Abdullah fires back at his nemeses


Pak Lah has finally retaliated – firing back at his chief and unexpected nemesis, his predecessor Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on all fours.

In his broadsides, the Prime Minister and Umno President Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi also did not spare his other nemeses – Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

However, one snippet of news about yesterday’s “open war” by Abdullah deserves greater attention.

Abdullah announced that Datuk Seri Najib Razak is the natural successor to the Umno presidency, saying: “ I assure you there are no problems between us, and he is the one who will be succeeding me.”

What should pique interest is not the omission by Abdullah as to when such handing over of power will take place, but Najib’s uncharacteristic silence in declining any comment on Abdullah’s assurance when approached by the media after the closed-door briefing for Umno grassroots leaders yesterday.

Does this connote another shifting of power equation in Umno?

  1. #1 by justice_fighter on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:04 am

    Najib is the biggest winner so far as long as he remains silent although I don’t think he is a clean and good leader.

    Pak Lah is just trying to switch the attention of the people by blaming Mahathir, etc. Blame game is the culture of UMNO. If Pak Lah is truly a good leader, he should take the necessary actions to reform UMNO in 2004, but right until now he still only pretends to work. The longer he hangs on the PM post, the higher the chance DSAI will be our PM next round, which I will be very happy to see! I want to see a complete destruction of the corrupted UMNO party!!

  2. #2 by justice_fighter on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:05 am

    Pak Lah is just trying to switch the attention of the people by blaming Mahathir, etc. Blame game is the culture of UMNO. If Pak Lah is truly a good leader, he should take the necessary actions to reform UMNO in 2004, but right until now he still only pretends to work. The longer he hangs on the PM post, the higher the chance DSAI will be our PM next round, which I will be very happy to see! I want to see a complete destruction of the corrupted UMNO party!!

  3. #3 by Godfather on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:07 am

    Isn’t it great to see the sniping amongst the thieves ? The only problem is that we won’t know how strong a grip one person has on the other person’s [email protected] All we know is that they all have their hands on each other’s [email protected]

    You can see that on their faces.

  4. #4 by k1980 on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:10 am

    All we know is that they all have their hands on each other’s [email protected]— that’s enough to send DSAI to jail in 1998, based on his driver Azizan’s testimony/confession

  5. #5 by Godfather on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:12 am

    Who’s going to testify if it is a closed loop ?

  6. #6 by justice_fighter on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:13 am

    Looking at the immediate past event: “Parliment will not be dissolved today, says PM….Parliment will be dissolved today, says PM.”. One can’t guarantee that the following won’t happen: “Abdullah announced that his SIL Khairy is the natural successor to the Umno presidency, saying: “ I assure you there are no problems between us, and he is the one who will be succeeding me.”

  7. #7 by balance88 on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:21 am

    Toothless tiger speaking. Pak Lah had the chance over the past 4 years to do something about what those 3 had done but he chosed to SLEEP. Now that he has awakened, its time for him to leave. Najib? Well, he is not a good choice. He’s tainted with lots of sleazy tales.

    Those UMNO henchmen are playing the racial card again – land title in Perak. These people just don’t get the message from the people. I guess they will never learn.

    We hope Pakatan Rakyat will perform beyond expectations and stay in power. We need you to succeed to teach those guys about good, clean and fair governance.

  8. #8 by Godfather on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:26 am

    His SIL has been blamed for the polls fiasco, so now Badawi has to hang on by his fingernails or his SIL gets thrown to the wolves. If his SIL gets torn to shreds by the wolves, then it will also affect the UMNO careers of people like Reezal, Norza, Shukur, Azim….

    Looks like the non-playing captain of the UMNO soccer team is running out of reserves.

  9. #9 by Rocky on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:47 am

    Pak Lah needs to make things right for the sake of all Malaysians and with that he can leave behind a legacy as a good leader. One apologise for the judiciary and correct the wrongs. One slap on Dr.M. Two make ACA independent and let ACA go after the crooks. another slap on Dr.M. Undo the quota system in UMNO Baru. another slap on Dr.M. Last but not least expose Dr.M for who he is after all they are coming to get you Pak Lah, you might as well go out with a bang.

    Malaysians will be eternally indebted to you if you just do the above.History will judge you well.

    BTW I like the Pak Lah on tv yesterday. No elegant silent…a leader that address the issue.

  10. #10 by Godson on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 11:00 am

    Godfather. well said. I like what youve written.

    Action PR. The umno bn are fighting now. They have no time to look after the rakyat. All they want and always will is the rakyat’s $$$$$$$$.
    Hope they will fight all the way to their ISA camp. Please go on fighting till the next GE. Good job. Well, some will end up in the ISA camp and some will die of heart attack.
    Watch out A-Gee, you are on our list. You better trust our words.

    Good luck umno bn on your fighting.

  11. #11 by pulau_sibu on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 11:00 am

    In UMNO culture, it is the king who picks his successor? That means UMNO members are no longer important. They have no say in the party about who to elect.

  12. #12 by k1980 on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 11:00 am

    after all they are coming to get you Pak Lah, you might as well go out with a bang … yeah, a nice real bang from the IGP’s right hook which leaves behind a beautiful black panda eye on your ugly mug

  13. #13 by anak_malaysia on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 11:01 am

    He really put the blame to the saboteurs, TDM, Ku Li and DSAI. As expected. This is the act of our PM, no gentleman, coward, no-balls and etc, what ever u can think of.

    Why now only he blamed TDM for the Ops Lalang? Why now only he blamed Ku Li for Kelantan losses? Why he don’t said it in the last year? Why he didn’t mention it when he on the PRU-11 with whopping majority?

    I need a PM that is walk the talk not talk and talk or we call it cakap tak serupa bikin. If the team loss in the major league, they fired the manager and couch and hired a new one. Repectful manager themselves resign with honour to take the responsibility.

    Pak Lah is still living in denial stage. Everything is other fault, he is the perfect one, and he think that he is still the chosen one.

    “Despite all this, the voters did not reject us and the opposition is not the government of the day. At the federal government level, we were eight seats short of two-thirds majority – a benchmark for success in Barisan Nasional,” said Abdullah.” – malaysiakini

    This is a prove that he is still living in his world and still dreaming.

    Futhermore, the media conference session was tainted with the present of MMT.

    “Although microphones were there but when it came to the Q&A portion, Muhd Taib said that Abdullah’s clarification was very good and asked if the Q&A session could be scrapped,” said the grassroots leader. ” – malaysiakini

    Muhd Taib is clearly a “yes man” and pengampu. He already making a come back with series of idiot action like making police report about RPK insulting the Agong (he himself insulted the Sultan by lying not marrying the princess), making stupid media statement and now full-force-full-time pengampu to Pak Lah so that he can make a come back as UMNO Selangor Chief Liason replacing Khir and to take charge on wrestle back Selangor from Pakatan Rakyat. How idiot he will be. He is still dreaming to coming back as Menteri Besar Selangor. I think he and PL can go flykite and ZZZzzzz.zzz.z..z…

  14. #14 by anak_malaysia on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 11:04 am

    Further more,

    ” According to Muhd Taib, you don’t change the rules while in the middle of a football game. ” – Malaysiakini

    Sorry Taib, the game is over and it is time to fire the manager and the couch, the club owner deserved an explanation and make necessary changes. But who is the club owner of UMNO? PM? MMT? Najib? NO……the members of UMNO. Unless the Member of UMNO is also chicken shit coward. And that will spell GAME OVER fo the them.

  15. #15 by novice101 on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 11:36 am

    AAB’s deferential attitude, in the past, towards MM is interpreted by MM as weakness. Why AAB kept it up for so long, only he knows. In the news conference yesterday, a disdain for MM could be detected in AAB’s gesture and facial expression. AAB must come out rebuking MM’s accusations but at the same time he must also own up to his share of the blame. To act like MM, who absolves himself of all blame is not convincing. Weaknesses in leaders can be accepted by the rakyat, but to deny share of blame where there are clear signs of responsibility is despised by the rakyat.

    The rakyat knows what type of person MM is and what type of administration he ran, all ABB needs to do is just to give the facts and the rakyat can judge for themselves.

    The rakyat is sick and tried of perpetrators of injustices, of unfair and abusive acts now dressing themselves up as ‘sheep’. It can see through their guises and hypocrisies. These people are still thinking that the rakyat is ‘putty’ that can be shape and reshape in their hands. They have not awaken to the fact that the rakyat is no more the rakyat of the pre-GE12 days.

    The rakyat knows it is the boss and it is prepared to act like boss now. MM may think he is now outside the elective process, so he needs not have to fear. But MM is very proud of his ‘legacy’ and he is very keen to protect this legacy. The raktay’s opinion plays a very vital role how he will be viewed in history!

  16. #16 by Bigjoe on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 11:39 am

    By naming Najib as his successor, he is making it even harder for Najib to defect. Its Najib mistake to stay silent instead of being vocal and show confidence that he will succeed Badawi at such a critical juncture. He does not get it his options are closing. Even if he defects now to get the PMship, he will have his hands full to purge the party of objectors AND there will be many who won’t trust him.

    Najib is an intellectual pretender and these moments proves it. He is going to sink or rise with Badawi.

  17. #17 by Jeffrey on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 11:45 am

    I am glad Pak Lah finally retaliates especially against Tun Dr Mahathir. Well first it is time that Pak Lah sheds his lame duck image and show he is capable of sterner stuff; second, it is clear that if Pak Lah does not retaliate, TDM will not have the grace to withhold his punches either. Third, many of us cannot understand why TDM retired on his own and still now wants to interfere in how the country is run. If he were so interested, don’t retire lah! Besides, TDM has no moral standing to be standard flag bearer of dictating what is good for the country having regard to the record of his administration.

