I’ve been enjoying lots of exciting times lately. First arriving in London in time to experience the immediate aftermath of Brexit, which for many people over there was a matter for bitter Regrexit, and now returning home to the welcome spectacle of 1MDB getting its long-overdue Wrexit.
And the even more entertaining sight of the culprits doing their damndest to Rejexit, in every way from Prime Minister Najib Razak’s call for people not to ‘pre-judge’ the named alleged culprits to the ludicrous claim by BN mouthpiece the New Straits Times that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has been swayed by anti-regime bloggers and others.
Of course, as a friend living in Malaysia has reminded me, I shouldn’t be celebrexing the downfall of the 1MDB/BN gang too enthusiastically at this early stage.
My friend’s BN-supporting relatives, he reports, are still determinedly denying the guilt of all the crooks currently being targeted by the US DOJ, and there must be countless more Malaysians that are similarly desperately striving to delude themselves.
After all, it is not just Najib aka ‘Malaysian Official 1’ who is responsible for the clearly evident fact that, as the DOJ has asserted, the Malaysian people have been ‘defrauded on an enormous scale’ by way of 1MDB.
Equally culpable are not only Najib’s partners-in-crime like accomplice Jho Low and stepson Riza Aziz, but also countless accessories including the entire BN cabinet, the attorney-general and inspector-general of police, plus all of Najib’s apologists in the so-called mainstream media and those who have supported him and his regime in a series of fraudulent elections.
And let us not be blinded by the sheer scale of the 1MDB scam to the fact that BN members, cronies and supporters have been guilty of defrauding the Malaysian people on a massive scale for decades.
In Najib’s case, as many of us recall despite BN’s constant revision of its disgraceful history, a capacity for fraudulence is apparently hereditary, as it was his father, Tun Razak, who master-minded the May 13 1969 riots for the purpose of supplanting Tunku Abdul Rahman as prime minister.
The entire regime apparatus supported that act of political, social and racial treachery, and has since been complicit in Mahathir’s repressive and rapacious 22-year premiership, and now Najib’s reprise of more of the same.
Indeed, BN at large has been more than complicit in Najib’s case, as its members elevated him to the position of prime minister despite his being notoriously tainted by compelling suspicions of his involvement in the Scorpene Submarines kickback scandal and the associated murder of Mongolian ‘model’ Altantuya Shaariibuu.
These suspicions were almost as international as those currently swirling around Najib’s involvement in the 1MDB fraud.
As Hamish Macdonald of the Sydney Morning Herald wrote when BN awarded Najib the top job back in 2009, ‘Malaysia (has sworn in) perhaps one of the most questionable current politicians in any of the world’s democracies as its new prime minister, in a triumph of party-machine politics over sound governance and morality.’
And as former BBC correspondent in Malaysia, Jonathan Kent, similarly commented on Najib at the time, ‘it is really rather unusual for a head of government to find himself linked to the brutal murder of an attractive young woman or to huge and questionable commission payments for the purchase of armaments.’
Undaunted, however, BN members saw fit to inflict Najib on Malaysia the better to serve his and their own lusts for power and plunder, and seven years more of regime secrecy, lies, evasions and crimes against the people, culminating in 1MDB, have been the result.
So when the international pressure inspired by the 1MDB swindle finally grows too intense to bear, it is not just Najib who has to go, only to be substituted with some other BN crook that’s just as bad or even, if possible, worse.
Whether through the ballot, or massive public demonstrations of people-power, or rolling national strikes, or a class-action suit in the International Criminal Court, the entire gang of regime criminals has to be got rid of along with Najib, in one great and glorious BNexit.