Sunday, May 6, 2012

Najib, govt remain intact, says The Economist

No matter how dirty Bersih is, PM Najib and his government remain intact. In fact, Anwar and his team got lots of explanation to do on post-April 28 rally which put the Opposition in a limbo, especially in the eyes of their foreign supporters.

Influential world-class publication The Economist assessed Bersih 3.0 as something the Opposition could have skipped or cancelled as it failed to signify their true demand for a just poll. The episode too pictures them as a rebel group trying to run down the government by force, by coup.

"Bersih 3.0 has done little to shake Datuk Seri Najib Razak's reformist image... and unlike last year, the political impact from this year's event was likely minimal.


"It is clear that Bersih won't be able to dominate the moral high ground - at least not on the score of one weekend's theatrics - as they did last year. The campaign for electoral reform goes on, but Mr Najib emerges from this year's fracas with his reformist credentials essentially intact, not much worse for the wear," said The Economist in an article dated May 1.

It also described this year's rally as more of a 'score-draw' and that although there were recurrences of police brutality, the violent actions of some Bersih protesters attacking and overturning a police car 'played into the government's hands'.

It says, this has allowed PM Najib to claim that the police were the 'victims' in the rally and even made Bersih co-chairman Ambiga Sreenevasan concede that some people would think that the rally had gone wrong because of the unruly behaviour of some protesters.

Ambiga had, during a press conference after the rally, said it was the police who 'drew first blood'. However, Bukit Aman video footage proved otherwise, especially when the protesters tore down barricades at the Dataran Merdeka.

The Economist also questioned Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's presence during the April 28 rally, saying that he had some explaining to do with regards to accusations that he had incited Bersih supporters to push aside police barriers.

"He was caught on video near one of the police barriers talking to one of his colleagues; critics allege that he was inciting supporters to push aside the barriers. Mr Anwar himself says this is nonsense," said the article.

It stated that since the embarrassment faced by Najib in his administration's handling of last year's Bersih rally, the government had repealed a slew of outdated and repressive laws to win back its reforming credentials.

"Bersih rallies have quickly established themselves as something of a ritual in Malaysia's political calendar...the only significant variant is the political impact. Last year it was huge - this year it will probably be very little."

In an interview with Radio Australia on Tuesday, Anwar denied that his hand gesture, as shown on the video footage, was a signal to protestors to breach the barricades, instead claiming that it meant 'negotiate with the police'.

Such an analysis by The Economist will probably spur others to reconsider their 'supportive' notes for Bersih. Knowing how much The Economist had criticised Malaysia, especially during the tenure of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as the premier, its latest article is believed not as trying to play chummy with Najib but was merely based on true observation.

By logic, The Economist got nothing to lose if it sways toward the Opposition. However, I personally believe it upholds professionalism more than producing lies, like the Opposition media does!


21 comments:

Anonymous said...

coming from the economist, i think it carries weigh. it reflects the professionalism in its management.

also agree that anwar and ambiga owe malaysians some explanations over the bersih 3.0 fracas.

they cannot just play dumb and stupid.

pro-Pakatan said...

poooraaahhhh!!!!

economist is nothing compared with times and newsweek.

the govt must have paid them to produce the article.

who wrote the article? a malaysiam, i guess!

this is what BN is good at!

busuk punya kaki said...

dah terang2 video polis tunjukkan dia yg bagi arahan suruh pengikutnya serbu dan langgar sekatan, masih nak main sandiwara, nafi itu, nafi ini. apa nak jadi dengan si nuar ni! azmin pun dah kena video sex, apa lagi diorang nak tunggu ni. blah je laaaaa.... bubarkan pkr!

Anonymous said...

Very good article, all Malaysian should read this.. It will be really good if I can share this in my Facebook page.. Can u create a link to share in Facebook and Twitter?

Syaz said...

Very good article, all Malaysian should read this.. It will be really good if I can share this in my Facebook page.. Can u create a link to share in Facebook and Twitter?

Anonymous said...

Senarai rancangan besar DAP yang diberitahu oleh Mohamed Razali adalah seperti berikut:

1. Kristian Agama Rasmi.
2. Malaysia akan ditukarkan kepada Republik. Guan Eng ada pejabat mewah di Singapura dan setiap minggu berjumpa Lee Kuan Yiew. Kewangan DAP terlalu kuat.
3. YDP Negeri Pulau Pinang akan ditukar kepada Cina.
4. Sistem Raja berperlembagaan akan dibubarkan, Raja adalah berketurunan lanun kata Lim Kit Siang.
5. Isu azan hanya test kesensetifan orang Islam.
6. Pertandinagn tilawah Al Quran akan dihapuskan.
7. NGO Melayu akan dihapuskan. cth PEKIDA & PERKASA.
8. Perkahwinan campur akan digalakkan, Insentif RM 5,000 akan diberikan atas alasan humans right (penghapusan etnik Melayu).
9. Bahasa Inggeris bahasa Rasmi.
10. Mata pelajaran Agama Islam akan dimansuhkan.
11. Chin Peng akan diberi pengampunan dan diberi gelaran Tun.
12. MARA jabatan yang dianggap rasis akan dibubarkan.
13. GLC akan dipegang dan diterajui oleh orang Cina.
14. Di hotel Palma Penang, lagu Negara ku yang baru telah dimainkan. Tiada sebut pun tentang raja.
15. Rejimen Askar Melayu Diraja akan dibubarkan kerana telah banyak bunuh orang cina (komunis) sebelum ini.
16. Panglima Angkatan Tentera dan Ketua Polis Negara akan ditukarkan kepada orang Cina.
17. Kakitangan kerajaan berketurunan Melayu akan dikurangkan.
18. KEMAS, BTN dan MKN akan ditutup.
19. Kedutaan Israel akan dibuka.
20. Pengkalan Tentera Israel akan dibuka di Port Dickson.
21. Majlis antara agama akan menggantikan Majlis Agama Islam
22. Wang zakat akan digunakan oleh orang bukan Islam. Percubaan telah dibuat di Perak sewaktu dibawah Nizar MB boneka. Ngeh pernah mintak untuk guna wang zakat tetapi dihalang oleh Mufti.
23. DEB akan dimansuhkan
24. Parti berteraskan agama akan dibubarkan termasuk PAS. Mat Sabu pernah kata "Saya sanggup makan babi dengan Lim Guan Eng dari makan ayam dengan Najib daam satu majlis tertutup." PAS telah berjaya diliberalkan.
25. Yahudi dan CIA akan bantu menjayakan rancangan DAP.

http://pengundisetiasungairapat.blogspot.com/2012/05/satu-pendedahan-yang-berani-daripada.html

penangan said...

salam tn,

the economist nampaknya memberi pandangan yang telus mengenai apa yang dilihat oleh wartawannya di malaysia.

berbanding majalah lain yang sedikit condong ke arah pembangkang, saya kira the economist berlaku adil dalam menimbang perhimpunan bersih dan kesannya terhadap kerajaan.

memang kita menghargai pandangan ini dan diharap penerbitan lain akan mengikutinya

Anonymous said...

betul ke ni?

siapa upah the economist tulis macam ni?

ingat rakyat bodoh ke?

a vote said...

if thats the case, najib should call for an election soon. no need to wait and weigh the situation.

ada berani ka?

konektikat said...

yes!

anwar and ambiga must explain the main objective of bersih. if they want to topple the govt before general election and turn this country into disarray, we should reject pakatan rakyat.

we dont want malaysia to be another libya or syria or lebanon!

or we really want a pro-israel govt to be installed!

mat gombau said...

salam jai,

den gaso pun samo macam apo yang ditulih oleh the economist.

lainlah kalau bersih hari tu dibuek tanpo keganasan.

oleh sobab dah ganeh, rakyat yang sokong pakatan dah mulo pikir duo tigo kali.

den gaso eloklah pru diadokan secopek mungkin.

apo pendapat kau?

Anonymous said...

must be something wrong with the economist!

biol said...

kalu aku jumpa ambiga ni kat mana2, aku tempeleng je!

muka dah la macam siput sedut, perangai pulak macam jembalang!

intim said...

orang melayu sepatutnya sedar ancaman golongan haram jadah macam ambiga ni. dia memang nak jahanamkan melayu dan negara melayu serta kerajaan pimpinan orang melayu.

malangnya, orang seperti anwar dan nik aziz tidak pentingkan melayu, menghina peradaban melayu dengan bersekongkol dengan ambiga dan rakan2nya.

melayu apa namanya ni?

Anonymous said...

a fair comment by the economist.

but what about others?

manolito said...

its time to get cracking, najib!

dissolve the parliament and call for the general election. the opposition is reeling over bersih, so dont waste any more time.

its time to whack them!

drMpower said...

reverse psychology? i bet it is

Anonymous said...

the more they take to the street, more ugly will it get. if it gets uglier, pakatan will lose in the end. if the world perception on them takes a turn, that will be the end of pakatan and anwar.

lau said...

of course BN is intact.

bersih 3.0 failed to impress the world community.

Anonymous said...

wakakakakaka

Pick and choose when to do grangstanding. Mana cerita Yahudi, Illuminati pi?

wakakakakaka

Anonymous said...

Economist can any time turn around, can it not? It also needs fund to operate. The great fund manager Anuwar Iahim @ the Sodomist can always get the aids of his foreign godfathers to turn things upside down to defame Malaysia as soon as possible by writing articles. Then these Pro-Fakatan fellows will be happy and bow to their foreign gods.