Najib, Alibaba and the 'Flying Pig'

Opinion  |  Mariam Mokhtar
Published:  |  Modified:

The future is yellow. Najib Abdul Razak’s infamous slogan, ‘You help me, I help you’, has been exported to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), where Najib’s ailing 1MDB has been given a lifeline.

Najib stands with Jack Ma on one side and his spouse, Rosmah on the other. The contrast is particularly galling. Jack Ma is a self-made billionaire, Najib became one after a RM2.6 billion Arab ‘donation’, whilst ‘she’ is a ‘self-styled’ First Lady of Malaysia (Flom) and can induce a billion headaches.

Najib’s trip is a victory for people with vested interests, but the Malaysian taxpayer will bear the cost. Signing 14 deals worth RM144 billions with PRC industrialists, is like opening the floodgates to the PRC. It is a betrayal of Malaysia. He has openly snubbed Malaysians of Chinese descent, and his worshippers, the Malay nationalists and Ketuanan Melayu types, at the same time.

For many years, he encouraged the red-shirts and ministers like Ismail Sabri Yaakob to criticise Chinese Malaysians.

Whilst these two groups confronted one other at the front door, Najib quietly invited the PRC to enter via the back door, and told them to make themselves at home.

Chinese Malaysians have been blamed for everything from the high cost of cooking oil to chickens, from fish to flour. With more PRC visitors and workers arriving soon, who will the red-shirts blame for the increased cost of goods and services?

Despite the Islamic ties, the Arabisation of the Malays, the Wahhabi ideology practiced at home, Najib turned his back on the Saudis. With depleted oil reserves, and the Saudi taps running dry, it did not take long for Najib to turn to the east, in a move which mirrors that of a former PM.

Angered by the United States’ Department of Justice (DOJ) case, Najib sought vengeance by aligning himself with the PRC. Perhaps, he thought he could wrest control of many of the disputed islands in the South China Sea by jumping into bed with the PRC.

Whilst in China, Najib appointed Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, to advise the Malaysian government on Malaysia's digital economy and its e-commerce activities.

This should be a marriage made in heaven, as Malaysians are no strangers to Ali Babas.

First, is the well-known story about Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, from ‘The Tale of the Arabian Nights’.

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