Najib As The Most Indecisive Prime Minister Of Malaysia

You may be talking about when is the election. As a political think tank, we try to chart a trajectory of a political leader’s performance with a report on the ten of many other back pedaling policies of our Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. No other Prime Minister of Malaysia has shown a consistency of back pedaling other than Najib. With the aspiration of Wawasan 2020 replaced with 1Malaysia and the hot air of aspiring dreams of Najib to usher Malaysia into a new era of a developed nation, the past five years from 2008 till today, the one thing Najib can be proud are the high levels of corruption and an equally divided nation.

The election that may change the future of Malaysia is right around the corner. The Malaysian people are getting antsy to get this over and done with. As a leader of this country, a Prime Minister, a question is posed, “Where does Najib stand in all of this?”. As an equally divided nation, what does the future of the Malaysian hold under an indecisive leader? Budget 2013 may have offered goodies but it is a disconnected budget that doesn’t match the wants of the Malaysian people. How would giving rebate for smartphones help the youth in forging their future? How would it help raise the quality of future young leaders of this country? Does it help more youth to get quality education?

As such, the questions raised by the giving of smartphone rebates is only an appetiser. This list of ten backpedalling policies provides us with more questions than it does with answers. Answers that is owed by the Prime Minister to us, the Malaysian people.

Table 1 : List of Najib’s Indecisiveness compiled by Political Studie for Change (KPRU – Kajian Politik untuk Perubahan)

No. Policies Background Before Backtrack Backtrack
1. Lynas Lynas processes rare earth concentrate, imported from its mine at Mount Weld in Western Australia, at its Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (LAMP) in Malaysia. It will not only produce rare earths for export but also a huge amount of waste, including more than a million cubic metres of low level radioactive material.[1] Although experts have proof, including declarations by international bodies, that the residue is safe, there are people who are still apprehensive about it. So we have decided that the residue will be moved to another place,” Najib told reporters during a visit to Kelantan.[2]But International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (picture) said today that the Australian company had now submitted a letter of undertaking to send its rare earth processing residue abroad if it cannot find a suitable waste disposal site in Malaysia.[3] No residues from the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant (Lamp) would be exported out from Malaysia, says the factory’s managing director, Mashal Ahmad.[4]
2 Mas Airasia share swap Fernandes and his Tune Air Sdn Bhd partner Datuk Kamarudin Meranun are expected to swap a portion of their AirAsia shares for 20 per cent of Khazanah’s stake in MAS.The share swap was to allow Tony Fernandes to step in and pilot the ailing MAS airline back to profitability.[5]

 

Under the share swap,  there will be rationalising of routes. The two airlines cover most of the lucrative routes from Asia to Europe.Malaysia will get the best of both worlds a premier full-service carrier in MAS and the best budget carrier in AirAsia.[6] “After eight months, the assessment is that, the cross-holding of shares has become a distraction to management’s efforts to turnaround MAS.This was because the share swap had failed to get stakeholders’ support for the collaboration.

[7]

 

3 Section 114A Evidence Amendment Under Section 114A, an Internet user is deemed the publisher of any online content unless proven otherwise. It also makes individuals and those who administer, operate or provide spaces for online community forums, blogging and hosting services, liable for content published through their services.[8]  “I have asked Cabinet to discuss Section 114A of the Evidence Act 1950. Whatever we do we must put people first,” the Prime Minister said in a tweet at about 8pm, Aug 14,” said Najib.[9] “As a government, it is our responsibility to ask: how do we ensure that online reporting is responsible? How do we ensure that people do not become the victims of intimidation and cyber-bullying? How do we ensure that freedom co-exists with respect?“It was with these questions in mind that we amended the Evidence Act. Perhaps it wasn’t explained clearly enough what this meant for web-users in Malaysia. And I believe that it is a modern and forward-looking piece of legislation”.[10]
4 Peaceful Assembly Act The Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 was passed by Parliament Tuesday after six amendments were made to the bill with six amendments[11] that shorten time for police to reply to orginizers, reduced time to object against a proposed assembly and the definition of assembly as also restrictions to where assembly is not allowed. During his Malaysia Day 2011 speech, Najib announced that the Internal Security Act 1960 will be repealed entirely. He continues by saying any law enacted will take into account rights and fundamental liberties based on the Federal Constitution.[12] “The Government believes that after more than half a century of practising democracy since Independence, Malaysians have reached a high level of maturity.“In view of this, we are now ready to enter a new era where the function of Government is no longer seen as limiting freedom of the individual but, instead, of ensuring that the basic rights as enshrined in the Constitution are protected.”[13]

The government, Najib added, wanted to uphold the rights of every Rakyat to their freedom of assembly, and it abolished section 27 of the Police Act and introduced the Peaceful Assembly Act 2011.[14]

 

5 Perkasa Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali had objected to Najib’s election pledges made in Chinese areas in Hulu Selangor because of the community’s poor support for the coalition. It’s president  Datuk Ibrahim Ali (picture) said despite BN’s success in winning the semi-rural seat from PKR, the Chinese voters had largely chosen to back the federal opposition.[15] Najib: “Perkasa is not so extreme, if you listen to them carefully. They can shout about Malay rights as long as they are not extreme in their views and you know to the extent that we can accommodate Perkasa. And we can accommodate also the non-Malays as well. I do engage the non-Malay groups as well, so as Prime Minster, I’ve always said I’m Prime Minister for all Malaysians.”[16] Perkasa is eroding Barisan Nasional’s support among the non-Malays with its comments, said Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.“When they talk about my Chinese or Indian friends, they make us lose more votes. What do you want for Malaysia? You want a civil war?” he said in an interview yesterday.[17]
6 Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA) Those in Grade 54 and below would receive increments of between 7% and 13%, while those in the upper levels, from Superscale C and above, would reportedly get increments of at least RM5,000.[18]  Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has announced a review of the Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA) to resolve the issues raised by certain quarters pertaining to its implementation.He said the Cabinet, at its meeting Wednesday, decided on the review.

“After the review, the SBPA will come into force as of Jan 1, 2012, as promised by the Government”.[19]

The Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA) has been scrapped, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced Thursday.He said the existing Malaysian Remuneration System (SSM) would be reintroduced with improvements.[20]
7 New Economic Model (NEM) According to Najib, NEM will generate benefit for all Malaysians, irrespective of race under its inclusive growth goal and approach.Under the NEM, inclusiveness will enable all communities to contribute to and share in the wealth of the country.[21] The NEM will also ensure equality be achieved through competition that is complemented with merits and recognition.[22]  He then backtracks by saying the NEM was formulated as a “trial balloon” by experts with two broad objectives in mind — it had to be market-friendly and global in outlook.[23]
8 Reversal of the introduction of Real Property Gains Tax (RPGT) The RPGT is normally imposed  to curb speculation but due to its flat structure does not differentiate between homeowners who have been holding a property for 20 years or those who are flipping properties within one or two years for a profit.In 2007, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi exempted the RPGT in order to boost property development industry.[24]

Najib announced the government would exercise the RPGT during the 2010 Budget.

The Government proposes that a tax of 5% be imposed on gains from the disposal of real property from 1 January 2010.[25] Datuk Seri Najib Razak reversed his government’s decision to reintroduce real property gains tax (RPGT) on January 1 for all transactions, amid concerns that it would hit long-standing homeowners and foreign investors.Instead, the government has now decided the five per cent RPGT would only apply to property sold within five years of purchase.[26]
9 Delay of Goods and Services Tax (GST) Najib announced the GST during the 2010 Budget as a means to replace the current sales and services tax and it was to be exempted from the lower income group. According to Najib, the government is currently at the final stage of completing the study on the implementation of goods and services tac (GST), particularly to identify the social impact of GST on the rakyat.[27] He then delays the implementation by saying said the original 2011 deadline fro goods and services tax (GST) implementation has not been confirmed yet.He said the government would need some time to explain the broad based tax system to the people and only after that, it would decide on the implementation date.[28]
10. Automated Enforcement System (AES) AES was to begin operation on 22 September 2012 in 14 designated areas to catch drivers who break speed limits and jump traffic lights.The first phase included 14 cameras in four stats, the second phase included 817 designated places in a nationwide implementation of AES.[29] Putrajaya has refused to pander to demands raised by federal lawmakers across the political divide to temporarily shelve the Automated Enforcement System (AES) despite concerns raised over its ability to reduce road accidents by punishing speedsters.According to the Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, the government is firm in implementing the system according to schedule, insisting that it would benefit road users in the long term.

“I think they (lawmakers) do not understand the whole system. Our officers today briefed the Prime Minister’s Office team.. and it was found that even they have misunderstood alot of things.[30]

The AG Chambers has ordered a halt to all court proceedings related to summonses issue under the AES to study the legal issues that have been raised.The decision was made following the issuance of nearly 300,000 summonses by AES since it begain last September 23.[31]

Najib’s Administration a Bad Pun

In November 2012, Najib introduced his book on political transformation. In the book, Najib explained that transformation in the political and legal system practiced by the government in efforts to prepare Malaysia to become a modern, democratic and progressive nation that adopts universal values.[32]

Yet the “transformation” seeked by the Najib administration has not so much been a transformation than a broken track record going in circles. Najib and his administration has successfully proven to not have the political will to deliver those promised transformations, he has also proven time and time again that he “works best” without the trust of the Malaysian citizens.

Case in point is the Lynas controversy. It is a game of ping pong between Najib Administration, Lynas and the Malaysian people. Najib[33] asssured the radioactive waste is safely secured at the plant. Reassurememt is followed by the Atomic Licensing Board (AELB)[34] in which the board reassures the public that the requirement of the safety standards has been satisfied by the plant. However, the ball was hit back by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry that issued a demand Lynas was to export the radioactive waste or its operating licence would be revoked[35]. The ball was jointly returned by four Ministers of Najib’s administration. Those four Ministers included Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapha Mohamed, Minister of Science and Technology and Innovation Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Seri Douglas Unggah Emas and Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.[36] According to the four Ministers, the Cabinet had also endorsed for the condition of removing all wastes from the Lynas Plant.

The Malaysian government is playing a dangerous round of russian roulette with the Malaysian people. The report by National Toxics Network[37] discloses the dangers of improper waste management of the radioactive waste and yet the Malaysian government under Najib’s administration doesn’t seem to have the political will to ensure the safety of local residents are guaranteed safe. Without the guaranteed quality of the Lynas plant that was built and the lack of political will by the Najib administration, the repeating history of Bukit Merah tragedy is not a myth.

