Najib springs a surprise of his own

Najib springs a surprise of his own

Najib in his maiden speech as PM tonight:

In this spirit, I would like to announce that the government has decided with immediate effect, to remove the temporary ban on TWO news publications, release 13 detainees from ISA detention, and conduct a comprehensive review of the Internal Security Act. Additional details will be announced by the Ministry of Home Affairs shortly.

Well, not quite a surprise.

As I had mentioned yesterday, Pakatan sources in Bukit Selambau were already expecting the release of ISA detainees, specifically a few Hindraf detainees except for the leader, Uthayakumar, who they felt would have to serve a longer term.

But it’s is not known if there are any Hindraf detainees among the 13 detainees that Najib said would be released.

Anyway, it’s a positive start for Najib.

Let  us not forget that this is a small victory for the Malaysian public, many of whom over the last ten years have been pressuring for meaningful democratic reforms, campaigning for the release of all ISA detainees and calling for an outright repeal of the ISA.

But be cautious: this is exactly the way Mahathir started when he came into power in 1981. He released a whole bunch of ISA detainees. And then came Operasi Lalang in 1987.

The first thing that comes to mind now is: is all this a political ploy aimed at the three by-elections? And then tighten the screws later? Does that mean the remaining ISA detainees have to wait for a new PM before they can have a better hope of being released?

Note: Telekom has confirmed on a recorded message over its helpline that users will experience slow browsing for websites hosted in the US and Hong Kong. “Restoration work is in progress” is their well-worn message. Let’s see how long this takes. This slowdown will affect the downloading speed of many blogs that are hosted overseas at a crucial period ahead of the three by-elections.


  1. Reflecting without emotion, the authorities might have reason to use the ISA. Without giving reason it seemed that the authorities had embarked on an overkill. Surely there was no threat from Haraka and the Keadilan publication. Lets not forget that if we looked too hard for the flea we may miss the elephant when the flea was on the elephant.

  2. K, you know why Abdullah readilly hand power to NTB just like an obedient schoolboy??? Reason is beacuse his SIL is caught with his pants down of money politic. IT is like if you dont handover, your SIL will be in deep s*** with the MACC and it will directly affect your duaghter. Sounds logic!!!

    So K, next time you want to comment, comment on something that most Malaysians understand….with logic. Not the type of comment only UMNO guys can understand.

  3. K:

    Could you please elaborate why you expect Uthayakumar to get the special treatment of staying locked-up longer than the other two still detained Hindraf members?

    “Imagine Power To The People” John Lennon.

  4. BN going to play unfair in these 3 by-election. This announce by Najib is just to justify their surprise wins. The only way PR can win in these by-elections is to take a practical step to stop the phamtom voters, if any. I suggest to PR leadership to assign a cameramens at every polling stations entrance. Take photos of every voters.I hope the PR leadership take my advice seriously.

  5. The sweet coating
    13 ISA released
    A new game
    Only it is an old one
    The black dragon winks

    “I tell you
    There will be changes”
    We know the tricks
    The black dragon ways

    The back doors better locked
    The weakest signal the danger zone
    When the fire spread into it
    There isn’t a way to know
    The dazzling then the daze
    “I tell you
    The changes I will make”

    Now some feeling bewitch
    Listening to the sugar coated statements
    They don’t learn for decades
    They better wake up to know
    The world is changing

    The black dragon
    Raises up and fly away
    “I’ll be back
    Wait for my goodies!”

  6. for those of us who are weak it is a surprise, for those who are strong, it is a joke.

    in any case, the title of your post does not match the news content. for a moment there i thought that jibby has captured the services of another 20 percent of MP to claim back the 2/3 majority in parliament.

    wishing u blessed palm sunday and holy week.

  7. Bro Anil,Selamat Sore,

    What is former PM Mahathir trying to prove? I think all of us know!!!!!As Najib has been sowrn in as PM, Mahatir now moves his pwan to King as he has najib under his grip! Through Najib, he could inject his plans and fancies and again revive Mahathirtahirism!!! Be careful as I preict that NTAR would definitely follow M’s words if he wants to stay in power just like his mentor for 22-years. M has all planned these things and once again Hiyo Silver away!!!!! We are in for bad time actually and the release f 13 ISA detainees was a bit too early and too good to be true..there’s always a catch!! So beware and as was expressed in this column, after the 13 released there might be a bigger sweep of dissidents…Operation lallang 111 coming soon! To opposition leaders I advise them to play it cool as we don’t want them to be roped in like cows and stahsd in KDC(Kamunting Detention Center) for an indefinite period. Najib’s bait is too good and tasty to swallow as they are all barbed with poisonous thorhns. So, YB DSAI, TOK Guru, Tuan Haji Hadi Awang, Rocket chief Lim Kit Siang mus at all costs not make any seditious statements to jeordapize their positions as we TRULY need them to champion our causes.

