KUALA LUMPUR, April 4 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s slogan “People First, Performance Now” was mocked today when police said the 13 freed ISA detainees can only leave Kamunting tomorrow.
DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang said both the home minister and national police chief should be sacked for failing the new prime minister’s thematic slogan.
“It is most disgraceful and testimony of gross incompetence and ineptitude that although Najib announced in his maiden address to the nation over television last night that his government had decided ‘with immediate effect’ the release of 13 detainees from ISA detention, none of the 13 could be released today and the earliest they could regain their freedom is tomorrow,” Lim said in a statement released here.
The Ipoh Timur MP noted that families of the released detainees had turned up only to learn that the release is tomorrow due to paperwork that had to be completed.
“Is this what Najib meant by ‘Performance Now’ in his maiden address to the nation last night?
“Were the IGP and the home minister kept completely in the dark about Najib’s announcement of the ‘immediate release’ of the 13 ISA detainees, learning only about it when the new prime minister’s maiden address was telecast live last night?
“If so, it reflects a shambolic government with no notion whatsoever about ‘People First’ or ‘Performance Now’!’ he said, adding he expected all 13 to be released immediately last night.
Lim hoped that Najib’s slogan will come to reality unlike his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s “Cemerlang, Gemilang, Terbilang” slogan which swiftly became a national joke.
“But Najib’s substitute of ‘1Malaysia. People First. Performance Now’ is in danger of becoming a national joke within 24 hours — thanks to the home minister and the Inspector-General of Police!” he added.
Lim also told Najib to ensure all ISA would be able to leave Kamunting detention centre by 8am tomorrow or pay compesation for their continued detention..
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