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Zainuddin Likens Mahathir To ‘Thorn In The Flesh’ ::

With one stroke of the pen, former Information Minister  Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin, has squarely placed the blame on the election defeat at the feet of Dr Mahathir. This is a very simplistic way to justify the defeat, while Zam was in power I am sure he was aware of corruption, misuse of powers by UMNO, cronyism, ineffective leadership, Hindraf, election commission, the blatant misuse of powers by the Police, Customs, Immigration, civil servants, religious intolerance and the myriad of other thorns in the flesh that brought about defeat.

Malaysiakini had this article on skeletons in the cabinet, and I am sure Zam has read it. If so, there are many thorns, not just Dr Mahathir.

Skeletons in the new cabinet

Soon Li Tsin | Mar 29, 08 11:35am

Skeletons are still ratting in Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s trimmed down, self-dubbed “reform cabinet”, despite the departure of several scandal-ridden personalities.

Abdullah has said the police and Anti-Corruption Agency have vetted and cleared the current crop for appointment to ministerial portfolios.

Malaysiakini ran their names through the archives, to see how free of taint they really are – with unsurprising results for those who have been following our year-end X-files series. No, Christmas has not come early this year!

On the other side of the political fence, some in the ‘government-in-waiting’ and opposition state governments are being pursued by a few bogeys of their own.


Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

  • Allegedly bought ACJ 319 VIP jet from Airbus costing between US$55 million and US$60 million, but denied the claim in January last year, saying that the government had only leased the aircraft from national carrier Malaysia Airlines Bhd and that that the plane was not for his use alone.
  • pak lah and corruptionAlleged by Turkish newspaper Hurriyet to have ordered a RM30 million super-luxury yacht in August 2006, alongside a claim that he had been in Bodrum to check on progress – Abdullah denied it and was mulling legal action against the newspaper
  • Initially linked to ownership of a RM60 million mansion in Perth, Australia, in April 2007 but subsequent reports quoting son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin said the house belongs to the PM’s son, Kamaludin.
  • Implicated in a UN agency independent report in the worldwide oil-for-food scandal involving Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, but denied doing anything more than signing papers endorsing people in business.The report traced payment of US$10 million by Mastek Sdn Bhd, originally registered as a sawn timber company and a dormant company revived by Abdullah’s sister-in-law Noor Asiah Mahmood, her ex-husband Faek Ahmad Shareef and businessperson Jaya Sudhir.
  • Awarded the RM25 billion Penang Global City Centre project to Abad Naluri – a 25 percent-owned associate firm of Taman Equine which is wholly owned by developer Equine Capital, whose executive chairman Patrick Lim has close ties to Abdullah
  • Awarded the RM3.4 billion Penang monorail project to Penang Port and Scomi Group, in which. Kamaludin holds the controlling stake; Scomi has also been refurbishing railway coaches for Malayan Railway, acting as contractors to Petronas and has reportedly made a bid for the Penang Second bridge project.
  • In February 2004, BBC reported that Scomi subsidiary, Scomi Precision Engineering Sdn Bhd was making centrifuge for export to Libya, for nuclear devices. Two years later, the CEO and four executives of Mitutoyo Corporation were arrested by the Tokyo police for the connection of sale of equipment to Scomi, for the production of these centrifuge. Scomi disclaimed knowledge of the intended use of the parts.

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak

  • In 2002, the Defence Ministry bought three submarines costing RM4.5 billion through a company controlled by close friend and political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda who was paid RM530 million in commission.
  • The ministry purchased Sukhoi 30-MKM fighter jets worth RM3.2 billion from Russia in 2003 and brokered the deal to send the first Malaysian into space last year at a cost of RM90 million.
  • najib razak and altantuya and bagindaSix offshore patrol vessels were delivered so late that contract value shot up from RM4.9 billion to RM6.75 billion – relevant documents were destroyed last September
  • Indirectly linked to the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006, for which two members of his security detail and Abdul Razak Baginda are currently on trial; Altantuya’s cousin testified that there is a photograph of Altantuya and Najib, taken in France