    May Almighty protect us all from Evils.

    Looks at M’s eyes … like a viciious and famished … looking for its victims…

    May Allah Almighty protect us all from Evil minded person on earth hHe created and bestowed upon us for a peaceful living together! Ameen..ya robbul alameen!

    M should not have dabble into politics again … but he still wants Mukhriz to continue with the M dynasty..that was the main reason why he rejoined UMNO. It’s very easy and plain to see, isn’t it? The M Dynasty..even LKY was put off by the people and acts as only a senior avdiser and elder statesmen. What is actually M dissatisfied about? Sudah-lah, Tun, Kau sudah tua dan enjoy the ride on your bronco as you ride fading into the susnet. It is certainly beautiful if you are clean…

  8. He’s just dangling the carrot in front of the donkey…!

    And we are the “donkeys”…!!!

    Anil..! Put the list of names out than we’ll know. Those released will be very “small fries”……..!!!

    “Judge Me By My Actions…!”

    Let’s not forget these words by new PM..!

  9. Malaysians have learned to be cynical,

    1. Blur-blur Syed Hamid may not have been in control of his ministry for a long time. Some behind the scene forces are more likely at work all along.

    2. Why ban the papers in the first place so recently? Make people feel it was not a contrived act to create a “good cop” image now,

    3. The non-release of 3 key HINDRAF leaders, especially one with diabetes, is going to focus people wrath more!

    4. These detainees may have been released earlier, perhaps only delayed to make the new PM look good by those who want him to look good.

    5. Looks like a feudal, imperial, act of “amnesty” by some ancient Chinese emperor upon his ascent to the throne. It got so bad in ancient china, some insider eunuch actually leaked out pending amnesty, such that a high official urged his son to go out to kill his enemy to settle old score because the official-insider knew an amnesty was coming.

    Point? Return to the rule of law, not rule of one man!

  10. Dear Anil, but they still raid the Suara Keadilan office and snatch the film. while confisticate the PAS “Hujah”.

    This is contradictory to his announcement. What an irony?

    So is this new PM telling a big lie or is this the act by his (people) to sabotage him?

    Is this because that minister is going to be dropped from the cabinet line-up and he is showing his power due to frustration?

    Or is he overzealous and trying to prove his loyalty by becoming more aggressive?

    Which is which?

    But one thing for sure, this is another piece of strong evidence which depicts clearly what he is talking about is mere sandiwara, they never walk the talk.

  11. This is Najib last ditch effort to ensure BN wins the by-election but I believe the rakyat are smarter than this to fall into this trap. We shall wait for Anwar’s surprise before we comment more. :)

  12. LOL
    Usually PM or President pardon or release people before they leave the office. What a political ploy in trying to gain support. Doesn’t this show if you have to give out candies when you come in that means you do not have the support of the people and need to buy people’s vote. Only in Malaysia we are forced to take a leader that have so many ? and yet we don’t have a choice.

    Welcome to Malaysia Boleh… Or maybe we need to change it to SEMUA BOLEH land…

  13. All this is Sandiwara of the highest order. It is just like an old record playing over and over and over…. If they cannot even change UMNO….how do you expect najib to change for the better.

    But one thing is for certain….Peoples Power will win the war.

  14. this maked matters worst only.all hindraf 5 shouls have been released.divide and rule is not the answer.all should have been released. to make matters plain and simple

  15. A dessert on the house before the check is presented.

    We fell for that one lock, stock and barrel many moons ago. Don’t forget the overcharging: closing down of the Star for using the word DETAINED in a black box. Reason: creating public fear.

    If sodomy II is anything to go by, you can bet your bottom dollar history has a tendency to repeat itself…with a straight face.

  16. I remember a now Tun said ‘work with me, not for me’. I also remember all his promises. He turned out to be a … sleepyhead. He even allowed a … to be CEO of a certain Bolehland.

    Now the … made promises for a better Bolehland. Should I believe the …

  17. The Lame duck cud have done the job of releasing the detainee and got the credit before he step down. Always blur…blur…..

    Alas , he cud have been stopped by the oldman who planned for his puppetman to do the good job in time for the 3 by-elections.