The second case in point of ping-pong by Najib’s administration is the Malaysia Airlines (MAS)-AirAsia shareswap. When it was first signed, the deal was expected to reduce competition and help MAS to return profitability. Yet eight months into the deal, the deal was scrapped and approximately 20,000 employees[38] of MAS is left in a lurch with a failed corporate administration that have for 15 years failed to plug the bleed of MAS.  This was after the swap was found to have caused more internal bleeding for MAS worth RM2.52 bilion in 2011 and a loss of RM1.28 billion for the fourth quarter of 2011.[39]

The failed MAS-AirAsia share swap is another busted balloon following the launching of 20 projects under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) that was expected by the Najib administration to contribute as much as RM10.07 bilion to the GNI and create 64,282 jobs for Malaysians.[40] Also to be noted was the statement by Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin[41] who stated the the government had no other choice than to agree to a share swap as if MAS makes more losses, the government would have to inject funds into MAS.

Yet the ping-pong game by the Najib administration has not only failed to revive nor save the struggling MAS airline carrier, it has also jeopardized the careers of approximately 20,000 MAS employees and was the focus of a probe[42] by the Malaysian Competition Commission for possible anti-competition abuse.

In the end, as proven by the scrapped share swap deal, there was no mutual benefit that arose from it. As per Khazanah Nasional, “the controversial share-swap deal between MAS and AirAsia has been cancelled as it had become a impediment to the recovery efforts of the loss making flag carrier”.[43]

The third ping-pong by Najib’s administration is the flip-flop of the amended Section 114A Evidence Act. Najib has claimed that whatever his administration is doing, the people must be put first. Thus in his tweet, he has “asked” the Cabinet to discus the amended Section 114A. Yet apparently the Cabinet has been to not be called for a review of Section 114A.[44]

The Silent Secondhand Clapper

This poses the question, who was lying to the Malaysian people? Was it Najib or was it his Cabinet? The charade of Section 114A continued with the non-action by the police against Umno Youth for the seditious religious posting on its Facebook page. The presumption of “guilty until proven innocence” as provided under Section 114A was apparently not applicable to Umno Youth.

Just as the internet blackout by Malaysian online users that succeeded in unprecedented support from across Malaysia as a means to protest against Section 114A, it still failed to stop Section 114A from operating. This however is no match for the massive concerted effort of the American online community against SOPA and PIPA in early January of 2012. SOPA and PIPA are Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. Both bills provided two methods for fighting copyright infringement on foreign websites. In one method, the U.S. Department of Justice could seek court orders requiring Internet service providers to block the domain names of infringing sites. For example, Comcast could prevent its customers from accessing thepiratebay.org, although the underlying IP address would still be reachable. This ISP-blocking provision was a major concern among Internet security experts, and both SOPA and PIPA have dropped it.

The other tool would allow rights holders to seek court orders requiring payment providers, advertisers, and search engines to stop doing business with an infringing site. In other words, rights holders would be able to request that funding be cut off from an infringing site, and that search links to that site be removed. The site in question would have five days to appeal any action taken.

The online protest saw 4.5 million people signing Google’s anti-SOPA/PIPA online petition, it converted 25 senators into opposers of the PIPA, 2.4 million SOPA-related tweets were scored in one day and lastly, the online protest had managed to stop SOPA and PIPA in its’ tracks and dumped by the American Congress.[45]

In other words, the American Congress realized the law that fights against online-piracy, at the same time patronizes the freedom of the internet was a futile effort. The internet is a borderless universe and to set up regulations that undermine the freedom of information that runs through the veins of the internet is a useless effort in which Najib should learn a thing or two.

Coming back to Section 114A, Najib’s administration not only shown no consistent agreement amongst its’ members, but Najib too, in the race to win the hearts of Malaysian prior to the election made a public declaration that is an evident rhetoric, in which was proven by Nazri Aziz’s stance on the provision. In which according to Nazri, “Section 114A is here to stay to protect the country’s security. Those who were against the amendment did not undertstand the law”[46] as opposed to Najib’s weak “order” to the Cabinet to review the amendment. While there were supporters of Najib’s “order”, nevertheless, the “order” was a half-hearted attempt to quell the voices of dissent.

The Toothless Tiger

This ping-pong game by Najibs’ administration begs the question, “who is the head of the administration?”. Who has more clout, authority within his administration? As clearly as it is by the amount of backpedalling, Najib’s voice seems to be drowned out by some other influential parties. Evidently those influential parties seem to have more authority, more clout than the voices of the Malaysian people. He is vague on the implementation of the RPGT and intends to implement the GST as silently and stealthily as possible, all the while, evading in giving real answers regarding the two. It is as if he is unsure of his own administration and the policies churned out by him and his administration. As well as faithfully backtracking on his New Economic Model that was to “benefit Malaysians as a whole” but was quietly swept under the carpet.

While trying to copy the American presidential campaign style, Najib has failed to learn from the United States with regards to the importance of listening to the people, particularly the internet community in this issue. Whilst the Malaysian internet community is not as vocal as the American internet community, Najib has proven to own a lacking of backbone or commitment as being the father of transformation. Najib’s administration also has a disturbing lack of understanding on how the internet works. Anonymity is both poison and cure for online users. To punish the entire Malaysian population for the acts of a few online bullies does not cut it as a transformation that is so call lauded by Najib’s administration. His administration seems to forget that to cure the menance of cyberbullying, Section 114A only acts a bandaid, it does not resolve the crux of the problem. It does not solve the source of cyberbullying and his lack of understanding on the psychology of such matters is clearly visible on his ping-pong of a game on Section 114A.

Najib has proven time and time again, his first priority are his closest allies or potential allies, his second priority is the people or pretending to listen to the citizens of this country. Just as the Peaceful Assembly Act that acts as a doublespeak of Najib administration on so called “respect for basic human rights”as a basis for abuse of basic human rights to be treated equally and equally protected under the constitution. For example the protection for Perkasa by Najib’s administration whilst at the same time, abusing the basic human rights of Malaysian to assemble and express freely without fear. Perkasa was given the freedom to spew racist acts whilst the Malaysian people were beaten, kicked and threatened for expressing their collective discontent against an unfair election.

The failure of the Public Service New Remuneration Scheme (SBPA) serves as a reminder of the priority of Najib and his administration. He conceded that the SBPA was launched based on the principle of a seven to thirteen percent salary hike and a raise in annual income of between RM80 and RM320 but when it was translated into action, it ran off from the decision that was made.[47]In other words, the only raise that occured was the raise for senior offices whilst the lower ranked officers received a paltry raise as mere as RM1.70.

The pattern of Najib’s proud “transformation” is turning a theoretically good or mediocre idea into a bad example of executions in which the repercussions are felt by the everyday Malaysian citizens whilst at the same time, the tight circle around him escaped. Only when the citizens have raised their collective voices, Najib does a backflip on his own policies. All these backflips, ping-pong games and russian roulette with the Malaysian people, topped with the outstanding honorary place of being the most corrupt nation to do business, Najib’s administration seems to fail to grasp the gravity that these dots connect to create a vacuum that negates transformation and the so called dream of a developed Malaysian nation. Najib does not seem to be worried about his popularity as much as he thinks with these endless backflips and back pedaling.

His latest fallacy is of course the failure of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) in which critics have pointed out is a money making machine for private companies and not as a proactive machine to increase the safety standards of roads. Within the ten years[48] of the idea of implementing the AES, it would seem ironic Najib’s administration had failed to commend a detailed research analysis of the weaknesses of such system that outweighed the benefits of AES.

As a Prime Minister and a leader of a nation, his vacillitating decisions mirror his disability as an incompetent and weak leader who holds the faith and belief of 28 million citizens of Malaysia. He has not only succesfully rocketed the nations’ debt to 73.4[49] percent in last five years, Najib has also has managed to escort Malaysia to the top of the corruption ranks and displaced the faith and belief of Malaysians against a government. His empty promise to remove the bumiputera quota echoes his distrust against the skills and abilities of the Malays as well as it continuously sows disatisfaction amongst other races in Malaysia.

The only transformation accomplished by Najib is turning Malaysia into an international joke. Where once Malaysia was filled with potential and rich with natural and human resources is now a source of critical brain drain and corruption. Unless Najib wishes a transformed developed Malaysia to realize, it is nothing but a phantom wish negated by his own undoing.

These continuous back pedaling is also a show of desperation. A desperation to cling onto whatever power Najib has left. As per the words of Aung San Suu Kyi;

“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”


[1] Save Lynas, Lynas’ Waste Plans A Toxic Pipe Dream, 18 Disember 2012,

http://savemalaysia-stoplynas.blogspot.com/

[2] The Choice, Najib: Lynas Waste Will be Removed, 3 Mac 2012,

http://www.thechoice.my/featured-articles/27836-najib-lynas-waste-will-be-removed

[3] MI, Lynas Pledges To Send Rare Earth Waste Abroad, 6 Mac 2012,

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/lynas-pledges-to-send-rare-earth-waste-abroad

[4] BaruBian, Wastes Won’t Be Exported Out Of Malaysia, Says Lynas, 8 Disember 2012,

http://www.barubian.net/2012/12/wastes-wont-be-exported-out-of-malaysia.html

[5] MI, MAS, Airasia Share Swap Set For Tuesday, New CEO Likely, 8 Ogos 2011,

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/mas-airasia-share-swap-set-for-tuesday-likely-new-ceo

[6] Asia One, MAS And Airasia In Share-Swap Deal, 7 Ogos 2011,

http://business.asiaone.com/Business/News/Story/A1Story20110807-293137.html

[7] NST, MAS-Airasia Swap Deal Is Off, 2 Mei 2012,

http://www.nst.com.my/latest/mas-airasia-swap-deal-is-off-1.79952

[8] DigitalNewsAsia, Govt Stealthily Gazettes Evidence Act Amendment, Law Is Now In Operation, 8 Ogos 2012,

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/digital-economy/govt-stealthily-gazettes-evidence-act-amendment-law-is-now-in-operation

[9] DigitalNewsAsia, PM Asks Cabinet To Re-Look Evidence Act Amendment, 14 Ogos 2012,

http://www.digitalnewsasia.com/digital-economy/pm-asks-cabinet-to-re-look-evidence-act-amendment

