Najib is setting the stage for drastic action by UMNO against Tengku Razaleigh

When the Prime Minister and UMNO President, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said last night that it was up to UMNO members to decide if action should be taken against Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah for continuing his campaign against the federal government over Kelantan’s oil royalties claim, the stage is set for drastic action by Umno against the Kelantan prince and elder Umno statesman.

It is clear as to what Najib meant when he made the ominour statement:” We have to hear what the party members have to say” after the Umno supreme council meeting last night.

Already, the Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy Umno President, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had more than once expressed displeasure at Razaleigh’s  unrepentant recalcitrance, openly questioned Razaleigh’s loyalty to Umno and accused him of trying to confuse the public over the oil royalty issue.

Will Razaleigh back down from the very clear ultimatum from the Umno leadership to “cease and desist” or to face severe Umno retaliation for continuing to champion the state rights not only of Kelantan but other states, particularly Terengganu, Sabah and Sarawak who are directly affected by the oil royalty controversy.

Whether Razaleigh would be “disciplined” or even hounded out of Umno is an internal Umno matter but the issue he has taken an uncompromising stand concerns not only him and Umno, but larger public interests affecting not only the oil royalties but the state rights of all states in the federal system of government in Malaysia.

Razaleigh yesterday accused the Federal Government of behaving like a “Godfather” even though their power comes from the 13 states.

Today, Razaleigh has upped the ante in a Malaysian Insider report elaborating on his concerns at the signs of decline everywhere in Malaysia, saying that even Malays are getting disillusioned with the state of the nation and leaving the country.
He said: “Something must be wrong in this so-called Malay Land (Tanah Melayu) when they (Malays) are leaving.”
He said people, especially the young, are feeling uneasy over developments in the country, adding:  
 “There are many Malays in London who are professionals, making good money, who will not return because the environment is not right in Malaysia.”
The Prime Minister said his government’s refusal to pay oil royalties is in accordance with the law and was decided upon after consultation with various legal experts.
Najib should present a White Paper when Parliament meets on March 15 to explain why for 25 years from 1975 to 2000, the Federal Government recognised and paid five per cent oil royalties to the Terengganu state government for offshore oil produced, but refused to accord such recognition because PAS captured power in Terengganu state in the 1999 general election and paid out instead  “compassionate monies” to a separate Federal Government agency.
The White Paper should declassify all documents and records of Petronas, the Attorney-General Chambers and other government agencies to explain when and why legal opinion changed from recognition of the states’ oil royalties rights for 25 years from 1975 to 2000 to refusal to recognise such state rights and to pay out instead “wang ehsan”  at the discretion of the Federal Government.

  1. #1 by pulau_sibu on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 6:14 pm

    I think Kuli is on his way out of BN. What is the purpose for Kuli to stay in UMNO?

    I think Kuli is still a respectable politician. He at least tried to fight for the welfare of Kelantan people. He does not tolerate the federal from robbing away Kelantan’s wealth.

  2. #2 by yhsiew on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 6:39 pm

    If I were Kuli, I would have pulled out of BN long time ago. Today’s BN is no longer the BN or Alliance of Tunku Abdul Rahman’s time. Today’s BN is a greedy, corrupt, self-centered and racist party which has lost the direction and struggle envisioned by Tunku Abdul Rahman.

  3. #3 by JB_Boy on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 7:05 pm

    I think pulling out could be seen as a form of betrayal, perhaps that is not what Kuli wanted. If he is action against or removed from party while fighting for the rights and welfare of the people, then this will make a difference.

  4. #4 by HJ Angus on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 7:34 pm

    If TR is on the way out of UMNO, it is better that he gets them to expel him as this is will give him more political mileage than simply moving into PR. This way he can return to a reformed UMNO after it is defeated in the next elections and form part of the 2-party system that Malaysia needs.

