With seismic events afoot, who do you believe?

(1) KUALA LUMPUR: An English daily’s report that certain Umno Supreme Council members had asked Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to speed up the transition plan at their meeting on Thursday was inaccurate, Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said yesterday.

(2) In Shah Alam, Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Mu-hammed Taib said members who supported the call for Abdullah to speed up the transition of power to his deputy were not supporting the Pakatan Rakyat’s moves to wrest control of the Federal Government.

One of the two Umno leaders-cum-Ministers is telling a lie. Which one?

The marvel is that these gems of contradictions appear in the same report in Star today, “Hishammuddin: English daily’s report inaccurate”.

Hishammuddin was referring to Star’s front-page report yesterday “Pak Lah under pressure to exit” by Joceline Tan, viz:

PETALING JAYA: The Prime Minister is under pressure to fast-forward the transition plan that would have seen him handing over power to his deputy in 2010.

Umno supreme council members had reportedly told Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in their meeting on Thursday that the political situation was not improving and that he should consider an earlier exit.

At the same time, Abdullah’s supporters are rallying around him to ask him to stick to the transition plan and defend his president’s post, if need be.

Home Minister and supreme council member Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar revealed that Abdullah listened intently and asked for time to discuss the matter with Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“He is conscious of the wishes of the grassroots and he said he is willing to exercise flexibility.

“I don’t think there is any necessity to talk about applying pressure. Let him make the decision,” said Syed Hamid.

The minister said Abdullah was also aware of the time line “Oct 9” when Umno divisions will begin their annual meetings to nominate candidates for party posts, including those for the president and deputy president.

Five supreme council members spoke during the closed-door meeting, four explaining the need for a quicker exit plan saying that it would not be feasible for the party president to stay beyond December when the party convenes for the General Assembly.

The four were vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Wanita chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz and supreme council member Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, who is Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister.

Rafidah is said to have told Abdullah that Wanita grassroots members had informed her that he might not even be able to secure the minimum 58 nominations required to defend his presidency. Her no-holds barred approach caused several of those present to ask her to tone down.

Kelantan Umno chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa was the only one who spoke up for Abdullah, criticising those asking him to go.
He reminded the two top leaders that they had committed themselves to the 2010 transition plan.

Several more were about to speak but Najib, noticing that Abdullah was visibly affected, stepped in and ended the discussion, saying that those who spoke had made their point. He asked that Abdullah and him be allowed to take the discussion to a more “private level.”

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Dr Abdul Latif Ahmad said the supreme council must be informed about details of the transition because “this is not a private love affair between two people.”

“We should not be kept in the dark because it affects the country, Barisan Nasional and Umno,” he told The Star.

Analyst Datuk Seri Annuar Zaini said a captain needed accurate information to negotiate stormy seas.

“The decision lies with Pak Lah and it is good he knows the situation on the ground,” he said.

A senior member of the supreme council has been tasked by the others to meet Abdullah soon to secure a more definite answer from him.

Datuk Alwi Che Ahmad, the Prime Minister’s political secretary, said of now, Abdullah stood by the 2010 transition plan.

At the Selangor Umno liaison committee meeting yesterday, 20 of the 22 divisions wanted state party chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib to ask Abdullah “to have a big heart and accept that the political situation calls for change.”

They also called for a smooth and graceful transition that will not involve a contest for the top post.

Malaysians with powerful political antennaes are asking whether Abdullah can last as Prime Minister beyond October 9. There are even those who set an earlier date – Sept. 26, for instance. Seismic events are afoot.

This makes the following blog Sakmongkol AK47 more than interesting:


An Honourable Discharge Nonetheless

Sakmongkol has long advocated an honourable discharge for our commander. The UMNO leadership must understand and apply this concept. Otherwise, people will look at UMNO as wanting in a very crucial department- to act with honour and integrity. Sadly, these are fast depleting under the callous and cavalier UMNO leadership. From the top to the grassroots levels.

Sakmongkol has written about this in some earlier blogs. About the code of honour involving the dismissal of an officer and gentleman.

Yes, we all want Pak Lah to go. But it must be done in a dignified way. The UMNO people must learn from the shameless ways they treated Tun Mahathir. The John Q public or the man on the Clapham omnibus do judge us by our deeds.

The fate of UMNO is unfortunately linked to the leadership of Pak Lah. So when people, including UMNO stalwarts agitate for the exit of Pak Lah, they must know that they are in fact, damning themselves too. Because since 2004, the leaders have implicated themselves in the huge charade of masquerading mediocrity as leadership quality.

During the MKT meeting, Sakmongkol has been told that Pak Lah was about to burst into tears. He was saved from this embarrassment by Tan Sri Dato Seri Pahlawan Anuar Musa. ( phew! That’s a mouthful). Azalina Othman cried like a baby, thus confirming once and all, that there’s a woman hiding underneath that rugged masculinity.