[10] MI, Amendment To Evidence Act To Protect People, Says Najib,  12 September 2012,

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/amendment-to-evidence-act-to-protect-people-says-najib

[11] The Star, Peaceful Assembly Bill Passed, 29 November 2012,

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/11/29/nation/20111129164017&sec=nation

[12] 1Malaysia, Special Malaysia Day Message By Yab. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak In Conjunction With Malaysia Day 2011 Celebration, 15 September 2011,

http://1malaysia.com.my/speeches/perutusan-khas-hari-malaysia/

[13] The Star, Najib: Govt Rescinded Three Emergency Proclamations To Give More Freedom, 12 April 2012,

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/4/12/nation/11087904&sec=nation

[14] NST, To Build A Strong Foundation Takes Time: Najib, 26 September 2012,

http://www.nst.com.my/latest/to-build-a-strong-foundation-takes-time-najib-1.148664#ixzz2Fa8zol6I

[15] MI, Rethink Aid To Chinese Areas, Says Perkasa, 26 April 2010,

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/litee/malaysia/article/Rethink-aid-to-Chinese-areas-says-Perkasa/

[16] MI, Najib Says Perkasa Is Not Extreme, 3 April 2010,

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/litee/malaysia/article/Najib-says-Perkasa-is-not-extreme-/

[17] The Star, Umno Rejects Perkasa, 9 September 2010, Najib: SBPA scheme to be scrapped

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/9/9/nation/7006976&sec=nation

[18] Malaysia Digest, SBPA Flip-Flop A Blow To Transformation, 10 Mac 2012,

http://www.malaysiandigest.com/opinion/41184-sbpa-flip-flop-a-blow-to-transformation.html

[19] The Star, PM: Public service new remuneration scheme to be reviewed, 12 Januari 2012, http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/1/12/nation/20120112201750&sec=nation

[20] The Star, Najib: SBPA scheme to be scrapped, 8 Mac 2012,

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/3/8/nation/20120308105958&sec=nation

[21] The Star, PM: New Economic Model To Benefit All, 30 Mac 2010,

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/3/30/neweconomicmodel/20100330095105&sec=neweconomicmodel

[22] ibid

[23] MI, Under Fire, Najib Says Yet To Confirm NEM, 30 Mei 2010,

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/Under-fire-Najib-says-yet-to-confirm-NEM

[24] MI, Najib Announces RPGT Reversal, 24 Disember 2009,

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/litee/malaysia/article/Najib-announces-RPGT-reversal-/

[25] Treasury, 2010 Budget, 23 Oktober 2009,

http://www.treasury.gov.my/pdf/budget/bs10.pdf

[26] MI, Najib Announces RPGT Reversal, 24 Disember 2009,

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/litee/malaysia/article/Najib-announces-RPGT-reversal-/

[27] Treasury, 2010 Budget, 23 Oktober 2009,

http://www.treasury.gov.my/pdf/budget/bs10.pdf

[28] The Edge, No Date For GST Yet, Says Najib, 19 Mac 2010,

http://www.theedgemalaysia.com/political-news/161892-no-date-for-gst-yet-says-najib.html

[29] The Star, Automated Enforcement System To Begin Operations Midnight Saturday 22 Septembr 2012,

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/9/22/nation/20120922141615&sec=nation

[30] JPJ, Putrajaya Says ‘No’ To Deferring AES, 18 Oktober 2012,

http://www.jpj.my/jpj_news/Putrajaya_says_no_to_deferring_AES.htm

[31] MI, A-G’s Chambers Freezes AES Summons Cases For Now, 18 Disember 2012,

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/litee/malaysia/article/a-gs-chambers-freezes-aes-summons-cases-for-now

[32] Borneo Post, UMNO: Najib Introduces His Book On Political Transformation, 29 November 2012,

http://www.theborneopost.com/2012/11/29/umno-najib-introduces-his-book-on-political-transformation/#ixzz2GmynE2eT

[33] The Star, Najib: Lynas Corp Would Not Be Licensed If Govt Was Not Convinced, 27 Februari 2012,

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/2/27/nation/10812267&sec=nation

[35] WSJ, Malaysia Warns Lynas to Export Rare-Earths Waste, 10 Disember 2012,

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324339204578171680493439150.html

[36] The Star, Lynas Must Remove All Residue From Malaysia, Say 4 Cabinet Ministers, 10 Disember 2012,

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/12/10/nation/20121210205105&sec=nation

[37] NTN, Rare Earth and Radioactive Waste A Preliminary Waste Stream Assessment of the Lynas Advanced Materials Plant,  Gebeng, Malaysia, April 2012,

http://www.ntn.org.au/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Lynas-EIA-Assessment-Report-NTN-April-13-final.pdf

[38] MI, Putrajaya To Undo MAS-Airasia Share Swap, Cooperation Pact Remains, 28 april 2012,

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/litee/malaysia/article/putrajaya-to-undo-mas-airasia-share-swap-cooperation-pact-remains/

[39] MI, Putrajaya To Undo MAS-Airasia Share Swap, Cooperation Pact Remains, 28 april 2012,

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/litee/malaysia/article/putrajaya-to-undo-mas-airasia-share-swap-cooperation-pact-remains/

[40] NST, Najib Unveils 20 ETP Projects, 3 Economic Corridors Worth RM26.09bln, 16 November 2012, http://www.nst.com.my/latest/najib-unveils-20-etp-projects-3-economic-corridors-worth-rm26-09bln 1.172155#ixzz2GnUdTYng

[41] AsiaOne, MAS, Airasia Share Swap Only Option, 5 Oktober 2011,

http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20111005-303317.html

[42] The Edge, MAS, AirAsia Back In Competition, 3 Mei 2012,

http://www.theedgemalaysia.com/highlights/212809-mas-airasia-back-in-competition.html

[43] MI, Share Swap Ditched To Save MAS, Says Khazanah, 2 Mei 2012,

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/litee/malaysia/article/share-swap-ditched-to-save-mas-says-khazanah/

[44] Mkini, Cabinet Did Not Seek Review Of Section 114A, 15 Ogos 2012,

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/206459

[45] PCWorld, Were SOPA/PIPA Protests a Success? The Results Are In, 19 Januari 2012,

http://www.pcworld.com/article/248401/were_sopa_pipa_protests_a_success_the_results_are_in.html

[46] The Star, Section 114A Of The Evidence Act Stays, Says Nazri, 24 Ogos 2012,

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?sec=nation&file=/2012/8/24/nation/11907728

[47] MI, Najib Ditched New Government Pay Scheme As It Went Off-Target, 13 Mac 2012,

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/litee/malaysia/article/najib-ditched-new-government-pay-scheme-as-it-went-off-target

[48] The Star, Kong: AES System Came About 10 Years Ago, 20 Oktober 2012,

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?sec=nation&file=/2012/10/20/nation/20121020121216

[49] MI, Budget 2013 Proof Malaysia Falling Into Debt Crisis As Income Slows, Says MP, 28 September 2012,

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/budget-2013-proof-malaysia-falling-into-debt-crisis-as-income-slows-says-mp

Bank Islam acts unprofessionally and unjustly in suspending Azrul Azwar

We, the undersigned organisations and individuals, call on Bank Islam to reinstate its Chief Economist, Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin, who has been suspended for presenting an analysis based on computer simulation which projects a probability weighted base-case scenario of Pakatan Rakyat’s victory in the 13th general elections.

We hold that Bank Islam has acted unprofessionally, unjustly and without any basis by reportedly punishing Mr Azrul Azwar for his professional opinion, presented at the Regional Outlook Forum on January 10, 2013.

We understand that the economist had also generated a best-case scenario of a Barisan Nasional’s narrow win and a worst-case scenario of the ruling coalition’s big loss. For the record, no party has produced any methodical rebuttal to his analysis.

Consistent with the view of financial regulators and academics worldwide, we stress that information freedom is pertinent to the resource allocation mechanism of the financial markets. Freedom of expression and freedom of information are the best way to expose and correct any falsehood or misinformation. Analyses on elections and their economic and financial consequences are clearly of paramount importance for the markets and the country.

Hence, biased information results in unjust allocation and distorts the integrity of the markets.

By allegedly suppressing Mr Azrul Azwar’s professional opinion that was unfavourable to Barisan Nasional, maliciously labelled as “political comments”, Bank Islam is admitting that the Bank has a policy of reporting only Barisan Nasional favourable news.

It cannot be argued that Mr Azrul Azwar’s behaviour is reckless as his analysis has had no market impact and the FBMKLCI has barely moved – closed at 1684.57 on 10 January 2013 and 1682.95 on 16 January 2013. Besides, the basic tenet of banking and finance is assessing risks (be it political, economics), and that was what Mr Azrul Azwar did.

We call upon Bank Islam to immediately reinstate Mr Azrul Azwar to his position and manage its business professionally.

We also urge the BN government to join our call for Bank Islam to reinstate him. This will prove beyond doubt that the BN government has not pressured Bank Islam to suspend Mr Azrul Azwar and PM Najib Razak is genuinely committed to reform.

Endorsing Organisations

1. Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran)

2. All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)

3. Anak Muda Sarawak (AMS)

4. Bersih 3.0 Bangkok

5. Bersih London

6. Bersih Singapore

7. Bersihkan Malaysia Perth

8. Borneo Youth Revolution (BYR)

9. Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ)

10. Centre for Policy Initiatives (CPI)

11. Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections 2.0 (Bersih 2.0)

12. Community Action Network (CAN)

13. Gabungan Profesional Malaysia Timur Tengah (GPMTT)

14. Himpunan Hijau (HH)

15. Humanity Library Kuala Lumpur

16. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)

17. Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia

18. Johor Yellow Flame (JYF)

19. Kill The Bill (KTB)

20. Knowledge and Rights with Young people through Safer Spaces (KRYSS)

21. Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)

22. Kuen Cheng Alumni Association

23. Lawyers for Liberty (LfL)

24. LLG Cultural Development Centre

25. Malaysia Youth & Students Democratic Movement (DEMA)

26. Malaysian Youth against Public Hazards

27. Malaysians for Beng Hock (M4BH)

28. Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (MAFREL)

29. Mama Bersih

30. Muslim Professional Forum (MPF)

31. National Indian Rights Action Team (NIAT)

32. Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall (NSCAH)

33. Northern Green Youth

34. Penang Forum

35. People’s Green Coalition

36. Persatuan Alumni PBTUSM KL & Selangor

37. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)

38. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)

39. Persatuan Sains Sosial Malaysia (PSSM)

40. Pertubuhan Gabungan NGO Kelantan (Coalition of Kelantan NGOs)

41. Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia

42. Projek Dialog

43. Pusat Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)

44. Pusat Komas

45. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)

46. Sisters in Islam (SIS)

47. Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham)

48. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram)

49. Sunflower Electoral Education (SEED)

50. Tenaganita

51. Writer Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)

Endorsing Individuals (Disclaimer: The institutional/organizational affiliation of individuals is for identification purpose only and should not be taken to imply endorsement by their institutions/organisations).

