LAST_UPDATEWed, 20 Jun 2018 8pm

A Kadir Jasin: Step Up If You Dare

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk A Kadir Jasin, veteran journalist, has urged those who dare step up and counter his criticisms toward the Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Najib Razak, UMNO, Barisan Nasional (BN) and the government to come forward.

“They can start by giving a 100 percent praises to support him and disregard my criticisms,” he said today, on his blog,

He quips that he is no Prime Minister to seek votes from the nation, but he would like for those who went against his criticisms about Najib to contest them with valid arguments.

“No one’s playing shadow puppets here. It’s obvious that the PM went golfing in Hawaii during the flood crisis. It’s like he snuck out of the country and only returned after being beaten up by the media, and on social media. The ministers are no different. They were only “pro-active” after receiving orders from the ‘Big Boss’.

“I wonder what the plot is if this were a movie? It is undeniable that the world economy is a mess, but can we simply blame it on external forces?

“What’s the deal with the depreciation of the ringgit, low stock markets, delay in the repayment of the 1MDB debt, Felda Global's loss, bankruptcy of MAS, and the mysterious Royal Malaysian Airforce (RMAF) executive aircraft “flight of fancy”?,” he states.

He further commented on a statement reported today made by Penang UMNO Secretary Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir who expressed that the Prime Minister's visit to other countries should not be an issue especially when he is back to aid the flood victims.

Musa also questioned A Kadir’s agenda behind his criticisms, and his sincerity as to not disapprove of Anwar Ibrahim and Lim Guan Eng who were not only on vacation, but not even aiding the victims.

In response, A Kadir said, in contrary to Najib and BN, Anwar and Guan Eng are not the Prime Minister or the government.

“If Anwar was jet-setting in his private jet when (or if) he becomes PM, I will take a beating out of him too. Don’t believe me?  Vote for Anwar until he becomes PM to see whether I will honour my words, or not,” he uttered.

The former Editor in Chief for The New Straits Times Press (NSTP) also criticised Najib last month who reminded the UMNO bloggers of their paymaster, telling them to train their guns at the opposition instead.

Najib, who is also president of UMNO clearly revealed of his party hiring bloggers in his winding up speech at the UMNO General Assembly 2014.

To this, Kadir added, Najib’s action of labelling the UMNO bloggers ‘Bangang’ (stupid) was a rude outrage that does not reflect his significant role as a leader.