  5. #5 by k1980 on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 8:02 pm

    Even if petroleum and natural gas is discovered off the coast of Penang, Kedah and Selangor, umno will refuse to pay oil royalties to those state govts. Ku Li had been kicked around by that pendatang Mamak, and now he is being kicked out by Pak C4

  6. #6 by a-malaysian on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 8:45 pm

    Ku Li, you must hang on and stay in umno as long as possible. Let umno issue show cause letter, let them discuss and discuss, and drag the issue. Play to their gallery and timed your expected sacking or you may want to leave on your own, as close as possible to the 13th GE.

    1Malaysia Is Transparent, Fair To All, Respect All Religions = 1 BIG BULL SHIT

    GE 13 – Change The Federal Government No matter what, we must ensure that racist umno bn do not regain the power like they had for over the past fifty two years.

  7. #7 by lopez on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 8:46 pm

    well , someone took out the broom

    it’s their version of spring cleaning, a bit overdue expected that to happen when he took power.

    Alignment is the name of the game…either you bow or tow…simply feudal

  8. #8 by Godfather on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 9:00 pm

    What oil royalties? The money has been spent, all during the Mamakthir era, so UMNO has no choice but to deny what’s due to Kelantan. They can’t admit that our treasury is almost empty either. They have pawned our future, and Ku Li knows it.

  9. #9 by lopez on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 9:08 pm

    Kuli should speak more and educate the people, it is time to show what is under the carpet….and clear all our blur-blur lives.

    Kuli, Be courageous for the people…it is the only way to embrace change

  10. #10 by a-malaysian on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 9:16 pm

    Ku Li, you must hang on and stay in umno as long as possible. Let umno issue show cause letter, let them discuss and discuss, and drag the issue. Play to their gallery and timed your expected sacking or you may want to leave on your own, as close as possible to the 13th GE.

    Malaysia For All

    GE 13 – Change The Federal Government No matter what, we must ensure that racist umno bn do not regain the power like they had for over the past fifty two years.

  11. #11 by chengho on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 9:28 pm

    TR should become the executive charman of Dap. Other position taken .

  12. #12 by tanjong8 on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 9:31 pm

    UmnoUtusans are always arrogant.

    They must be given the boot that George Bush had experienced.

  13. #13 by tanjong8 on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 9:34 pm

    Ku Li had learnt the lesson too late, in his twilight years when he has no more energy to fight for justice, to his conscience.

    Likewise for Anwar.

    Those younger, such as Kairy will learn their lesson at the hands of UmnoUtusans in their latter years, for sure.

  14. #14 by tanjong8 on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 9:38 pm

    One can see how an initially decent chap like Hishamudin could turn into an extreme Kerishamudin upon ascending the ladder in UmnoUtusan circle !

    The mamak Mahal Tail must be instrumental in that transformation. He imported his skill from his ancester in India from which he tried to severe the ties to prove his UtusanUmno credentials

  15. #15 by tanjong8 on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 9:40 pm

    Enough is enough.

    People must do the necessary to boot those UmnoUtusans out, to safeguard the future of the country for our children sake.

  16. #16 by tanjong8 on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 9:42 pm

    Why should we emigrate ?

    We should ask these UmnoUtusans to emigrate, rather.

  17. #17 by tanjong8 on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 9:43 pm

    For how long can we tolerate further these nonsense of the UmnoUtusans ?

  18. #18 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Friday, 26 February 2010 - 10:18 pm

    Najib and Muhyiddin is trying to run Malysia the way the army generals run Myanmar and persecuted Aung San Su Kyii.

    If the Malysian masses and the internAtional community do not speak out now, then they can mourn till Mt Everest collapses and nothing will stop malaysia from falling back into the dark, dark ages.

    The people’s voices must continue to be heard. The international community and big investor nations must signal their disgust and disenchantment.

    Najib must relent. The Police, Courts and AG must know that these institutions are not chained to nor their salaries paid by the PM.

  19. #19 by frankyapp on Saturday, 27 February 2010 - 12:06 am

    The right place for these UmnoUtusans is Kumunting .Why should malaysians allow them to migrate ? However should they really want to,then they must declare all their incomes first.

  20. #20 by frankyapp on Saturday, 27 February 2010 - 12:24 am

    I think TR should take on NR and MY and tell them to stop acting like or following orders from TDM. Two wrongs cannot make one right.

