The Najib’s political approach can be seen as a version of the carrot and stick approach in political management: carrots: 1-Malaysia slogan, market-friendly Economic Transformation Programs, more public investment to keep economy humming along, anti-terrorism rhetoric, embracing new media, direct approach to the people, giving Minor Rural Projects to East Malaysians etc etc. The sticks: slash subsidies in essential items, maintain tight reign on media, freedom to assembly; stress the importance of ethnic representatives in Cabinet to safeguard ethnic interests, let loose the extremist groups like PERKASA, Utusan Malaysia, partisan deployment of MACC, police and the Attorney General in making prosecution, stressing Malay/muslims united front etc etc. What did they add up to?
After about 2 years of Najib’s carrot and stick operations the results seems to be like the following:
1-Malaysia negated by Perkasa and Utusan Malaysia’s ethnic agitation of a strange kind: the majority feel threatened by the minorities! Market friendly economic policy remain a bounced checks while cronies still get the multi-billion big ticket government projects eg MRT for KL; cut in subsidies projects become a balance of horrors between the hiking fuel and food prices on one hand, and the shadowy `Christian state’ puppetry-some feel the itch in another place unable to `balance’ the real itch felt in the current location; the persistence of ethnic elites re-structuring is driving away both local and foreign investment-which is not possible to be countered by any amount of public spending; the embracing of new media eg 1-Malaysia email @50 cents/email, seems to be more commercially motivated and not to promote the freedom of expression; pressing socio economic issues eg the legendary wealth of a Chief Minister, are displaced by media dramas on a purported sex-video of 1 person who happened to be an Opposition leader-and the monopolised media do not allow you to change channels!
Look like the carrots are fighting with the sticks to get public attention and the different directions of the carrots and sticks are cancelling out the prospect of movement for Malaysia. Will this mean a ringing endorsement of the `new’ Malaysian Prime Minister Najib? Instead of watching this stick-to-me-and-carrot-to-others show the citizens may get too bored and decided to change channel all together!
A review: did Najib show the carrot to the PERKASA and apply the sticks to the people-so the one getting the carrot is energised while the ones caned remain unbudged? May be there is some major adjustment needed to affect movement for the old engine called Malaysia!