MM Online - Ambiga: Growing support for Najib ‘very worrying’, wouldn’t happen in other countries (extracts):
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 1 — Lawyer Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s efforts to remain politically relevant have been impressive but the fact that he is gaining traction is “very worrying”.
In a recent interview with the Malay Mail, the former Malaysian Bar president and human rights advocate said what Najib was trying to achieve, given the number of criminal charges he faces, would probably be unheard of in other countries.
Asked if she felt that Najib can get back into the game, Ambiga replied: “Absolutely, he has the right to do whatever he’s doing now but the very fact he’s gaining traction is very worrying.
“Because I’m not sure if he was in any other country, he could have done this when you have been charged with so many serious offences.” [...]
He has also been active in meeting grassroots leaders, rural communities and the general public to hear their grouses.
Ambiga said these antics, coupled with his efforts to meet the people, is something Pakatan Harapan lawmakers can learn from Najib. [...]
Najib with S. Sukumaran Sanmugam & family
Read more at WOB: https://www.worldofbuzz.com/najib-visits-car-wash-uncle-and-gives-small-contribution-shares-experience-on-fb/
Ambiga also pointed out that Najib has the right to do whatever he is doing now.
“Of course he is innocent until proven guilty but nevertheless, I think it’s time for the government to understand what the people really want from them.
“I feel sometimes there is no clarity as to what the people on the ground need. And I think it’s time for them to go back to the ground,” she said.
Ambiga Sreenevasan is one of the very few national leaders I have respect for and confidence in. I also see her as a "neutral", being politically non-aligned for years when she was BERSIH's boss and even subsequently. And when she declined Pakatan's offer to stand as one of the new coalition's federal candidate in GE14, she confirmed my opinion of this wonderful lady as a "neutral".
In many ways, her "neutrality" is good because she can then speak on national issues with the assurance of the Malaysian public giving weight to her opinions, views and advice.
We certainly need such "neutral" national figures given our deep distrust or at best, grudging or qualified acceptance of national leaders such as Mahathir, Daim Zainuddin, Anwar Ibrahim, Najib Razak, Hishamuddin Hussein, Azmin Ali, Hadi Awang, Lim KS, Lim GE, Ahmad Zahid, etc.
can't trust any one of them
Who else then are we to believe in on matters political?
The rest like Wan Azizah, Mukhriz, Nurul, etc are only political jokes or at best, harmless lightweights.
But when Ambiga said: “Absolutely, he has the right to do whatever he’s doing now but the very fact he’s gaining traction is very worrying I am sad to say she might have (unusually) shown her prejudice, no matter how mild or slight that is, even as she, in the same breath, acknowledged that Najib Razak, facing numerous charges, is innocent until proven guilty in court through due process.
wakakaka, poster IMMEDIATELY above for Najib
What worries me even more is her statement as follows:
“I feel sometimes there is no clarity as to what the people on the ground need. And I think it’s time for them to go back to the ground”
What did she mean when she said I think it’s time for the government to understand what the people really want from them?
Was she implying the people want Najib in prison, hence that should be expeditiously done (regardless), to satisfy the mob's cry for blood?
As for her second paragraph above, to wit, “I feel sometimes there is no clarity as to what the people on the ground need. And I think it’s time for them to go back to the ground” I can interpret in in so many ways. So Ambiga, there is also NO clarity in what you have just said.
But at face value, didn't that also contradict what she has just said earlier, to wit, I think it’s time for the government to understand what the people really want from them.
As the infamous Pauline Hanson (an ultra conservative politician) in Australia has been so fond of saying, "Please explain" to us.