    In wake of disastrous BN’s performance on 8th March, it should be obvious Pak Lah has to reinvent UMNO for the better or else BN, already imploding, will perish.

    Looking strictly from his point of view, it would make sense to go all out to rid BN off corruption, cronyism and extremism and judicial problems (all of which were either started or intensified under TDM’s watch) by first making TDM account for each of these depredations.

    In this connection, former UN special rapporteur Datuk Param Cumaraswamy has already called for a probe into alleged interference with the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) investigations by TDM He said the then ACA director-general Datuk Shafee Yahya had testified before then High Court Justice Ariffin Jaka in the Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy trial in June 2000 that the former prime minister had ordered him to close a file. “It’s still not too late to investigate. There is one alleged misdeed of Dr Mahathir, which needs investigation”, Param said.

    Param’s call is supported by Mohamed Ezam Mohd Nor of the Civil Movement against Corruption (Gerak). He said, “Dr Mahathir Mohamad should be blamed for the crisis which had affected the judiciary, the police and the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA), as revealed by Thursday’s media statement by former UN special rapporteur Datuk Param Cumaraswamy. “Being the former Prime Minister does not in any way give Dr Mahathir immunity for his wrong-doings while in office. If ex-Peru president Alberto Fujimori can stand trial for abuse of power and corruption, then so can Dr Mahathir,” Ezam said.

    After all Pak Lah himself admitted in today’s NST report that there were problems in the judiciary – there is no need for Lingam Video Commission to prove it – when the premier said that “its troubles did not originate from his administration….Confidence, including from business circles, in our judiciary is low.” The premier further added that “the corporate sector preferred to refer contractual disputes to countries other than Malaysia”. “They do not have confidence (in the Malaysian judiciary). This is bad,” he said. NST reported that “Abdullah said the government had to do something about the negative views of the judiciary”.

    Regarding the part on whether there is shifting of power equation in Umno judging from “Najib’s uncharacteristic silence in declining any comment on Abdullah’s assurance when approached by the media”, there are but only two possibilities – shifting more to (1) Pak Lah or to (2) Najib.

    Don’t know the “inside story” but it looks more like (1) since for him to come out gun blazing, he must have tied up loose ends and secured the no. 2 backing or at least not swinging over to the Tun’s side (when Tun has dropped support of him).

    In such situations of something like “ I assure you there are no problems between us, and he is the one who will be succeeding me” foisted upon him, it would be characteristic rather than uncharacteristic for Najib to maintain silence (to retain his options).

    For Pak Lah, time is of the essence, racing towards being done in by either TDM’s instigation of a rebellion within UMNO or the Opposition (Anwar) getting over 30 crossovers, whichever the earlier, so being pushed to the corner he has to fight back. Even a kitten fights back when cornered by a pitbull! :)

  18. #18 by k1980 on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 11:54 am

    Tronoh DAP state assemblyman V. Sivakumar described the offer as the highest which he had received since March 9, from people claiming to represent the BN.

    “Should I agree to join the BN, they offered me cash ranging from between RM10 million and RM65 million, as well as an executive councillor’s post.

    “If I feared for my safety, they (were even willing) to offer 24-hour police protection and assistance to leave the country at any time with my family.

    “I decided to lodge a police report as I felt pressured by the disturbing spate of calls and short messaging service (SMS) of late, including having some unknown people visiting my house in Taman Kledang Emas,” he said.

    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/mni/dap-rep-alleges-rm65m-offer-to-party-hop.html

  19. #19 by puteri_islah on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 12:08 pm

    Last time say have big win..still can set goverment though not having 2/3 majority..

    This time say..BN have big lose.. pulak..

    pening2…

  20. #20 by anak_malaysia on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 12:32 pm

    They are now eating their own word! Remember when Nazri ask the Rakyat to show the true color in the vote box..

    “The last time, he challenged the people to take their street protest to the ballot boxes. He called the Bersih’s gathering the “Rally of the Pondans”. He said: ““They are going to lose, and they are going to lose badly. When this happens, they can blame the Election Commission for not being fair (in holding the elections)… this is the work of pondan.” Nazri also said: “they (Bersih’s leaders) are all suffering from kepala wayar putus”.” …Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin

    NOW UMNO! EAT THIS!

  21. #21 by devilmaster on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 12:48 pm

    From what i observe, Najib has to stand by Abdullah as long as the murder trial of Altantuya is not over.

    Rocky Says: BTW I like the Pak Lah on tv yesterday. No elegant silent…a leader that address the issue.

    He is fighting for his own political survival. It is a do or die battle.

  22. #22 by shadow on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 12:57 pm

    We rakyat of Malaysia will accept any PM who is for “Malaysian Malaysia and Bangsa Malaysia.”

  23. #23 by k1980 on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 1:08 pm

  24. #24 by drmaharajahrk on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 1:10 pm

    Johari baharum also asked the Hindraf supporters to show their dissatisfaction thru the ballot box when the had their Rose March on Feb 16th.

    Padan muka engkau

  25. #25 by kentutoyol on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 1:27 pm

    Pak Lah mentioned Najib will be his successor. Will such talk materialize is another question. Anwar said he is the prime-minister-in-waiting.

    Who does the rakyat believe then, Pak Lah or Anwar?

    People are the boss. People will decide. People will vote. It is not for Pak Lah to decide as yet. Najib hope of becoming PM may evaporate into thin air.

  26. #26 by justice_fighter on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 1:48 pm

    Does Pak Lah has a vision for this country? Vision is not or should not be mere empty word. It is really a statement of our hope, our dream, and our wish for our future. Every country or organisation (and even every person) must have a vision. It creates or moulds our future. It sets a direction or a path for us to move forward. We now have a lousy lame duck PM whose vision is to make his family members and cronies super wealthy and the ordinary people to suffer!!

  27. #27 by bumi-non-malay on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 1:50 pm

    ALERT!! ALERT!! ALERT!!

    OK Everybody…
    Quick go and buy a few bags of rice before the it goes up 10% in the days ahead. If the price is the same as last week BUY it QUICK!!! There is rice grain shortage world wide and producers are holding back for higher price and rice futures is comfirming it. QUICK!! Quickly!!!

    Apparently Africa and China is buying BIG to soften the impact of rising soft commodity and to avoid Social Unrest.

    Don’t say you were never given a head start!!

  28. #28 by Anti_NEP on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 2:05 pm

    This idiot is blaming every one on earth except himself for his defeat. Well Done, Bodohwi

  29. #29 by HJ Angus on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 2:06 pm

    I think the DAP should not be involved with getting rid of the PM but instead focus on doing the right things in Penang, Perak and Selangor. Getting more members should also be a priority.

    Let UMNO sort out its own affairs or lose the next elections.
    http://malaysiawatch3.blogspot.com/2008/04/defections-why-pakatan-should-wait-i.html

  30. #30 by taikohtai on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 2:17 pm

    New Guiness World Record: BN Implosion

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sADdc8LefL0&feature=related

  31. #31 by lbl on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 2:56 pm

    Hi YB,
    It is hoped that whatever scams the PR government discovers on the BN government, are printed out in your blog. I have given up reading the newspaper for they will never tell you the truth.
    When these scams are exposed, it is also a lesson to PR that they don’t repeat the same mistakes like the BN.
    This can happen once PR keeps on retaining a particular State for many terms like what happened to the BN.

  32. #32 by lakilompat on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 2:59 pm

    I went to Borders again yesterday spent 4 hrs reading and browsing on latest political books. I realized that a book was published by LimKokWing abt Pak Lah. When i read thru, i find the wording is so big, that mean there’s not much to write abt this leader. Whereas, i saw there are other books related to Tun Dr. Mahathir, Tunku Abdul Rahman, these books have more pages and looks very details.

    It has become obvious that Pak Lah has no record or credit whatsoever in managing Malaysia.

    And there is this new “Angkasawan book abt Shiek Muzapphar” most of the pages are tribute to his late brother instead of “The benefit of Malaysian into space program” thanks god it cost RM 20, i won’t buy that book, because it is nothing but publicity for a Malaysian with no records or credit as well. I thought our science has achieved tremendous progress till we have to drop someone to space to perform some critical research.

  33. #33 by lakilompat on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 3:03 pm

    He’s like Cao Cao during the 3 kingdoms, “is better for others to obey me rather than i submit to everyone”

    Now Malaysia states are divided into 3 kingdoms

    BN-Johor,Perlis,Terengganu,Sabah&Sarawak
    DAP&PKR-Penang,Perak,Selangor
    PAS-Kelantan&Kedah

    Who will unite the Malaysia Partydoms?

  34. #34 by kcb on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 3:06 pm

    The PM did not realize that while pointing his index finger at others, he is pointing three fingers at himself.

    I don’t know about others, I voted opposition because this PM has lied to the rakyat. An example, “We have made many promises during the last election and we have fufilled them all.”

    Fufilled my foot, think we’re moron?

  35. #35 by leeann on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 3:20 pm

    I found it funny. Badawi trying to act fierce, common, we all know his nature, lembut lembik, pretending to be very busy, but do nothing forever.

  36. #36 by Jeffrey on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 3:41 pm

    ///I think the DAP should not be involved with getting rid of the PM///- HJ Angus

    This is true. Within UMNO’s political firmament, he is, amongst those awaiting in line, least inimical to Opposition’s and Malaysian Cause.

    When BN was routed on 8th May, its stalwarts and power brokers were and still are in disarray as to what caused such a defining change in voters’ support. In particular they don’t understand how they lost Malay votes in spit of their Malay & Religious Agenda!