Sakmongkol now realise that Pak Lah’s days are numbered. He is racing against the clock. He must quicken his pace lest he be swallowed by internal pressures and the quickly gaining momentum of Anwar Ibrahim’s bulldozer.

How does Sakmongkol realise that Pak Lah is about to write his own Closing Chapter? ( the title of a book by Lord Denning). When Sakmongkol noticed that his loyal-to-a-fault, the true blue Abdullah loyalist Adnan Yaakob found himself on that day, deficient in trying to defend his boss. When you are no longer defensible by such a person, that means the end is near.

But please don’t besmirch the unwritten code of honour and dignity by a summary execution.

  1. #1 by voice on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 7:14 pm

    Yeah, let’s detain the reporter with ISA again!

  2. #2 by monsterball on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 7:22 pm

    Both are liars….will tell lies….to suit their personal advantages ..or to suit their own future positions.
    I think vast majority Malaysians cannot be bothered….what UMNO guys are talking…including Dollah.
    Time is bad for businesses…..especially for the small traders.
    Anwar has predicted that one month ago.
    Now we wait for better times.

  3. #3 by alphoti on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 7:53 pm

    Abdullah will fall soon. Unless PR took over, there will be no joy. Especially the Chinese. The person who wanted to bathe his keris with Chinese blood 20 years ago will take over. Are the Chinese based BN parties ready to help the man achieves what he set out to do 20 years ago? Not to forget, the person who raises his keris for ketuanan melayu every year will go high position in his cabinet. With that devil as PM, Bangsa Malaysia will not see daylight. And of course Monggol girl case too.

    So, PR, please act fast.

  4. #4 by vchi on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 7:55 pm

    Left hand don’t know what right hand is doing.

  5. #5 by gofortruth on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 7:55 pm

    It is just shocking how a once mighty UMNO dynasty has decayed into such a sorry state that owes its daily existence now by lies & childish excuses & logic.

    Poor old Pak Lah must be crying when he is alone at night.

    Proverbs 21:13
    Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor (Oppressed)
    Will also cry himself and not be heard.

    We demand the release of all the oppressed held under ISA IMMEDIATELY! Abolish ISA!

  6. #6 by KennyGan on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 8:05 pm

    If Pak Lah wants to be remembered by Malaysians with a ‘Bapa’ tiltle, he should complete at least one significant reform before he goes. Repealing the ISA will be a good one. Otherwise, set up the IPCMC or the Judiciary Appointment Council. We already have Bapa Kemerdekaan, Bapa Pembangunan, Bapa Perpaduan and Bapa Permodenan. Does Pak Lah wants to be remembered as Bapa Mertua Khairy?

  7. #7 by Jimm on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 8:14 pm

    AAB have nothing to lose now as he took over the defence ministry to stand by for the unexpected pressure from his camp..
    As for all Malaysian ,we are only spectators to UMNO internal affairs which won’t benefit us at all no matter who takes over the leadership. UMNO have been exposed of their evil ways and now looking at all cost to cover back their tracks ….
    We, rakyat will decide who shall lead this country for us …
    definitely no UMNO nor BN .. they are pirates of Malaysia ..

  8. #8 by PSM on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 8:25 pm

    Bro Kit,

    Have we not had enough of UMNO’s antics yet? Everytime an UMNO Leader says something we are given FULL details. Enough lah…I’m sure the Rakyat are fed-up alreday.
    The country is like a boat that not only does not have a Rudder but also does not have a Captain!
    Isn’t it clear that we are fed-up of the BN (read: UMNO)? Now we are starting to get fed-up of the PR also. While the Politicians on both sides trade barbs & accusations, the Country is fast going down…!
    No one seems to know what’s happening.
    Maybe it’s time for our Agong to say/do something before it’s too late!

  9. #9 by Mr Smith on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 8:25 pm

    I predict Abdullah will not resign until and unless he fails to garner the 58 nominations for the presidency.
    If he can get the number he may as well go for it and see if the party still wants him. In UMNO, anything is possible.

  10. #10 by izrafeil on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 8:26 pm

    It befuddle me why on earth a non-elected person can become a Minister? How many do we have these unelected representative to represent us? can they stand out and be counted?!

  11. #11 by badak on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 8:35 pm

    The world is going to crumble around us.Crude oil price is dropping,Share market is falling.Food prices are going up. Pubplic Transport prices has gone up.
    Even those who never complain about prices are complaining now.

    Over here in MALAYSIA UMNO led BN Government has stop working for the voters who put them in charge.UMNO ,MCA are so caught up with their elections they forgot that they got a country to run.

