Endgame for Najib?

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On 9 May 2015, I raised the question, “How long can Najib last?”

Two days ago, the Rulers issued a rare statement saying they want the government to complete the investigation into 1MDB asap and take “the appropriate stern action” against those implicated. This is hugely significant.

Let’s look at the Bernama report more closely. The emphasis in bold is mine:

In a statement, their royal highnesses stressed that all concerned should extend “real and sincere” cooperation for the investigation to achieve its objectives.

“The findings of the investigation must be reported comprehensively and in a transparent manner so that the people will be convinced of the sincerity of the government which shall not at all conceal facts and the truth,” they said.

The statement was released by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, after the pre-council meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara on Tuesday. The 239th meeting of the Conference of Rulers is scheduled for two days from Wednesday.

The statement said: “The failure to give convincing clarifications and answers is feared to have resulted in a crisis of confidence.

“As a consequence, the people believe, whether basing on reality or perception, that this is among the causes for the plunge in the value of the Malaysian Ringgit, impacting the country’s financial market and economic climate negatively and at the same time adversely affecting the world’s view of Malaysia.

According to the statement, the Malay Rulers were worried that if the issue was not wisely handled, and was allowed to drag on, it could jeopardise the country’s economy and the livelihood of the people.

Their royal highnesses feared that this could also threaten public order and national security.

“Hence, the Malay Rulers remind all leaders to always adhere to the Rukun Negara principles of Upholding the Constitution and the Rule of Law.

“To ensure that the government enjoys the people’s trust, that leaders are respected, that political stability is guaranteed and that the economy continues to grow, all leaders must constantly ensure that justice is meted out equitably and transparently based on the law,” they said.

For this, the statement said, enforcement agencies and regulatory institutions such as the Police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Bank Negara, Attorney-General’s Chambers and the Judiciary, as well as related government bodies should be worthy of God’s trust and the people’s faith with transparency, credibility and integrity.

The Malay Rulers also want the leaders to always give priority to factors of security, tranquility, peace and harmony and place national and the people’s concerns above their personal interests.

“The Malay Rulers take seriously issues affecting race and religion and would like to remind leaders of political parties and non-governmental organisations not to sensationalise racial and religious issues to garner support from the people for their parties or for themselves,” the statement said.

Their royal highnesses said the long-prevailing inter-racial and inter-religious harmony and solidarity had been the main pillar for the stability of an independent, peaceful, progressive and prosperous Malaysia.

As such, they said, the harmony and solidarity of the people should be safeguarded at all times and never be sacrificed for shallow political aims.

“The Malay Rulers have the religious obligation of ensuring that peace and prosperity can continue to prevail in the country in a stable political atmosphere with the people living in harmony,” the statement said.

Five main points in the Rulers’ statement:

  • Failure to resolve the 1MDB and give convincing answers has resulted in a crisis of confidence and contributed to the plunge in the ringgit
  • This could affect the economy and the livelihood of the people
  • So, conclude the 1MDB investigtions promptly and haul up those implicated
  • All agencies – police, MACC, judiciary, Bank Negara, AG’s Chambers – must cooperate in the probe.
  • In the meantime, political parties and NGOs shouldn’t sensationalise racial and religious issues to win support.

So where does this leave Najib? Day by day, he is losing more friends and his support base is crumbling.  He is certainly not winning new friends.

Where does this leave Arul Kandasamy and 1MDB, whose audited financial statements have been delayed. How much does 1MDB really owe?

The PAC and MACC investigations have been disrupted. Who is actually probing 1MDB and the RM2.6bn donation now? Will all those agencies now heed the Rulers’ wishes and resume their probe?

Where does this leave the Royal Malaysian Police, which have gone after 1MDB whistleblowers, while key figures in the 1MDB debacle have been allowed to slip out of the country?

Where does this leave Jamal and Ali Tinju and their Red Shirts, who look increasingly isolated?

In fact, the open letter by the former deputy director of the Special Branch was particularly scathing. He described such tactics as taken from a stale script to divert attention away from the loss of public funds.