    One can blame either of the two things: –

    1. voters are fed up with corruption & abuse of power within the patronage system of the ruling coalition. For Malay voters even Malay & Religious Agenda could not compensate for these; or

    2. Pak Lah’s ineffectual leadership as Tun Dr Mahathir would suggest.

    If we support assigning blame based on 2. then BN and UMNO in particular will proceed on the thinking that there is nothing wrong with their governance, that by getting rid of the PM, they could carry on with what they did before.

    As regards 2., if the voters’ change of support was really due to his ineffectual leadership, then, it is better that this secret be not let known as his continuance would only assist the Opposition’s cause to win the next election. However, if Pak Lah could turn the ineffectual leadership to an effective one by re-inventing UMNO & BN for the better – in the process, mitigating corruption and restoring confidence in the judiciary and implementing policies more inclusive of non malays’ legitimate interests – then two other things can further happen – either: (a) BN remains an avenue of our alternative support in case the Opposition parties prove they cannot run the state governments satisfactorily as the rakyat expect or Opposition themselves implode due to the intractable differences between DAP and PAS or (b) DAP and PKR themselves could meet BN halfway and join the BN to promote overall better governance with inherent check and balance within the ruling coalition – in either cases severing the need of having PAS and its theocratic agenda as a fulcrum to effect change for better governance in the country and leaving it to its own deliberations, cut off from mainstream politics…..

  37. #37 by sotong on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 4:00 pm

    Nothing could save BN now…..in government, they would have to defend the decades of bad leadership and governance of the country at the great expense of properly running the country.

  38. #38 by NotProudToBeMalaysian on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 4:13 pm

    “An act of sabotage that causes BN to lose two states.”
    Guess he must still be sleeping ‘cos most of us knew it already.
    Question is, why his own party member’s doing it?
    He didn’t answer that to the media.
    Sabotage or not, he’s the real cause of defeat.
    No point of blaming others,as an excuse of not willing to stepping down
    If this prolong on, Umno will be gone for sure!
    Umno is just a party and a party is only for certain individual.
    Malaysia is a country and a country for us all.
    So save the country and not the party!!!

  39. #39 by lakilompat on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 4:15 pm

    The Titanic is sinking, and Pak Lah is ordering the orchestras to play the last songs.

    By the way, who’s attending tonight Ceramah at Dewan
    Besar Sg. Dua, Butterworth, Guest Speakers YAB Mohd Fairuz, Mat
    Sabu and Dato Sri Hj. Hadi Awang and YB Lim Guan Eng.

  40. #40 by allasstra on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 4:26 pm

    suggestion:

    DAP should start thinking of making a short film about Malaysian politican scence,begining with the events that lead to gerakan joining the coalition to the present. based on the ingredients alone it should get nominated to the cannes. with good direction and acting,it might just win.

    in these days it is a norm for a civilised struggle to fight and promote it’s cause thru moving pictures,…..like global warming.

    we have all the scripts oredy, just need to convert it into film.

    in the end,it has always been the awareness of the foreign public that will change a country drastically.

  41. #41 by Short-sleeve on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 4:36 pm

    Let them all fight in UMNO.
    Let them all burn in UMNO.

  42. #42 by lakilompat on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 4:49 pm

    Dear allasstra, that short film, wait when DAP successfully eliminates the “UMNO cronies” or “Kerdil” in Penang.

    When a man is political bankrupt, he will start blaming on others.

    How do i confirm whether there is a genuine Ceramah tonight at Dewan Besar Sg. Dua, Butterworth? i heard YB Lim Guan Eng will be attending, start at 9 pm. Is this a prank or real ceramah?

  43. #43 by badak on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 4:52 pm

    Pak lah ohh Pak lah… You guys lost 5 states not because of in fighting in UMNO..but the genaral public ,is just fed up with the way Umno led goverment was doing things .

    1.corruption ..its so bad that even goverments servants have to give coffee money to get things done.

    2.Religion.. This muslim leaders and ulamats is always asking non muslim to respect them.but are this people respecting the religion of others.With all this body snatchhing going on.Lion dance can only be held away from moss and surau.Its difficult because every you look there is a moss or surau.

    3.Every time MIC OR MCA bring out issues regarding the Indians or Chiness. UMNO youth shouts with kriss in hand.

    Even with postal votes, BN lost .So Pak lah open your eyes and ears.

  44. #44 by allasstra on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 5:59 pm

    qoute :
    lakilompat Says:
    Today at 16: 49.38 (1 hour ago)

    Dear allasstra, that short film, wait when DAP successfully eliminates the “UMNO cronies” or “Kerdil” in Penang.

    —that could be made a part II

  45. #45 by hotsync on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 6:01 pm

    Radio news commentaries “Najib said UMNO has prove about their members involvement in the party sabotage, they will take action, will suspend the members but cannot doing anything because UMNO is waiting for member’s report(s) about the sabotage” HAHAHA First they have the prove but only hearsay, cannot take action becos no reports?? Blur blur already.

    Watching bodowi interviews like watching a comedy show. This time round the jokes are on them. Last nite he repeated the word “speak” like ten times in the beginning of the speech e.g. “I have speak…..will speak….speak…” No wonder the reporters didnt manage to note the complete sentences down.

  46. #46 by ric23_my on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 6:17 pm

    So many DAP Putras here …

    Try to do something which is good for rakyat, by solving problems that you have to take over from previous government … finding ways to increase the quality of living …

    instead of argue here and there, and laughing at the corrupted BeeAnn with their internal problem … this would not help to bring benefits to rakyat …

    BeeAnn can be used only as a mirror, to see urself and to remind urself not to follow their steps …

  47. #47 by peanut king on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 6:38 pm

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  48. #48 by lopez on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 7:25 pm

    [deleted]

    Do your own housekeeping at a time you choose, at a place you like but not all malaysians’ time and resources.

    For cryoing out loud stop using the nations resources for your own agenda.

  49. #49 by chiakchua on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 7:33 pm

    Whoever is at the helm of UMNO must re-engineer the BN into a care for all Malaysian coalition, otherwise it will be back to square one. It looks like may be Muhyidin, Sharir, Zaid are such people who should go up the UMNO ladder; these are the people who may seem to be more ‘clean’.

  50. #50 by kickbutt on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 7:39 pm

    “Does this connote another shifting of power equation in Umno?” KIT

    Najib remaining silent? There is a saying among the Malays and this applies to Najib today. “After throwing stones you then hide your hands behind your back” (translated literally).

  51. #51 by lohsh on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 7:53 pm

    Mahathir epitomizes the arrogance in UMNO that breeds the misbehaviors of many of the UMNO leaders. Before 3/8 nobody seems to have to take any responsibility for such behaviors.

    Mahathir believes he is right in sacking Anwar. But do the UMNO leaders and members in their hearts agree with him, for depriving UMNO of the leadership of Anwar?

    Mahathir believes he is right in choosing Abullah to replace Anwar and becomes his successor.

    But not long after Abdullah takes over from him, Mahathir believes and admits that he is wrong in his choice in Abdullah. And he has since been telling openly that Najib should be the rightful leader. After 3/8, seeing that Najib does not seem to support his call or demand for Abdullah’s resignation, Mahathir is hinting that his choice in Najib to replace Abdullah is no longer valid or is even a mistake again.

    While calling vehemently for Abdullah’s resignation for failing to get the 2/3 majority in the last general election, what sort of responsibility should Mahathir take for his own mistake for making a wrong choice in Abdullah as his successor?

    It appears that Mahathir believes that he does not have to take any responsibility for that mistake and his present responsibility is to force Abdullah to resign, and by doing that he will do UMNO and the country a great service.

    But Mahathir is merely oversimplifying and trying to evade his own responsibility for his own mistakes. UMNO has been very tolerant of him until now. But tolerant may soon become merciless and relentless. By then Mahathir may become a very lonely man.

    It is hard to understand why Mahathir chooses to ignore the fact that the fate of a leader can only be decided by the people or party members, not by an individual.

    After 3/8 UMNO may have to break away or dissociate from such arrogance and irrationality in order to reinvent itself to be able to move ahead and stay relevant.

  52. #52 by lopez on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 8:04 pm

    if a PM can say upfront who would be his heir, it is like a monarch system of rule….and it is as matter of fact.

    if you think so , you are thinking inside the damn box and unconsciously motivated to be sucked into it.

    you are not a child of the millennium but an offspring of 50 years of oppression and a mind fouled by the nations media of false thought and lies and denial found only within a nation whose gomen elite cry with crocodile tears.

    It is a globalised world out there, wake up forget kampong power struggle and get on with catching up.

    20 generations of malaysian children cannot speak or write english yet, and unable to compete internationally.

    And here we are giving audience to a bunch of idiots and crooks who made this simple error to a nation full of potential but being held back by some weak and paranoidal minds who called themselves learned and cultured.

  53. #53 by alancheah on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 8:45 pm

    Waiting for him to step down.

  54. #54 by Jeffrey on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 9:18 pm

    Well why should he step down or rather who can (at this moment) push him down – TDM with UMNO division heads disgruntled that they didn’t get positions??? Are present UMNO members supportive of TDM’s call??? Pak Lah is buffered by his number 2 in more ways than one. He has cleverly nominated number 2 to succeed him without telling when. This means that if number 2 is not acceptable for any reason by the rest, there is no one suitable (at the moment) to replace Pak Lah if he is deposed. Even his nemesis Mahathir had admitted at a packed “Umno Post 12th General Election: An Assessment” forum organised by mykmu.net.that “for now, I can’t say who (should replace Abdullah). Although I have said before it should be Najib, I don’t know why for ‘some reason’ I have now changed my mind” he said. (Other than No. 2 who is ‘committed’ to support no. 1, neither Ku Li nor Muhyiddin Yassin has all round support). According to Malaysiakini report by Fauwaz Abdul Aziz | Mar 10, 08 1:12pm – “after attending Umno’s supreme council meeting, Najib said that the party had given its “full support” to Pak Lah to remain as leader. “The Umno supreme council has given its full support to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to remain as the prime minister and Umno president,” Najib said after a meeting of the policy-making body.”And this stance is very important to maintain investor confidence in our country and to allow the party to face all the challenges.” Najib also hoped that there would be “no doubts in Umno leadership and no speculation or effort to change Pak Lah’s leadership”. Pak Lah is more likely threatened by PKR/Anwar securing the 30 + crossovers to precipitate a vote of no confidence on the premier/cabinet than internal rebellion.