  12. #12 by KennyGan on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 8:54 pm

    Pak Lah will hang on by whatever means although I wonder why. He seems more interested in maintaining his position than pushing reforms. There must be something personal and deeply critical depending on his being in office. Not that I’m complaining because Umno will be racked by divisions.

  13. #13 by yhsiew on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 9:09 pm

    Obviously Abdullah has overstayed his welcome – the signs are clear for him to see. Why does he still want to put his head in the sand? I think he should emulate Chua Soi Lek’s courage – manly enough to relinquish his PM post. I hope the worry, that who will take care of KJ if he quits, is not the reason that stops him making a decision to pack up.

  14. #14 by ipohMali on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 9:21 pm

    KennyGan Says:
    Today at 20: 05.52 (1 hour ago)
    If Pak Lah wants to be remembered by Malaysians with a ‘Bapa’ tiltle, he should complete at least one significant reform before he goes. Repealing the ISA will be a good one. Otherwise, set up the IPCMC or the Judiciary Appointment Council. We already have Bapa Kemerdekaan, Bapa Pembangunan, Bapa Perpaduan and Bapa Permodenan. Does Pak Lah wants to be remembered as Bapa Mertua Khairy?
    Bapa Tidur, Bapa Flip Flop, Bapa Corridor, Bapa Denial Syndrome…

  15. #15 by ipohMali on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 9:22 pm

    One more… Bapa Naik Harga Petrol

  16. #16 by StevePCH on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 9:30 pm

    one bad money laundering record , the other with keris waving antics. which one to trust ? well just as in RPK’s MT, head you win , tail I lose !!! no winner, both also loser. Nobody seems to trust flip flops from BeEnd nowadays.
    Whenever Mike speaks, it’s all disregarded. The infighting in Ameno is even more dramatic then the supposed takeover by PR.

  17. #17 by sheriff singh on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 9:32 pm

    ” One of the two Umno leaders-cum-Ministers is telling a lie. Which one?”, you ask.

    Could it be both of them? If they were both “misquoted” at the same time as is the norm these days, then it would be other way around and its the other who is telling the lie, or both of them at the same time. Get it? I don’t.

    Consider this other gem today:

    Study Ringgit Pegging Mechanism To Protect Economy – Muhyiddin

    TEMERLOH, Sept 21 (Bernama) — International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants the government to study the suggestion by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to repeg the ringgit to cushion off the impact of the weakening United States (US) dollar against other currencies.

    See anything wrong with it? It was on all radio channels and TV networks this evening.

    I believe it is the US$ that has been STRENGTHENING against all major currencies these past few months, against the Euro, Pound, Yen etc etc including the ringgit which has fallen from about 3.15 per US$ to about 3.50 per US$ now.

    This coming from the MITI Minister. Another misquote? Or was he just bodeking the Tun, his mentor now?

    What gem will the Finance Ministry advise the new Finance Minister tomorrow?

    And wasn’t it Noh Mohammet, Finance Minister II, the big time speculator who lost us at least RM 30 – 50 BILLION who advised Mahathir to peg the ringgit against the US$ and to impose capital controls 10 years ago? What will he say tomorrow? CLOB II? Soros II?

  18. #18 by dawsheng on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 9:41 pm

    But UMNO’s problems is not Abdullah, he is just one of the problem.

  19. #19 by chinymin on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 9:43 pm

    AAB will definitely be going sooner or later, but better sooner than later for the benefits in all aspects especially the Malaysian economy. The way how he will go down or hand over power will be as interesting as any top box office movie. Much speculations had been said about it and we shall know the ending in the very near future. Hope it is as interesting as it could be as much as desired by the majority Malaysian, especially we the readers and commentators in this popular blog.
    Cheers and God blessed.

  20. #20 by dawsheng on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 9:45 pm

    Can Najib do what Abdullah failed to do? The answer is obvious.

  21. #21 by dawsheng on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 9:47 pm

    Malaysians want change, can UMNO change?

  22. #22 by dawsheng on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 9:55 pm

    It has become a tradition once you reached the peak in UMNO you’ll end up living in despair for the rest of your life. What honour for Abdullah when many innocent Malaysians lost their lives because of his ignorance? And now UMNO wants Najib as PM?

  23. #23 by yhsiew on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 9:55 pm

    Sorry to sidetrack.

    KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 21 (Reuters) Malaysia’s finance minister is to hold talks on Monday on whether to re-peg the ringgit currency, state news agency said on Sunday quoting a top finance ministry official.

    Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop said Najib Razak, who was appointed finance minister last week, would discuss the issue of the peg after former Prime Minister Minister Mahathir Mohamad called for the exchange rate to be fixed again.


  24. #24 by gofortruth on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 10:03 pm

    UMNO’s problem is not AAB, UMNO’s problem is the “tree” that Mahathir has planted over 22 years – the name of the tree is RACIST!

