It is not that I love Najib less but it is that I love Malaysia more. Yes, that is what veteran journalist Kadir Jasin implied in his ‘it is not that I love Caesar less but I love Rome more’ comment. Raub Member of Parliament, Ariff Sabri, added to this by saying that Najib is finished, meaning the Prime Minister is surviving on borrowed time.
It is most unfortunate that Kadir chose to use Caesar and Rome as his example as to why Prime Minister Najib Razak needs to be ousted. In fact, Rome saw greatness during the time of Julius Caesar and he was assassinated by certain members of the senate, some who were his friends, not because Caesar was bad for Rome but because of political rivalry and jealousy.
What Caesar’s detractors were worried about was that he was getting too popular and therefore needed to be removed. However, his removal through assassination triggered a civil war with a great loss of life and which just saw dictator after dictator taking over thereafter.
Hence the removal of Caesar did not solve Rome’s problems. In fact, it triggered even more problems. And this soon brought about the decline of Rome and its eventual collapse because it did not have leaders with the same calibre and vision as Caesar to lead them.
The removal through assassination of Caesar to allegedly save Rome is probably not the best example to use if you know your history. That move was not to save Rome. It was a grab for power by jealous rivals. And it just led to bloodshed later when Romans killed Romans on the battlefield.
The problem was not Caesar. The problem was a corrupt Roman society. And it was this corruption that eventually brought about the decline and collapse of the Roman Empire.
Hence, to save Rome, they needed to reform society rather than assassinate Caesar. And to save Umno this is also what you need to do, reform the party.
It does not matter whether Najib or whoever it may be heads Umno and becomes the Prime Minister of Malaysia. As long as Umno does not see that it is its own worst enemy and start executing reforms, Umno will face the risk of being rejected by the voters.
It is very convenient to blame Najib for all the problems that Umno is facing. Do these people really think that by kicking out Najib Umno is going to be saved? Umno can only be saved once it realises that the voters are not opposed to the Prime Minister as much as they are angry about the Umno culture, which can no longer be accepted in a civil society.