There’s no reason why former Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, backed by ‘siapa menang, kami sokong’ (we support whoever wins) Sabah and Sarawak, cannot head list of candidates in Parliament for next premiership!
Commentary and Analysis . . . It’s open secret, based on what Tunku Ismail Idris Abdul Majid Abu Bakar Iskandar ibni Sultan Ibrahim Ismail, Tengku Mahkota Johor, has been saying in the court of public opinion, that Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ismail isn’t happy at all as the plight of the RM tells all. There’s case for bringing back Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as the next Prime Minister.
The Sultan, and son, see divisiveness driving the National Narrative monopolised by the unity government decreed by the Agong after GE15 last November.
If DAP seizes the reins of the Federal government in Putrajaya, there would be another May 13, far worse than that in 1969. More on this later.
Malaysia may see change of Prime Minister under the new Agong. There were three Prime Ministers after GE14 in 2018 viz. Tun Mahathir Mohamad, Tan Sri Muhyiddin — Mahiaddin in the birth certificate — Yassin, and Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri. Mahathir was sworn in by the Kelantan Sultan as Agong. The other two were sworn in by the Pahang Sultan as Agong. After GE15, Pahang also appointed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the 10th Prime Minister. Therein the matter lies.
There’s no reason why former Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, backed by ‘siapa menang, kami sokong’ (we support whoever wins) Sabah and Sarawak and PAS, cannot head list of candidates in Parliament for the 11th Prime Minister. The development can come as early as before Monday 30 January next year or after Tuesday 31 January. That’s the solution for myriad problems which Malaysia faces.
Prime Minister Najib returns
Proxy government virtually since 1963 facilitates Malaysia’s Occupation in the former British Borneo, non-compliance on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA’63), brought in internal colonisation policies, and made the Federal government look the other way on the Southeast Asia Sea.
Colonialism, a form of criminal enterprise for accumulating capital, has been outlawed by international law.
In fairness, Najib embarked on devolution of greater administrative powers for Sabah and Sarawak and initiated the RM30b Pan Borneo Highway before GE14.
In novel development on the Prime Minister, the Speaker can exercise discretion on at least three candidates in the running including a woman and one nomination from the former British Borneo. If no candidate gets 51 per cent of the votes, out of the minimum 26 lawmakers present, there would be runoff between the top two candidates. There are no standing orders on these matters. The Speaker has discretion. He has casting vote in case of a tie.
In taking leaf from the Indian Parliament on constitutional amendments, at least half the lawmakers should be present if not voting as well, and at least two-thirds of those voting should pick the new Prime Minister-designate. The quorum in the Malaysia Parliament, based on standing orders, has 26 lawmakers out of 222 members.
The Johor Sultan, the 17th Agong from Tuesday 31 January next year, remains above the fray, albeit perhaps not without decree now and then. The curtain will come down on the reign of the 16th Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, on Monday 30 January next year.
Anwar Gets Blame
If the Johor Sultan changes the Prime Minister before GE16 in late 2027, or immediately after, the development can be blamed on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim being gung ho on unbelievably rotten form of politics under the guise of humanitarian values ala post-1948 Palestinian and scant regard for justice elsewhere.
It’s all about Palestinian Palestinian Palestinian under the unity government and Islam Islam Islam but all for domestic politics in playing before the public gallery.
The post-1948 Palestinian must empower themselves at local government, town council and village levels for bottom up democracy and collection of taxes for development.
Territorial elections, being out of their hands, may never happen unless the UN comes in.
Malaysia may be out of depth here as local government elections remain suspended since 1965. Some villages in Sarawak, perhaps Sabah as well, elect elders every year or so.
Anwar’s internationalism, cast in the Islamic mould, has been increasingly uncomfortable with the Malay Malay Malay Mantra chanted by the parliamentary Opposition. There are two Orang Asal, from Sabah and Sarawak, in the Opposition in Parliament after GE15 and no other non-Malay.
TMJ has already implied but not in so many words that Anwar, in biting off more than he can chew, may be trying to please everyone. Anwar risks removal as his way isn’t possible.
Anwar has been belatedly trying but not pleasing Malay who will in fact never vote for him as they see him as “Malay face” puppet Prime Minister for DAP. At the same time, he’s alienating non-Malay who voted for him.