1. Prof Abdul Rahman Embong, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

2. Prof Diana Wong, University of Science Malaysia (USM)

3. Prof Edmund Terence Gomez, University of Malaya (UM)

4. Prof Francis Loh Kok Wah, Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran)

5. Prof James Chin, Sarawak

6. Prof Lim Teck Ghee, Centre for Policy Initiatives (CPI)

7. Prof Norani Othman, Sisters in Islam (SIS)

8. Prof Rajah Rasiah, University of Malaya (UM)

9. Prof Wan Manan, Malaysian Academic Movement (MOVE)

10. Prof Woo Wing Thye, Penang Institute (PI)

11. Prof Zaharom Nain, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

12. Assoc. Prof Abdul Halim Yusof, University of Science Malaysia (USM)

13. Assoc. Prof Bridget Welsh, Singapore Management University (SMU)

14. Assoc. Prof Mustafa K. Anuar, University of Science Malaysia (USM)

15. Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa, Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)

16. Dr Ang Sze Wei, University of Hong Kong

17. Dr Azly Rahman, WorldWise Frontiers

18. Dr Charis Quay Huei Li, Université Paris-Sud (Orsay)

19. Dr Cheong Kee Cheok, University of Malaya (UM)

20. Dr Helen Ting, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

21. Dr Johan Saravanamuttu, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

22. Dr Khoo Boo Teik, Aliran

23. Dr Khoo Gaik Cheng, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus

24. Dr Lee Hock Guan, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS)

25. Dr Lim Kim Hwa, Penang Institute (PI)

26. Dr Lim Mah Hui, Penang Institute (PI)

27. Dr Ong Kian Ming, UCSI University

28. Dr Subatra Jayaraj, Bersih Bangkok

29. Dr Subramaniam Pillay, Aliran

30. Dr. Thillainathan Ramasamy, University of Malaya (UM)

31. Dr Toh Kin Woon, Penang Institute (PI)

32. Dr Wong Chin Huat, Penang Institute (PI)

33. Dr Wong Yee Tuan, Penang Institute (PI)

34. Dr Yeoh Seng Guan, Monash University Sunway Campus

35. Dr Yolanda Augustin, University of London

36. Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan, Bersih 2.0

37. Dato’ Dr Musa bin Mohd Nordin, Damansara Specialist Hospital

38. Dato’ Yeo Yang Poh, Bersih 2.0

39. Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria, Proham

40. Adibah Jodi, Sisters in Islam (SIS)

41. Alan Tee Boon Tsong, Johor Yellow Flame (JYF)

42. Altaf Deviyati Ismail, Penang Institute (PI)

43. Andrew Cheng Yang Chong, Johor Yellow Flame (JYF)

44. Andrew Khoo, Bersih 2.0

45. Angela M. Kuga Thas, DCI Candidate, Queensland University of Technology

46. Anil Netto, Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran)

47. Azareena Abdul Aziz, Sisters in Islam (SIS)

48. Azrine Razak, Sisters in Islam (SIS)

49. Chan Wei See, Sunflower Paper

50. Chaw Teck Long, Johor Yellow Flame (JYF)

51. Che Afandy Che Yusof, Penang Institute (PI)

52. Chin Pok Yap, Bersihkan Malaysia Perth

53. Chom Lee, Bersihkan Malaysia Perth

54. Colin Rajah, Bersih San Francisco

55. Dahlia Martin, Flinders University

56. David Teoh, Bersih Melbourne

57. Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, Suaram

58. Greg Lopez, Australian National University (ANU)

59. Ho Yock Lin, All Women’s Action Society Malaysia (AWAM)

60. Jordan Sugunasingam, Bersihkan Malaysia Perth

61. K. Arumugam, Suaram

62. Kartina Mohd Sobri, Sisters in Islam (SIS)

63. Kean Wong, Bersih Washington DC

64. Koay Seng Beng, Penang Institute (PI)

65. Koay Su Lyn, Penang Institute (PI)

66. Koh Wee Sun, Mama Bersih

67. Lau Chee Boon, Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall (NSCAH)

68. Lee Chyi, Penang Institute (PI)

69. Liau Koh Fah, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)

70. Lim Chee Han, Hannover Medical School, Germany

71. Lim Hong Siang, Sunflower Paper

72. Mandeep Singh Karpall Singh, Pusat Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)

73. Maria Chin Abdullah, Pusat Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)

74. Masjaliza Hamzah, Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ)

75. Maxine Carr, Penang Institute (PI)

76. Mohideen Abdul Kader, Consumer Association of Penang (CAP)

77. Nazreen Nizam, Pusat Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)

78. Ng Yap Hwa, Malaysians for Beng Hock (M4BH)

79. Ngeow Chow Ying, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)

80. Noorulhuda Mohd. Noor, Sisters in Islam (SIS)

81. Ooi Heng, Political Studies for Change (KPRU)

82. Ooi Pei Qi, Penang Institute (PI)

83. Pam Wong, Bersih Auckland

84. Ratna Osman, Sisters in Islam (SIS)

85. Raymond Cheong, Bersihkan Malaysia Perth

86. Rozana Isa, Sisters in Islam (SIS)

87. Sarajun Hoda Abdul Hassan, Aliran

88. Ser Choon Ing, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)

89. Soon Yee Yap, Bersihkan Malaysia Perth

90. Stephenie Aloysius, Pusat Komas

91. Steven Sim Chee Keong, Penang Institute (PI)

92. Stuart MacDonald, Penang Institute (PI)

93. Suriani Kempe, Sisters in Islam (SIS)

94. Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia

95. T. Rajamoorthy, Regional Council for Human Rights in Asia

96. Tan Hui Chun, Humanity Library Kuala Lumpur

97. Tan Woen Tian, Kill The Bill

98. Tang Ah Chai, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)

99. Teoh Lee Lan, Malaysians for Beng Hock (M4BH)

100. Th’ng Bee Fu, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

101. Tricia Yeoh, Pakatan Rakyat

102. Wang Lay Kim, University of Science Malaysia (USM)

103. William de Cruz, Bersih Sydney

104. Wong Tack, Himpunan Hijau (HH)

105. Zairil Khir Johari, Penang Institute (PI)

http://english.cpiasia.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2468:media-statement-bank-islam-acts-unprofessionally-and-unjustly-in-suspending-azrul-azwar

KPRU Press Release: Suspension of Azrul Azwar

Think Tank Political Studies for Change (KPRU) opines that the suspension of Bank Islam’s chief economist Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin has shown that Bank Islam merely places importance on its political interest rather than protecting the right to freedom of speech of its employees.

Therefore, KPRU urges Bank Islam to review its decision to suspend Azrul Azwar and to restore his position and duties.

Bank Islam’s loss, other banks benefitted

Azrul Azwar has experiences for more than ten years in the field of economics. He has served as an analyst at Meridian Asset Management Sdn Bhd, RHB Bank, Malaysia Industrial Development Finance Bhd (MIDF) dan Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB).[1]

By predicting the outcome of the next general election in favour of Pakatan Rakyat, he has been suspended from his job and facing risk of losing his position as the chief economist at Bank Islam.

KPRU suggests that an indivudual just like Azrul Azwar, the Bank Islam’s chief economist, who is highly experienced in the field of economics, to be regarded as a company asset rather than political enemy. Given that Bank Islam has moved away from the opinion expressed by the Bank Islam’s chief economist Azrul Azwar and thus the suspension of Azrul is indeed an extreme action and does not reflect the professionalism of Bank Islam in dealing with diverse political opinions.

Losing chief economist Azrul Azwar will potentially affect the reputation and credibility of Bank Islam as one of the national financial institution as it might be seen as a political game manipulated by Bank Islam. Thus, losing Azrul Azwar as the chief economist is a great loss for Bank Islam; whilst on the other hand, it might be a gain for other banks as they will probably hire him.

As citizens of Malaysia, Azrul Azwar is granted with right to freedom of speech to voice his opinions. As a financial institution in this country, Bank Islam should be fair to its employees, particularly in terms of handling different political opinions. While Bank Islam failed to be fair and remained neutral, it might only bring harms to itself and appeared as a political tool controlled and manipulated by the ruling party of Barisan Nasional.

Kenyataan KPRU: Penggantungan Azrul Azwar

Badan pemikir Kajian Politik untuk Perubahan (KPRU) berpendapat bahawa tindakan Bank Islam menggantung tugas Ketua Ekonomi Bank Islam, Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin, hanya menunjukkan Bank Islam mementingkan kepentingan politiknya berbanding melindungi hak kebebasan bersuara kakitangannya.

Justeru, KPRU menyarankan Bank Islam menyemak semula keputusan menggantung tugas Azrul Azwar dan mengembalikan jawatan dan tugas Azrul Azwar kepadanya.

Kerugian Bank Islam, keuntungan bank lain

Azrul Azwar mempunyai pengalaman selama melebihi sepuluh tahun dalam bidang ekonomi. Beliau telah bertugas sebagai penganalisa di Meridian Asset Management Sdn Bhd, RHB Bank, Malaysia Industrial Development Finance Bhd (MIDF) dan Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB).[1]

Hanya kerana memajukan pendapatnya mengenai peluang kemenangan Barisan Nasional, beliau telah digantung daripada tugasnya dan menghadapi risiko untuk kehilangan jawatan beliau sebagai Ketua Ekonomi di Bank Islam.

KPRU menyarankan individu seperti Ketua Ekonomi Bank Islam, Azrul Azwar yang berpengalaman tinggi, dalam bidang ekonomi diangkat penggantungannya dan dilayani sebagai aset dan bukannya musuh politik. Memandangkan Bank Islam telah menjauhi daripada pendapat Ketua Ekonomi Bank Islam Azrul Azwar maka, tindakan menggantung tugas merupakan suatu tindakan ekstrem dan tidak mencerminkan sikap profesionalisme Bank Islam dalam menangani pendapat politik berbeza-beza.

