Sunday, March 30, 2008

Two Gems From Pak Lah - "Open Tender System Not Fair; NEP Not Racially Biased!"

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Saturday lashed out at the Penang state government for adopting a fully open tender system as it does not guarantee fairness to those who are financially weak to compete.

He said in principle the proposal by the state government to emphasise on equitability appeared to be good but this would actually result in only those who were financially strong benefiting from the system.

"The transparency, open tender and open bidding approach is certainly good and gives comfort to everyone but we have to remind them that not everything that is said to be equitable is fair. Actually, only the strong and those with financial capacity will derive benefits from it.

"This is our reminder to them because it is our (Barisan Nasional's) responsibility as the opposition party (in Penang) to give our views and we will become an opposition that is active, sensitive and curious about what is happening in Penang. We are not around just to keep the seat warm," he said at a thanksgiving gathering held by the Penang Umno Liaison Body, here Saturday night.

He clarified that the New Economic Policy (NEP) was not merely for the Bumiputeras as it also assisted the Chinese and Indian communities because the policy was not racially biased. He said the NEP was a national approach implemented to eliminate poverty regardless of race, enable equitable distribution to the people including enlarging the Bumiputera Commercial and Industrial Community (BCIC) and ensuring a robust economic growth to be enjoyed by all races.

Abdullah, who is also the chairman of the State Umno Liaison Body, reminded the 11 Umno Assemblymen, who represent the Barisan Nasional (BN), to fight for the cause of all races in the state.

"They have a heavy responsibility not only as the Assemblymen in their constituency but also as the opposition in the State Assembly," he said.

As such, he praised the strategy of the State Umno Liaison Body to give each Assemblyman a responsibility or portfolio to monitor the implementation of state government policies.

At the meeting of the state Umno management committee chaired by Adullah earlier Saturday, it was decided that a 'shadow executive council' would be appointed with each of the Umno assemblymen who won in the recent general election being given portfolios equivalent to the state government executive council.

The Prime Minister also gave an assurance to the people of Penang that the federal government led by the BN would continue to give effective service to the people and fulfil the promises contained in its manifesto.

Also present at the gathering were deputy chairman of the Penang Umno Liaison Body Datuk Seri Abdul Rashid Abdullah, Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and Perlis Umno Liaison chairman Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim. (Bernama)

***** Pak Lah is partly correct when he says that the open tender system does not guarantee fairness. However it is a much, much better mechanism than the closed system which was nothing but a corrupt, crony-serving money dispensing machine that Umno used avidly and uninterruptedly for five decades to stay in power and enrich a couple of thousand Malays.

As for the NEP, if it is not racially biased then why is every non-Malay totally against it while many Malays are vehemently objecting to even a watering down of its 'non-racial' policies? One would have thought that a near fatal blow in the last polls would have taught the umnoputeras a lesson in objectivity and honesty, but from Pak Lah's doublespeak it looks like they have yet to learn anything. Consigning Umno to the rubbish bin of history is our best bet.
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Blogger kittykat46 said...

Its an open secret that the closed tender system mainly resulted in government work being parcelled out to connected UMNO operatives.

NEP not racially biased ??
The reality (not the theory) is its implementation is absolutely racially biased....

I always knew Pak Lah is out of touch with reality..he just reconfirmed it...

12:00 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like Oliver Twist, Dollah is always asking for more, and like Oliver Twist, he'll be punished for being greedy

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


12:34 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is talking COCK!! We are not stupid!

12:45 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Questions to the sleepy Head......

1. If open tender system not fair then please name a system that is fair?

2. NEP is not racially biased but 'cronyly' biased?

Nobody say NEP is racially biased but due to poor implementation by Umno it has benefited only the UMNOputras and not the poor.

12:47 PM GMT+8  
Blogger bayi said...

Does Abdullah even know what he's saying? He was first elected because he promised reforms that included open tendering. Of course, he never did implement this and we were cheated.

So the leopard has finally revealed his spots!

This is the first time I have head that open tenders are not fair!

1:39 PM GMT+8  
Blogger bayi said...

Our PM has got his big foot in his mouth this time!

1:40 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had Dorlah been a non-Malay, he would had said the opposite

2:02 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

Well, did we really expect anything different from the leader of the UMNOputras?!
Even after what has happened in the 12th GE & all the supposedly "analysis" doen by their lap dogs & cronies, these arrogant crooks still say the same things. The next few years will not change anything.
The only way is to vote them out for good. We will just have to wait another 4 or 5 years.

2:17 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ignorant old fool is in denial.

3:01 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous headache said...

shadow cabinet? I'm sure they will excel.."tak nampak bayang pun" type of shadow cabinet...

And no wonder Dr. M chose him. Some one so slow mentally that Dr. M knew he could manipulate (did not take the SIL into the equation though).

Ye wonder the country is raped dry...

4:12 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Open Tender System Not Fair ???...
Wow ,NEP not biase ????

And he says he going to make a difference this time ??? What is this Pak UMNO thinking ???

4:40 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pak Lah,

BN which you've led was trashed in the last GE, YET you've still not learn!

I sincerely hope that you will continue sprouting these sort of nonsense & the same goes for your SIL. While you're at it please insist that Hishamuddin must raise the keris more often.

You do more damages when awake.
Please go back to sleep!!!!


4:42 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, you don't expect someone who benefit from the system to say something bad about it, eh?

5:14 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this guy is either senile or stupid

6:16 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May God let pak Lah Pandir lead BN into the next general elections and we will see the remaining 8 states slip from BN's dying grasp

8:40 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NEP never benefits the malays except for the selected few. we don't give a shit about NEP, never seem to give us anything unless we are form UMNO or any malay supremacists bodies.

12:00 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To even try to answer or make sense to what this man's statement ; is like challenging the intelligence of a total idiot.

1:44 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To anonymous@6.16pm,

He is senile AND stupid!


8:41 AM GMT+8  

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