Friday, March 28, 2008

Terengganu MB Impasse - Humiliating Retreat By Umno

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was granted an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Wednesday morning before the weekly Cabinet meeting. But what transpired at the Istana will go down in modern Malaysian history as nothing short of earthshattering. In a humiliating comedown, Pak Lah made a complete u-turn on the Terengganu MB impasse and sheepishly accepted the choice of the palace, Kijal assemblyman Datuk Ahmad Said.

Last Sunday, Ahmad, 51, received the letter of appointment as the new Terengganu Menteri Besar from the Regency Advisory Council (MPPR) in a closed-door ceremony at Istana Tetamu. His appointment replaced Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, who had earlier received a letter from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, nominating him as the Menteri Besar for the second term.

How the rest of Umno will react to this slap in the face by the Agong is not known but could this episode further weaken the embattled prime minister? Only a couple of days ago Pak Lah had said that the issue was one that would have to be addressed quickly. "I’d like to say that there are ways to overcome this problem. I don’t think the situation cannot be resolved," he had then confidently explained. But no one even for a moment thought that his 'way of overcoming the problem' was a quiet retreat from the earlier belligerent posturing and claims of the palace's decision being unconstitutional.

Seeing the happenings over the past few days one has to consider if the super-strong political behemoth that Umno has always been reputed to be, is in reality another overrated house of cards. Probably so. Any political party which had thrived on the premise of racism, corruption and fake slogans must one day crumble under its own weight of misdeeds. Here, one is reminded of what Mahatma Gandhi once said about dictators - "there have been tyrants and murderers, and, for a time, they seemed invincible, but in the end, they always failed." That sagacious statement is equally applicable to Umno.
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Blogger kittykat46 said...

That must have been a Very, Very interesting conversation between the Yang DiPertuan Agong and Pak Lah on the Terengganu MB issue.

Purely on Constitutional grounds, Pak Lah held the cards, but the humiliating retreat wasn't about the Constitution.

Yeah, Pak Lah lost the b#lls over this issue...There must be some information or questions which absolutely can't be answered..Billion ringgit questions ?

10:15 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a tragedy for democracy and constitutional monarchy,now the royalties will hold MBs's and Abdullah's balls to act as if this is Malacca sultanate era whereby absolute monarchy rules.
Will killing of caddy, rapes,hockey coach's assault,sexual harassment,government
paying huge gambling debts,bullying of public servants, refusal to pay custom duty and taxes for cars ...happening again ?

What were the reasons for these tussles ?
Didn't Dr. Mahathir do all Malaysians a big favor when he confronted the royalties in 1993 and 1983 ?

10:37 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...


2:21 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it about time someone showed this regime that there is choice. I am not sure what the details are behind these MB issue..but to me the important issue here is that at least it was challenged and not just bulldozed thro.

2:56 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Pal said...

Most of our current Sultans are well educated. What our Agong has done is to make sure that corrupt Politicians will not have their day ever again. Follow the Thai example? Their King is FANTASTIC.

8:26 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

What the Royalty are showing the UMNOputras (they have taken a leaf from the Rakyat who have shown the UMNOputras what we feel!) is that they will NOT TOLERATE these bloody corrupted Politicians anymore!

12:07 PM GMT+8  

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