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Politics 101: Prime Minister Najib, Is It The Start Of A New Era?

Najib Barisan Nasional Prime Minister Era

When a leader takes over the highest public office in the country, there is always a hope that he will bring in a new era of peace, prosperity & transparency and not a continued plundering of the country’s resources & unity. Image source:

Najib will take oath as the 6th Prime Minister today.

His journey as the next PM has not been without any scandals though, one of which is the murder of the Mongolian woman. We have yet to experience the style of governing under Najib – there was been words of even tighter controls and curtailing of the opposition.

Many fear the worst.

But perhaps things will change for the better. Perhaps under Najib, draconian laws like ISA and racially favored policies may be eliminated – highly remote and unlikely but we will never know now.

Because if things don’t change – wastages not curtailed & accountability not promoted and the voice of the people are continued to be silenced – then the new PM can expect another tsunami to hit the government in the next general election.

At this juncture, it will be good to recall this statement, spoken by a character called V in the movie V for Vendetta:-

Good evening, London. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine- the security of the familiar, the tranquillity of repetition.

I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of commemoration, thereby those important events of the past usually associated with someone’s death or the end of some awful bloody struggle, a celebration of a nice holiday, I thought we could mark this November the 5th, a day that is sadly no longer remembered, by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat.

There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why?

Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.

And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression.

And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame?

Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be?

War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Last night I sought to end that silence.

Last night I destroyed the Old Bailey, to remind this country of what it has forgotten. More than four hundred years ago a great citizen wished to embed the fifth of November forever in our memory.

His hope was to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives. So if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest you allow the fifth of November to pass unmarked.

But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to stand beside me one year from tonight, outside the gates of Parliament, and together we shall give them a fifth of November that shall never, ever be forgot.

The same can be reminded for all Malaysians, politicians, and the new Prime Minister – that governments and politicians work for the people and not the other way around.

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