He wrote:

…mereka menggunakan strategi mengelirukan rakyat dengan mencipta skrip basi yang tidak masuk akal kononnya wujud konspirasi untuk MENGGULINGKAN KERAJAAN. Siapa yang nak gulingkan kerajaan???
Kononnya orang-orang CINA NAK RAMPAS KUASA!!! Ish ish ish jahat sungguh taktik “diversion” yang digunakan oleh para “perompak” ini. Dari isu Pecah Amanah Jenayah dah bertukar pula jadi isu perkauman. Siapalah agaknya penasihat strategi “perompak” ini ye….pandai-pandai tupai melompat akhirnya jatuh ke tanah jua.

Just as we thought.

And where does this leave the government-controlled media, which have downplayed the impact of 1MDB?

Things have certainly picked up momentum since Bersih 4, while Najib looks increasingly like he is on borrowed time.

 

 

 

 

 

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taraji

Najib got his AG to declare that no wrong doing in 1MDB to counter the Sultans’ order(?) Nobody can beat Najib!

Ed G

If one were to refer to the Federal Constitution, it would look like almost all the key government institutions are under the DYMM Yang Di Pertuan Agong. Moreover, the appointments of key government and administrative positions are at the pleasure of His Majesty. The PM post is in fact scarcely mentioned. Hence it is baffling how the PM can command such great powers to the extent that he can seemingly shield himself from even the investigative, not to mention the prosecuting, arms of the law. Moreover, the AG seems to be able to decide at will whether to proceed with… Read more »

zoro

as usual like ah yang. annars & super cally hijack this forum. dumno hijack and centralise power. no 3 rd gov elections. mayor all dumno

johan Khun Pana

Game Over for him is easy.
As he is already in the ultra high income bracket.
But what about us the normal common people.
Looks like his replacement could be his current deputy , a hot head.
With another no good hot head in place do we all have to wait until the next election?
Thank you to Barisan Nasional , they screwed us up all the time.

benny

Endgame for a Sepp Blatter at FIFA for alledged corruption, despite all the denials.
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/08/football/sepp-blatter-suspended-michel-platini-fifa-jerome-valcke/

Justice will prevail, eventually.

rajraman666

Najib and his macai untouchable. Every single person who question his honesty either transferred,get promotion,sack and latest under Sosma,Osma or whatever Ma. The joke is Muhyudin the Malay First ask the common people to make a Police Report but he personally never make a report. Sorry at this stage i don’t even want to be near Police Station talking about the crooks and make a report against Najib.I might ended up like Kugan. I just a normal guy like others.Keyboard warriors. Zaid and Hishamudin on defensive mood and twist the Royal statement. rajraman. Anil since you knows about accounts more… Read more »

Phua Kai Lit

Unfortunately, it looks like only a severe economic
crisis will send him (and his spouse) packing.

benny

Dealing with the royal leaders could be far trickier for Najib. They have no formal power, and their proclamations are not binding, but the centuries-old royal families are accorded great respect as symbols of Malaysia’s heritage and guardians of the nation’s Islamic faith. Just as important, they can’t be sacked.

http://qz.com/519052/malaysias-prime-minister-faces-a-fresh-threat-to-his-rule-royalty/

tunglang

Just as important, they can’t be sacked. Neither can they be sued or arrested by SuperBiker-self-procalimed-as-God-appointed.
Looks like the Sultans are more wiser than that Naik Jeeper & Loyalist KneeJerks.

Ed G

Nor can they been transferred to the PM Dept.

Ming Wong

Hope borrowed time runs out soon!

benny

John Pang, a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, said Mr. Najib, who faces significant opposition in his party, now appears more isolated. “The statement adds to the sense that he has lost the confidence of the Malay rulers, along with other important sectors of society,” Mr. Pang said. The sultans, he said, “have never spoken so specifically on a matter of government.” Their intervention “will embolden both the civil service and civil society groups that are dismayed by the scandal,” he said.