  55. #55 by negarawan on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 9:29 pm

    What is bloody Najib proposing to use higher octane fuel when it is more costly and when most car engines (with lower compression ratios) are designed for lower octane? Is UMNO thinking that they can mislead the public to pay more for “better value” higher octane fuel so that UMNO can reduce the subsidy? The higher octane petrol will also cause engines to run hotter and thus cause more wear and tear in the long run. Whom are they trying to kid? Saudara LKS, please take this matter up in parliament.

  56. #56 by vehir on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 9:44 pm

    Tun Mahathir said Najib is no more his men. Actually TDM will ultimately make Najib to succeed. In order Najib to rollover to the PM’s post, TDM has set the game. TDM has now supported Ku Li to challenge AAB for the UMNO President post in the December 08. Can anyone imagine how this game is going to be played?

    Yesterday’s meeting at PWTC, Abdullah has said that his successor will be Najib. Why did he mention Najib’s name? AAB does not want Ku Li to lead UMNO. He wanted others to take over the top post. AAB has no choice and due to the heavy pressure and the move to remove him from the PM’s post by UMNO insiders, he declared openly to acknowledge Najib as his successor.

    Now can you analyze how TDM played his cards to get Najib to take over the PM’s post from AAB. TDM made Ku Li as the scapegoat in order for Abdullah to confirm publicly that Najib will be his successor very soon.

    This is how TDM announced at his farewell dinner organized by PM’s department after his retirement. After the dinner reporters asked TDM whether you got anything to say. TDM told Abdullah agreed Najib as his deputy. Abdullah got shocked. Abdullah called the press to stop the news appearing in the papers the next day. As the news was on hold for some days, but finally AAB has to accept Najib as his deputy.(highlighted in RPK site)

  57. #57 by cfcluvdap on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:16 pm

    Hello,
    DAP, Keadilan & PAS just continue to do the good and right things. Don’t quarrel and shoot in the dark or wash all the dirty linen here and there. Control the party members in making statement that hurts the rakyat or their expectation. Notably, any statement made that rock the stability of the coalition may turn into bush fire…..Then more and more will break up and inflicting damages unnecessarily causing unwanted claims or save-face or counter-statement.

  58. #58 by dawsheng on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:19 pm

    “Does this connote another shifting of power equation in Umno?”

    Can anything be equalize under a condition where the complexity of egoism are multiplying, and the real reasons for its recent lost in the general election forsaken, by handling over to Najib all things in UMNO then arrive at a state of equilibrium?

  59. #59 by dapforever on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:24 pm

    now he even blame his own parlimentary & DUN members that they lost Kedah & Perak due to sabotage…he still dun want to admit his mistakes..sigh..Remember he choosed them for election!!

  60. #60 by limkamput on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:25 pm

    We see all the malaise besetting this nation. Have they become the national ethos? Obviously we have not known their exact cause? Will the component parties in PR behave differently going forward? Just asking, based on some very discerning observations posted above.

  61. #61 by fido on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:38 pm

    Can someone from BR stop the RM2mil from being spend on the stupid trip to London for 122 guards to guard the Buckingham Palace?

    This is the most stupid idea ever from the most stupid government!!

    Tax payers money is not for them to spend it this way!

    If the Queen wants to award us with the recognition, ask the British govt to fund this trip.

    Who’s thinking of changing the subject and aiming to get Sir?

  62. #62 by pjboy on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:41 pm

    Dear YAB
    A lot had been said. Hope PR will not make any wrong move now & also direct all PR MPs/SAs to only reveal that is necessary after consultation with PR-leaders. Do not poke the hornets nest. MSM still spinning & twisting facts. Then again, PM remarks has certainly insulted the intelligence of Sabahans & their MPs, about hopping.

    Our PM has been in another planet (more than 4 years) from the remarks he has been making. He really has no idea what he is talking about. He is thinking & talking like an emperor (he also thought he was above the Sultan & King at one stage)…talking about successor. Is he indicating to step down for Najib or indirectly telling Najib to wait “quietly” until next GE?

    There will be more boxing matches within UMNO-BN this week. Hope PR will focus on more important issues concerning the rakyat. The next boxing match will be MCA, followed by MIC.

  63. #63 by ng choong huah on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:49 pm

    I don’t understand why Pak Lah still want to cling to the post when 4 + 1 states have already being in the hands of Pakatan Rakyat. Now,he is firing cannon at his detractors and still thinking that there are many loyal supporters in UMNO to back him.

  64. #64 by cemerlang on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:51 pm

    We are seeing Barisan Nasional in her true colours. All the past Prime Ministers from Bapa Malaysia sehingga Tun Hussein Onn did not cause much stir to the country. Then came Tun Mahathir. Then Datuk Badawi. So in this equation, who is the actual problematic one ? Conspiracy of another kind. It was not just Datuk Anwar who was dragged into prison. And now Datuk Badawi being pressured from all sides to step down. If Datuk Badawi does step down, it will be a first in the political history of Malaysia. All the other Prime Ministers were never forced to step down. But Datuk Badawi will be the first if it ever happens. Comparing all these Prime Ministers, their characters were almost the same and they did or do almost the same things except for one who chose to go his way and that is Tun Mahathir. May be Barisan Nasional should ask itself. What sort of a Prime Minister do they want ? Instead of handpicking a successor, the Barisan Nasional should have an election on its’ own to pick the Prime Minister. Then nobody has to be thrown into the prison. Nobody has to be pressured to step down.

  65. #65 by pjboy on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 10:55 pm

    PM was really born for politics yesterday. Sabotage is part of political democracy within own party (like a silent vote of no-confidence) & he didn’t know that??? Not only that, he has blamed them for his losses. That’s a no-no. It’s all part of dia-mau-kasi atau tak-mau-kasi lah.

    How many times has BN sabotage itself…PM is still living in 2004, dreaming of the 90% majority (he supposedly won). He will wake up one day & say “You mean this was the 12th GE, not the 11th GE???”. This is the only PM that has faced such tremendous pressure after any GE from the Rakyat, from the Royals, from within own party, from former leaders, from Sabah/Sarawak MPs, from the 5-PR states + FT… Hope he won’t OD on panadol.

  66. #66 by katdog on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 11:01 pm

    I don’t really care what those dumbasses in UMNO are doing. Bodohwi is screwed. He never had real political power in the first place. I already suspected as much even before the elections. The moment UMNO people realised that they could no longer milk Bodohwi’s Mr. Clean image, he is gonna get thrown out.

    I on the other hand is more interested in what DAP (specifically in Penang) is planning. Call me impatient but i would like to see some progress soon. Right now i am being nice. Another 3 months and if all i see are more politically motivated press statements, issues on former state govs illegal activities etc. i might start uttering profanities against DAP as much as i have uttered profanities against Gerakan.

    Please get on to serving the people. Penang state government has got very little in terms of cash. You are gonna have to start thinking really hard and use a lot of imagination on how how to make that stretch.

    Please start working on how to address the bread and butter issues.

    Please start working on a new working social model for Malaysia. Stop making political statements that alienate Muslim Malays. Malays constitute 70% of the population. If you intend to serve ALL the rakyat, then learn to understand the Malay sensitivities and serve their needs as well … cause they are 70% of the rakyat.

    Time is a-ticking.

  67. #67 by DAPPKR on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 11:09 pm

    always the fear the quiet one…in this case najib :)

  68. #68 by dawsheng on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 11:10 pm

    “(The Sun) KUALA LUMPUR (April 7, 2008): Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak wants those with information on the act of sabotage by party members, which had caused Barisan Nasional (BN) to lose Perak and Kedah in the general election, to lodge official reports so that the disciplinary committee can investigate them.”

    http://www.malaysia-today.net/2008/content/view/5658/84/

    The perpetual denial that Ketuanan Melayu ideology is a thing of the past and its refusal to acknowledge it has lost the holy Islamic war to PAS will now be known as “The UMNO dilemma” instead of “The Malay Dilemma”. However, there are similarities in the new dilemma, like its predecessor it is not an incurable disease. A large segment of the population was cured by a tsunami of political awakening that swept across the country on March 8. It is a matter of time before UMNO’s eventual permanent death should it failed to to cure itself from this new disease.

  69. #69 by dawsheng on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 11:29 pm

    What have I done to deserve to be in the moderator’s list?

  70. #70 by waterfrontcoolie on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 11:39 pm

    The fight at UMNO today is a battle by both men on behalf of their next generation. One for the SIL and the other for the son. Both have got the same agenda. To take Malaysians to HO-Lan ! When AAB took over, he saw all the glitters being lined up for graps and had he the conscience of a leader, he would have had exposed them after the GE 2004. But he preferred to keep business as usual! Hence after 4 years plus, he could hardly dare to put TDM on investigations which could have put an end to today’s commotion.
    So now we have another group who had lost out trying to go on state to state campaigns to oust AAB. They kept saying that Malaysians had sabotaged them !!!!!????
    They never look at the mirror and admit that their corruptions were the main factor why the people decided to throw them out!!
    I guess they better use their time to clear out all those crooks out of BN, rather than wasting their time seeking some thing they would not find! And by then, maybe DSAI would be already sitting on the PM’s chair!!

