Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Zam Hits Out At Dr Mahathir.

In unusually strong language Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin took Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to task, saying that the former PM made a political miscalculation when he revealed the substance of his meeting last Sunday with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

He said that at a time when the leaders, the Malays and Muslims were hoping for a settlement (of the differences of opinion between the two leaders) before Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the former prime minister had revealed matters of a sensitive nature discussed at the meeting, adding that for the Malays it was a sad Aidilfitri this year because they failed to see the settlement that they had been hoping for between the former prime minister and his successor.

Referring pointedly to 'political miscalculations' by the Tun, Zam said "as far as I can remember, this is the second time that Dr Mahathir has made a political miscalculation. The first time was when he brought Anwar (former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) into Umno to strengthen the party but the move only caused damage to Umno."

It is unclear why he brought in Anwar's name at this point in time or his strategy in openly calling the former DPM's entry into Umno a miscalculation. Why he took it upon himself to castigate Mahathir and also place himself firmly in Anwar's firing line is anyone's guess. Suffice to say that Zam doesn't ordinarily open his mouth without reason or having thought things through. What's in it for him? Any educated guesses?

The full Bernama report here.


Anonymous Robin Goodfellow said...

Zam Mydin is merely placing his bets that Dr. M will be the ultimate loser in this political chess game. Who is to say he is right or wrong? But if there is one difference between Pak Lah and Dr. M are the following:-
1. Should Pak Lah be defeated in this game of chicken, rest assured he will act the Pensioner and will not leave UMNO in order to agitate in PAS (unlike some of the current and former loud mouthed UMNO 'champions'); and
2. Should Pak Lah emerge smelling like roses, he would not subject UMNO supporters of Dr. M to a witchunt ala McCarthy.

7:48 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

In my opinion you're correct on both points robin. Pak Lah will act the pensioner and he sure is no McCarthyist.

7:56 PM GMT+8  

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