As long as Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is still breathing, Najib Razak can’t be accused of being the world’s most pathological liar. But that doesn’t stop him striving for number 1 slot. Posing as an enlightened leader of a progressive Malaysia and preaching reform, inclusiveness, integrity and good governance around the world while presiding over a corrupt, repressive and outright criminal Razakstan of his own.
He was at it again last week, jetting off to Kazakhstan with 250 of his closest relatives and cronies to treat the World Islamic Economic Forum to a dose of his sanctimonious, hypocritical drivel.
“Good governance should come naturally for Muslim nations,” he declared, going on to claim that Muslim nations have long known that “justice, equity, probity and prosperity for all, including women” as advocated by the fourth caliph, son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, “are not merely the preserve of Western democracies.”
“Governing as Ali ordered with justice, equity and probity,” he continued, was “not about falling in line with Western attitudes, but acting in line with Quranic teachings.”
Unfortunately, however, Quranic teachings appear to have little or no effect on the government of any Muslim-majority nation on the planet, very much including Najib’s own.
In fact, for all the imperfections of the Western democracies, they are the only source of hope, inspiration and protection for people denied justice, equity and probity by Quran-defying governments from the Middle East to Africa and Asia. Russia couldn’t care less, and China is always on the side of its fellow suppressors of the people.
So it’s the Western democracies that are spending untold quantities of blood, sweat, tears and treasure on protecting the people of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya from the malevolence of their Muslim governments. And it’s Western democracies that are exerting political, financial and legal pressure to persuade the rulers of Syria, Iran, Pakistan and dozens of other Razakstan-style regimes to stop robbing and killing their citizens.
In his speech to the gathering in Kazakhstan, Najib tried to excuse the appalling state of Muslim governments, with the disclaimer that “in a world characterised by unbridled political influence, unequal competition and opportunities, strong family ties, unlimited greed, inadequate rules and regulations and poor enforcement, good governance is easier said than done.”
Then, ignoring the fact that the aforesaid “unbridled political influence, unequal competition and opportunities, strong family ties, unlimited greed, inadequate rules and regulations and poor enforcement” all-too-accurately describes his own Umno/BN regime, he went on to present Malaysia as a paragon of progress.
“Numerous initiatives and measures to inculcate good values and ethical conduct, integrity and efforts to combat corruption in all sectors of society have been introduced,” he lied, given that all of these so-called ‘measures’ are nothing but cosmetic.
He then added insult to perjury by claiming that “in order to provide a healthy mechanism of checks and balances, the government also welcomed comments and views from within its own institutions as well as from religious organisations, minority groups, the media and business.”
This glowing portrait of Malaysia as an oasis of reform in a desert of Muslim-government turpitude is simply too preposterous for words, considering that Najib has no intention whatever to reform his own Razakstan.
Far from aspiring to the “good values, ethical conduct and integrity” that Najib claims, his regime conceals its financial and other crimes against the Malaysian people with an Official Secrets Act as draconian as any on earth.
Far from combating corruption, the Najib regime employs the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as its shock-troops, security guards and assassins.
Far from welcoming comments and views from all and sundry, it employs the nation’s media as its paid propagandists and suppresses free speech by means of its appalling Printing, Presses and Publications Act.
And far from promoting religious and racial unity, as Najib’s fake “1Malaysia” slogan pretends to proclaim, it does its damndest to foment discord through the regime-owned gutter ‘newspaper’, Utusan Malaysia and race-hate pressure groups like Perkasa. Or, as I prefer to think of it, Pukeasa.
Despite the dire reality of his Razakstan regime, however, Najib had the gall to issue a rallying-call to his partners-in-crime at the Kazakhstan conference to join him on “a journey that does not end until good governance truly becomes the mainstream value of all Muslim nations.”
And no sooner had he returned from his Kazakhstan jaunt, he was in full cry again at the opening of the Wasatiyyah Convention at the First Millennium of Islam in the Archipelago in Putridjaya, calling on Muslims “to set their house in order first before they can become the guiding light for mankind, like their forefathers.”
“Why is it that corruption, maladministration, mismanagement and inefficiency are often associated with the administration of an Islamic state when we know that Islamic teachings, as contained in the Quran and the sunnah of the Prophet, can serve as guidance?” he asked.
Precisely the question I’ve been asking myself, and that in fact the entire civilised world has been asking of rulers of Razakstan-style regimes for what seems like forever.
Not that Muslim nations are by any means on their own in the gruesome-government department. Buddhist Burma, the Catholic Philippines and Kim-worshipping North Korea, to name just a few, are all as bad if not worse than their Islamic counterparts.
In fact religion or lack of it has nothing whatever to do with government criminality. As Najib is demonstrating by its willingness to extend an ecumenical welcome two of the world’s arch-criminals to the Langkawi International Dialgogue to be held from June 19 to 21: the Muslim President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, and the non-Muslim dictator of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe.
Bashir has the dubious distinction of being the first serving head of state to be indicted by the International Criminal Court, on charges of war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, and is now a fugitive from justice.
And Mugabe, an old crony of former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is one of the most reviled figures on the international stage, having spent decades destroying his nation’s economy and civil institutions.
Consorting with scum like this gives the ultimate lie to Najib’s fraudulent attempts to be perceived as a reformer, let alone a ‘religious’ one, and for once and for all demonstrates the reality of his intention to keep running – and ruining -Malaysia like some kind of Umno/BN Razakstan.