PRIME Minister Najib Razak has attacked Dr Mahathir Mohamad for Bank Negara Malaysia’s forex losses, Malaysia Airlines’ perennial woes and all the other ills visited upon Malaysia during the latter’s years in power.
But where was Najib during this period? He was a senior member of the cabinet, happily and merrily endorsing and supporting all the plans of Dr Mahathir.
Did he voice out his concerns all those times when the Cabinet made or endorsed the decisions on Bank Negara’s losses or Malaysia Airlines’ privatisation, subsequent bailout, getting new management and schemes to keep the flag carrier in the sky?
Did he oppose anything at all during the Mahathir administration?
Doesn’t Najib also have some culpability for the decimation of our institutions, the decades of corruption and thievery and the scandals galore that he now points at Dr Mahathir?
Lest we forget, Najib was the Umno politician who chose Dr Mahathir over Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, and helped change the party history, and by extension the Barisan Nasional (BN) government and the country.
There is little doubt that Dr Mahathir has much to answer for, from Ops Lalang to the hollowing of the Malaysian judiciary, privatisation failures, etc.
But he was ably assisted by his ministers and political warlords from July 1981 to October 31, 2003. Of this group, Najib was a major player through the years, be it in Umno and in government.
So, he can’t feign ignorance and put the blame squarely on Dr Mahathir for all the decisions that has cost Malaysia so much, from the economy to our rights and personal liberty.
He can’t point the finger at Dr Mahathir without pointing at himself. He was part and parcel of the government and the system that led to Bank Negara’s losses, Malaysia Airlines’ red ink then and now, and other scandals.
After all, Najib has his own issues now, such as the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) debts, losses and scandal which surely he cannot blame Dr Mahathir even if he tried.
That is the elephant in the room that he and Malaysia has to deal with now, not the saga of Malaysia Airlines’ fortunes.
Lest we forget.