The tide of dissent towards Najib is brewing both within and outside Umno – and both online and outside the internet.
We saw the cool reception that Najib received at the Pasir Gudang Umno meeting.
A memo was apparently submitted urging him to go on leave and cancel the postponement of the Umno party elections. (Umno is reportedly investigating the incident and the authencity of the memo.)
Critical banners have emerged in Johor.
This video of a Wanita Umno delegate railing against Najib has gone viral.
Support for Umno in Johor, an Umno bastion, is eroding.
Now, Najib may have 2.8 million people ‘liking’ his Facebook page. But that’s not doing him much good: he has to deal with a torrent of critical comments on his page. Look up the comments here.
In contrast, the MACC Facebook page, which has 170,000 likes, has a flood of comments expressing support for the commission’s efforts in probing the 1MDB scandal and the RM2.6bn reportedly found in the prime minister’s bank account.
Note that these comments are mostly written in Malay.
The recent transfer of two senior MACC officers to the Prime Minister’s Department sparked a public furore. Whoever is advising the prime minister, if anyone, has done a lousy job and has failed to read the situation, which is fluid and certainly not moving in Najib’s favour.
Did the mounting public pressure finally result in the reversal of the decision to transfer the two senior MACC officers?
SPRM Sambut Baik Batal Arahan Pertukaran
Merujuk kepada kenyataan akhbar Ketua Setiausaha Negara (KSN) yang membatalkan pertukaran dua pegawai kanan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) ke Jabatan Perdana Menteri setelah pertemuan pada pagi ini, SPRM menyambut baik keputusan ini di mana Suruhanjaya ini berpandangan bahawa ia satu tindakan yang baik dan sangat wajar.
SPRM juga ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Tan Sri Ali Hamsa, Ketua Setiausaha Negara dan Tan Sri Mohamad Zabidi Zainal, Ketua Pengarah Perkhidmatan Awam serta semua pihak yang terlibat dalam hal ini.
SPRM akan terus menjalankan tugas dan tanggungjawab dengan bebas, telus dan profesional sebagaimana termaktub dalam Akta SPRM 2009 dan Aspirasi SPRM.
DATUK HAJI MUSTAFAR ALI
TIMBALAN KETUA PESURUHJAYA (PENCEGAHAN)
SURUHANJAYA PENCEGAHAN RASUAH MALAYSIA
26 SYAWAL 1436 / 10 OGOS 2015
Was this reversal aimed at placating the public? If so, then this is a small victory for People Power.
We should also read in this context Najib’s recent comments calling for Umno “keyboard warriors” to counter the storm of criticism he faces on social media.
Meanwhile, the plunge in the ringgit is alarming the public. Why does Najib insist on clinging on to both the PM and Finance Minister posts instead of going on leave until the 1MDB probe is over?