  71. #71 by Adolf_Napoleon on Monday, 7 April 2008 - 11:48 pm

    I think all in all it should be the end of Racial Based politics. Components of BN are struggling hard to ensure that their party is still revelant to the people by still narrowing issue to the race thing.

    Here in future it will be the UMNO vs UMPP (United Malaysian Peoples’s Pact).

    Let us all just shout a loud U.M.P.P !! U.M.P.P !!!

  72. #72 by katdog on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 12:30 am

    It is too early to declare victory and say it is the end of race based politics. There are still a majority of people who are happy to vote along racial lines. Many of these kinds of voters crossed over in Mar 9 in a protest vote. But after this they will still be happy to go back to race based voting. MCA has always had stronger grassroots support then DAP ever had.

    PR has to work hard to prove that a Malaysian Malaysia that will benefit ALL races is a better alternative. It means ALL races have to GAIN from the new Malaysian Malaysia – including the Malays. If UMNO can turn around and miraculously clean shop and offer even more rights to Malays, why should Malays opt for a Malaysian Malaysia then?

    UMNO/MCA may be down but don’t count them out yet. PR needs to remain on its toes.

  73. #73 by Tim Sng on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 12:42 am

    YAB Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
    Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia.

    [I hope your staff who should be reading this blog…convey this note to your goodself.]

    Well done, and well spoken. We look forward to replies by Tun, Tengku and YB-to-be..DSAI.

    However, I am keen to follow-up on your election promise of a safer Malaysia.

    Since March 8th, there are continuous reports of murders, rapes, thefts, robbery…..they paused for a quiet elections and are now back at it!

    My suggestions:

    1. Please act now! Hiring 60000 new police staff is not the answer!

    For a start…make crime reporting an urgent matter, with urgent response and quick intervention.
    [Police sergeants must be responsive and immediately institute an urgent reaction]

    2. Beef up the Crime Prevention division…immediately
    3. Boost up teh Crime Action Team….if there is one….urgently.
    4. Set up a first class…University of Policing and Internal Security….with degrees, diplomas, masters and PhD….for policing, genetics, sociology, criminal investigation, biotechnology, photography, data base, psychology, forensic medicine, engineering, bachelor of arts, sciences, communications, public relations, weaponry, firearms, explosives, self defence, sports medicine, monitoring sciences, and the list goes on…

    5. Pay the police staff well. The IGP wrote on corruption today. You cannot expect good staff if you pay them pittance…

    Please act urgently, as promised.

    An ordinary citizen…Tim

  74. #74 by lkt-56 on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 12:54 am

    limkamput Says:

    Ok, kickbutt, you win, I capitulate. I shall leave this blog for you to ravage whatever you need. I will return when you are gone.

    Moderator,
    It is obvious you are sleeping and not doing your job. I too have enough of all these rubbish.

    Aw… come on mr. limkamput… we are going to miss you.

    On a more serious note… I think a deal has been struck. Our PM will resign and Najib will take over. Only question is when. I believe he will stay for a year at the most since he said he is not going to stay for years.

    I wonder what kind of leadership Najib will provide to the BN if he does become the PM… Will BN be able to give PR a good fight for the hearts and mind of the people..

    Whatever it is I believe the momentum for change will carry us towards the beginning of politics which transcends communalism. And the winner will be us Malaysians. :D

  75. #75 by akarmalaysian on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 1:19 am

    all i can say is…the pot calling the kettle black.all full load of pariahs.

  76. #76 by showsomemercy on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 2:38 am

    Looks like he still haven’t learn from his mistakes. I guess the Rakyat had enough of nonsense after 50 years! Hang on to your beloved post PM, and i can be rest assure you will be out in no time.

    This shows how United UMNO is. Now we can see the ghost whacking the ghost in UMNO, MCA, MIC, Gerakan and all BN Components party.

    All this while there haven’t been any unity in those components party. It is just that, UMNO had too much power and nobody dare to open mouth. Now less power, all the attacks are coming from all cylinders.

  77. #78 by BlackEye on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 4:48 am

    Good riddance to bad rubbish?? I think so too.

  78. #79 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 6:34 am

    Actually Pak Lah’s policies (eg same system of patronage etc) not different from the Tun. The Tun’s repeated attacks – anointing wrong man as successor – are personal. He feels slighted. Other than outward deference by Pak Lah & UMNO powerbrokers (many whom owe their positions to him) there’s no real deference once he gave up power: eg, his pet projects crooked bridge & Proton put in back burner, amidst ‘hidup Mahathir’, he couldn’t even secure a delegate position in Kubang Pasu! Probably he never wanted to give up power voluntarily. At the time immediately preceding resignation, he sensed impatience and groundswell of discontent against his iron fisted rule, so the gambit was to resign, shore up support and reaffirmation for him to stay and then continue. However something went wrong, he was outmaneuvered and UMNO Supreme Council “accepted” his resignation. Which made him angrier because the great Machiavellian leader had been politically outmanoeuvred. He was and is not ready for retirement (get the honours, Tunship and go into sunset with respect and adulation). Man like him with bountiful energy bordering on excess is never ready. Politics courses through his veins. He, used to dominating everything and everyone, is just not used to be no more in the front line of happenings, or front pages of news and having nothing and nobody to combat against to expend his energy and wits. Handpicked successor, comparatively mild, affable with consensual style, is, until two days ago, a poor sparring partner which only infuriates the Tun more. To rub salt to wound, his successor “released” his nemesis Anwar who is making come back, leading opposition and getting the headlines promising to “undo” the UMNO whose very style of governance is stamped by the Tun’s influence and mark. When he tries to galvanise support to rid the object of his frustrations, he becomes even more frustrated when the guys who used to kiss his hands and feet are “lallang” and not (outwardly) kiss the incumbent’s hands and feet instead. Tun is like a scorned and spurned lover, grumbling the lack of gratitude all around by those whose positions are owed to him. The press he controlled blacked him out and he was humbled to have to resort to Malaysiakini (which he attacked while in power) to voice his grievances. In short he is suffering acutely from what Musa Hitam said a “post-prime-ministerial syndrome”, that gnaws at his spirit and soul. To his detractors, that is retributive “karma” for the kind of legacy he bequeathed to his country men from the policies of his leadership style.

  79. #80 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 6:37 am

    Oops – “when the guys who used to kiss his hands and feet are “lallang” and NOW (outwardly) kiss the incumbent’s hands and feet instead…”

  80. #81 by sotong on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 6:53 am

    Don’t waste your time hoping for a good leader from BN UMNO…there is none long time ago.

    There are many great, competent and silent leaders in the community, charity and corporate organisation. These people are not recognised by the government controlled media.

  81. #82 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 7:13 am

    At first, the PM adopted a “gentler” approach towards his predecessor. He thought people suffering from stress of “post-prime-ministerial syndrome” should be gentler treated. It is ‘kurang ajar’ to attack an elder statesman and a more conciliatory approach was the better course. However this was to no avail because a cantankerous and vindictive spirit could not be appeased and would always bray for blood.

    To be sure, Pak Lah inherited a position – prime minister position – which, thanks to his predecessor Machiavellian machinations have been consolidated to a very powerful and unshakable position controlling all levers of power and patronage within the party.

    There is noting to suggest Pak Lah has lost grip of his position in spite of calls for his resignation from the Tun, his youngest son Mukhriz, Ku Li , some old veterans like Sanusi Junid and some division heads, disgruntled with no positions. I don’t think these detractors have wide support within UMNO. Pak Lah has also cleverly nominated number 2 to succeed him without telling exactly when in circumstances where the number 2 is not exactly commanding support as viable successor for reasons that you might well speculate. Even the Tun had admitted “for now, I can’t say who (should replace Abdullah). Although I have said before it should be Najib, I don’t know why for ‘some reason’ I have now changed my mind”. The absence of clear alternatives protects the incumbent position – for now. Just lately the Umno supreme council has given its full support to Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to remain as the prime minister and Umno president” – per Najib.

    Notwithstanding, the Tun’s continued and sustained attacks do pose a clear and present threat in the wake of UMNO’s disastrous performance in last election – especially where fellas over whom he lords, have but only one narrow understanding of what leadership is all about – someone who is assertive, aggressive, wields power and not wishy-washy and mushy talking about consultation and consensus. They want to be sheep led by Shepard, and only Shepard is leader in a feudal political culture. Perception in politics counts.

    So post March 8th, it would appear that it is time to take off kids glove and take a more retaliatory stance in relation to the Tun. Whereas it may be thought (pre-election) that elegant silence would be best defence, the more appropriate defence post election may now be to counter attack.

  82. #83 by yhsiew on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 8:19 am

    UMNO grassroots leaders are planning more roadshows nationwide to oust PL, and Umi H. A. even talked of a 100,000 people gathering at PutraJaya. See Chinese edition of Malaysiakini:

    http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/81016

    Let us see if the police will adopt double standards (in regard to the ISA) in dealing with these gatherings.

  83. #84 by pjboy on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 8:23 am

    All BN component parties, especially the main 3, are ticking time bomb. PR better get prepared to put on armour or shield.

    It’s obvious that PM AAB want to maintain control in UMNO, even after he goes…why name a successor now? Maybe Najib will do an AAB style like what AAB did to TDM. It’s really getting out of control. They can’t even trust each other. It’s all ego, power & greed all the way. That’s BN-Umno since TDM controlled UMNO. It just got worst when PM AAB decided to sit back & enjoy the ride in 2004.

