters here.

Mahathir, who stepped down in 2003 after 22 years at the helm, continues to be an influential leader in both Barisan Nasional and Umno.

The 84-year-old statesman also played an instrumental role in removing former premier Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, to pave the way for Najib’s rise to the post.

Give bumiputera status

Karpal also said Najib should bestow bumiputera status on all Malaysians born in the country on and after August 1957 as his first pro-active step to realise his transformation plan.

Secondly, he added, Najib should implement meritocracy as the crucial yardstick in the appointment of judges and civil servants, especially doctors.

“A lip service to transformation will get the prime minister nowhere. The prime minister should not try to pull wool over the eyes of the citizens.

“He should not just dwell on its peripheral. The PM should move closer to its core,” he said.

By bestowing bumiputera status, Karpal suggested Najib would initiate the first constructive transformation action.

He said meritocracy should be an important policy especially in the appointment of judges and doctors given that both professions dealt with human lives.

He noted that judges were empowered to sentence one to death in court while doctors were to save lives.

Thus, he warned that the people would become victims if the appointments were not based on meritocracy.

“For a meaningful transformation, meritocracy should be the foremost factor. When it comes to judicial and medical appointments, the best must be chosen,” he insisted.

Karpal was commenting on DAP former vice-chairman Tunku Aziz Tunku Ibrahim’s impassioned call to the people to support Najib.

Shocked by Tunku Aziz’s backing

Tunku Aziz, who quit DAP on Monday, urged Malaysians to give Najib the chance and time to see his currently implemented transformation programmes come into fruition.

Karpal said he was “taken aback” by Tunku Aziz’s statement that the prime minister was on the right track with regard to his transformation plan.

“Tunku Aziz has always been an opponent of government policies. He has never stated such views when he was in DAP. I’m taken aback,” he added.

Tunku Aziz quit the party citing differences with DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

Karpal admitted that the exit of Tunku Aziz, whom he described as man of principle, was a loss to DAP.

He said it was most unfortunate that the matter had come to a dead end.

Asked whether he would talk to Tunku Aziz, Karpal’s reply was negative. “I don’t think so … the chapter is close,” he added.


  1. Najib belongs to the old school pf political thoughts. He is a ‘disciple’ of Mamakleen, who, like an old dog necer wants to learn tricks. Both are foxes in sheep’s skin-one as corrupt as the other one. Personally, I think Mamkleen must leave Malaysian politics alone and must retire for good, unless he has a personal agenda to see his son being installed as the next PM. As for Najib, he should quit before it is too late. He is nothing but dictator with no conscience when it cames to all the scandals involving him and his aides.

    Comment by Egbert Lau — May 22, 2012 @ 8:00 AM | Reply

  2. Maybe Najib is but a shadow. Malaysia has never really changed PM since 1983.

    So if UMNO really ever want to change for the better, they have to do lots and it’ll be messy so messy it defeats the purpose. UMNO cannot change UMNO. Najib was politically dead in 2002 when he dived with the subs. Rest is history. Najib was nuked in 2002. There is a chance for change even for UMNO if the change is from outside completely. We need the biparty deal to come unstuck.

    Things as they are, Najib is neutered. There’s still a remote chance for his survival but it doesn’t look like he’ll ever be able to do it from UMNO. But the ball game then will be very different when goal posts don’t move.

    Public sees how Najib shifts and shifts and shits and gets nowhere except wastes public funds. On the other hand they could be wrong. If the unthinkable happens the unthinkable happens. As he said, the world’s a stage. It’s difficult to predict on a hunch but there could be a surprise!

    As for change there ain’t much choice – it’s the path and the form it’ll take. But you gotta keep at what you think and do will make that change. don’t worry what others will do for change. Much much change might make big bucks! 😉

    Comment by statics — May 21, 2012 @ 11:41 PM | Reply

  3. It has been reported that Najib would be visiting Sarawak during Gawai. We want Najib to match or better DAP’s offer of RM1 Billion for the Dayaks or rural poor in the event PR took over Putrajaya.

    Comment by Bidayuh Headmaster — May 21, 2012 @ 9:33 PM | Reply

  4. “Puppet on A String “” perfect.

    Comment by WelcomeToSarawak — May 21, 2012 @ 7:47 PM | Reply

  5. 1. Maha-thief and E-Ali should be permanently locked up or sent to hell.

    2. Give PR a chance to rule for a full-term (with full blessing from the King)

    Comment by tigeryk — May 21, 2012 @ 7:24 PM | Reply

  6. BUMNO controlled BN government, led by the notorious Najib is already on a wish hunt for Patakan Rakyat leaders who participated in Bersih 3.0. Such action will only strengthen Malaysians’ belief that Najib will not likely respect the wishes of the people and hand over power peacefully when BN lose the mandate to administer the nation.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — May 21, 2012 @ 6:12 PM | Reply

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