Wednesday, March 12, 2008

PAS Urges Pak Lah To Resign After Poll Defeat

Malaysia's Islamic party, which made big strides in weekend elections, on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to resign in the interests of the nation.

Abdullah was sworn in for a second term and won the backing of his ruling coalition on Monday despite the worst electoral setback in its half-century rule over Malaysia.

PAS vice president Husam Musa said Abdullah must take responsibility for the Barisan Nasional coalition's loss of its two-thirds majority and another four states to the three-party opposition alliance.

"We are calling for his resignation not in the interest of PAS or any party. It is in the interest of the nation," he told reporters, adding the prime minister should quit before the country is dragged into a "semi-crisis".

"We want to see a more stable Malaysia. Very weak leadership cannot bring progress to Malaysia," he said.

PAS, the Chinese-based Democratic Action Party, and Keadilan - led by former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim - formed a loose alliance to deny Barisan the two-thirds majority it needs to amend the constitution at will.

Musa hailed the unprecedented seizure of four states, which lie along Malaysia's west coast, and include the nation's two wealthiest regions of Selangor and Penang, which is Abdullah's home state.

PAS also extended its majority in northern Kelantan which it has ruled since 1990.

"The whole corridor has collapsed and the prime minister doesn't even have his own political base after losing Penang," Husam said.

"Even the stock market has reacted to this instability," he added, referring to the 9.5 percent slump on the local bourse on Monday.

Abdullah has already resisted calls by his predecessor Mahathir Mohamad to step down, with the veteran politician saying he had made a mistake in selecting him for the top job in 2003. (Channel Newsasia)

***** While in advanced democracies like those in western countries, India and Japan, it may be the norm for a party leader to accept responsibility and resign after an electoral debacle, such a scenario is only now being played out here. The question that must be asked is if the alternatives to Pak Lah will in practice improve or endanger stability in Malaysia?

Do we really need the likes of Najib taking over the reins of power? Pak Lah for all his faults, real and imagined, has done a great job in empowering citizens and freeing them from the fetters of restrictive laws. Few will deny this fact. If he were to be replaced what guarantee do we have that it will not lead to a repeat of Mahathir-era tyranny and dictatorship?

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12 Comments:

Blogger team bsg said...

Its so catastropic that in our fabled land we only have another super-failed wannabe to take over Absolute Ass Bodoh . can anything be worse ?
thats NEP for you

10:48 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous TRISHUL said...

Not only Pak Lah, but also the asshole Samy Vellu.

Look at Ong Ka Ting, and Dr. Koh. One refused cabinet post and the other offered to resign his post as Acting President. These are the guys with dignity and conscience. I salute you guys!!!!!

On the other hand the shameless 'paramount leader of Indians' neither take responsibility for the wipeout nor offer to resign. I won't be surprised if agrees to a senatorship and a ministerial post - like a dog standing at his master's foot for some morsel of food!

If he has any sense of shame, he would have called for press conference and announce something by now.

11:17 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i say let pak lah continue his sleep for 5 years. after that send bn to opposition bench. he is the best bn leader to lose next election.

12:06 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Abdullah steps down, do we want Najis who threatened to bathe his dagger with Chinese blood to take over?

How about the Mongolian girl?
Submarines commission?
Sukhoi commission?

12:27 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

double standard, kenapa PAS tak resign bila kalah di Terengganu dan hapir kalah di Kelantan 2004?

12:52 PM GMT+8  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

Let Bedol carry on for another five years. He will then go down history as the BN leader who led the party into the Opposition benches.

It has become impossible to reform or renew UMNO from the inside.

The warlords want their fair seats. The cronies want to be paid off. The Crony projects will go on.
There will be plenty of spin in the papers. Next round, we will have their heads, the same way the Selangor dentist has gone...

12:56 PM GMT+8  
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12:56 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can Pak Lah resign when his deputy will be sent to Ulan Bator and Hish to Beijing?? Whatever he has not done, Pak Lah is still a gentleman."I am not stubborn" he said. Do you think if Mahathir was PM he'd allow the opposition to come knocking at his doors? He's a tyrant to the core, and he would plot riots all over and he'd blame it on the opposition!I say 3 cheers for Pak Lah or this whole nation would still be politically behind by 40 years.

1:31 PM GMT+8  
Blogger mech81 said...

I agree that Najib is going to be worse for Malaysia than AAB. I have a feeling that the current deputy PM just cant wait to get his hands on the PM post and maybe even put AAB in an "Anwar" situation if there's any resistance involved.

There comes a dictator that Mahathir bore...NAJIB

2:37 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you imagine if Pak Lah resigns, Najib becomes PM? Here's the guy who is implicated in the murder (by Malaysian army explosives!) of a Mongolian woman. So where's the justice and responsibility? The thought is scary! It would be worst than the former PM who plotted homosexual charges on his political opponent!

3:52 PM GMT+8  
Blogger 0ranger said...

After 50 years, if not for Datuk Seri Abdullah, we would not have the first Tsunami and victory for democracy in Malaysia.

Let's just look at the scenario:

1. Datuk Seri Abdullah released DSAI when he came to power.
He did not need to do this.
Dr M would probably have driven DSAI to commit Harakiri in prison!

2. Datuk Seri Abdullah did not stop the bloggers from giving altenartive news.
He could have arrested these bloggers under ISA.
Dr M would definitely have done this at least prior to the election.

3. Datuk Seri Abdullah allowed the Bersih and Hindraf to organise their rallies. Under Dr M's rule,
the organisers would have been arrested even for thinking about organising the rallies.

Judge a person from the outcomes of their leadership, not from what their detractors say.

Think!

1:38 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Mikeywm said...

"Pak Lah for all his faults, real and imagined, has done a great job in empowering citizens and freeing them from the fetters of restrictive laws." Tell this to the Hindraf supporters and their leaders who are now in detention under ISA!!

9:14 PM GMT+8  

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