KUALA LUMPUR – Oct 3, 2015: Bloggers known as prominent critics of Datuk Seri Najib Razak have admitted that it is now very unlikely for the prime minister to leave office before the next general election.
In fact, one of the bloggers interviewed by The Mole even conceded that the momentum of opposition against Najib have went down quite a few notches.
Senior journalist Tan Sri Zainudin Maidin who blog at ‘Zamkata’, said that the apparent slowdown of criticism against Najib was due to the lack of newsworthy issues to be raised by the so-called ‘anti-Najib’ bloggers.
He said that as it is right now, the prospect of removing Najib before the next general election is very slim.
However, despite believing that Najib will remain as the Prime Minister until the next general election, Zainudin was doubtful that Najib can lead Barisan Nasional to victory in the long run.
“Based on my observation, majority of the people have lost both faith and trust in Najib.
“It does not matter what he does and says. The people at large no longer trust him.
“In the eyes of the layman, Najib and his government are no longer credible and such negative sentiment against him has been etched into their hearts,” he sternly told The Mole.
He cautioned Najib that just because most of his critics have toned down their criticisms, that does not mean Najib have succeeded in restoring the people trust.
“Diam bukan tanda setuju! (Silence is not a sign of agreement)
“The calm that he (Najib) is seeing right now is not a good one…it is a sign that a silent revolution against him is brewing.
“So, Najib can talk all he wants but at the end of the day no one will listen to him,” said Zainudin.
Najib has been severely criticised over the past months by several prominent blogger who fashioned themselves as those who are supportive of the establishment but were against Najib per se.
They have been on the offensive against Najib since the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue was shoved into the limelight last year.
Their attacks continued to grow and intensified as more pro-establishment figures rebelled against Najib including former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
They, however, appeared to be slowing down their attacks after Najib took decisive actions to neutralise attempts to undermine his leadership, including sacking his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin during the Cabinet reshuffle in July.
Another prominent blogger, Syed Akbar Ali shared similar views as Zainuddin on the notion that Najib will continue his premiership until the next general election due to the lack of new and impactful issues to be raised against him.
However, unlike Zainudin, he disagreed that the bloggers have slowed down their efforts in criticising Najib.
“It’s not that we are slowing down…it’s just that we have already presented our critical analysis on all of the financial mismanagements issues that happens under Najib’s governance.
“From the debt-ridden 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad), the funds wired into Najib’s personal account and even the sacking of former auditor-general Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail and his former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“We (anti-Najib bloggers) have done our best to inform and educate the public so that they can understand what is actually happening and how does it impact their lives,” said Syed Akbar who blog at ‘OutsyedTheBox‘.
Syed Akbar added that since all the facts, figures and explanations have been presented to the public it is only appropriate to give them time to digest the information so that they can make sound decisions to support or oppose Najib.
He, nonetheless, told The Mole that he has grown “fed-up” of the idea to prematurely oust Najib from his presidential post.
“As a civilised society we have to abide by our country’s laws. So, even though I am against him (Najib), I have to admit that we cannot simply oust him however we want or whenever we please.
“Right now, he can only be democratically removed through the vote of no confidence, but seeing the situation at hand, I don’t think BN MPs would vote against Najib,” said Syed Akbar.
He added that unless something “extremely big and impactful” happened, then Malaysians, whether they like it or not, will just have to stick with Najib.
Aside from such vote of no confidence, he was of the opinion that there was no other way to remove Najib “unless we wait until the next general election.”
“But we still have a long way to go before Najib’s term ends. My biggest concern is that by the next general election will Malaysia continue to exist?” he added.