  21. #21 by Dap man on Saturday, 27 February 2010 - 12:37 am

    If UMNO sacks Kuli, he will be free to join the opposition forces as an individual, independent or even a member of Pakatan.
    Of, course he is not going to sit quietly and allow UMNO to intimidate him.
    Finally, he will have the chance to save this nation from ruin.

  22. #22 by ekompute on Saturday, 27 February 2010 - 1:53 am

    I don’t see any change after 1Malaysia has been announced. I still see roadside advertisements that still offer discounts to Bumiputras, irrespective of whether they are rich or poor. What has 1Malaysia achieve so far? I think Najib should stop his rhetoric and hypocrisy.

  23. #23 by monsterball on Saturday, 27 February 2010 - 4:02 am

    It is time Tunku Razaleigh start sincerely to think of the country and people.
    He was not PM due to Najib….breaking his promise to support Razaleigh as Youth Chief …during Presidential election..between him and Mahathir.
    He played out Razaleigh…at the last moment.
    All now these very well…and we watched Razaleigh movements…for decades…fickle minded and too selfish….playing the wrong game…all the time.
    Although all are history..Razaleigh avoiding Najib and be pally to Mahathir…failed get Najib treat him with respect.
    Very selfish..calculative..and filled with lots of bad luck…always one step too late..all due to his own doing.
    Najib is the PM…Razaleigh arch enemy in UMNO BARU.
    In the name for justice and fairness…and to help his own race…if he likes…I hope Razaleigh will stop playing politics and start being a freedom Lim Kit Siang.
    Razaleigh ignored totally “UMNO” is dead …and this is UMNO BARU.
    He is a brilliant man known throughout the one all gone…due to his thoroughly selfish and calculative attitude…for persona benefits.
    That is also a blessing in disguised ..why he should never be PM.
    Now he must think of the people and country.
    Think for the Malays….if he wishes to be a racist….which he is.
    And if he focus on the Muslims in Kelantan and Terengganu…he can squeezed the balls of UMNO BARU ,,,revealing so much….on corruptions using oil revenue.
    Can you imagine a real moron like the DPM calling Razaleigh a moron?
    Have you ever hear anyone calling Razaleigh a moron in the past decades?
    Yes…Razaleigh interested to defend oil royalties for Kelaantan…Terengganu and Sarawak…being short changed by UMNO BARU by the billions…hit on our idiotic low IQ DPM … going crazy… calling Razaleigh a moron.
    Now it is time…for Razaleigh to stand tall and shut up DPM and Najib too…as his final revenge…laid down on a plate for him by Allah.
    Will he dare to do the right thing for once??

  24. #24 by boh-liao on Saturday, 27 February 2010 - 4:13 am

    Birds of d same feathers sleep together
    As MMK said, UmnoB is a racist party n only racists r welcome 2 b members of UmnoB
    TRH shld do a body checkup n see if his feathers r d same as those of MMK, NR, HH
    Anyway, he is also a toad dat hopped hopped hopped, ingat tak S46 n d sell out

  25. #25 by c730427 on Saturday, 27 February 2010 - 7:45 am

    “””Rosmah said although Najib was a man of few words, he should not be underestimated.

    “I always tell others not to underestimate Datuk Najib. He is not easily angered but do not provoke him. If he is angry, there is no forgiveness for you.

    “Datuk does not say much but he would register in his mind what is happening around him. If I make a mistake, he will reprimand me. If he stamps his feet, I will shudder.””””

    Razaleigh is in trouble liao..

  26. #26 by undertaker888 on Saturday, 27 February 2010 - 8:55 am

    Razaleigh could fill in for Anwar if anything happen to the latter. He has the same calibre and may be able to amalgamate Pakatan together.

    If umno can take drastic actions and expel him later on, i hope PR will do the same in the future to those little pari@hs in kulim and nibong tebal.

    $crew the 2/3 majority issue, we rakyat don’t care. Without 2/3 majority like now, what PR achieve so far? Bills are still being passed like nobody business. Many wrongdoings are still not answered.

