Saturday, September 26, 2015

The fallacy of who made Najib the PM

Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he had worked hard to make Najib Tun Razak the Prime Minister of Malaysia. So, since he made Najib the Prime Minister, then he has a right to remove him. This sounds like what they say in the US: if I can hire then I can fire.

Actually this is not true and is a fallacy. Dr Mahathir is not Najib’s boss or employer who can just sack him as he pleases. Some may even call it delusional that one man can think he decides who should or should not lead the country, as if the democratic system in how we choose leaders and governments no longer exists.

Dr Mahathir can probably make that claim when it comes to Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. After all, he did appoint Abdullah as his deputy and eventually resigned and handed the country to Abdullah.

But it was Abdullah who appointed Najib as his deputy. So, if anyone can claim that he made Najib the Prime Minister, then probably Abdullah is the one who can make that claim.

However, in 2013, Najib lead Barisan Nasional in the general election and the ruling coalition won that election. So, in 2013, it was the people or the voters and not Dr Mahathir who made Najib the Prime Minister. Dr Mahathir was just one voter amongst 11 million voters.

And it was Umno that chose Najib as its President. Therefore that makes him the legitimate leader of Umno elected by the members. At least there are no allegations of fraud during the party elections and Najib did not deregister Umno to cover up that fraud like Bapa Merdeka, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman, alleged Dr Mahathir did in 1987.

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