Malaysiakini tells us that Najib accepts its apology, and, to most people’s surprise also showed unexpected chivalry by praising Malaysiakini journalist Wong Choon Mei for ‘high values of professionalism’ in claiming responsibility for the 'Najib manifesto' error and resigning.
Poor sweetie Wong was unfortunately sucked into a nasty dud of the fabricated ‘blood dripping manifesto’. How I wish there could be a happier ending for sweetie, like Najib telling her not to resign, but I supposed she fell on her journalist sword.
Has Najib shown a new style of tolerance by merely chiding Malaysiakini without the usual sledgehammer approach favoured by Syed Hamid or the more aggro UMNO ministers, and then putting the icing on the cake by complimenting the Malaysiakini journalist?
Namawewe and Sin Chew journalist Tan Hoon Cheng, eat your hearts out!
But I reckon that even if Najib maintains this tolerant style, it may take quite a while for his detractors (but of course never his foes) to accept, let alone appreciate the milder than usual UMNO reaction.
His foes had done such a hatchet job on him, to an extent where even Malaysiakini's apology was either railed at for editorial cowardice or attributed to sinister and heavy handed government pressure.
Has Najib cleverly and deliberately moved up to higher moral grounds to demonstrate to the other BN component parties that he would be a better, far more accommodating and reasonable BN chairperson cum PM?
Is he neutralizing someone's preemptive accusations of his PM-ship to be likely a harsh and intolerant one a la the Mahathir years?
If he were to seek my advice, wakakaka, I would propose that he stuns Malaysia with the following moves:
(a) Demand that Utusan Melayu and the responsible reporter both immediately apologize to Teresa Kok for falsely accusing her of disrespect to Islam and the Malays,
(b) Call for the police to investigate Chamil Wariya for suspected incitement to violence in the 'YB Josephine' cerpen - he can only call for the police investigation as he isn’t the PM or Home Affairs Minister,
(c) Call for the release of the Hindraf 5 – He could play a clever game (i.e protecting his backside from the rightwing elements in his party) by stating that he supports the banning of Hindraf but saw no national security necessity to detain the five,
(d) As Finance Minister, convene a Federal-State high powered economic conference with all the Menteri Besar’s and State CM’s to formulate a national strategy to deal with the global economic problems. By making it a conference of Federal and State government leaders he will cleverly cut off you know who without appearing to be vindictive or mean spirited – wakakaka,
By doing all the above, he would effectively chop off the political legs of the Pakatan Rakyat, in particular PKR and its de facto leader – wakakaka.
But alas, while I hope so for Malaysians to come together to face the humongous economic tsunami that’s going to hit everyone, I won’t hold my breath … well, not for too long anyway ;-)