Very clearly Datuk Seri Najib Razak has entrenched himself as Umno president and Malaysian Prime Minister. Power to him. He has protected himself and his interests. But, has his decisions benefited the party and country?
Umno is now split. And, to quote a veteran Malaysian journalist and political blogger and former New Straits Times group editor-in-chief, Datuk A. Kadir Jasin: “Najib may have successfully held on to power but every day passes with the economy becoming shakier, the ringgit weaker, capital markets weaker and Malaysia the subject of jokes around the world.”
That is a clear picture of where we are today. Need I say anything more?
But, the man I salute is the dismissed Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He stood up for what is right and paid the price for it. As a national leader, Muhyiddin understood that 1MDB was too big an issue to sidestep and that the people needed to know the truth about it. That truth keeps eluding us. But, Muhyiddin (one of a number of people, especially, former Prime Minister and architect of modern Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, and the opposition) kept asking for it. As a result, he lost his government position.
Quite evidently, he couldn’t be bought. The PAC (Public Accounts Committee) chairman Nur Jazlan Mohamad and three other committee members from Najib’s party, Umno, however, apparently played a different game. They abandoned ship for Cabinet posts. Ironically, the PAC, and particularly the chairman, were quite vocal in wanting to get to the bottom of 1MDB.
Jazlan has since vehemently denied he has “sold out” and that he was just moving on. Whatever, the PAC won’t be able to function officially without a chairman.
It seems to me that good men and women who are able to recognise what is right and fight for it and pay the cost — instead of making compromises over conflicting priorities — are in short supply.
Muhyddin’s ouster, however, seems to have kindled a deep desire for what is right and good. People have begun rallying around him, some in defiance of the party leadership. Perhaps, there is a need for just a few more good men and women to stand up for what is right, to galvanize more people to follow suit.
Now is the time for a few good men and women to step forward. There is this event recorded in the Bible about how the prophet Isaiah was called in Isaiah 6: 8-13. God asks: “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Isaiah answers, “Here am I. Send me!” God sends him, and Isaiah goes to do the thankless job of prophesying against the Israelites. But, God was on his side and acted on his behalf.
We are in times where we need for a few more Muhyiddins to stand against the tide. Surely, God is on the side of the good? Shouldn’t good Christian men and women also stand up for what is right? Are Christians hearing His call?