  84. #85 by k1980 on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 8:27 am

  85. #86 by HJ Angus on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 8:59 am

    I wonder what is the time frame for this project to be completed.
    http://malaysiawatch3.blogspot.com/2008/04/coming-soon-watch-out-for-this-in.html

  86. #87 by Bigjoe on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 9:17 am

    As the senior party leader, I wonder if Sdr. Lim have given any thoughts to planning what would happen if for the next 4 years what we get is continue chaos rather than focus on governance as the electoral want? It may not be any good for Pakatan if there is too much chaos in BN and the federal govt. The electoral could want stability and give up by just voting BN out of political lethargy?

  87. #88 by pulau_sibu on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 10:26 am

    anwar should seek pardon from one of the sultans or agong

  88. #89 by negarawan on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 11:02 am

    Why is Najib proposing to use higher octane fuel when it is more costly and when most car engines (with lower compression ratios) are designed for lower octane? Is UMNO thinking that they can mislead the public to pay more for “better value” higher octane fuel so that UMNO can reduce the subsidy? The higher octane petrol will also cause engines to run hotter and thus cause more wear and tear in the long run. Whom are they trying to kid? Saudara LKS, please take this matter up in parliament.

  89. #90 by malaysiantruly on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 11:10 am

    YAB PM, that is pointless to reassure our fellow Malaysians you would step down one day and hand over the premiership to your deputy. All we want is action, do it now! You have been talking to much with so many promises and drawing a huge castle in the air but none of it you have delivered. Pls face the reality, the party and Malaysians wanted to see a new man taking the lead and take us through this critical and humiliating period caused by your weak leadership. We were shocked of how deep you are living in the state of denial, telling ppl BN won and just fell short of eight seats from two third majority. You have created enough unprecedented record of humiliations to the party. If you feel that you are still getting support from part members, we dare you to call for a referendum within the party and see how many members wanted to retain you as president. As a political leader, to stay in power you need opportunity (in this case, you don’t have), to quite you need intelligence ( i supposed you have neither).

  90. #91 by NotProudToBeMalaysian on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 11:12 am

    Seems that bad guys are taking over Umno while the good ones are speechless.
    If this trend continues on, Malaysia’s future will be gone by then.
    Nothing is perfect as it is!!!

  91. #92 by Cinapek on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 11:20 am

    “…Pak Lah has finally retaliated – firing back at his chief and unexpected nemesis, his predecessor Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on all fours.”

    This is an act of desperation on the part of AAB. It changes nothing. This man completely failed to see why he was nearly booted out. The people voted him in with an overwhelming majority in 2004 to correct the very excesses of the TDM administrations. He not only did nothing about correcting them, he even tried to perpetuate them by trying to reappoint tainted people like the former CJ and the former DG of Anti Corruption. His actions and decisions, or the lack of it, in the Lingam tape scandal, clearly shows his intentions to stall ( or even hope it will blow over) the investigations.

    That, plus his own excesses such as family cronyisms, insensitive frequent holidaying abroad in a new plane bought by taxpayers money (while they suffered fuel and other price hikes), shameless display of hobnobbing and shoulder rubbing with the rich and famous at glitzy functions organised at taxpayers’ expense, all added up to the rakyats’ decision that he needs to go.

  92. #93 by allasstra on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 11:22 am

    to whom it may concern :

    the other side of the story on Tibet.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSQnK5FcKas

    just thot of sharing them…. :-p

  93. #94 by LohSH on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 12:04 pm

    The Title ‘March 8 “politic al tsunami” is for change to restore justice, freedom, democracy and good governance and not for Islamic state or hudud laws’ should have read as ‘March 8 “politic al tsunami” is for change to restore justice, freedom, democracy and good governance’, as the rest is understood.

    How DAP,PKR and PAS can bring about the change rests squarely on the shoulders of each party. They have no choice but to work together closely to achieve the objective entrusted to them by the voters. Together they determine their collective success or failure and hence the respective party’s success or failure. Highlighting their deep divide on specific issues only raises the voters’ doubt on their ability to cooperate efficiently and meaningfully.

    The voters having given the 3 parties the mandate to form coalition government in 4 states had also signaled to and mandated the parties to provide the necessary check and balance to each other to achieve the above objective.

    Sadly, DAP appears to have missed the signal and not seen the mandate. Instead of relying on the people’s strong mandate, a golden opportunity given for the first time in DAP’s political history, for confidently working out an equal and meaningful partnership with the other 2 parties, DAP seems to like to highlight its old fear and put itself in a worse position than some of the component parties in BN.

    After 3/8, DAP can no longer stand alone in the national political scene. If DAP continues with such a mindset, then it will only help to make itself irrelevant and BN look indispensable.

  94. #95 by Toyol on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 12:08 pm

    Hello PM
    No use blaming others when you are currently the PM. You have the resources and the authority to make things right. The fact that you did nothing, you are guilty as the ones you are blaming now.

    You have failed the people of Malaysia and by trying to blame someone else just shows what kind of leader you are. How then do you explain that in the last elections, the majority of Malaysians voted against you? Isn’t this an acid test that you have not done what you have promised? In fact, did you do anything at all in the last 4 years?

    The people are the best judge of the country’s leaders and the fact that you lost badly in the last elections speak volumes about your leadership. If you have any honour left, you should now do the right thing and correct all the wrongs. But knowing the kind of leader you are, I get the feeling that my fellow Malaysians will be left wanting.

  95. #96 by NotProudToBeMalaysian on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 12:24 pm

    The day after the 2008 election result was announce, he said ” Kalah sudah kalah!”.
    Now he says, “Kita belum kalah!”.
    I guess the only way for him to admit defeat is the day when Umno loses out completely!

  96. #97 by bLOGGERHEAD on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 12:28 pm

    talk, talk, talk, never walk;
    blame, blame, blame, never aim;
    claim, claim, claim; never shame.

  97. #98 by k1980 on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 12:38 pm

    “…Pak Lah has finally retaliated…. on all fours.”

    Kneeling and begging for mercy?

  98. #99 by LimKS on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 12:45 pm

    I do not agree with Karpal Singh’s proposal to inquire into Dr M’s actions in the past. The past is the past. Let bygones be. Dr Mahathir’s intention to criticise Abdullah is only so that our country can have a better Prime Minister. Can’t Karpal Singh understand that? We, the younger generation, do not care so much of whatever happened in the past as our concern for the future. Mahathir understands that and Karpal Singh and Pak Lah and some others clearly do not.

    I hope -you Lim Kit Siang and your son will understand that and stop Karpal Singh from harping on the Ops Lalang or other actions by Mahathir. He is not the issue. He is the past. Let’s not dwell on the past. On the other hand, Pak Lah IS the current prime minister and whether you agree or not, HE IS the issue. Specifically, his lack of leadership in steering the county’s economy and his inability to handle issues.

    Best regards

  99. #100 by shortie kiasu on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 1:09 pm

    Whoever leads UMNO should be left to their own members’ decision. Outsiders/members do not have part to play in their internal party matters.

    So whether Najib or Muhyddin or Mike Tyson becomes the president of UMNO is non of outsiders business.

    They have to sort out their squables and we can watch from the sideline if we want or if we find interesting. Otherwise, leave them alone, though we ever becomes the president of UMNO would most likely becomes the Prime Minister of the country.

    Until such time let them wrangle each other themselves and wash all their dirty linens in the public until they are scot clean.

  100. #101 by HJ Angus on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 1:17 pm

    NotProudToBeMalaysian Says:

    “Seems that bad guys are taking over Umno while the good ones are speechless.
    If this trend continues on, Malaysia’s future will be gone by then.”

    If the bad guys take over, it is only the end of UMNO and not the future of Malaysia.
    In time I am sure more moderate leaders will emerge to form new parties without racist policies. Is that not what most of us want?

  101. #102 by Bobster on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 1:27 pm

    Not just Ong should step down from MCA, infact so many so called people’s representatives in MCA, sitting in the Parliament doing nothing keeping mum should follow Ong’s foot path to relinguish their positions as MP. Disgrace to the rakyat and Chinese community especially after so many controvertial issues bought up in the Parliament last year and those MPs doing nothing keeping mum just warming their sits. Waste of taxpayers money! Honourable Chua Soi Lek has started the ball rolling. Hope new replacement will be leaders with character and principle like CSL. Leaders who serve the country and rakyat whole heartedly and willing to relinguish their position and accept responsibilities. Highest respect to CSL no matter what he did in the hotel room.

    NOTE TO MCA :- Buck up else you will be thrown out with zero representative in the Parliament like Gerakan in the next 13th GE.

    LohSH,
    Exactly, you hit the bull eye. Unfortunately many still miss the mark worst directing the crowd to follow BN previous footpath.

    We see some light at the end of the tunnel but hope DAP/PKR/PAS can lead the rakyat thru the darkest tunnel that kept the country and rakyat apart for the last 50 yrs.

  102. #103 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 1:52 pm

    Pak Lah is right. Much of the agonising problems today were’leftovers’ and ‘hangovers’ from Tun M’s regime. Since Tun M is responsible for so many of the problems that ail Malaysia today, does he really deserve the Tun-ship, eh? Maybe, Tun M should start the ball rolling on the question of honour, integrity and accounatbility. First things first, surrender your Tun-ship. You don’t deserve it at all for all the sh#t you left behind. Period.

  103. #104 by wag-the-dog on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 2:18 pm

    Tun Dr. M Releases Statement Against Advise.

    This statement was released to local papers today. News has it that it was against advise from his lawyers as it will expose himself further.

    (The Sun) AS I had anticipated, my comment on (Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department) Datuk Zaid Ibrahim’s suggestion that the government should apologise for the action taken against Tun Salleh Abas would draw accusations against me for my alleged misdeeds during my tenure of office.