Anwar became lameduck in Malay politics after the Johor Sultan said that he doesn’t want Jakim and PAS in the sultanate. If Abdul Hadi Awang wags the tail, the Johor Sultan will want him locked up and the keys thrown away. In fact, all Sultan will turn against Jakim and PAS. Sabah and Sarawak will go along with Sultan on Jakim and PAS.
Najib Plight Resolved
Najib’s immediate plight in jail can be resolved sooner rather than later. No court in the world goes into conspiracy theories.
Circumstantial evidence cannot be used in criminal cases under the “beyond reasonable doubt” Test of the Burden of Proof.
Admissible hearsay must be supported by corroborative evidence under the Evidence Act 1950.
Inadmissible hearsay will be disregarded by the court.
It’s virtually impossible to convict anyone under the Evidence Act 1950.
It’s unconstitutional that Attorney General (AG) Tan Sri Tommy Thomas circumvented the Evidence Act 1950 by falling back on the MACC Act 2009, the CPC (Criminal Procedure Code) and the money laundering laws.
Najib’s case/s have become controversial. The controversies would not end until there’s closure. If there’s beginning, there must be end. In court, only finality in litigation can bring closure.
The family, as suggested by the suspended six months before retirement Judge Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, can file habeas corpus Application in the High Court. They can also file Petition, based on Federal Court Review Panel Head Judge Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli ruling DNA (discharge and acquittal) for Najib on March 31 this year.
In the rule of law, the basis of the Constitution, the manner in which the accused was convicted comes first. Conviction can follow if it has been perfected in law for perfection in law.
Najib’s SRC conviction wasn’t perfected in law for perfection in law. There was non-compliance on procedures, procedural unfairness, no due process and non-compliance on the greater emphasis on the spirit of the law, in the rule of law — the basis of the Constitution — albeit read with the letter of the law.
The letter of the law, by itself, isn’t law at all. It’s all about acting with impunity and convicting by hook or by crook. This is the approach taken in China which believes that one bullet in the head can solve the problem. The family gets billed for the bullet.
Even before the SRC case began, there was Trial by Media against Najib in building up public perceptions. In adding insult after injury, the media routinely distorts court rulings on Najib cases. It was all about generating hits, by hook or by crook, with an eye on the bottom line including by sponsorship. The media, an unthinking animal, can be manipulated by those who know how in cahoots with those having deep pockets. The first casuality, in the fog of “war”, was truth.
Pardon for Najib may be rendered redundant and academic as the UN Review will come in before Christmas on December 25 this year. The UN Review, based purely on the rule of law — the basis of the Constitution — will find the RM42m SRC International case incomplete against Najib. There must be 2nd Review which may never happen since Umno has strong presence in the unity government.
Najib In Senior Role
Najib may even be offered senior Cabinet level role in the unity government, under Anwar Ibrahim, if the speculated major Cabinet reshuffle takes place, albeit after the former PM was released.
Umno wants Cabinet post for MIC, and deputy minister’s post. Likewise, it wants two Cabinet posts for MCA and two deputy minister posts.
Najib can be Special Advisor on Finance and Economics and/or Senior Minister Mentor based on special circumstances. It would be short hop, step and jump from this for the premiership.
DAP has been hysterically opposed, based on self-serving Hidden Agenda not so hidden and “secret plan”, against Pardon for Najib. The party fears that Barisan Nasional (BN), empowered by Najib’s return, will cause the collapse and implosion of the unity government.
BN has no choice but go solo, win or lose, after Najib’s return based on the war cry, “No Anwar, No DAP.”
DAP wants Umno as another Amanah sponsored by it so that it can seize the reins of the Federal government in Putrajaya under its own “Malay face” puppet Prime Minister.
Anwar remains temporary “Malay face” puppet Prime Minister for DAP. The party does not rule out PAS in the unity government. It wants to groom PAS as another Amanah sponsored by it. — NMH
Longtime Borneo watcher Joe Fernandez has been writing for many years on both sides of the Southeast Asia Sea. He should not be mistaken for a namesake formerly with the Daily Express in Kota Kinabalu. JF keeps a Blog under FernzTheGreat on the nature of human relationships.