  25. #25 by digard on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 10:10 pm

    Sodomy II, Peg II …

    Are they so much out of inventive ideas? Can they not do anything that Mahathir hasn’t done 10 years ago?
    While one or another might have been ‘inventive’ 10 years ago, the situation is quite different now. The recipes of yesterday will probably fail today; and today’s recipes are with Anwar.
    Bad luck, UMNO!

  26. #26 by Loyal Malaysian on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 10:12 pm

    It matters not who lied but it is important that Anwar be able to form the next federal government.
    I’m no political analyst but my gut feeling is that Anwar stands a better chance if Badawi clings to power.
    A character like the DPM taking over can only bode ill tidings for the progress of democracy in our country.

  27. #27 by nkeng11 on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 10:13 pm

    UMNO is but a sad 4 letter word now! The present crop of so called leaders are nothing but a sick, greedy, selfish, egoistic, self proclaimed leader.

    There is no UMNO, there is only some sick party with equally sick members who are no more cohesive. Each man is for himself now. It used to be UMNO is for all Malays, but no more. Malays do want to be identified with UMNO. Many who are impartial prefers PAS or PKR.

    That is a fact.

  28. #28 by undergrad2 on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 10:21 pm

    I hear Abdullah Badawi is preparing to commit harakiri and has asked Najib to stand behind him with a samurai sword ready to lop off his head if he hesitates.

  29. #29 by UzMiNoOnist on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 10:28 pm

    Damn….You just simply cannot trust them. Thieves, Liars, Racists, Greedy,…

    Maybe I should just called them a bunch of greedy thieves and lying racists.

  30. #30 by Loh on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 10:35 pm

    Whenever AAB leaves, it will be Najib who gets to be president. Why should the others be so enthusiastic to get AAB out as soon as possible Yes, Najib leaves a deputy post. Was it for the good of the party that they urged AAB to disappear soon, or was it that they want to try their luck as soon as possible? Should the person aiming for the post fail, the disappointment would live as much longer as AAB left the post earlier.

    It was not long ago that all the members of the MT were swearing that AAB was the greatest leader that would bring UMNO to a greater height. They now realize that AAB reached the top long ago, and he has to be over the top now.

    All of them are fighting for race and religion, against the person of the same make. Do we miss something?

  31. #31 by Jeffrey on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 10:39 pm

    SITUATION : PM forged power transistion plan because he wanted graceful exit in 2010. However his party’s warlords and power brokers ungratefully draw their knives and now demand his sooner exit – ostensibly on instigation of TDM’s arguments that (i) political tsunamy of 8th March is due to rakyat’s unhappiness with his leadership rather than unhappiness with UMNO/BN and (ii) unless PM leaves sooner, UMNO/BN would fall in face of Anwar/PR’s initiatives to take over.


    1. mitigate mistake of earlier ISA arrest by immediately freeing RPK & Hindraf. These were gestures originally meant to impress UMNO/BN’s warlords and power brokers that he was capable of disciplining dissent. The raison de etre of making good impression on them is no more – because they are neither impressed nor grateful. At least such a move could salvage some residual goodwill amongst rakyat in days that look ‘numbered’.

    2. do not resist Anwar/PR’s moving a motion for vote of no confidence : better still facilitate to bring it a trifle forward by granting a special parliamentary session pursuant to standing order 13.


    (a) if Anwar’s claims to substantial crossovers are real, this is a fact that cannot be escaped sooner or later. If vote of no confidence carried, then PM could resign with the cabinet (dashing all hopes and ambitions of the ungrateful warlords and power brokers) and usher in the next 13th general election which will at least grant the PM (i) opportunity to field his own loyalists and (ii) have a fighting chance against Anwar/PR to contest for the new next government. And even if BN loses, PM will have done a gentlemanly gesture in rakyat’s eyes and even the score with his detractors within his own cabinet/party now turning against him. (the rule is if you can’t win them, make sure they also lose, which is a powerful deterrent against them moving against you).

    (b) If on the other hand, Anwar’s claims are exaggerated, and PR’s motion of no confidence fails in parliament, OR if such a motion were carried paving the way to fresh elections but contrary to expectations, the BN wins in the 13th general elections, then all immediate threats from Anwar/PR would have been neutralised, and the UMNO power brokers and warlords would have lost their earlier justification to demand of the PM to step down earlier than the date of his own choosing in 2010.

    This is a ‘win-win’ situation for PM vis a vis Anwar/PR but a ‘lose-lose’ for the ungrateful and disloyal warlords,power brokers and schemers.

    In the premises it would be more appropriate for the PM to convene a 929 emergency precisely BECAUSE and NOT – as suggested in earlier thread – “UNLESS his days as PM are numbered after UMNO’s 9/18 Supreme Council meeting”.

    Yes, “seismic events are afoot” as YB said. May we live in interesting times (politically)….