    Visit http://www.wagthedog-malaysia.blogspot.com for details.

  104. #105 by allasstra on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 2:29 pm

    qoute :
    LimKS Says:

    “I do not agree with Karpal Singh’s proposal to inquire into Dr M’s actions in the past. The past is the past. Let bygones be.”

    —i assume that u hate history lessons in school then…..me too,until i read somewhere

    “whoever controls the present,controls the history,..and whoever controls the history controls the future…” or something along that line……….

  105. #106 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 2:33 pm

    Wow, the Tun has just publicly thrown down the gauntlet to Powers-that-be and his detractors to make him account and be accountable, if they dare!

  106. #107 by allasstra on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 2:34 pm

    premise 1: lousy blog spams

    premise 2: wag-the-dog spams

    conclusion : ????

  107. #108 by theeagle on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 2:34 pm

    Yes, TDM is trying to put the blame of his misdeeds on AAB. Just set up an Royal commission to check on TDM and you can find out all his legacy. All the privatisaion (or piratisation!), cronysim, abuse of power, etc. were introduced during his time. AAB should have gotten rid of his predecessor’s legacies as soon as he won the GE in 2004. However, he was too timid to offend his predecessor and also allowed his relative to copy the corrupt practices. It may be too late if he does not own up that corrupt and unfair practices among the BN and its officials are the main cause of his his disasterous loss in the 2008 GE.

    Set up a royal commission to investigate on TDM is the most welcomed move by all citi

  108. #109 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 3:34 pm

    Tun Dr Mahathir’s letter referred to in Wag the Dog Blog was published on page 16 of today’s The Sun newspaper, April 8th.

  109. #110 by gofortruth on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 3:53 pm

    Is our Education Minister doing a good job?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovohKhdmaVg

  110. #111 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 4:03 pm

    ///I do not agree with Karpal Singh’s proposal to inquire into Dr M’s actions in the past. The past is the past. Let bygones be. /// – LimKS.

    How does one defend such a position from standpoint of everyone is equal before the law and no one above?

    Is only TDM to be given this immunity from accounting or all prime ministers, past present and future? Would not immunity encourage abuse? What about lesser ministerial personages like Kasitah Gaddam, why was he charged with corruption over multi-million dollar share transactions when ministers higher up do not even need to account?

    Are some more equal before the law???

    Already it is prevalent complaint of rakyat of the ACA that it is practising a different set of rules for big fish and small fish when it comes to corruption investigations and charges.

  111. #112 by gofortruth on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 4:05 pm

    “Calls have emerged for Prime Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to meet again to patch up their differences.”
    http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/Tuesday/Frontpage/20080408153138/Article/index_html
    ——————————————–
    I think a lot of “people” are scared stiff that “things” would get exposed if indeed investigations were to start.

  112. #113 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 4:19 pm

    These people are worried and getting a bit confused as to whose acts and speeches – the present or previous premier – flying to and fro will implode their main patron, UMNO…. :)

  113. #114 by helpless on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 4:23 pm

    qoute :
    LimKS Says:

    “I do not agree with Karpal Singh’s proposal to inquire into Dr M’s actions in the past. The past is the past. Let bygones be.”

    Justice must prevail. If there is corruption then someone must pay even 6 feet under. If tax debt is traceable to dead-man, why Billion of Ringgit shall not be traced. Let it be written in the history for the leader to understand the heinous act.

    http://nooryahaya.blogspot.com/2008/04/benarkah-ini-surat-soros-kepada.html

  114. #115 by Bobster on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 5:12 pm

    To be fair to both Abdullah and Dr M since since both accusing each other of wrong doings, who’s right or who’s wrong lets the rakyat to be the judges.

    VERDICT FROM RAKYAT:-

    FOR THE SAKE OF OUR BELOVED COUNTRY, ABDULLAH (, NAJIB & Co) SHOULD STEP DOWN, IN RETURN DR M RELINGUISH HIS TUNSHIP. Not forgetting people like LING LEONG SIK, DAIM ETC SHOULD RELINGUISH THEIR TUNSHIP TOO TO PROVE THEIR (‘INNOCENCE,’-omitted) ACCOUNTABILITY AND RESPONSIBILITY NOT JUST KOK TALKING & BE TYPICAL CORRECT-CORRECT-YES-MEN!

    PROVE YOUR ‘INNOCENCE’ BY VOLUNTARILY RELINGUISH YOUR TUNSHIP. THAT IS THE LEAST YOU CAN DO FOR THE COUNTRY. IF YOU DARE & NOT AFRAID OF RAKYAT AFTER YOU. ELSE KEEP YOUR TUNSHIP THEN. THAT’S ENOUGH TO EXPLAIN ABT YOUR ‘CONTRIBUTION’ TO THE NATION IN THE PAST. THAT’S OUR CHALLENGE TO YOU YB TUNS.

  115. #116 by Godfather on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 5:31 pm

    “The reforms promised by Barisan Nasional….will be aggressively pursued.” AAB, 2008

    Cakap tak serupa bikin. Cemerlang, Gemilang, Temberang !

  116. #117 by kickbutt on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 5:36 pm

    Semua boleh cakap. Semua boleh bikin!

  117. #118 by Godfather on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 5:41 pm

    Eh, I thought the “semuanya OK” guy is gone ?

  118. #119 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 5:56 pm

    I am inclined to think that from limited standpoint of Tun Dr Mahathir (“TDM”)’s interest (as distinct from rakyat’s), he ought to have listened to counsel of his lawyers not to write the letter to The Sun 8th April page 16.

    Not much good to him would emanate from publicly responding to former UN special rapporteur Param Cumaraswamy’s refreshment of public memory – that during Anwar’s second trial in June 2000 before Justice Arifin Jaka, then ACA director Shafee Yahya had given sworn testimony that TDM had ordered him to halt an investigation on then Economic Planning Unit (EPU) director-general Ali Abu Hassan Sulaiman (which, if true, constitutes an offence of abuse of power under the Anti Corruption Act which was invoked against Anwar).

    Police reports alleging that TDM had interfered with ACA investigations were filed the day after the court testimony – on June 13, 2000. However because then ACA director Shafee Yahya’s sworn testimony was subject of allegation, the ACA passed the probe to the police to avoid conflicts of interest in investigations.

    Now with thing blowing up publicly, people will ask what happened to the police investigations alleging that TDM had interfered with ACA investigations???

    TDM should not be under an illusion that he is still powerful. In fact he has repeatedly hurled accusations of Abuse Of Power And Malpractices at the administration of the very one holding such levers of power to investigate and charge, thus tempting fate and retaliation….

    TDM’s visceral dislike of lawyers – from Param Cumaraswamy to Karpal Singh – and this feeling that he could outwit, out talk, out smart and out testify them and their legal mumbo jumbo (as evinced by the famour “I can’t remember” in the Lingam Video clip commission’s hearing), and that he would confront head-long against any of their challenges and provocations and emerge victorious, is surely pushing him over the edge to skate on the thin ice of self imperilment.

  119. #120 by Godfather on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 6:05 pm

    Jeffrey:

    When you get to Mahathir’s age, you will not worry about legal advice. What is the most that the present government can do to him and over what timeframe ?

  120. #121 by Godfather on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 6:12 pm

    The old man is very smart. Everything he did was based on verbal conversation – nothing in writing. Usually it would be mano-amano, not in a group where people could collaborate against him. If he issued certain letters, he made sure that he had the right authority to issue them.

    The cases involving Salleh Abas, Lingam, Anwar – it is doubtful if there is anything more than one person’s word against another.

  121. #122 by Godfather on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 6:16 pm

    And even when Mahathir thought he could be at risk from exposure by third parties, he made sure that he had enough on these parties to ensure that any exposure will be met with even worse consequences for the exposing party.

  122. #123 by kickbutt on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 6:27 pm

    “Eh, I thought the “semuanya OK” guy is gone ?’ Godfather

    How could someone who admitted publicly to internet addiction just go away?? If he’s not here making vile comments, that is only because he’s busy surfing porn sites.

    Let’s not encourage the guy by talking about him. His infantile mind would register it as support.

    MAHATHIR – a come back kid?

    Let’s talk about the “Semuanya Tak OK” darling of the media – Mahathir. Disagree with you about somebody in his 80s not needing to be careful with what he says in the media. He can be sued like everybody else for defamation etc. If he kicks the bucket, his estate is there for you to sue! The “Semuanya OK” guy would, of course, think I’m referring to the estate next to Kg. Attap and he’s probably out there looking for Mahathir right now.

  123. #124 by Godfather on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 6:41 pm

    You can see it right now – ACA says a corruption case is with the police, the police say a corruption case is with the ACA, the ACA and the police say a certain case is with the AG’s Chambers….and it doesn’t matter how long these parties have been sitting on these cases.

  124. #125 by Godfather on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 6:42 pm

    Kickbutt:

    Please – I was referring to Khir Toyo who could still make a comeback as head of UMNO Youth. I have long disregarded our mutual friend.

  125. #126 by Godfather on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 6:53 pm

    Of course Mahathir could be sued like everybody else, but at his age, does he care ? He lives on his pension, and the family’s assets are probably with all his children right now.

    It’s almost like saying that once we reach the age of 86, we would be very happy to be indicted for sex with an underaged girl.

  126. #127 by kickbutt on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 6:58 pm

    I know, Godfather. That was deliberate so the “Semuanya OK” guy who is lurking round the corner could be flushed out!

  127. #128 by Bobster on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 7:00 pm

    Dear Dr M,

    If you want to chop off your enermy’s head, to be fair to your enermy, you have to offer your head too to be chopped off.

