As you may or may not recall, in my column last week I made the blindingly obvious point that Malaysia's perennially crooked, incompetent and thus altogether pathetic apology for a government should get real or get out.
But I also realistically conceded that the Barisan Nasional gangster-regime will never so much as consider getting real, let alone getting out, as long as there is anything left for it and its cronies to steal.
A dismal truth that has been even more pressingly and depressingly evident in the week since, due to fresh revelations of BN's stealing on regardless, as in robbing the rakyat blind as ever, and no sign whatever that it has any intention of stealing away as in getting lost.
The clearest signal this week of BN's steely and stealy determination to stay despite the incalculable amount it has cost Malaysia and Malaysians economically, electorally, socially, educationally and every other way domestically, and the shame it has brought on the nation internationally, was the refusal of Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya to contemplate resigning.
Far from taking any responsibility for the mysterious disappearance of MAS Flight MH370, however, let alone for the airline's shocking financial losses and its record of corrupt dealings with crony suppliers under his stewardship, he brazenly ignored the question of his resignation and declared that "we have a lot of work to do. The airline needs to get itself together" so it can once again "soar".
Whether MAS can ever soar above its sore and sorry mismanagement by BN and the would-be high fliers it has variously sold it to or hired to run it after its corrupt "repurchase" at an inflated price and at public expense remains a moot question at this moment.
But meanwhile, note the typically BN-style weasel words in this statement, implying that it's "the airline", not himself or the regime that installed him in his job as head or at least figurehead of the airline, that "needs to get itself together", and thus neither his responsibility personally or that of the regime collectively.
But at least Yahya was relatively subtle in dodging blame for the airline's woes on his own or BN's part, compared with Utusan Malaysia, the rabid, racist alleged 'newspaper' that serves as the most strident voice of Umno, the majority party in the BN coalition.
Recycled conspiracy theory
Some Umno poison-penman whose name I can't be bothered looking up last week recycled the tired old Dr Mahathir Mohamad conspiracy theory that the CIA carried-out the 9/ll attacks on the World Trade Centre to provide a pretext for the US to go to war against Muslim countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, and put forward the proposition that the CIA has likewise engineered the disappearance of MH370 for the purpose of sabotaging the relationship between Malaysia and China.
As former US Ambassador to Malaysia John Mallot recalled in his responseto this latest crime against journalism byUtusan Malaysia, this rabid rag is not only owned by Umno, but the president of Umno and Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Abdul Razak, recently praised it to the skies, urged government-linked corporations to advertise in it, and even named a street after the thing.
So, in view of the image of caring and compassion that Najib and his regime have been desperately trying to convey despite their incompetent handling of the MH370 disappearance and their blood-sucking attempts to make capital of it by proposing the squandering and stealing of yet more public money on still more price-inflated, "commission"-generating defence purchases, Malott was more than justified in posing the question "so what say you, Najib?"
"You will soon be welcoming President Barack Obama to Malaysia. Are you going to let this absurd statement in 'your' newspaper stand? Or will you speak out – and denounce this nonsense – before Obama comes?"
Of course as John Malott and all the rest of us are well aware, Najib will not admit, let alone denounce, any fault whatever in the way he and his fellow 1RM chickens in the kangkung BN regime choose to run, or rather ruin, Malaysia.
In any event, Najib has already moved on from the MH370 affair, leaving countries with operative air and sea assets and competent defence personnel to conduct the search while he and the BN gang get back to business as usual.
And business has certainly been brisk this past week, with so-called 'editor' of Umno's unsanitary Utusan Malaysia, Zulkiflee Bakar, attacking Malaysiakini for what he oddly calls "stone-age journalism", presumably in a bid to aid Najib in his determination to ignore the latter's revelations that the regime's career of crime is raging unabated.
Items of BN 'business' this week have included the awarding of a RM1.6 billion contract for the building and maintenance of a hospital by "direct tender", which is apparently the latest euphemism for crony-riddled rip-off, and of a similarly uncontested RM98.85 defence contract to the Destini Prima subsidiary of Destini Berhad, a company plausibly suspected of strong ties to Umno Youth chief and Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin.
And these daylight robberies come on top of the annual farce of a damning report by the Malaysian Auditor-General into shocking levels of waste, embezzlement, fraud and theft by the BN regime's tame civil services, and the news that just one (of course unnamed) such culprit has been sacked since the previous year's equally scathing report.
Far from appearing to notice, let alone take the slightest responsibility for this disgraceful state of affairs, however, Najib was out demonstrating that he is lying as usual in claiming to be "prime minister for all Malaysians" by urging employers in the nation's private sector to hire more Malays.
Or perhaps, as some commentators have taken him to be suggesting, he means that private business should hire pretty well only Malays, like the police, military and most other departments of the BN regime do.
But whatever he had in mind, or at least was reading off the piece of paper someone had put in front of him on this occasion, Najib has repeatedly and definitively demonstrated over the past five years or so that he is a fitting prime minister not for all or some but of no Malaysians, and thus, along with the rest of his rotten, ridiculous regime, should get the hell out of office.
But he, or they, won't go voluntarily, of course. So it's up to the Malaysian people to progress from just criticising and complaining about these incompetent crooks to pressuring them in every way possible to go get lost.
Or, to employ the immortal words of Oliver Cromwell in his April 20, 1653 speech contemptuously dismissing Britain's then so-called Rump Parliament in sending BN the message: "Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!"