PM Mohd Najib Tun Razak was all praise for the Sarawak government during his address to delegates attending the SUPP General Assembly in Kuching recently. He say that “the future of Sarawak to achieve a develop status is more guaranteed if the BN government continues to lead the state”. He then pledged that he will work closely with the Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud (ATM) “to ensure that all the planned agendas for development for the rakyat becomes a reality”.
What else can Najib say other than praises for ATM who has held the helm of the Sarawak government for more than three decades? With ATM being such a lofty figure in the Sarawak political landscape, are we not to believe that Najib needs ATM more than the latter need the former? The entire nation knows that the Sarawak BN plays a significant role in determining the rise and fall of the BN at the national level. The voter’s statistics are there for all to see.
Based on the last Sarawak state election held on April 16, 2011, it was clear that Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), a component party of the BN headed by ATM had swept all 35 seats that the party contested, making it the largest single party to have won the election. SUPP, also a component party of the BN fared poorly having lost 8 seats including its leader George Chan and former Deputy Chief Minister.
If someone were to ask, with such ‘massive people support’ towards ATM, and the enormous resources at his disposal, could Sarawak not become a fully autonomous state off the Malaysian federation? My immediate answer would be, YES. If the Sarawak Report that chronicles the enormous personal wealth of ATM and his family members is to be believed, than my answer would be a double YES.
Having viewed what all is revealed in Sarawak Report, and assuming that it is true, I would say that ATM undoubtedly is even richer than the Sultan of Brunei, and beats all of Malaysia’s rich and famous. Despite all that is revealed in Sarawak Report, ATM has yet to deny the reports, and instead attempted to do a ‘double’ of Sarawak Report to deceive the public, and trumpets that his family members are all shrewd and clever at doing genuine business. He believes that his position as the longest serving Chief Minister has no influence over the business successes of his family members. And it is unbelievable that Sarawakians that had continuously voted him in is not able to distinguish lies from truth.
As for PM Najib, I trust he wouldn’t dare raise any issue relating to ATM wealth and that of his family members, or to talk to him (ATM) about handing over the helm of power. Of course, people in UMNO would dare ask Tuan Guru Nik Aziz to leave; because Tuan Guru isn’t anything like ATM. Tuan Guru is not in business nor does he resides in a palatial home perched on acres of land.
So, it is the power and wealth that ATM yields that frightens our national leaders to open their gap to say anything adverse against ATM. It is this fear too that can cause the BN to fall, and with such inherent fear of ATM, Najib therefore finds it expedient to allow ATM to do all the bargaining – corruption or no corruption; that does not really matter. Retaining power by whatever means does.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION