Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Najib Plays Safe On Umno Transition Plan And Zaid Ibrahim Resignation

Umno Deputy President Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday deftly steered clear in answering issues relating to the 2010 transition of power plan between him and Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Najib nonetheless indicated that he would publicly address the matter within the next couple of days.

Najib, who is also the Deputy prime minister, declined to field politics-related questions at a packed press conference here yesterday after witnessing the high-speed broadband signing ceremony between Telekom Malaysia and the government.

“All political questions will be answered after the cabinet meeting tomorrow and the supreme council meeting the day after (Thursday),” he said to reporters. Najib did not say why his views on the matter could only be revealed after the two all important meetings.

It was reported that Abdullah and Najib held a four-hour meeting on Monday to discuss the party’s future and the transition plan. It was the second such meeting in three days between the duo, with the first reportedly occurring last Saturday.

The prime minister later on Monday night said in Kuala Terengganu that no new decision on the power transition had been made, and that the 2010 plan remained.

Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin last week openly called for an earlier transition, and that the 2010 schedule was not palatable.

Najib, in response to Muhyiddin’s statement, had said that the transition of power should be decided by delegates at the party’s division meetings that would start after the Hari Raya.

In July, amidst pressure from certain quarters in Umno that he should resign immediately to take responsibility of Barisan Nasional’s setback in the March 8 general election, Abdullah announced that he had reached the agreement with Najib for the latter to succeed him in 2010 in a smooth leadership transition.

Najib also declined to respond to questions on the resignation of de facto law minister Senator Datuk Zaid Ibrahim from the cabinet, saying: “(It has) nothing to do with highspeed broadband. It was not a highspeed resignation”.

When asked on Oppostion Leader Datuk Seri Anwar’s statement at a rally on Monday that he had the required number of Barisan Nasional MPs to cross over to Pakatan Rakyat to form the government, Najib said Anwar could say all kinds of things.

“He can say all he wants,” he said. Earlier at the start of the press conference, Najib said the government was confident that it would remain in office.

“That’s why I chose Sept 16 (for the launch of the highspeed broadband). This is the project to herald the new future for the country. This signing will indicate how progressive our government is,” he said. (The Edge)

***** Why should Najib take the risk and answer politically loaded questions? Especially with power-crazed Muhyiddin looming over the horizon. All the DPM will do is to remain evasive publicly as he has been all these years, while the hatchet jobs get done in the background. For him there is only one matlamat - to become PM.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

THE MALAYSIAN MALAY by Dr Syed Alwi of Singapore

Dear Malaysian neighbour,

As you know, I am an avid watcher of Malaysian affairs. I must confess that lately, Malaysia appears to be failing. Not a day passes by without more events that clearly highlight Malaysia 's race-religion fault-line. If things keep going this way, I fear for Malaysia 's future.

Today, schools in Singapore celebrate Racial Harmony Day. I can visibly see the joy in the children's faces as they wear their ethnic costumes and have fun together at school. But in Malaysia - even the right to choose a religion has become a sensitive, national issue. No doubt, there are many in Malaysia who hate my liberal views on Islam,family included. But I will say what I must say openly. I have come to the conclusion that
Malaysia cannot progress any further without first addressing fundamental questions regarding its identity and soul.

I remember the days when we can laugh at Lat's cartoons on everyday Mlaysian life. But sadly,the Islamic tide has polarised Malaysians.

Some people ask why I should bother about Malaysian affairs since I am a Singaporean. May I remind Malaysians that it was Tan Siew Sin who once said that Singapore and Malaysia are Siamese Twins. Should Malaysia go down - it would hurt the region tremendously. Especially Singapore ..

Where do you think Malay apostates would head for if Lina Joy loses her case? Singapore of course! I find the Malaysian Malay to be very under-exposed. For them, it's all Islam and the NEP and everything under the sun would sort itself out. I am sorry to say this - but Islam and the NEP may be the cause of the doing of the Malaysian Malay.

There is nothing wrong with religion or affirmative action. But, like everything else in life,they must be taken in moderation and with a pinch of salt. A little doubt is good. Unfortunately in Malaysia ,emotions over Islam have overcome reason. What we see today is the result of the NEP and Islamisation policies of the past thirty years or so

No one owes Malaysian Malays a living. Let me assure you that should Malaysia fail - the Malaysian Malay will suffer enormously. And rightly so. After all they have been pampered with all sorts of goodies over the years.

They cannot now expect more goodies. Perhaps the day of reckoning for them, is near. Whatever it is, Malaysia had better wake up to the realities around her. The globalised world of the 21st century has no NEP to offer the Malaysian Malay. And humans cannot live by religion alone.


Dr Syed Alwi


May your day be filled with all things good.

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