  32. #32 by KennyGan on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 10:39 pm

    Umno is simply a den of thieves who will use whatever means to keep robbing the rakyat including using race and religion to pit one race against another. There is simply no love for the rakyat in this clutch of robber barons. Money is their god and there is nothing too immoral for them including using ISA and Sodomy II to maintain their power.

  33. #33 by Loh on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 10:39 pm

    ///Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop said Najib Razak, who was appointed finance minister last week, would discuss the issue of the peg after former Prime Minister Minister Mahathir Mohamad called for the exchange rate to be fixed again.///

    Yes, fix it to exchange ringgit to US dollar. Then unfix it again to change it back. The difference would be higher than interest rates.

  34. #34 by Jeffrey on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 10:44 pm

    Correction nof typo omission in 2nd last para – should be “929 emergency parliamentary session…”

  35. #35 by gofortruth on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 10:45 pm

    Sorry to digress, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir joins the “dead cat” bang wagon to blame the slowing down of foreign investments into the country on Anwar.

    Uncle Lim,
    We are seeing a clear pattern of “pushing ‘dead cat’ down somebody’s throat” strategy being shamefully employed by a crumbling UMNO. It is so blatantly clear that BN is to be held responsible for frightening away investors by arresting innocent people as national security threat under ISA stoking racial tension & possible violence & blood sheds.

    I think whether a person is deemed a national threat or economy threat should be decided upon by unanimous vote from a select committee of people:
    1) Prime Minister
    2) Opposition Leader
    3) Chief Judge
    4) Bar President
    5) Inspector General Police.

    This vital responsibility should never be left on the hand of just one person or a ruling party in the country.

  36. #36 by Loh on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 10:48 pm

    The PM’s option should be to make a trip to Australia, and return on the 8th. After 9th October, he would not be able to use the airliner which is still very new. What a thing to miss.

  37. #37 by Tulip Crescent on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 10:55 pm

    In the past, I have often wondered how long Umno will hold on to power.

    The Communist Party of Russia fell from grace in a centralised system after about 78 years.

    The Congress Party of Gandhi fell after a period ofno more than 40 years.

    The Liberal Democrat Party of Japan fell after a peroid of less than 45 years.

    Of course, the People’s Action Party of Singapore has been in power from 1959 till now – a period of 49 years.

    Umno, since 1955, has been in power for 53 years. Already this is a record of sorts, except for the communist party of Russia. Berapa lama lagi?

  38. #38 by Loh on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 10:56 pm

    ///…usher in the next 13th general election which will at least grant the PM (i) opportunity to field his own loyalists and…///—Jeffrey

    No chance. The chairman of the presidential council, TDM that is will be the person directing the election. Yes AAB could still be the caretaker PM, like Tunku was still PM from May 1969 to sometime in 1970.

    The only game he can have is to resign the position of PM, and hand it over to Anwar. If AAB still wishes to be in politics, he should join Gerakan, like the disappointed MCA members in the past.

  39. #39 by rider on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 11:07 pm

    the problem with the PM is that he is still mesmerised by the overwhelming 2004 mandate he received, like Mr Smith said, only when he does not get 58 nominations will he wake up, pity the poor guy, he does not realise that he is neck deep. Let’s pray for him, after all he is like any one of us.

  40. #40 by gofortruth on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 11:09 pm

    Can PKR, PAS and DAP file police reports against Home Minister Syed Hamid, The police force, the Prime Minister or the BN government for gross negligence in invoking ISA on harmless citizens of Malaysia (Reporter Tan & MP Teresa) causing dangerous racial tension & frightening away foreign investors?

  41. #41 by KennyGan on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 11:09 pm

    The assumption that Umno will strengthen with a new and presumably stronger leader is false. Unless the new PM is willing to carry out pro-Rakyat reforms, rein in corruption, plug wastage and resuscitate the economy by sound economic policies and prudent spending instead of treating the reins of power as a means to their pot of gold, support for Umno at the grassroots will continue to flounder no matter who is in charge.

    Umno is also mistaken if it thinks it can govern alone without support from minority races. Cultivating Malay support using racist ideology like Ketuanan Melayu will alienate minority races further while gaining additional support among Malays is uncertain. Permatang Pauh has shown how risky this strategy is.

    The new PM when he takes office must boldly decry the notion of Ketuanan Melayu, pledge to treat all races fairly while respecting the special position of the Malays, stop wasteful projects, restore the independence of the judiciary and take real action to fight corruption without fear or favour. In other words, he must steal the agenda and manifesto of Pakatan Rakyat. Only then can the relationship with the component parties be repaired, the people’s confidence restored and BN can go to the next election in a position of strength.

    However there is no leader in Umno who can even remotely be expected to do this. None are strong leaders or reformers with the calibre of Anwar Ibrahim. Not Najib, Not Ku Li and not Muhyiddin. Hence, we can expect business as usual including the use of racial politics.

    This means that whoever takes charge of Umno, the next elections will be a shoo-in for Pakatan Rakyat. BN’s only hope to avoid being kicked out from the corridors of power is the break-up of PR. There is simply no other way to counter PR’s march to power riding on the will of the people.

  42. #42 by nkeng11 on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 11:17 pm

    The Malays realized that UMNO is a lost cause a long time ago. Its inertia is so great that it takes both PAS and PKR to shake it. Still it is on its on weight but the weight will be so strong that it will sink on dry land!

    Racial politics in Malaysia is outdated and out of fashion. Assistance should be rendered to all Malaysians irrespective of race and color. The consequences of prolong assistance to just bumiputras is not apparent!

    Workers are weak, proud, ignorant, lacking in skills from very narrow, shallow trained universites which only admits Malays primarily with a scatter of other races. In so doing, the standard of education and skill deteriorates and when they graduate they lack the right skills, aptitude and attitude.

    As a result they cannot be promoted and improved upon. Most of them who initially worked in the private sector opted to work with the civil sector where the pressure is zero and pay rise assured.

    All races should be allowed to compete freely to promote competitiveness and resulting in quality students, graduates and businessmen.

    Malaysia now have to compete with the world. We cannot just sent 1 astronaut at costs of millions of ringgit at the expenses of better qualified ones. Let them go to study and earn their rightful places in the world of space exploration without having to pay and ride on a rocket like a passenger.

    I am very sure NASA will offer the best candidates for its space programme free. In return the candidates repay back via research, role play etc…

    Why can’t our leaders think of these?

    I think the demise of UMNO and its blame lies square on the shoulders of its past and present leaders.

  43. #43 by lopez on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 11:31 pm

    Since when do clowns are allowed to speak to the Pee M.

    Loud mouths should be suspended from civil duties for good.

    Rubbery lips should know that and go sharpen his carving tool and remain in his sand pit.

    Great men do great things for mankind, small men talk big things for village folks.

  44. #44 by homeblogger on Sunday, 21 September 2008 - 11:55 pm

    gofortruth said :

    I think whether a person is deemed a national threat or economy threat should be decided upon by unanimous vote from a select committee of people:
    1) Prime Minister
    2) Opposition Leader
    3) Chief Judge
    4) Bar President
    5) Inspector General Police.

    This vital responsibility should never be left on the hand of just one person or a ruling party in the country.


    It is. The committee that decides on the use of ISA is :

    – Chairman : Ahmad Ismail*
    – Secretary General : Ahmad Ismail*
    – Home Minister : Ahmad Ismail*
    – Defence Minister : Ahmad Ismail*
    – IGP : Ahmad Ismail*
    – General of Armed Forces : Ahmad Ismail*

    * Optional choice : Khir Toyo or Syed Hamid Albar

  45. #45 by bclee on Monday, 22 September 2008 - 12:38 am

    Just reading today news, what this stupid botak said really aroused my cool tamper, i am very hot now.
    i think he never used his mind at all when giving out any statement to the public, used ISA to protect the safety of reporter,it mean our police force can’t protect a girl?

  46. #46 by peterchiang on Monday, 22 September 2008 - 12:42 am

    Maybe you should add that they MUST all agreed before action is taken, or else it will still be a go with 3 of the 5 fellas acting in cohort.

  47. #47 by bclee on Monday, 22 September 2008 - 12:44 am

    How come this type of botak can become our home minister.
    i just can’t understand,can any one tell me or no?

    please release RPK,Hindraf and all under ISA

  48. #48 by alancheah on Monday, 22 September 2008 - 12:44 am

    Good luck to this country!

  49. #49 by cemerlang on Monday, 22 September 2008 - 12:51 am

    Don’t cry. In Asian culture, that is not manly. But if you have to cry, then ask yourself. Why should you cry if you have done nothing; literally nothing; nothing that is so good but something that is so bad ? Cry because you realize you are not being supported ? Then why the stubborness and the pride when people tell you that it is over for you ? The first time people warn you, you should be careful. Yet, not only you don’t listen, but you do something that worsen the situation. I agree with some of you when you said that in Japan, the Prime Minister resign willingly when he knows that he could not do much for the country. That is a much more honourable discharge than having people to convince that you need to step down and having to have people make your stepping down looks good. People say a woman’s cry is actually a weapon. Instead of having a political culture of pitying that politician, it is time to be objective and factual. Pitying a particular politician and giving way to him or her will not help the country. Instead if he is allowed to stay any longer and refuse to change his ways or correct his mistakes, it will destroy the country. It is too bad the P.M. does not read blogs or messages sent to him. What is the point of having the warkah untuk P.M. if he does not read and take action ? The messages will be read by everyone and anyone except P.M. himself. May be the messages will just be a good source of information for somebody’s work.

  50. #50 by bclee on Monday, 22 September 2008 - 12:51 am

    botak said the the used of ISA no political motive please read the below artical:


  51. #51 by pulau_sibu on Monday, 22 September 2008 - 12:58 am

    Why Abdullah is clinging on
    September 21, 2008 Sunday, 12:23 PM
    Reme Ahmad on why Malaysia’s PM won’t and can’t step down yet.

    A QUESTION that I have been asked again and again since the March general elections is this: Why doesn’t Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi just quit?

    He did promise Malaysians improved policing, a better judiciary system, and better rule of law, opening up the media, reduce corruption, etc.

    Sadly, under him, crime has jumped, the judiciary remains shaky, the tough Internal Security Act law had just been unleashed again, the mainstream media is used to spin stories not write facts, and corruption seems to have gotten worse.

    Added to these — race relations and the economy have also taken a beating.

    There are actually good reasons, from his perspective, why he does not want to step down quickly.

    * Umno is in a mess, with the ground angry, confused and scared of losing power.

    * The civil servants are in disarray too on whether, and how far, they should help these four Pakatan states or not. I said four, and not five, because after 18 years under PAS, federal civil servants in Kelantan know how to play the game.

    But one word, perhaps, sums up what he why he wants to stay on – Legacy.

    (Of course, there is also a very good reason why he SHOULD step down also – namely, so that Umno could re-unite under a stronger leader, Deputy PM Najib Razak).

    But look at it from Datuk Seri Abdullah’s point of view – he cannot afford to step down now.

    Or else he would be forever seen in the history books as the prime minister who did almost nothing.

    Yes, he launched all those corridors.

    Yes, he did somehow, and without having real control, did open up the media space.

    But he would want to go down in history as having achieved something tangible, something solid even.

    Don’t we all?

    Put yourself in his position – would you leave when you see things are not right?

    He sees himself as a responsible person who should put things right first.

    The unkind view would be that he did not want to step down because the people behind him, the so-called Level 4 boys, want him there so that could remain in power too.

    And that those who wanted to cling on include his family who are allegedly also profiting him staying his power.

    But to appreciate how PM Abdullah looks at himself, let us look at the contributions of the past prime ministers, and the great titles given to them by some people:

    No. 1 – Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Father of Independence

    For whatever his detractors may say after the 1969 race riots and he might have failed to do etc, he did get Malaysia its independence.

    You cannot talk about Malaysia’s independence without showing that famous picture of Tunku shouting ‘Merdeka’ while a couple of white men dignitaries sat behind him, power handed over smoothly.

    No. 2 – Tun Razak Hussein, Father of Development

    The second prime minister, set up the New Economic Policy in 1971.

    He is the father of deputy prime minister, Najib Razak, the man who could be prime minister very soon.

    The policy has been much abused today by Umno, but it certainly helped to raise millions of middle class Malays.

    The NEP backed poor Malays with financial aid so they could study abroad or locally, gave them top jobs (even though they might not be the most qualified), and even handed them cheap shares as Chinese companies which wanted to list on the stock exchange must have 30 per cent Bumiputra partners.

    Of course, the Chinese and other minorities are angered by this, but it did help raise the middle class Malays today.

    And Tun Razak, in trying to eradicate poverty among Malays, pushed Felda (Federal Land Development Authority), a legacy that helped Malays to own millions of hectares of plantation land – mostly palm oil and rubber. Some call him Father of Development.

    No. 3 – Tun Hussein Onn, Father of Unity

    He stood firmly behind the unity of the races and how to work the economy to achieve this, earning him the title Father of Unity.

    He launched Amanah Saham Nasional (ASN), or the national unit trust scheme.

    He also pushed the concept of Rukun Tetangga (Neighbourhood Watch scheme), where villages and residents of in town areas take turns to guard their neighbourhood. It was quite multi-racial in nature, in that neighbours from the various communities worked together in this scheme, from what I remembered.

    No. 4 – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Father of Modernisation

    He led for a record 22 years. He changed Malaysia from a rural economy dependent on rubber and tin to an industrial nation and the 17th biggest trading nation in the world.

    Father of Modernisation is an apt title for him.

    Though it must be noted (and many have these days) that the press was increasingly muzzled, and the judiciary lost its independence during his time.

    And corruption in politics, like corruption in business, and the cosy ties between business and politics, just grew and grew.

    Still, to many ‘men-in-the-street’ types, it was during his premiership that middle class Malaysians own houses and two cars.


    Now let us return to why PM Abdullah is not quitting.

    He had said he will contest the December Umno elections and wanted to exit only in mid-2010, and that too under pressure.

    He might now not contest the December polls and might quit before that.

