Najib, Umno And The People’s Perception June 21, 2009Posted by malaysianstory in A New Chapter, Najib Tun Razak.
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The issue of money politics in Umno seems to have fizzled out after Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak took over the premiership from Pak Lah.
The board members headed by Tan Sri Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen Tengku Ismail look quiet now despite the “brouhaha’ that it was investigating 900 cases of money politics involving Umno members and leaders.
What happened to the investigations pertaining to the 900 cases?
Many in Umno and even the people see the board as weak, lack political will and credibility.
They missed the golden opportunity to repair the board’s tainted and damaged image when they let off Khairy Jamaludin, the infamous son in-law of the infamous ex-PM Pak Lah, with a stern warning despite foolproof and infallible evidence that KJ was involved in money politics.
Pak Lah scarified Malacca Chief Minister Ali Rustam instead, to save KJ who is now the party’s youth chief.
Although it is an old story and issue, the board’s image remains tainted.. It is the people’s perception on the board and Umno that had caused BN a string of defeats in the last several by-elections.
It was also perception that caused BN dearly in the last general election. And the people’s perception on BN still lingers on.
The perception will continue to hound BN, Umno and Najib until the untold damage caused by the son in-law and father’s team is completely repaired. God knows when.
It will be and uphill task for Najib to deal with the people’s perception.
Anyway, the people’s perception that he was involved in the Altantuya murder has not diminished.
(Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen and Umno legal adviser Datuk Hafarizam Harun)