    This is called fair game. International standard. You can’t expect having all the immunition while calling others to step down and bear responsible. How about yourself? What can you offer to repair the misdeeds and wrong doing during your dictatorship? Selling all your foreign properties, closed all your foreign bank accounts and returned the $$ back to the country?! May be that the least you can do besides relinguish your Tunship to return the money to the poor Malaysians.

    Sorry for my blunt words. Just can’t help it seeing the nation slowly rotting to the bone since the 80′.

    Thank you and Regards,

  128. #129 by kickbutt on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 7:03 pm

    “Of course Mahathir could be sued like everybody else, but at his age, does he care ? He lives on his pension, and the family’s assets are probably with all his children right now. ” Godfather

    Who says to sue means you got to recover damages?? It is to make a point which is that this guy has gone to such lows that he has lost all credibility and nobody wants to read about him and what he says anymore – and I’m not referring to the Kg. Attap character.

  129. #130 by kickbutt on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 7:07 pm

    First objective of any legal suit is to establish liability. Sometimes establishing liability is an end in itself.

  130. #131 by kickbutt on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 7:08 pm

    ooops law suit

  131. #132 by Godfather on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 7:08 pm

    Please lah – that’s the “Semuanya Tak OK” guy, and he won’t show up until Kit has apologised to him for being so unfair. However, we should ask Blackeye and Undergrad2 to return.

  132. #133 by kickbutt on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 7:14 pm

    Yep, he ran undergrad out with a broom! A pity that is allowed to happen.

  133. #134 by kickbutt on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 7:20 pm

    “Selling all your foreign properties, closed all your foreign bank accounts and returned the $$ back to the country?! ” Bobster

    That is like asking Bill Clinton to surrender his annual government pension of $191,000 simply because he makes on average $7 million annually just for making speeches! That does not include book deals and sales which is a whopping $50+ millions between 2000-2007.

  134. #135 by kickbutt on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 7:24 pm

    One question for everybody.

    Why can’t our Income Tax Department make income tax returns public under the Freedom of Information Act assuming there is one? That would expose the extent of corruption in the country.

  135. #136 by Jeffrey on Tuesday, 8 April 2008 - 9:29 pm

    Gentlemen,

    It is not so simple the question of an octogenarian, living on his pension, indifferent to being sued as “family’s assets are probably with all his children right now”.

    Allegations of executive interference of what ACA’s investigations is a serious punishable offence under Anti Corruption Act by which custodian jail sentence is implicated on conviction. DSAI was jailed for abuse of power under such a charge (under TDM’s watch)!

    Even if octogenarian were spared, the damage done to reputation and legacy by such a charge is heavy enough punishment : if he does not care for these case, would he be making so much noise and ruckus at this point of time???

  136. #137 by dapforever on Wednesday, 9 April 2008 - 12:19 am

    In my opinion, when our PM win the GE2004 with 90% win that’s mean what happen before is not counted and it RESETS the whole system meaning that he is now leading the “brand new country” with 90% WIN where the RAKYAT trust him and give him VOTE of confidence… Of coz he wins together with his parti and perhaps they are overconfidence since then…

    Unfortunately after four years of leading the country, his parti performs badly in the GE2008. so who to blame?

  137. #138 by I Malaysian on Wednesday, 9 April 2008 - 3:45 am

    I find Pak Lah’s retaliation is valid considering the fact of how he has been mocked by his own predecessor. Mahathir’s criticism is too much to bear and anyone in Pak Lah shoes would do the same.
    We must not forget, this new found freedom we have now wouldn’t have been possible if not for Pak Lah. He made numerous blunders in his administrative and leadership approach but at the same time gave us the little space to voice our dissatisfaction in public which Mahathir would have used his normal highhanded method shutting all of us one way or another. In the case of Najib the PM had to declare him as his natural successor in order insure/ensure Najib’s support. I see that as plain political.
    In my mind I think like anybody else Pak Lah too has his agenda that is teaching BN and UMNO a lesson by deliberately annoying people so that reform can be pushed by people as well. Otherwise how could it be possible for him to do something that we ordinary citizens see as so foolish especially with all advisers around?

  138. #139 by lakilompat on Wednesday, 9 April 2008 - 9:17 am

    dapforever, i think GE11(2004) Rakyat has been tricked by the slogan, they thought Pak Lah (Mr. Clean) can help to stamp out corruptions. During the campaign at that time i was helping BN to bring in voters although i’m not involved in any party and the elections. Just decorated my car with BN flag, then drive to villages to take elder ppl. to nearest polling station.

    i was thinking Pak Lah can help to improve Malaysia.

    But i was wrong and all my effort and sweat gone.

    GE12(2008) from the time YB LKS, LGE, Karpal Singth, DSAI, Nurul Izzat came to Penang chinese town hall i knew my heart and vote will go to opposition.

  139. #140 by democrate on Wednesday, 9 April 2008 - 11:23 am

    Please lah the two stupid old men are not debating for the good of the nation and rakyat. Dont’ you all notice that the arguement are all self interest and jealousy among both of them. Come on lah both of them had already achieved what they want actually . They should stop all the bloody nonsense cos they will not bring along with them when the game is over ok?

  140. #141 by shaolin on Wednesday, 9 April 2008 - 12:34 pm

    Who is next PM after AAB??
    Najib Razak, Tengku Razaleigh, Anwar Ibahim, Muyuddin…

    Who will be next DPM??
    Hishamuddin Keris, Mokheri Mahathir, Khairy Jamaluddin,
    Niza Perak MB, YAB LGE, Nik Aziz…

    Just tickle a bit of your sensors and The School of Thoughts…

  141. #142 by lakilompat on Wednesday, 9 April 2008 - 3:18 pm

    To Democrate,

    Your parents did not teach you “respect” the elders and others?

    “Please lah the two stupid old men are not debating for the good of the nation and rakyat.”

    This is a national interest! what YB is fighting is ongoing, when he left someone else within will continue to fight for Rakyat.

    As a Malaysian we must respect the elders, and fight for fellow Malaysian, that’s our spirit.

    “Dont’ you all notice that the arguement are all self interest and jealousy among both of them.”

    Your statement make u as ignorance as Najib, as arrogant as Pak Lah, UMNO disrespects the elder (cursing & fingerpointing at Ku Li & Tun Dr. Mahathir) UMNO make other BN components party QUIET as their leader has achieved self interest e.g. Koh Tsu Koon, Ong Ka Ting, Ling Liong Sik, but there is 1 MIC still not getting anything Sammy Vellu. Your sick character tell me u r not a Malaysian, u r those who spit on elders and shut all criticism like Pak Lah.

  142. #143 by helpless on Wednesday, 9 April 2008 - 4:35 pm

    Willing buyer and willing seller or armslength transaction. Did ACA act according to this?

    A politician caught hand-carry Million to oversea and the other having thousand of dollar at the drawer unexplained. Isn’t this is sufficient for ACA to take action. Isn’t there is public audit committee? Isn’t there is IRB department? Isn’t there is money laundry act?

    Only if there is provision in the law governing the government officer on transaction not in the armslength, no way any corruption case of the those corrupted politician can be make liable. Even so, any law to make them pay back the people’s hard earned tax money?

    Borrow a space in this forum.

    Can anyone tell what is the provision to punish the decision maker if there is an instruction to go ahead with project found to be not at armslength basis? Cases like aparment at putrajaya and PKFZ as reported.

  143. #144 by helpless on Wednesday, 9 April 2008 - 4:54 pm

    Correction.

    Provided there is provision in the law governing the government officer shall approve project only in the armslength basis, no way any corruption case of the those corrupted politician can be make liable.

  144. #145 by lakilompat on Wednesday, 9 April 2008 - 5:52 pm

    There is no law in Malaysia

    Look at your ex-Selangor Chief Minister (Taib) [deleted]. He is worth a few billions. Unfortunately he was caught with a few millions pocket money in Australia.

    Did ACA or Pak Lah (Mr. Clean) do anything?

  145. #146 by lchk on Friday, 11 April 2008 - 3:56 pm

    Pak Lah isn’t shaping up well within his own political party at the moment – Kedah and Penang UMNO have already agitated for Badawi to step down.

  146. #147 by Jeffrey on Sunday, 13 April 2008 - 2:17 am

    YB, Following up on what lchk posted, the political developments within UMNO (eg the assigning of blame on the Prime Minister, imposition of transition plan on him, and continuous pressure of TDM for his ouster and the imminent prospect of that succeeding in less than 6 months) and Federal’s withholding of state funding starting with tourism projects are all very disconcerting and, in my opinion, signify that the ruling coalition is not coming to terms with its need to reform, and instead work to thwart all reforms initiated by the PM if not a harbinger of a clampdown by his successor to come thereafter….Although in normal circumstances, many would have misgivings as regards party- hopping, however based on the turn of events lately on the other side, there is fast emerging a compelling reason for them to reconsider their stand of supporting Pakatan Rakyat to take the initiative, on the balance of greater good of Rakyat – and the Cause of Reforms –, for the vying for Federal Government immediately after 15th April, by even such an unorthodox and questionable method….

  147. #148 by Jeffrey on Sunday, 13 April 2008 - 2:19 am

    Sorry should be “…to reconsider their stand, to support Pakatan Rakyat instead to take the inititative….”

  148. #149 by Hishamuddin on Sunday, 13 April 2008 - 12:52 pm

    Pak Lah forgot.

    He only got 48% popular vote in West Malaysia. 52% of the people have rejected him.

    He should be the PM for East Malaysia now. What more can he shout about anymore. Talking of having a strong mandate from the people and still command popular support ? He must be in his dream.

    He does not seems to know his figures. Can someone educate him please ?

  149. #150 by lakilompat on Tuesday, 22 April 2008 - 10:55 am

    Pak Lah has been educated very well by an Oxford grads.

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