Kehilangan Ketua Ekonomi Azrul Azwar di Bank Islam mempunyai potensi untuk menjejaskan nama Bank Islam sebagai antara institusi kewangan negara kerana ianya kelihatan sebagai permainan politik yang dimainkan oleh Bank Islam. Lantas, kehilangan Azrul Azwar sebagai Ketua Ekonomi Bank Islam merupakan suatu kerugian Bank Islam dan suatu keuntungan mana-mana institusi kewangan lain yang mungkin menggaji beliau.

Sebagai rakyat Malaysia, Azrul Azwar mempunyai hak kebebasan untuk menyuarakan pendapatnya. Sebagai sebuah institusi kewangan negara ini, Bank Islam seharusnya bersikap neutral terhadap para pekerjanya terutamanya dalam mengendalikan pendapat politik yang berbeza. Kegagalan Bank Islam untuk bersikap neutral hanya merugikan Bank tersebut dan menampakkan Bank Islam sebagai suatu alat politik kerajaan Barisan Nasional.

Di Ambang #KL112: Sepuluh Isu Kontroversi Najib

Di ambang #KL112 yang juga bermaksud Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat pada 12 Januari 2013 di Stadium Merdeka, kaji selidik Merdeka Center menunjukkan bahawa populariti Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak menurun dua peratus.

Dalam konteks Barisan Nasional (BN) berada dalam keadaan paling lemah setelah memegang tampuk pemerintahan sebagai kerajaan persekutuan semenjak merdeka (baca: Perikatan) dan semenjak penubuhan Malaysia pada 1963, komponen-komponen parti BN termasuk parti politik yang dominan selama ini yang bergelar UMNO, mengharapkan populariti Pengerusi UMNO-BN Najib dapat diterjemahkan sebagai sokongan undi kepada UMNO-BN dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ketigabelas (PRU-13) yang akan diadakan dalam tempoh seratus hari. Namun begitu, hakikat bahawa Najib merupakan seorang pemimpin politik yang penuh kontroversi dan senantiasa berdiam diri apabila pentadbirannya dilandai pelbagai isu kontroversi, nampaknya merisaukan kumpulan tertentu dalam UMNO yang semakin hari semakin kehilangan keyakinan untuk memenangi PRU-13.

Tanggal 3 April 2009, Najib menggantikan Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi menjadi Perdana Menteri yang ke-6 selepas Abdullah Ahmad Badawi gagal mengekalkan majoriti dua pertiga dalam PRU-12 pada 8 Mac 2008. Pada awal tempoh Najib sebagai Perdana Menteri, beliau cuba menonjolkan diri sebagai “Bapa Tranformasi”, dengan memperkenalkan Model Ekonomi Baru (MBE), Gagasan 1 Malaysia, Program Transformasi Kerajaan (GDP) dan Program Transformasi Ekonomi (EDP) untuk menunjukkan keazaman dan semangat bagi mentransformasikan struktur ekonomi daripada negara berpendapatan menengah ke sebuah negara maju yang berpendapatan tinggi. Beliau juga mengumumkan sambungan pemberian subsidi dengan mengurangkan subsidi bahan api, tepung, gula dan petrol.

Pengumuman beliau membawa kepada bebanan berterusan yang ditanggung oleh rakyat akar umbi. Hampir semua harga barangan melambung tinggi dalam masa yang singkat sementara harga gula dinaikan sebanyak 20 sen daripada RM1.45 (2008) kepada RM1.65 (2009) di Semenanjung Malaysia.[1]  Tindakan pentadbiran Najib dikritik mengabaikan kepentingan rakyat kerana kadar kenaikan gaji dan pendapatan boleh guna rakyat gagal untuk menyaingi kadar kenaikan harga barangan.

Najib menerangkan rasionalisasi subsidi adalah bertujuan bagi mengelakkan negara bankrap pada masa hadapan, tetapi pada masa yang sama, Najib mengekalkan subsidi kepada syarikat-syarkat kroni.

Ekoran PRU-13 semakin hampir, Najib mengubah retorik mengenai falsafah transformasinya bahkan banyak daripada program yang dirancang oleh beliau tidak dilaksanakan sepenuhnya atau tidak berada di landasan betul dan hampir selalunya berhenti di pertengahan jalan. Beliau yang menyatakan negara akan bankrap jika pemberian subsidisi diteruskan kepada rakyat kini mengumumkan pemberian Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) bernilai RM500 dan seumpamanya untuk menyelamatkan diri dan UMNO-BN daripada kegagalan apabila PRU-13 diadakan nanti.

Melihat kembali perkembangan semenjak Najib menjadi Perdana Menteri, Kajian Politik untuk Perubahan (KPRU) telah meninjau kembali dan menyenaraikan sepuluh isu kontroversi yang mencorakkan kelemahan Najib sebagai seorang Perdana Menteri:

Jadual 1: Sepuluh Isu Kontroversi Sepanjang Najib sebagai Perdana Menteri

No

Isu Kontroversi

Respons Najib/Pentadbiran Najib

1. Kematian Altantuya

Rakan karib Najib, Abdul Razak Baginda yang disyaki terlibat dalam kematian Altantuya telah dibebaskan.

Pada Disember 2012, ahli perniagaan, Deepak Jaikishan menamakan seorang adik Perdana Menteri Datuk Nazim Razak sebagai individu yang didakwanya bertanggungjawab membayar penyiasat persendirian P Balasubramaniam untuk menandatangani akuan berkanun (SD) kedua. Bala pada awalnya menandatangani satu akuan berkanun mengaitkan Datuk Seri Najib Razak dengan wanita Mongolia Altantuya Shaariibuu.[2]

Deepak mendedahkan bahawa isteri Perdana Menteri Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor mempunyai kaitan dengan kontroversi berhubung Altantuya yang mati dibunuh.

      Najib lafaz sumpah tidak mengenali Altantuya. [3]

Najib dan Rosmah membisu atas semua dakwaan Deepak.

2. Skandal pembelian kapal selam Scorpene

Suaram, sebuah pertubuhan bukan kerajaan telah melantik seorang hakim bebas di Mahkamah Perancis bagi membicarakan kes dakwaan rasuah pembelian Scorpene.

Pihak Perancis pada 27 November 2012, Peguam Perancis, Apoline Cagnate. Apoline dalam taklimatnya di Kota Singa, Singapore berkata akan menggabungkan perbicaraan pembunuhan Altantuya Shaariibuu, dalam siasatan Scorpene.

      Suaram didakwa merupakan sebuah badan yang tidak berdaftar dan juga dibiayai oleh dana asing sejak tahun 2008.

Suaram didakwa menggunakan dana asing bagi membiayai kegiatan ceramah politik dan menggerakkan demonstrasi jalanan dengan motif memfitnah kerajaan serta beberapa pemimpin negara ini.

Skandal pembelian kapal selam Scopena masih belum diselesaikan.

3. FBC Media

Pada Ogos 2011, dunia kewartawanan bersifat penyiasatan dipelopori Sarawak Report menyaksikan pendedahan skandal penyelewengan wang rakyat sebanyak RM57.68 juta dalam projek ‘Global Strategic Communication Campaign’ yang juga merupakan perjanjian antara Kerajaan Malaysia dengan FBC Media (UK) Limited, yakni sebuah firma media dan hiburan di Eropah.

      Kerajaan menyatakan projek berkaitan berfungsi untuk mengendalikan kempen media di peringkat antarabangsa dan menjalankan beberapa aktiviti promosi Malaysia. Namun demikian, Sarawak Report telah mendedahkan bahawa apa yang dikendalikan oleh projek tersebut bercorak aktiviti politik kotor yang melibatkan serangan peribadi dan publisiti palsu melalui program televisyen dan blog.

Najib memberi alasan bahawa FBC Media membantu meningkatkan kedudukan Malaysia sebagai destinasi pelancongan dan pelaburan semasa.

4. Kematian Teoh Beng Hock, kematian Kugan dan kematian Amirulrasyid

Badan Teoh Beng Hock ditemui mati di bangunan SPRM.

Kugan ditemui mati dalam lokap. Keluarga mengesyaki Kugan didera semasa di dalam lokap kerana banyak kesan calar balar di belakang, pergelangan tangan dan lehernya.

Seorang pelajar berumur 14, Amirulrasyid  ditembak mati oleh anggota Polis semasa dikatakan melarikan diri daripada sebuah kereta terlanggar yang dipandunya.

      Najib mengumumkan penubuhan Suruhanjaya Diraja Menyiasat Kematian Teoh Beng Hock dengan terma siasatan, iaitu Suruhanjaya Diraja hanya meneliti cara soal-siasat SPRM, dan bukannya punca kematian Teoh Beng Hock.

Suruhanjaya berkenaan merumuskan bahawa Teoh Beng Hock membunuh diri.

9 suspek dipercayai terbabit dalam kes kematian Kugan, tetapi akhirnya hanya seorang konstabel polis, Navindran dijatuh hukum penjara selama 3 tahun.

Korporal Jenain Subi atas kesalahan menyebabkan kematian Aminulrasyid Amzah telah dibebaskan oleh Mahkamah Tinggi.

5. Isu Lynas

Lynas Corporation Ltd merupakan sebuah syarikat Australia yang diberikan kelulusan pada Januari 2008 untuk mendirikan sebuah kilang pengeluaran nadir bumi yang terletak di Gebeng, Kuantan, Pahang. Loji ini dijangka beroperasi pada September 2011 tetapi dibantah oleh penduduk tempatan diketuai oleh Naib Presiden PKR, Fuziah Salleh.

Beberapa perhimpunan yang bernama perhimpunan hijau diadakah bagi membantah operasi kilang Lynas. Perhimpunan hijau 2.0 juga berjaya berhimpun kira-kira 20,000 orang yang datang dari seluruh negara ini bagi membantah perkilang pencemaran yang bakal menjejaskan kehidupan generasi yang akan datang

      Kerajaan telah memberi lesen operasi sementara (TOL) kepada lesen tanpa menangani masalah penempatan sisa buangan radioaktif.

