The Pakatan Rakyat victories in Bukit Gantang (Perak) parliamentary and Bukit Selambau state assembly(Kedah) by-elections are a double “no confidence” vote on Datuk Seri Najib Razak four days after being the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia as well as on his direct role to install Datuk Zambry Abdul Kadir as the illegitimate and usurper Perak Mentri Besar following the undemocratic, unethical, illegal and unconstitutional power grab in Perak two months ago.
Najib as the sixth Prime Minister is facing deepening national and international crisis of credibility, integrity and legitimacy, largely because of his refusal to confront and come clean on the host of serious allegations haunting and hounding him, including the C4 murder case of Mongolian Altantuya Shariibuu and the defence deal mega-commissions, through the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry; and most recently, over his democratic credentials and commitment in having personally orchestrated the undemocratic, unethical, illegal and unconstitutional power grab in Perak.
In view of national and international concerns over his credibility, integrity and legitimacy as Prime Minister with every passing day, Najib should convene an emergency meeting of Parliament to secure a motion of confidence from the majority of Members of Parliament.
This was what:
- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi did when he became the fifth Prime Minister in 2003, with Parliament passing a motion of confidence in him in his FIRST week in office.
- Datuk Hussein Onn did when he took over as Prime Minister in 1976 when Tun Razak died of leukaemia in London, convening an emergency meeting of Parliament to secure a motion of confidence in him in his first FORTNIGHT in office.
Sooner or later, Najib must face allegations
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Many Malaysians would have celebrated the appointment of their new Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak with more fanfare but sadly the event has been marred by the 'gorilla' on his back.
It is the FIRST time in the country's history a leader's appointment is so doubted, so thwarted, that 81 members of parliament and a former government minister have appealed to the country's King to intervene.
Malaysians look up to the office of prime minister with pride.
None of those who have gone into the august office have had a millstone around their neck like Najib Razak has and it does not augur well for the nation that he takes up the nation's highest office handicapped by these allegations, some of which are not merely rumours but serious statutory declarations.
It no longer is a private matter because the reputation of the one who occupies the highest office in the land is important to every citizen and the honour of the country is at stake. It has become a national issue and sooner or later, it has to be resolved - but not with more clampdowns but proper investigations.
Allegations of wrongdoing related to the Altantuya murder, helicopter purchases, abuse of power, a RM50 million bribery allegation are some of the thorns in his side that he can't ignore.
At some point, it may be necessary for him to bite the bullet and face those charges head on by initiating a full inquiry so as to clear his name once and for all.
Or go to court and let justice take its course. Otherwise the nagging pain will incapacitate his ability to focus on the job. If the aim to stay mum to make the allegations go away, I think it is a hope against hope.
There is no way the media, both at home and abroad, can be forced not to refer to the allegations . Journalists, especially in the West are going to ask him those pesky questions especially about Altantuya. Hardly a day passes without some foreign news report regurgitating the allegations.
The fact that Altantuya was a beautiful woman only fires up the imagination of the media that latches on to a sensational story like a swarm of flies onto a rotting fish. What has made the situation worse is that Abdul Razak Baginda has been acquitted so it leaves the nagging question, ‘Who killed Altantuya?’ and ‘Who ordered her killing?’
Nothing is as cruel and unjust as trial by media.
As long as the rumour mills are busy and the innuendos fly and the statutory declarations are left to rot, the damage is done.
Najib has two options. To ignore them or to bring those who make or spread them to justice. But if there is the will to get to the truth, no effort should be spared.
And let's hope justice will prevail.