    What we care is to have decent and credible people in our constituencies. Fix this first, then we fix the 2/3 majority later.

    Fix the foundation first. Without strong foundation, PR is not able to stand the umno winds of destruction coming their way.

  27. #27 by dagen on Saturday, 27 February 2010 - 12:20 pm

    “This idiot is forever non-committal and a fence sitter. So is Kuli good or bad for umno? Should kuli stay or go? Decision pls, umno. Err mr president sir. Where the phark is the party president. We need a decision for phark sake.” thundered the mamak.

    “Ask party members” came a soft, trembling and almost squeakish reply from somewhere. Soft, trembing and squeakish though the reply may be, there was certainly no mistaking who the owner of that voice was.

    Anwar took away (wot?) 1/3(?) of umno’s support. Now how much would Kuli take away? And mark my word. Even the bad boy Nazri. Yeah even him. He is rotten we all know that but not quite to the bones like the other umnoputras. (Remember. He was prepared to stick his neck out for jib’s stupid and meaningless 1malaysia by condemning the BTN, and mamak racist. He was bold enough to declare that he felt ashame to be associated with (wot?) NEP.) So when things should turned bad, like zaid, nazri too could give up and leave umno. So its certainly worthwhile to work on nazri.

  28. #28 by k1980 on Saturday, 27 February 2010 - 1:06 pm

    //If he stamps his feet, I will shudder.//

    A loud Kaabooom! and the body is atomized so much so that its DNA cannot be identified. That’s why P.I. Bala packed up and ran all the way to India

  29. #29 by James on Saturday, 27 February 2010 - 1:43 pm

    This useless PM have many fears
    1) ugly wife whom he shivers at the sight of
    2) the bully Mamak holds him by the balls
    3) foreign investors who ignores him
    4) predecessor’s SIL who is very much smarter
    5) BN Sabah S’wak who holds power balance
    6) ghost who haunts him for his bad deed, and many many others.
    SO HOW CAN HE BE EFFECTIVE? Only by vistimising those under his influence.

  30. #30 by lopez on Saturday, 27 February 2010 - 9:32 pm

    From the bombardment , it looks like many are waiting for that day when mamak kicks the bucket…….
    yahooooo it is sure will be a holiday.

  31. #31 by Black Arrow on Sunday, 28 February 2010 - 9:46 am

    Ku Li must continue to speak up for the rights of the Kelantan people.

  32. #32 by monsterball on Monday, 1 March 2010 - 3:44 am

    But the well known selfish…calculative and fickle minded Ku Li have declared he is loyal to UMNO…right now.
    I wonder does he know how to differentiate UMNO and UMNO BARU.
    In UMNO…Tunku Abdul Rahman is registered as the first party member.
    Ku Li needs to check out so call “UMNO”..who is the first member now.
    Those guys who said they love UMNO and stick around…only Tunku Ritthauddin dared to say..”UMNO is corrupted to the core”…and I guess he stick around to keep himself busy with a paid job…and why not..understandable…yet what he said…Najib dare not sack him from the party…how nice…to join “UMNO”.
    The truth is…Najib dare not sack any party he desperately need everyone of them.
    His god father…..Mahathir have been asking UMNO to sack Nazri few times…what happen? action..from Najib….why?
    Very very weak party la.
    This shows how weak is “UMNO”…which is UMNO BARU…in all true sense…a party owned by Mahathir.

  33. #33 by Bigjoe on Monday, 1 March 2010 - 7:33 am

    Najib is so screwed. If he does not act against Razaleigh, he will be losing power to Muhiyiddin. If he acts, or let the party to act, against Razaleigh, there will be pro-Razaleigh supporters who would be willing to galvanise against the party – its still significant influence that Najib can ill-afford.

    This is classic of why Najib offers no solution to the country. His is not better than Badawi’s administration despite appearance and seemingly more competent. Change, fundamental ones, is being demanded in this country and he represent unchange, the old order. Leadership is making hard choices when the times demand it. The man has never and does not know how.

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