    The next move is to think of some interesting names for the coming operasi. How about operasi tikus , … kuching , gajah sakti ,
    kelapa sawit , kangkong …bla…bla…

  18. It’s a con job la! They are fishing for votes! Remember pakatan says it’s a refenrendum against Najib! Najib will use all the Cs – corner, confuse, commit, and if that doesn’t do, condemn….

  19. Well Anil, it wasn’t Pakatan saying that Hindraf 5 will be released but myself who predicted release before by-election for Hindraf 4. Anyway 2 of 4 got released any way.

    I expect the other 2 to be released sooner or later. But Uthaya will have to stay longer.

  20. How fortunate for BN. First the SPR takes the UMNO AGM into account when setting the dates for the simultaneous by elections. Then Telekom runs into a problem preventing the alternative media (the Oppositions most effective media) to disseminate information.

    What next I wonder?

    The ISA should be repealed. The Indian majority electorate of Bkt Selambau should not take this bait. Vote PR, and go for the removal of the insidious Act. This is the stand of PR and shows the way forward vis-a-vis political freedom in Malaysia. This sop should be seen for what it is. BN has got their backs to the wall.

    The ISA release, the media ban and subsequent removal shows how the BN treats laws and regulations as its playthings. So suddenly the ISA detainees are no longer a threat to national security?

    What on earth was all their suffering and the sorrow of their loved ones for? They were there so that Najib can sell the feel good factor upon his ascension into the PM’s seat?

    Did the media break the law to warrant the initial suspension or didn’t they?

    This is the face of the political realities under our newly minted PM. And this does not put my mind at ease at all as they are supposed to.

  21. Why release 13 ISA-detainees and not the rest? What’s the selective criteria used?

    And are Hindraf’s Uthayakumar and Waythamoorthy really dangerous to national security, and so to be considered as potential “terrorists”? Or are they compassionate “human rights activists/freedom-fighters” and so clearly, innocent?

    Does anyone with a half an ounce of Malaysian grey-matter still not know how to evaluate the difference and see the propaganda spin and understand that the ISA is being used as a political weapon?

    Time to stop the FARCE and put an end to it, don’t you think?

    Everyone can smell through the UMNO/BN farcical s**** that has been heaped upon Malaysia for so long that the nation has systematically been brought down to her knees and shamed for all to see on the international stage.

    Oh, and if you are still revelling in that Mahathirian spin of “malaysia bolehness” comfort in this unprecedented world economic recession, suggest you read the OECD’s very short, name and shame blacklist published today and then wake up fast to the reality that the rest of the world normally lives in.

    “Imagine Power To The People” John Lennon.

  22. Of course it has to do with the three by-elections.

    By now Najib’s intelligence sources would have told him BN is facing defeat in at least 2 out of 3 of the seats, if he doesn’t do something very quickly.

    So he has….with his back to the wall.

    Keep the pressure on folks….keep the flame burning….its a very small victory for democracy.

  23. A brilliant move by Najib…but as you so clearly put it, Anil, it’s very obviously a publicity stunt to throw the opposition wolves off the scent, and to placate the now-in-disarray Hindraf supporters in Kedah. I’m willing to stake 100:1 odds that the Old Man is up to his tricks again, and neither will ISA be repealed. Would the UMNO faithful stand quietly and allow Najib to dismantle one of their most powerful weapons?

  24. I am not buying this. Nothng but a ploy. If Najib was serious, he would release ALL the ISA detainees. Then, he would begin to disband Special Branch. We have NO NEED of these goons. Then he would begin to address civil society’s numerous demands for democratic and judicial reforms. Otherwise, don’t come adn try and pretend anymore. We can see right through this new PM. He has no new clothes.

    Besides, Najib would NOT have even done this had there been no opposition demanding these reforms…! So, onwards Pakatan..! REFORMASI..!


    And how about Royal Commissions of Inquiry into those shady submarine deals; those Sukhoi purchases; a retrial for the Altantuyaa murderers – and this time with (all connected witnesses present and) freely questioned, etc.

    So you see, this is all a game to try and win the three by-elections. Bottom line is: NAJIB, YOU HAVE TO DO BETTER THAN JUST THIS. THIS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH..!

  25. He is facing a very difficult scenario.
    And it look very bleak. All the 3 by elections stacked against him.
    And if he able to win just one for the bn , he can smile a bit and fasten his seat belt to his new premier seat.
    Releasing ISA detainees is just to get some Hindraf votes.
    But of course the gov will deny it.
    lets see if he will drops all charges toward Raja petra .

  26. We expecting Najib to release of ISA detainees, but lifts paper suspension. My question is why don’t he abolish ISA immediately ??? Mean that BN may arrest those opposition leaders those are treat to BN in future ??? Make no sense at all !!!!


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