Lately there are efforts to ‘shame’ or ‘bring down’ Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak by bloggers who are supporting Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN).
While a few did not directly
call on Najib to step down but of course subtly, one or two did not
hesitate to openly and directly make the call and even to extent of
calling Najib names, not nice names of cause.
to be wanting to rally public support, behaving like leaders of the
oppositions, in their call for Najib to step down and urging Deputy
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to take over.
or two bloggers even went to the extent of conducting surveys to show
Najib that they are capable of rallying people to ‘push’ him out of his
Putrajaya seat, on the purported reason that Najib has ‘abandoned the
Malays and compromising too much to the Chinese and Najib listens too
much to his advisors who are blamed for the wrong actions and policies.’
named the advisors and even Najib’s press secretary, put up their
photos and alleged so many things that by now, the general public may
have already know the advisors’ name by heart, their background and
everything about them.
They blamed Najib for listening
too much and follow every advise these people gave, which they claimed
at present distancing or widening the gap between Najib and the Malays
and Najib and the rural folks.
In a democratic country
headed by a leader who respect and follow democracy, any citizen can
point the leader’s mistakes or weaknesses and they can even write to
media or in their blogs, if they have, anything they are not satisfied
After all democracy calls for the citizens
democratic rights to communicate with the leader chosen by the majority
and also the right to seek explanations on policies and questions the
reasons behind Najib’s moves.
However, as democracy is
also giving freedom of expression for the people, we should also take
note of the decorum as Malays, a race rich in culture and manners that
even if one is angry, one will always find a good and subtle way to tell
In this case with the bloggers, who are Malays, they should themselves know the way to tell Najib their minds.
the very least, before they embarked on rallying public opinions and
support for their ‘cause to bring down Najib for whatever reasons they
feel right’, they should have the courtesy to send him a note seeking a
They would have a different
perspective and would not have embarked on the efforts to rally public
support if they have done that – seek a meeting and seek explanation
from the man himself why he is doing things that they see as not
beneficial and repressive, if that is the term they wanted to use.
Najib and his secretary and advisors names which are ‘not nice for the
ears and hearts and create animosity’ is not the Malay way and obviously
not even the western way, the supposedly progressive race that most
Malays are trying to emulate.
Frankness and being
honest are attributes that should be followed but on the other hand,
relaying the thoughts and opinions should follow the civilized and
educated ways rather than promoting oneself as champion to the public,
as if to prove to the public that one is vocal and brave to engage in a
Like posting a letter to the Prime
Minister publicly that seemed to reflect one is rallying public support
for one’s cause and same time highlighting to the public that one is
smart and fearful.
There are other ways to relay the message effectively without even highlighting oneself in the public.