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Monday, August 15, 2011

U-turns leading to the Right

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So it's not just Walski that's less than enamored with how Najib has performed as Prime Minister so far.

What's disconcerting is that Najib usually "says" all the right things, but what happens on the ground in terms of action and sentiments tell a totally different story.

Walski is even willing to go as far as to ask whether Najib truly has a mind of his own, or is he just going with the flow, towards where the currents are strongest.

Any strong swimmer will tell you that the latter is exactly how one drowns, unable to fight the currents that bring you further and further adrift from shore, until you find yourself trapped in a whirlpool from which you no longer are able to escape.

Quo vadis, Najibus?

After two years as PM, Najib losing middle ground

Datuk Seri Najib Razak risks drifting further away from the centre if he does not deliver on his reform initiatives and continues to “pacify” right-wingers, analysts have warned.

Pundits have charged that Najib has been moving away from a centrist position since taking office as prime minister in 2009, saying his indecisiveness in carrying out policies mirrored that of his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Delayed economic reforms, the New Economic Model’s (NEM) watered-down emphasis on competitiveness in its final version, coupled with Najib’s (picture) poor handling of the July 9 Bersih are instances where the PM has been accused of placating the demands of right-wing groups as well as members within Umno.

“In the long run Najib is moving to the right, and is running a big risk. Not everyone supports right-wing sentiments.