By Chua Jui Meng
I have known some double tongue people but Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak really takes the cake when it comes to double-speak, that too without the blink of an eyelid.
He not only blatantly double-speaks, he also applies two sets of laws – one for his Barisan Nasional-Umno cronies and another for others – to suit his and BN-Umno’s agenda.
Najib also abuses all government law enforcement agencies to intimidate his political rivals.
I dread to imagine the might of the full force of the BN law enforcement agencies that will be used to clamp down on the Pakatan Rakyat and its “donors” if the RM40 million had been Pakatan’s.
I really wish to see whether Najib will respond the same – by saying that it is unnecessary to reveal the source of RM40 million ‘donation’ for Sabah Umno – when Pakatan receives similar donations.
We are already witnessing how vindictive the BN is towards human rights non-governmental organisation (NGO) Suaram.
After the BN-controlled Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police refused to probe the alleged corrupt deals in the multi-billion-ringgit purchase of Scorpene submarines from France, Suaram lodged a complaint with the French authorities.
Till today, the MACC still refuses to start a probe into the purchase by the Defence Ministry, then helmed by Najib.
Instead, using the Jewish card, all enforcement agencies are now being used to clamp down on Suaram to intimidate its leaders.
The BN-government-controlled print and electronic media then ran amok, questioning Suaram’s source of foreign funding and donations from, among others, Jewish currency trader George Soros.
Mind you, in Malaysia, Jewish or Yahudi in Bahasa Malaysia is sensitive to the majority Muslim populace.
BN then even tried to tarnish Pakatan de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim’s links with Soros. However, when pictures of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad with Soros and leaks of Najib’s secret meeting with Soros in the US surfaced in the internet, there were no such amok-like reports in the controlled media.
Najib even had the audacity to ask what was wrong for him to meet Soros! Is he insulting the intelligence of Malaysians?
Najib’s blatant double-speak and arrogance can only be due to Umno’s 55-year rule of Malaysia. And he and Umno-diehard supporters and cronies behave and believe Umno and BN are infallible.
The BN government’s plundering of the country’s wealth is believed to have stacked an RM800 billion federal debt, according to Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Muhkriz Mahathir, thereby likely breaching the legislated debt-ceiling.
This means we are heading towards the way of Greece – bankruptcy.
And, being described by Transparency International as one of the most corrupt countries in the world is cause for concern as it rattles the confidence of both local and foreign investors.