Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Calls For PM, Dr.M To Meet Again, Patch Up Their Differences. Is This A Waste Of Time?

Calls have emerged for Prime Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to meet again to patch up their differences.

Cheras Umno Division chief Datuk Syed Ali Al Habshee suggested Tuesday that Abdullah lead an Umno Supreme Council delegation at the meeting with Dr Mahathir to resolve their spat.

He said it was pointless to go on accusing each other in the media as this would only lead to destruction of the party.

Umno veteran Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Tapa said in Melaka that the council of former elected representatives, Mubarak, should help in the mediation effort to stop the hurling of accusations.

Both Abdullah and Dr Mahathir had a private meeting on Oct 22 2006 following a similar spat.

After the general election last month, in which the Barisan Nasional (BN) lost its two-third majority in the Dewan Rakyat and lost Penang, Kedah, Perak and Selangor to the Opposition while failing to recapture Kelantan, Dr Mahathir resumed his criticisms of Abdullah and has even called for his resignation.

On Monday, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi called on Umno veterans to take the initiative to arrange a meeting between Abdullah and Dr Mahathir to stop the verbal assaults.

Syed Ali said Dr Mahathir, as a former leader and a party veteran, had expressed his opinion on what was happening in Umno now and what should be done to rebuild the party.

"I believe Tun Dr Mahathir has no intention at all to destroy Umno when he hurled criticisms at the party leadership as they are meant to rectify weaknesses in the party," he said.

Syed Ali said the meeting between Abdullah and Dr Mahathir should be held soon as allowing the spat to prolong would only worsen the situation and eventually destroy the party.

Abdul Aziz said the accusations must stop because only the enemies of Umno would benefit from such quarrels.

Last Sunday, Abdullah, who is Umno president, replied to all the criticisms by Dr Mahathir as well as Gua Musang Member of Parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who had called for an extraordinary general meeting of the party to discuss the outcome of the general election.

Abdul Aziz said the general election was held a month ago but Umno members were still blaming one another for the dismal performance of the BN.

"By right, we should be working together to seek ways to strengthen the party," he said.

He also said that Umno members who had sabotaged the party during the general election should be penalised so that it served as a lesson for the others. (Bernama)

****** Assuming that the two parties would be agreeable to a powwow, will anything positive come out of such a meeting? With Dr Mahathir having gone on record on several occasions demanding Pak Lah's ouster and the PM's recent adverse remarks about the Tun, events may have gone too far for any meaningful rapprochement or deal. Still, in politics anything can happen.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, they should meet again, but in a boxing match televised live nationwide

5:09 PM GMT+8  
Blogger warta tua said...

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5:16 PM GMT+8  
Blogger kittykat46 said...

There are no permanent allies, and no permanent adversaries in politics.
Perhaps the prospect of UMNO losing power to Anwar Ibrahim's PKR will force them to cast aside their differences and unite to face a common enemy.

6:19 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Patch Up Their Differences? No, patch up their dirty torn underwear

7:40 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous SM said...

Pak Lah is probably scared so he has sent out his "cronies" to get TDM to talk to him!
He knows TDM will not give up critizing him (& since he can't touch TDM) & so he has to try to get the old man to shut up one way or another!

7:56 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous headache said...

A re-run. Like old P Ramlee movies...

8:57 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pak Lah should just go ahead to reform the government. TDM is afraid that his legacy will be destroyed by Pak Lah. If TDM legacy is good then it should be evergreen...

9:24 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Billy said...

Should such a meeting take place, I'll bet it will be Mahathir doing all the talking and AAB doing all the note taking - again. For once, I would like to see AAB pointing a finger at Mahathir's face and tick him off using the harshest words possible.

2:06 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The show is: a dog trying to cover its sordid tail and a manager find it increaingly difficult to cover the sins of his predecessor as the tide keeps falling.
Patch up? How? AAB to implement the crooked bridge and stop crancky old man from talking and risk a stupid war with Singapore?
OR, be a puppet and let the master dictate every move to his whims and fancy by proxy?
Would you do it if you were the Prime Minister?
What's is TDM's adgenda? I believe to save UMNO is not the first priority but something else hidden in this wicked-hearted man.
Remember what he told you such as rule by proxy?
Why not let AAB run the country without daily intimidations and threats from bystanders?
Do some justices and let him try for goodness sake.

4:20 AM GMT+8  

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