He who broke up the Lee Hsien Loong-Najib Razak bromance is now to be avoided with a ten-foot pole

PM Najib Razak: I do not expect elections to change the nature of relations between our two countries as well.

PM Lee Hsien Loong: Because you have confidence in the result.

(Both PM Lee and PM Najib laugh)

This took place during a joint press conference by both prime ministers at the Istana on 16 January 2018 for the 8thSingapore-Malaysia leaders’ retreat.

Four months later, Najib got toppled and in hindsight, we can say that those words that he and PM Lee uttered seemed so shallow and even stupid.

You see, this is what happens when leaders take the electorate for granted. They treat it as buying durians – pau chiak!

Incidentally, the two of them had many durian feasts together, and a portrait was even unveiled of them in suits and matching red tie enjoying the fruit with the fetid smell.

Whenever they could, they would also catch up for breakfast, lunch, tea or dinner. In short, they shared a bromance that was as buddy-buddy as that among leaders of any two countries.

While they were both gleefully scratching each other’s back, the thought never crossed their mind that the 93-year-old Dr Mahathir Mohamad could achieve a stunning victory in the polls and unseat Najib Razak and his government.

Mind you, at the height of the Lee Hsien Loong-Najib Razak bromance, global leaders were avoiding Najib with a ten-foot pole.

The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times, CNBC, MSNBC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Al-Jazeera and even Indonesian Tempo all mocked Najib as the crook behind the IMDB scandal.

It was reported that it was by design and not by accident that President Joko Widodo of Indonesia had chosen not to share intelligence with Malaysian police about the confiscation of Jho Low’s mega yacht The Equanimity.

During the Mahathir era, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei made many official and non-official visits. But during the Najib era, especially since the implosion of the IMDB scandal, the Sultan only visited Malaysia when absolutely necessary.

But Najib could always count on PM Lee for support and company. There is a saying: Show me who your friends are and I’ll tell you what you are.

But what an amazing turnaround!

First, we have two buddy-buddy leaders getting ahead of themselves, prematurely celebrating a Najib Razak victory at the pools.

Then, they got caught with their pants down and the bromance had to be terminated.

Now, with the comeback of Dr Mahathir, poor PM Lee is left without a bro (don’t forget, his real bro is in self-exile).

And now Dr Mahathir is to be avoided with a ten-foot pole.

Can you conjure up a script with a better twist and turn than this?

 

Augustine Low

* The author is a proud but concerned citizen. Voicing independent, unplugged opinion is his contribution to citizen engagement.

 

 

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17 Responses to “He who broke up the Lee Hsien Loong-Najib Razak bromance is now to be avoided with a ten-foot pole”

  • Songshu:

    Question : What common ground do they’ve to be such good friends ?

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  • opposition dude:

    The bromance can still continue lah, goondu Loong has to show ah Jib he still is his bestest kawan kawan buddy what.

    All he has to do is make visits to whichever prison Jib is held at. In his personal capacity as a citizen of course.

    AHEM!

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  • make Sg great again:

    Sad to see my beloved Lion City reduced to a whimper and our children suffering the ignomily of trying to earn a decent living taken off them, given to non citizens.

    My son, who served his NS with distinction, went on to earn his Magna Cum Laude, coming back to his beloved country and literally abused at a job interview. He was asking for S$2400 and the interviewer told him that the company can employ a FT at much lower pay.

    LHL … do u know what u have done to our beloved country?

    Harimau mati meninggalkan belang
    Manusia mati meninggalkan nama.

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  • who is my bro, or sis, or nep?:

    according to pap departed evil lky clown, nobody other than S$m, wife, son, and perhaps the few loyal clown pap clan members.

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  • HarderTruths:

    It takes one to know one right?

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  • LIONS:

    WHEN two clown$ talk,expect nonsense!

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  • Bapak:

    In future they will be neighbour in one resorts in Kittles Islands, if both can run road together. And not surprising someone very famous would be in between their bungalows.

    Songshu:
    Question : What common ground do they’ve to be such good friends ?

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  • rukidding:

    Birds of same feathers,…flocked together !

    Soon,…I am sure Dr M will “open an investigation” as to how these two “buddies” could so “quickly agree” on a “settlement” ,regarding the Malayan Railway corridor acquisition when DR M had ,in the past ,not been able to accept any “fair and meaningful” proposal ?

    This is a “hint” that I had received from some “Great Vine” up North !

    Dr M is a “smart and experience” politician,…and I opine he will probably “action the above” when our “erection” draws nearer !

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  • Malaysia boleh Singapore bodoh:

    Najib and LHL bromance can restart after regime change in Singapore. They will be even closer having something in common – thrown out by voters.

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  • LIONS:

    Now,BROmance is going to be LEEgally recognised in $in City.
    Guess PINKY is getting jittery about a potential OPPO ALLIANCE n wants to win over PINK DOT VOTES next GE?

    It is not a question of morals or societal acceptance,it is a matter POLITICAL PLAY?

    The PIG$ must have carried out a secret survey of the population of gays here and find it PROFITABLE to win over their votes.

    I think getting PROF TOMMY KOH N NAIR TO LEND SUPPORT is most unethical.

    How come PROF TOMMY KOH can be so OPEN about this tou hy issue but cannot lend his VOUCE TO E ILED SGS like TAN WAH PIOW?

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  • Bystander:

    Ah loong always bet on the wrong horse.
    Clinton instead of Trump, even paid visit to Democrat Obama on eve of the Election.
    Playing cosy cosy brother with Najib, with self fortune telling Najib will the winner. Now 360 degree turn, dropping Najib like a hot stone.
    Pinkie just dun have the sixth sense in international politics.
    And wifey also put wrong bet on Thasin of Thailand.

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  • LIONS:

    Btw,maybe PROF KOH N NAIR can start a relationship ?

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  • DR Mahadeer:

    @LIONS:
    September 7, 2018 at 11:28 pm (Quote)

    Btw,maybe PROF KOH N NAIR can start a relationship ?

    —————————————————————————

    hahaha.

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  • Tuck Wan:

    I can’t give any further twist and turn. But ONE thing for sure this coming GE more Slaps. Maybe 4 or 5 GRC.

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  • Virtue & Decree:

    “You must be truthful! Verily, truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads one to Paradise. A man keeps upholding truthfulness and encourages honest dealings and soon he is recorded with Almighty Lord as a true soul.
    But beware of falsehoods! Verily, being false will lead to wickedness and wickedness leads down to the Hellfire! A man continues telling lies and keeps on entertaining falsehoods and soon he is recorded by Lord Almighty as a perfidious soul.”

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  • John Lim:

    “the fruit with the fetid smell.” What, you are Ang Moh??

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  • DOOMERANG:

    NO WONDER WHEN ELECTION DAY, MANY MY COMPLAINED THE ICA DID NOT LET THEM FREELY GO BACK TO VOTE AGAINST NAJIB, JUST LIKE AIR ASIA FERNANDES TRYING TO CURTAIL FLIGHTS BACK TO KL ON VOTING DAY.
    FERNANDES WAS MADE TO APOLOGIZE ON TV N PAPERS AFTER TUN WAS ELECTED.

    WAS LSL IN SAME BOAT WITH 30 MINS MEET AFTER TUN WAS IN POWER….

    HEMMM, MOST LIKELY…..

    EVEN THE SULTANS HAVE TO RETURN $$$$ BACK WHEN TV N NEWSPAPERS BRIKE NEWS 256MIL WAS GIVEN TO KING. BY NAJIB. TO CATER FAVOR…..

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