    Reverse a few days earlier, and people would remember him saying he wanted to ‘put things right’ before passing on the baton to Deputy PM Najib.

    Obviously, he does not want to be known as the fifth Prime Minister, but the first one that did not have anything to show for it.

    The Premier with no Legacy.

    How then would we remember him?

    Making a joke that he would be remembered as Father of Kamaluddin and Father (in-law) of KJ, is easy enough.

    Kamaluddin is his multimillionaire businessman son, while KJ, Khairy Jamaluddin is his politically-ambitious son in law.

    So Mr Abdullah had indeed needed the two years to 2010 to stamp his name on policies and issues.

    He did promise Malaysians improved policing, a better judiciary system, and better rule of law, opening up the media, reduce corruption, etc.

    Sadly, under him, crime has jumped, the judiciary has not remains shaky, the tough Internal Security Act law had just been unleashed again, the mainstream media is used to spin stories not write facts, and corruption seems to have gotten worse.

    Added to these — race relations and the economy are have also taken a beating.

    And it is a pity that, from what Malaysians have seen in the last five years, few people seriously think that he could do anything at all.

    They say: If he could not and did not achieve anything while he was strong, how could he do it now when he is much weakened?

    And today, sadly, almost everyone has started their countdown to his exit.

  52. #52 by Edgar J on Monday, 22 September 2008 - 1:21 am

    The saddest thing is to see betrayal by power hungry members of your fraternity.

    Already, the heat is on Abdullah by Anwar.

    Now, Najib is stepping into the fray in the guise of other members, konon!

    The greater evil is not so much Abdullah, but to prevent Najib from taking over. Even Abdullah knows that, that’s why we have the 2010 transition plan – to gather enough shit on Najib to prevent his ascendency.

    Seems now, there are either 2 factions within UMNO or one faction that does not know how to play the two-faced game i.e. trust the stupidity of Hishamuddin.

  53. #53 by Dr.Ken on Monday, 22 September 2008 - 2:12 am

    Actually , it doesn’t matter who is the PM ( Abdullah Or najib) it will be the same Because both of them are from the same boat. Changing Driver for the same Vehicle doesn’t make any different , we need to repair the vehicle too. Najib could be worst than Abdullah . Take a look at najib behaviour & his past record. He is a spoiled kid. C4 could be used against our daughters instead of Mongolian girls.If Najib be the PM , it will be a nightmare for me. we need to change our system otherwise changing PM won’t help. Anyway Malaysia is set to fail. Take a look at Turkey , 98 % of her population is muslim , yet they are better than us. we dpn’t have a rule of Law here. The top leaders can do whatever they want, …Killing , cheating , stealing & bullying. What a nation Malaysia is ?

  54. #54 by isahbiazhar on Monday, 22 September 2008 - 4:35 am

    Nowadays the truth is scarce.UMNO leaders spin or doctor so that they will look good.Hishamuddin is an upcoming leader and he has to toe the line before his cousin takes over.As an eduction minister he has failed.As an UMNO youth leader he has failed.What is his future?It depends on Najib; a liability.Both are fighting for survival and so all spoken words had to be doctored.

  55. #55 by Loh on Monday, 22 September 2008 - 1:19 pm

    PM AAB though he has learnt Lao Zhi’s philosophy which premises on do nothing but everything gets done, and he tried applying it in his administration. He was almost right except that when he should not be doing anything, he did, and did it wrong. That is his downfall.

    If he kept to doing nothing, no ISA for Hindraf, no support for his son-in-law claiming Malay agenda when the country should be talking about 2020, for example, then the country might have become more open. AAB has pretended to believe that comments and even heated debates about sensitive issues such as race and religion would have people end up taking blows in the street. That would never happen if political parties, especially the one he was the head does not organize them. It is only through open debates that issues can be desensitized, and they will not hijacked by politicians who depend on it for survival.

    The fault of AAB was not his sleeping habits. He was not consistent in sleeping. He should have done nothing, but he chose to do things, which were always wrong.

  56. #56 by lopez on Monday, 22 September 2008 - 9:40 pm

    bolihland is under seige , how then the affiars of a nation is dependent on the outcome of decisions from a club of clowns.

    There appears a serious breach in duty of certian people who cannot decide by themselves by the power vested upon them but have to seek approval from an invisible court.

    Where is the hierarchy of command, please take out the manual and rtfm and where is the keeper of bolihland Constitution.

  57. #57 by onetruevine on Tuesday, 23 September 2008 - 12:02 am

    With all these seismic activities, i trust only one song.

    Don’t Cry for me Malaysia,

    the truth is i never left you

    all through my sleeping days, my sorry existence….

    i am sorry, i cant go on singing anymore, it is so sad so depressing and i dedicate this song to all the dedicated Leaders of our beloved nation. Not forgetting Syed fella ……

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