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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Najib gets his comeuppance: Netizens tell him to "Diam lah" or Shaddup!

Sulaiman Kamal | 2:18 AM | | | | | | | Best Blogger Tips

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Embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak is like the boy who cried wolf. For too many times, he has relied on fine-sounding words to win the hearts of Malaysians even as he did the very opposite to what he preached in reality.
A good example is his recent trip to the Vatican, where he again trotted out his call for religious moderation and peace, but the moment he landed in he resorted to racial and religious bigorty to cosy up to his Malay electorate.
But if the 58-year old Najib thought that whatever ill-feeling he created amongst the Christians by unnecessarily warning them, 'Respect Islam , and we'll respect you' would be more than compensated the cheers he received from the Malays, he may be underestimating the fair-mindedness of his own people.
A new Diam Lar! page
Netizens of all races did not hesitate to show their frustration by going into his Facebook wall and posting the comment "Diam lah", which is Malay for "Shaddup".
According to Malaysiakini,, the first Shaddup posting came around midnight after Najib's page administrators published his reflections on leadership and peace in the country.
It sparked a wave of followers as other fed-up Malaysians began to tell the PM to shut up all over his Facebook wall. Some were so vehement they even used large-sized fonts to express their emotions.
As usual, that prompted an online war with pro-Najib netizens retaliating against the Pakatan Rakyat, led by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. However, their responses fell far short of the Shaddup Najib group.

'Diam lar!' page has since been set up, and as at 8.18 pm already has 7,626 likes. Given Najib's current unpopularity, this looks a real winner of a page!

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