Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Ijok - watch the Second Coming

The BBC news screamed out Malaysia's deputy prime minister has broken his silence over attempts to link him to a gruesome murder. It continued “Najib Razak has denied having any connection with the killing, and says he never met the murdered woman, Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.”

If a newspaper like the BBC could carry such a scandalous piece of unsubstantiated news, what do you think would be in the minds of ordinary folks in the kampongs – and never mind Ijok.

Thanks to a suave, smooth, smart, sophisticated, sweet and (media/politics) savvy Anwar Ibrahim, Najib Razak is now, in many people's eyes, guilty until proven innocent.

PKR supporters (including some blogger friends) have written in to criticise my several postings against the tactics of Anwar Ibrahim. Their messages to me ranged from the abusive to those who attempted to split hairs by saying Anwar only asked Najib to explain, to some who expressed surprise that I, KTemoc, known for bashing the BN, would even defend a bloke like Najib.

But the effect, the desired outcome, of dirtying the reputation of Najib Razak has already been achieved.

As a blogger who has sympathies for the opposition - though I admit I am suspicious of Anwar Ibrahim because I have never considered him to be just ‘suave, smooth, smart, sophisticated, sweet (good lord, oh no) and (media/politics) savvy’, but also slimy, which may explain why I've tepid feelings for PKR, but may I just say how much I admire and respect Dr Syed Husin – I’ve found myself actually shifting my sympathies towards Najib since the scurrilous attacks on him started in concert.

The by-election in Ijok has been touted as an Anwar Ibrahim versus Najib Razak battle rather than a PKR (Khalid Ibrahim) versus BN (Parthiban) contest.

Apart from the handy and convenient but disgraceful Mongolian poo available for throwing, Anwar Ibrahim and his inner circle of strategists saw mileage in the repulsive tactics – and the way I see it, it’s more of political mileage for Anwar Ibrahim rather than Khalid Ibrahim or PKR. If the latter two picked up collateral benefits, well they’re lucky.

I’ll continue this piece tonight. Bread and butter issues await, unlike for the Chosen. But as you are aware that KTemoc fancies poems, here’s one by Yeats. It’s only a portion of his poem that I’m posting here. Enjoy till this evening:

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?


  1. Hi KT,
    For Anwar to directly attack Najib was probably unethical in election terms, but I again have to express serious doubts that there is any such thing as due process with regard to Najib.

    Way back in January, the Public Prosecutor had flatly declared that "there is no one else involved in the Altantuya murder other than the accused persons". So the trial will only cover the actions of Razak Baginda and the two policemen.

    Some very troubling questions which touch on possible abuse of power in the Malaysian government don't look like they will ever be addressed.

    How did police from an elite squad tasked with VIP protection get involved in the murder?
    These men are trained to act on orders from above, then carry out those orders without question. Who gave the orders? Razak Baginda has no official position in the Malaysian government.
    How did they get hold of military-grade explosives ?
    There was an allegation that the two Mongolians' computerised entry records with Malaysian immigration were erased. The surviving cousin ran into complications as she tried to leave the country - there was no record of her entry !. Who would have the clout to carry out such an action ?

    If the official police investigation isn't going to address these questions, I'm afraid the only other way is to make it a political issue and force it into public debate.

  2. c'mon lah, apart from teh Altantuya case being completely irrelevant to Ijok, I don't for one moment believe anwar is in the least concern about justice for Altantuya.

    anwar is always about anwar. he attacks najib for his higher objectives, principally to dislodge najib from UMNO's No 2 so as to present himself to AAB's camp as a replacement.

    Raja Petra Kamarudin posted that he (anwar) wants to go back to UMNO, to be PM. So if true, my previous postings about that have been vindicated. Sorry to the innocent and good PKR people like Dr Syed Husin.

    as I commented in another posting, if we do what anwar did and is doing (attacking najib on sheer allegations), then we have dropped down to UMNO's level - but then anwar was forged in the cesspool of UMNO.

    Let UMNO/BN do their worst, we must jaga standards as we demand the BN does. Jangan biar kita ada double standards and join the devil - then, how would we be different from them (BN)?.

  3. I discuss Yeats' poem at:
    My inaugural address at the Great White Throne Judgment of the Dead, after I have raptured out billions! The Secret Rapture soon, by my hand!
    Read My Inaugural Address
    My Site=http://www.angelfire.com/crazy/spaceman

  4. :D
    agree with kitty that there must be some way to force the case into the public realm just to answer all those questions...

    i like the poem ;D

  5. fl2020
    surely we, who despised unethical means, must not only subscribe but promote due process - we must not be like UMNO but above them and their grubby tactics (consider Anwar as UMNO bred and nurtured).

    The place for the Altantuya case should be in court or elsewhere but not in Ijok. But Anwar has seen it useful for his special objective. Just don't jump on the Anwar's Mongolian wagon. It's grubby and meant solely for mud slinging.

    and a reminder of some of the poem's words:

    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
    The darkness drops again