4 Menteri Kabinet iaitu Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed; Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi, Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus Johnity Ongkili; Menteri Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar, Datuk Seri Douglas Unggah Embas; dan Menteri Kesihatan, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai turut sekali lagi berkata kabinet memutuskan bahawa sisa berkenaan tidak boleh dibiarkan di Malaysia. Tetapi, Pengerusi Eksekutif Lynas, Nick Curtis menyatakan bahawa lesen operasi sementara (TOL) tidak menetapkan syarat mengeksport keluar sisa loji itu dari Malaysia. [4]

6. Pembaharuan Sistem Pilihan Raya

Perhimpunan Bersih 2.0 dan 3.0 diadakah pada tahun 2011 dan 2012. Tuntutan Bersih adalah bersihkan senarai undi, reformasi kepada undi pos, menggunakan dakwat kekal, tempoh kempen minimum 21 hari, akses media yang bebas dan adil, mengukuhkan institusi awam, menghentikan rasuah dan hentikan politik kotor.

      Pada 15 Ogos 2011, Najib mengumumkan pembentukan sebuah jawatankuasa pilihan parlimen untuk mengkaji sistem pilihan raya. Menurut beliau, jawatankuasa tersebut akan terdiri daripada ahli-ahli parlimen dari kerajaan pusat dan pembangkang yang bakal membincangkan isu-isu pembaharuan pilihan raya sehingga tercapainya sebulat suara.

Walaupun jawatankuasa telah mengemukakan 22 syor bagi menambahbaikan proses pilihan raya pada 3 April 2012, namun hanya satu daripada lapan tuntutan Gabungan Pilihan Raya Bersih dan Adil Bersih diluluskan dalam laporan Jawatankuasa Khas Pilihan Parlimen PSC. Tuntutan yang dikatakan lulus ialah penggunaan dawat kekal. [5]

Berikutan Rang Undang-Undang (RUU) Kesalahan Pilihan Raya (Pindaan) 2012 yang menggandungi pindaan tertentu yang penuh dengan pertikaian dan mampu mengubah wajah proses PRU-13 telah diluluskan pada petang 22 April 2012 di Dewan Rakyat, bakal menguntungkan Barisan Nasional, menyaksikan pilihan raya umum terkotor dalam sejarah Malaysia apabila RUU tersebut  dikuatkuasakan sebagai satu akta nanti dan pelaksanaannya terpakai semasa PRU-13.

Kumpulan Bersih 3.0 ambil keputusan  mengadakan perhimpunan Bersih 3.0 pada 28 April 2012 bertempat di Dataran Merdeka tetapi mendapat bantahan daripada pelbagai pihak. Termasuklah, pihak polis yang telah mengeluarkan arahan dengan tidak membenarkan pihak Bersih mengadakan perhimpunan 3.0 atas sebab-sebab keselamatan. Namun begitu, Bersih 3.0 masih berjaya menarik 25 ribu peserta untuk menunjukkan perasaan kepada kerajaan.

Kejayaan Bersih menyebabkan Menteri di jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz mengumumkan kerajaan akan menarik balik cadangan pindaan kepada Rang Undang-undang Kesalahan Pilihan Raya (Pindaan) 2012 di Dewan Negara pada 10 Mei 2012.

7. Menara Warisan Merdeka

Cadangan pembinaan Warisan Merdeka 100 tingkat diumumkan oleh Najib ketika membentangkan Belanjawan 2011.

Projek pembangunan bersepadu itu yang bernilai RM5 bilion dan akan dibangunkan oleh Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), terletak di kawasan berdekatan Stadium Merdeka dan Stadium Negara. Pembinaannya dijangka siap pada 2015.

      Walaupun kaji selidik yang dijalankan oleh Merdeka Center menunjukkan hampir dua pertiga rakyat Malaysia membantah rancangan kerajaan BN untuk membina Menara Warisan Merdeka setinggi 100 tingkat. Namun projek ini masih dikekalkan.

Pada 31 Oktober 2012, Kementerian Wilayah Persekutuan dan Kesejahteraan Bandar mengesahkan bahawa ketinggian Menara Warisan Merdeka, akan ditambah menjadi 118 tingkat daripada 100 tingkat seperti yang dirancang.

8. National Fidlot Corporation (NFC)

Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 menyatakan NFC gagal memenuhi matlamat penubuhannya. Pihak pembangkang mendakwa wujud penyelewengan terhadap peruntukan kerajaan berjumlah RM250 juta yang disalurkan kepada NFC disalah guna keluarga Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil. Ia termasuk membeli lima kondominium di Singapura dan Bangsar, dua lot tanah di Putrajaya, kereta mewah dan pelbagai transaksi yang meragukan.

      Najib berkata ianya terpulang kepada peguam negara untuk memutuskan samada mahu mendakwa lembaga pengarah Perbadanan Fidlot Nasional (NFCorp) atas tudah pecah amanah atau sebaliknya. Bagaimanapun, beliau menekankan bahawa siasatan akan membawa kepada sebarang pendakwaan.

Najib tidak menggesa Datuk Seri Shahrizat meletakkan jawatan demi skandal tersebut.

9. Pelaksanaan AES

Urusan AES dikendalikan oleh Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd dan ATES Sdn Bhd. Kerajaan tidak mengeluarkan apa-apa peruntukan kerana mesin, kamera dan semuanya akan disediakan oleh dua syarikat ini.

Saman yang dikeluarkan telah dikomersilkan dan diswastakan di mana dua syarikat terbabit akan mendapat komisen daripada setiap saman bagi 831 kamera yang dipasang.

      Najib di sebelah tangan mengumumkan langkah-langkah bagi mengurangkan kos sara hidup rakyat, tetapi pada masa yang sama melaksanakan Sistem Pengangkutan Automatik (AES). Pelaksanaan AES telah menunjukkan slogan Najib bahawa Rakyat didahulukan adalah retorik.

Walaupun AES bertujuan meningkatkan Perception of Being Caught (POBC) ke tahap yang lebih tinggi ke arah mengurangkan kadar kemalangan dan kematian di jalan raya, namun polis mengumumkan ianya juga akan mengekalkan perangkap kelajuan bersama-sama AES untuk menangkap pemandu memandu laju.

Pengumuman polis menimbulkan kontroversi dan mencetuskan lebih banyak bantahan daripada orang ramai kepada kamera baru yang dipasang di lebuh raya dan jalan awam lain. Banyak suara untuk menangguhkan pelaksanaan AES ini dikeluarkan oleh pelbagai pihak termasuk dari Barisan Nasional sendiri.

Pada 18 Disember 2012, Jabatan Peguam Negara mengambil keputusan untuk membekukan semua prosiding berkaitan dengan saman kesalahan AES.[6]Namun, sistem AES masih akan dijalankan selepas segala masalah teknikal diselesaikan.

10. Aliran Keluar Wang Haram

Jumlah pengaliran keluar wang haram meningkat 111 peratus dari AS$30.41 bilion pada 2009 atau RM94.27 bilion meningkat kepada AS$64.38 bilion atau RM199.58 bilion pada 2010.

Seorang perlabur balak, Micheal Chia yang dipercayai berhubung rapat dengan Menteri Sabah, Musa Aman yang disyaki membawa wang haram di dalam mata wang Singapura berjumlah 16 juta dollar Singapura (RM40 juta).

      Najib menyebelahi Musa Aman turut menjelaskan, pemberian dana RM40 juta kepada Umno Sabah adalah bertujuan sebagai sumbangan politik dan selagi ianya disalurkan dengan cara yang betul ianya bukan satu kesalahan.

 

Perdana Menteri yang Penuh Kontroversi

Najib merupakan seorang pemimpin politik yang diwarnai dengan pelbagai kontroversi. Beliau telah dibebani skandal pembelian kapal selam Scorpene dan kematian Altantuya semenjak beliau menjadi Perdana Menteri.

Kematian seorang wanita Mongolia, Altantuya Shaaribuu disyaki mengenali Najib seterusnya mendedahkan Abdul Razak Baginda, rakan karib Najib sebagai  projek service provider bagi perolehan dua kapal selam Scorpene. Altantuya Shaaribuu sebagai penterjemah yang mengiringi Razak Baginda dalam menguruskan transaksi kapal selam di Perancis didapati dibunuh oleh dua pengawal peribadi Najib – ketua inspektor Azilah Hadri dan koperal Sirul Azhar Umar dengan tembakan di bahagian kepala dan tubuh diletupkan dengan bahan letupan tentera di hutan Puncak Alam, Shah Alam pada Oktober 2006.

Skandal pembelian kapal selam Scopena dan kematian Altantuya menghantui Najib sehingga hari ini walaupun Mahkamah Tinggi Shah Alam telah menjatuhkan hukuman terhadap Azilah Hadri dan koperal Sirul Azhar Umar manakala Razak Baginda telah dibebaskan tanpa dipanggil untuk membela diri. Namun, kekeliruan yang timbul dalam kematian Altantuya dengan hubungan Razak Baginda dan Najib dan skandal pembelian kapal selam Scoperna yang membabitkan berbilion-bilion ringgit masih dalam siasatan. Tindakan Najib yang tidak menangani kes tersebut secara jujur menjadi punca Najib masih terperangkap dalam skandal tersebut sehingga hari ini.

Sebuah organisasi badan bukan kerajaan, Suaram yang tidak berpuas hati dengan  keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi ke atas kematian Altantuya dan skandal pembelian Scorpena, telah memulakan kes bersama seorang hakim bebas di Mahkamah Perancis bagi membicarakan kes dakwaan rasuah pembelian Scorpene diwakili oleh tiga orang peguam iaitu Joseph Breham, William Bourdon dan Renaud Semerdjian pada 18 April 2011 untuk meneruskan siasatan ke atas dua skandal tersebut.

Tindakan Suaram mencetuskan kebimbangan pentadbiran Najib, di mana pentadbiran Najib seterusnya mengambil tindakan untuk menghalang peguam Perancis, William Bourdon atau pihak yang berkenaan untuk memasuki negara ini bagi melaporkan perkembangan siasatan. Seterusnya Suaram telah didakwa merupakan sebuah badan yang tidak berdaftar tetapi aktif seperti sebuah pertubuhan yang sah dan dibiayai oleh dana asing sejak tahun 2008. Suaram didakwa menggunakan dana asing bagi membiayai kegiatan ceramah politik dan menggerakkan demonstrasi jalanan dengan motif memfitnah kerajaan serta beberapa pemimpin negara ini.

Serangan pentadbiran Najib terhadap Suaram melalui gangguan secara berterusan dan penganiayaan terhadap Suaram sebagai pertubuhan tidak sah telah pun menunjukkan ketakutan dan kebimbangan Najib ke atas skandal tersebut. Beliau berusaha untuk menutup rahsia berkaitan dan secara tidak langsung kontrovasi ini bakal membawa impak cukup besar sehingga ianya berpotensi untuk menjejaskan posisi beliau sebagai seorang pemimpin negara.

Penyelewengan Wang Rakyat untuk Pulih Imej Najib

Untuk memulihkan imej negatif Perdana Menteri yang dibebani dengan skandal pembelian kapal selam Scorpena dan kematian Altantuya, Najib menggunakan wang rakyat (peruntukan di bawah Jabatan Perdana Menteri) sebanyak RM57.68 juta dalam sebuah projek perhubungan awam, ‘Global Strategic Communication Campaign’ di mana sebuah syarikat antarabangsa perhubungan awam Eropah, FBC Media (UK) Limited, untuk menjalankan kempen media secara haram yang menyalahi etika kewartawanan memandangkan beliau mengalami krisis publisiti berhubung tuduhan rasuah dan skandal yang melibatkan kes pembunuhan.

Namun demikian, projek ‘Global Strategic Communication Campaign’ juga telah didedah bercorak sebagai sebuah taktik politik kotor yang melibatkan serangan peribadi terhadap pihak Pakatan Rakyat khususnya Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan publisiti palsu melalui program televisyen dan blog.

Selepas pendedahan kempen “haram” antara Kerajaan Malaysia dengan FBC Media, CNBC dan BBC World telah membatalkan program FBC Media dan mengadakan penyiasatan ke atas insiden ini. Skandal ini telah memalukan Malaysia di pentas antarabangsa apabila seorang Perdana Menteri terpaksa mengambil pendekatan “merasuahi” media antarabangsa bagi membina imej positif tanpa memberi apa-apa perkara yang memanfaatkan atau apa-apa perkara yang boleh dibanggakan oleh rakyat Malaysia. Ini merupakan sikap seorang anak bangsawan yang mementingkan imej dan pujian orang lain.

Gelaran Bapa Trasformasi  

Meskipun Najib diberi gelaran oleh kumpulan penyokongnya sebagai “Bapa Trasformasi Malaysia”, namun hasrat Najib untuk mentransformasikan ekonomi politik negara sehingga digelar sekumpulan pengkaji Universiti Harvard sebagai Najibnomics lebih merupakan lanjutan kepada episod Mahathirisme iaitu kecenderungan untuk melaksanakan projek-projek mega dan untuk merangsang ekonomi melalui projek-projek mega tersebut. Namun, projek-projek mega ini hanyalah suatu saluran untuk mengambil wang daripada rakyat bagi memberi manfaat kepada diri dan kroni.

Cadangan pembinaan Warisan Merdeka 100 tingkat diumumkan oleh Najib ketika membentangkan Belanjawan Negara 2011. Berdasarkan Belanjawan Negara 2011, Projek pembangunan bersepadu itu yang bernilai RM5 bilion akan dibina oleh Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), terletak di kawasan berdekatan Stadium Merdeka dan Stadium Negara dijangka siap pada 2015.

Suara bantahan kedengaran kuat selepas pengumuman Najib. Suatu kumpulan bernama 1M Malaysian Reject 100-Storey Mega Tower ditubuhkan di laman sosial Facebook. Jumlah ’Like’ mencapai sebanyak 307,552 tetapi tidak dihiraukan. Pengkritik menganggap projek pencakar langit itu tidak diperlukan di ibu negara buat masa sekarang memandangkan ia akan menelan berbilion-bilion ringgit.

Sementara itu, kaji selidik yang dijalankan oleh Merdeka Center juga menunjukkan hampir dua pertiga rakyat Malaysia membantah rancangan kerajaan BN untuk membina Menara Warisan Merdeka setinggi 100 tingkat. Namun projek ini masih dikekalkan, bahkan akan ditambah kepada 118 tingkat daripada 100 tingkat.[7]

Mega projek ini melibatkan tanah milik kerajaan. Di samping itu, tapak Menara Warisan Merdeka itu melibatkan pembangunan di tempat-tempat bersejarah iaitu  Stadium Negara dan Stadium Merdeka. Manakala, kerajaan berniat memusnahkan Stadium Negara dan Stadium Merdeka bagi pembinaan Menara Warisan yang berpotensi untuk gagal seperti lambakan ruang pejabat di KLCC, malahan dengan kadar sewa yang tinggi, ianya juga gagal untuk menarik peniaga tempatan untuk menyewa pejabat di situ.

Alasan Najib untuk mempertahankan pembinaan Warisan Merdeka tiada perbezaan dengan alasan penyokong Mahathirisme; iaitu semakin besar sesuatu projek, semakin besar keuntungan yang diperolehi. Realitinya, semakin besar sesuatu projek, semakin besar tanggungan yang bakal dipikul oleh kerajaan.

Di samping itu, jikalau berdasarkan sikap Najib yang mendambakan pujian, rancangan pembinaan Warisan Merdeka juga membawa manfaat bagi Najib mengekalkan gelaran “Bapa Trasformasi Malaysia”. Menara Warisan Merdeka bakal menjadi petunjuk kepada zaman pentadbiran Najib.

Semangat Keadilan diabaikan oleh Anak Bangsawan

Anak bangsawan seperti Najib mementingkan kenamaan, imej, maruah dan kesenangan tetapi membelakangi prinsip keadilan, kebenaran, dan penderitaan walaupun satu demi satu kes kematian kontroversi berlaku termasuk kematian Teoh Beng Hock di bangunan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM), kematian Kugan Ananthan di lokap, dan kematian Amirulrasyid daripada tembakan polis.

Tiga kes kematian tersebut mencerminkan semangat keadilan di negara ini telah diabaikan oleh pentadbiran Najib yang melaungkan slogan “1Malaysia” dalam konteks kes-kes kematian berkaitan.

Teoh Beng Hock yang ditemui mati di bahagian koridor tingkat lima bangunan Plaza Masalam, Shah Alam pada 16 Julai 2009 telah mengejutkan rakyat seluruh negara. Namun, perbicaraan yang mengambil masa lebih daripada 500 hari, berakhir dengan keputusan yang gagal untuk menemui sebarang jawapan. [8]

Suruhanjaya Diraja Menyiasat Kematian Teoh Beng Hock ditubuhkan oleh Perdana Menteri, Najib pada 7 Januari 2011.[9] Namun Suruhanjaya tidak menyiasat punca kematian Teoh Beng Hock. Sebaliknya, Suruhanjaya hanya meneliti cara soal-siasat SPRM, tetapi bukannya punca kematian Teoh Beng Hock. Suruhanjaya tersebut tidak menjatuhkan hukuman ke atas pihak yang harus dipertanggungjawabkan.

Satu-satunya rumusan daripada Suruhanjaya tersebut adalah bahawa Setiausaha Politik Exco Selangor itu membunuh diri dengan terjun dari pejabat SPRM di tingkat 14 Plaza Masalam. Tindakan Teoh Beng Hock membunuh diri didorong oleh soal siasat yang agresif, berlarutan, menindas dan keterlaluan yang dikenakan ke atasnya oleh pegawai-pegawai SPRM pada malam 15 Julai 2009 dan awal pagi keesokan harinya. Maka, adakah pegawai-pegawai berkenaan dijatuhkan hukuman yang berpatutan? Najib mengambil pendirian untuk tidak mengambil peduli kes tersebut.

Di samping itu, adakah individu-individu yang bertanggungjawab ke atas kes kematian Kugan Ananthan dan kematian Amirulrasyid mendapat hukuman yang berpatutan? Najib juga tidak mengambil peduli dalam hal sedemikian yang melibatkan prinsip keadilan.

Pada Jun 2012, Mahkamah Sesyen Shah Alam menjatuhkan hukuman penjara selama tiga tahun ke atas Navindran yang merupakan konstabel polis yang didapati bertanggungjawab menyebabkan kecederaan terhadap Kugan Ananthan.[10] Namun, ahli keluarga mendiang Kugan tidak berpuas hati dengan keputusan mahkamah tersebut. Mereka mendesak Navindran dikenakan hukuman setimpal di bawah Seksyen 331 Kanun Keseksaan iaitu didenda dan dihukum penjara sehingga sepuluh tahun. Selain itu, mereka juga menggesa kerajaan mohon maaf secara terbuka kepada keluarga mereka.

Kematian Kugan Ananthan dalam lokap bukanlah satu-satunya kes kecuaian pihak polis. Menurut Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein dalam jawapan bertulis kepada Ahli Parlimen Kota Melaka Sim Tong Him bahawa seramai 209 orang tahanan meninggal dunia sejak tahun 2000 sehingga September tahun 2012.[11] Menurut kenyataan Hishammuddin, kebanyakan kematian berpunca daripada masalah kesihatan tahanan. Di samping itu beliau juga menafikan kematian – kematian tersebut diakibatkan oleh keganasan polis.

Sementara itu, kes kematian Amirulrasyid akibat tembakan polis berlaku pada 26 April 2010. Amirulrasyid berumur 14 yang ditembak mati oleh anggota Polis semasa apa yang dikatakan sebagai perbuatan melarikan diri selepas melanggar sebuah kereta dengan sebuah kereta yang dipandu oleh Amirulrasyid.

Pada 15 September 2011, Mahkamah Sesyen Shah Alam menjatuhkan hukuman penjara selama lima tahun ke atas Korporal Jenain Subi atas kesalahan menyebabkan kematian Aminulrasyid Amzah. Namun begitu, selepas Jenain membuat rayuan terhadap sabitan dan hukuman itu, Jenain akhirnya dibebaskan oleh Mahkamah Tinggi pada 5 Disember 2012.

Dalam penghakimannya, hakim Abdul Rahman berpuas hati bahawa anggota polis tersebut melepaskan tembakan dengan tujuan memberhentikan kereta proton Iswara dipandu Aminulrasyid dan bukan dengan niat untuk membunuh remaja tersebut.[12] Namun, laporan polis menunjukkan Aminulrasyid mati akibat ditembak di bahagian belakang kepala, menunjukkan cara anggota polis memberhentikan kereta tersebut adalah dengan melepaskan tembakan di bahagian kepala pemandu.

