|Doing a Pak Lah on Najib
In a chatroom of about a dozen bloggers, whose combined online traffic is bigger than the Edge's, someone popped the question: "So, whose side are WE on?"
Many of us who took active part in the so-called revolution that brought down Abdullah Ahmad Badawi have refrained from taking sides, at least not openly. We can't be doing this again, can we? For many of us it is a torn-between-two-lovers kind of situation. We love Dr Mahathir and we think Najib Razak is still the best man in BN and in Malaysia to be PM, which is something the Tun has openly disagreed [To save party and country, Najib must go, Straits Times Singapore, 4 April], and which is why we are asking each other the question that will divide us: Lu gang siapa?
Wisdom kicks in. "Let us be guided by our respective conscience," says the anonymous Jebat Must Die in the chatroom. I concurred. "But whoever side you want to take, be respectful."
Something Parpukari, a blogger with an impressive following in the Malay-reading cyberspace, must find it hard to heed to in the face of A. Kadir Jasin's latest posting [Crystal-balling Malaysian politics post-Mohd Najib, 6 April] on why taking down Najib Razak as Prime Minister won't be as easy as sending Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to pasture in 2009.
Showing Pak Lah the door in 2009 was a lot easier ... Pak Lah did not have an ambitious wife ... Mohd Najib has an ambitious determined wife who would want him to stay at all costs. On the other hand, Pak Lah’s wife, (Tun) Jeanne, is not ambitious woman and it was said that she urged him to resign.
Read also FMT's interview with Kadir, Rosmah won't let Najib quit, 6 April
Parpukari says his respect for the veteran journalist has gone down a notch. "His attacks on Najib I can understand but why lash out at Rosmah? She is just the wife of the Prime Minister .. Have they lost it?"
Serang Najib saya faham la sebab dia PM tapi serang Rosmah untuk apa? ...
Dia hanyalah isteri kepada Perdana Menteri sahaja, saya nak tanya sama AKJ dan semua yang dok suruh Rosmah berundur la, ada cita-cita besar la. Nak tanya sikit apakah Rosmah ni ada jawatan ke? Dia menteri besar ke? Dia menteri ke? Dia Ketua bahagian ke? Nak suruh dia berundur dari apa? Dari menjadi isteri Perdana Menteri ke? Gila ke korang ni?
Read what made Parpukari see red in Betul ke Rosmah mempunyai cite-cita besar? 6 April.
When I read Parpukari's original entry last night, I asked him if he could use "Saya" instead of "Aku". It sounds more respectful. And if you know Parpukari the person, he's a sopan-santun chap. As for Kadir's mention of Rosmah, which was highlighted by FMT because it was juicier than anything esle he had to offer in the interview, I wrote recently: To bring down Najib, first bring down those closest to him, 12 Feb 2015.
So, whose side am I on? The same side as Annie's [The Right Side 6 April].