Menurut kenyataan Hishammuddin bahawa sejumlah 298 orang penjenayah telah ditembak mati oleh polis dalam tempoh lima tahun iaitu dari Januari 2007 sehingga Ogos 2012. Jumlah ini termasuklah 134 orang warga Indonesia. Ini juga menunjukkan setiap bulan menemui 5 orang mati akibat tembakan polis.[13]

Adakah jumlah ini termasuk mangsa tembakan polis yang bukan penjenayah, seperti seorang wanita bernama Norizan bt Salleh, berusia 30 tahun yang ditembak sebanyak 5 tembakan kali oleh pihak polis pada tahun 2009?[14] Adakah semua mangsa diberi peluang secukupnya atas prinsip keadilan oleh pentadbiran Najib?

Wang Rakyat Diboros Sewenang-wenangnya

Anak bangsawan seperti Najib tidak peduli akan keganasan oleh pihak berkuasa terhadap rakyat tanpa bersenjata, tidak peduli akan kepentingan prinsip keadilan, dan tidak peduli akan penderitaan rakyat. Namun, apa yang beliau mementingkan adalah kekayaan dan kemewahan diri, keluarga dan kroni.

Isu Projek Fidlot Kebangsaan (NFC) merupakan salah satu contoh yang terbaik bagi membuktikan Najib membiarkan ahli kabinet beliau menyalahgunakan kuasa demi kepentingan sebuah keluarga.

Isu NFC mula mendapat perhatian ramai selepas Laporan Ketua Audit Negara 2010 menemui kegagalan NFC untuk mencapai matlamat penubuhannya. Ianya terus menjadi isu panas selepas Pengarah Strategi KEADILAN, Rafizi Ramli mendakwa wujud penyelewengan terhadap peruntukan kerajaan berjumlah RM250 juta yang disalurkan kepada NFC. Ianya didakwa bahawa peruntukan tersebut disalahgunakan oleh keluarga Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil. Penyelewengan yang didakwa termasuklah pembelian lima buah kondominium di Singapura dan Bangsar, dua lot tanah di Putrajaya, kereta mewah dan pelbagai transaksi lain yang meragukan.

Sebagai seorang Perdana Menteri yang bertanggungjawab ke atas tindakan-tindakan individu-individu yang bertanggungjawab ke atas pentadbiran kerajaan beliau, Najib mempunyai peluang untuk melaksanakan siasatan telus di bawah Pejabat Peguam Negara. Malangnya, Najib mengambil laluan untuk menekankan bahawa sebarang siasatan tidak akan membawa kepada sebarang pendakwaan.

Ramai pemimpin UMNO telah menggesa Shahrizat meletakkan jawatan beliau sebagai Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat dan Ketua Wanita UMNO, malah bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed juga meminta Shahrizat supaya “jangan terlalu sayang kepada jawatan”. Namun, Najib mengambil keputusan untuk terus membisu sehinggalah Shahrizat mengumumkan bahawa beliau akan mengundurkan diri daripada jawatan-jawatan beliau.

Isu NFC ini masih berlanjutan sehingga hari ini di mana ahli keluarga Shahrizat tidak dikenakan sebarang tindakan undang-undang, walaupun suami Shahrizat telah didakwa cuba merasuah pegawai penyiasat SPRM dan polis. Sebaliknya, pemberi maklumat, Rafizi Ramli yang membangkitkan isu ini pula dilayani sebagai “seorang penjenayah” di bawah sistem kehakiman negara ini di mana jika disabitkan kesalahan, Rafizi boleh dijatuhkan hukuman denda sebanyak RM3 juta atau tiga tahun penjara atau kedua-duanya sekali.[15]

Sikap Najib memberikan ruang dan peluang kepada individu-individu dalam pentadbirannya untuk menyeleweng wang rakyat juga menjadi punca kepada jumlah pengaliran keluar wang haram untuk meningkat tiga kali ganda pada tahun 2010. Ini menjadi bukti kepada kegagalan pimpinan Najib dalam mengendalikan dasar ekonomi negara secara telus dan berkesan.

Jumlah pengaliran keluar wang haram meningkat 111 peratus daripada AS$30.41 bilion pada 2009 (RM94.27 bilion) kepada AS$64.38 bilion (RM199.58 bilion) pada tahun 2010.[16] Skandal wang haram RM40 juta yang dibangkitkan baru-baru ini telah memberi satu gambaran bahawa kepimpinan tertinggi negara ini disyaki terlibat dalam rasuah namun Najib masih melindungi individu-individu ini.

Pada April 2012, laman web Sarawak Report telah mendedahkan dokumen daripada Suruhanjaya Bebas Menentang Rasuah Hong Kong (ICAC) yang didakwa menunjukkan seorang peguam di Sabah memasukkan sejumlah AS$30 juta (RM92 juta) dalam sebuah akaun di sebuah bank di negara Switzerland yang dimiliki oleh Datuk Musa Aman. Kes menjadi lebih hangat apabila Parti Keadilan Rakyat mengemukakan laporan rasmi ICAC berhubung penahanan rakyat Malaysia, Michael Chia yang disyaki membawa wang haram di dalam mata wang Singapura berjumlah 16 juta dollar Singapura bersamaan RM40 juta. Michael Chia didakwa mempunyai kaitan dengan kes Musa Aman.

Namun, Najib mengambil pendirian untuk menyebelahi Musa Aman menjelaskan bahawa pemberian dana sebanyak RM40 juta kepada Umno Sabah bersifatkan sumbangan politik dan selagi ianya disalurkan dengan cara yang betul ianya bukanlah satu kesalahan dari segi undang-undang. Apabila disoal mngenai sumber sumbangan tersebut, Najib enggan mendedahkan butiran perkara tersebut dan mendakwa pembangkang juga menerima sumbangan politik bagi menjalankan operasi parti mereka.[17]

Nazri dalam jawapan bertulis dalam Dewan Rakyat mengatakan bahawa Jabatan Peguam Negara telah meneliti dan mempertimbangkan keterangan yang dikemukakan oleh SPRM dan memutuskan tiada wujudnya elemen rasuah.

Nazri mendakwa, Jabatan Peguam Negara mengesahkan sumbangan tersebut adalah sumbangan yang dibuat kepada Badan Perhubungan Umno Sabah, dan bukannya untuk kegunaan persendirian Ketua Menteri.[18]Namun selepas itu, Nazri telah didedahkan mempunyai hubungan rapat dengan Micheal Chia, di mana anak Nazri menerima manfaat daripada Michael Chia melalui sebuah kenderaan mewah jenis Hummer, bernilai RM459,000.[19]

Najib mengambil pendirian untuk tidak mempunyai pendirian tetap dan tegas ke atas tindakan-tindakan yang dilakukan oleh individu-individu dalam pentabirannya terutamanya perbuatan yang melibatkan penyelewengan wang milik rakyat Malaysia. Bahkan isterinya Rosmah Mansor juga pernah didakwa terlibat dalam pembelian cincin bernilai jutaan ringgit dan barangan mewah menggunakan wang milik rakyat Malaysia.

 

Penutup

Kontroversi yang didepani Najib sebagai Perdana Menteri dalam tempoh masa khidmat sepanjang 4 tahun telah membuktikan beliau tidak lagi sesuai memimpin negara selepas PRU-13.

Sebagai seorang anak bangsawan, Najib tidak memahami penderitaan rakyat yang hidup dalam kemiskinan. Beliau tidak memahami konsep memperjuangkan semangat keadilan sepertimana beliau tidak memahami bahawa kuasanya sebagai seorang Perdana Menteri berasal daripada rakyat, bukan daripada warisan keluarga bangsawan. Oleh itu, kes-kes seperti kematian Altantuya menggunakan bahan letupan C4, kematian Teoh Beng Hock di bangunan SPRM, kematian Kugan di lokap, kematian Amirulrasyid akibat tembakan polis yang berlaku satu per satu, gagal diselesaikan secara adil.

Oleh sebab itu, rakyat bangkit dan menuntut keadilan. Di Stadium Merdeka pada keesokan hari, akan dituntut supaya dikembalikan hak rakyat kepada rakyat.


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http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/120911

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http://tukanglawan.blogspot.com/2012/12/kes-pembunuhan-altantuya-adik-najib.html

[4] Sisa Buangan Radioaktif Tidak Tertakluk Di Bawah Konvensyen Basel – DOE

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[6] Sinar Harian, AG: Prosiding Kes Saman AES Dibekukan, 18 Disember 2012

http://www.sinarharian.com.my/nasional/ag-prosiding-kes-saman-aes-dibekukan-1.113658

[7] Malaysiakini, Menara Warisan Merdeka 118 Tingkat, Kata Kementerian, 31 Oktober 2012

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/213065

[8] Harakah, Kes Teoh: Inkues Putuskan ‘Open Verdict’, 5 Januari 2011

http://www.harakahdaily.my/kes-teoh-inkues-putuskan-open-verdict

[9] Utusan, Kematian Beng Hock: Kerajaan Tubuh Suruhanjaya Diraja, 7 Januari 2011

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[10] Keadilan Daily, Kami Mahu Pembunuh Kugan Dihukum Mati – Keluarga, 12 Jun 2012

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[11] Free Malaysia Today, 209 Mati Dalam Tahanan Sejak 2000, 30 Oktober 2012

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/10/30/209-mati-dalam-tahanan-sejak-2000/

[12] The Malaysian Insider,  Keputusan Mahkamah Tidak Adil, Kata Keluarga Aminulrasyid, 5 Disember 2012

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[13] mStar, Polis Tembak Mati 298 Penjenayah Dalam Tempoh 5 Tahun, 23 Oktober 2012

http://mstar.com.my/berita/jenayah/cerita.asp?file=/2012/10/23/mstar_jenayah/20121023183335&sec=mstar_jenayah

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[15] Keadilandaily, Suami Shahrizat Seleweng, Rafizi Pula Didakwa Bagai Penjenayah, 23 November 2012

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[16] SInar Harian, Najib Gagal Bendung Pengubahan Wang Haram, Dakwa Anwar, 20 Disember 2012

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[17] The Malaysia Insider, Nazri Gesa Pakatan Rujuk ICAC Dana RM40 Juta Umno Sabah, 18 Oktober 2012

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[18] Keadilandaily, Desak K’jaan Jawab RM40 Juta Wang Seludup Untuk Umno Sabah, 12 Oktober 2012

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[19] The Malaysia Insider, Rafizi Dedah Anak Nazri Aziz Terima Kenderaan Mewah Michael Chia, 1 November 2012

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