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Johari Baharum

  • Embroiled in an allegation that he allegedly received RM5.5 million to free three underworld members from detention, but the Attorney-General later cleared him

Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop

  • Involved in the currency speculation scandal in the early 1990s, when Bank Negara lost up to RM30 billion

Deputy Home Minister Chor Chee Heong

  • Caught in apparent conflict of interest in the RM4.6 billion Port Klang Free Zone project; he was Port Klang Authority chairperson and deputy chairperson of Wijaya International (parent company of project developer Kuala Dimensi)

Works Minister Mohd Zin Mohamad

  • Alleged to have been party to fraud, corruption and bribery – which he has denied – in relation to complaints that his air-cargo company, Silkways Cargo Services Ltd, had under-declared the weight of shipments ferried by Malaysia Airlines in 2001; business partner Sheikh Farid Ahmed in Bangladesh was charged for money laundering last year and reportedly admitted to having paid around RM4.2 million in monthly installments to Mohd Zin.

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  • As Umno Youth chief, he brandished a keris at the party’s general assembly in 2005 and again last year; non-Malays did not buy his explanation that the gesture has cultural significance to Malays

Rural and Regional Development Minister Muhammad Muhd Taib

  • Charged in Australia – but was cleared – of making a false declaration on carrying in the equivalent of RM2.4 million equivalent in different currencies in December 1996 and knowingly ignoring conditions in a statutory declaration by declaring only assets worth RM10.82 million and AUD3.46 million. He admitted during the trial at the Brisbane District Court that he bought several properties worth more than RM17 million in Australia and New Zealand under the name of his wife Asbi Rohani Asnan. The ACA investigated and cleared him, but he resigned as Selangor menteri besar.

Tourism Minister Azalina Othman

  • As sports minister in the previous cabinet, was caught in the proposal floated last year to set up the RM70 million Sports High-Performance Training Centre in Brickendonbury near London; the East Hertforshire Council Development Control Committee rejected the proposal.   
  • Led Umno’s battle in cyberspace ahead of the general election that just ended by assembling a team of writers from every state to counter allegations about the party and its leadership on certain websites.
  • Has been rumoured as a lesbian in 2002 which she has denied and responded with police reports. She also allegedly bought her lover a RM300,000 Mercedes car that year, an allegation which she also denied.

Deputy Tourism Minister Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Abu Taib

sulaiman taib and avaa vanja ramliAlleged involvement in assaulting former television personality Avaa Vanja Ramli in a Kuala Lumpur nightspot in April 2003. In her police report made after she was assaulted in a popular KL bistro, Avaa named Sulaiman as her boyfriend who had allegedly pushed and strangled her. Sulaiman, son of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, is married with four children.

Zainuddin Likens Mahathir To ‘Thorn In The Flesh’

KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 (Bernama) — Former Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin has likened the protracted criticisms levelled by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad against Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s leadership as “a thorn in the flesh” which has eroded the people’s confidence in the country’s administration, Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN).
Zainuddin said Dr Mahathir’s statement that he regretted appointing Abdullah as prime minister was detrimental to Umno and prompted the party to muster its strength in backing Abdullah.
“It cannot be denied that the statement was a thorn in the flesh which had permeated in Umno,” he said in a statement Monday.
Zainuddin said Abdullah’s credibility was further tested when Dr Mahathir said in the run-up to the general election recently that Abdullah was only meant to be a one-term prime minister and that more opposition members were needed in Parliament.
He said among Dr Mahathir’s statements which had poisoned the minds of not only the Malays but also non-Malay professionals and academicians was about the role of Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin and the fourth floor (of the Prime Minister’s Department) advisers in the country’s politics and economy.
“Maybe he (Dr Mahathir) is not aware or he purposely does not want to acknowledge that his credibility as former prime minister is still strong and that his influence as a legendary leader on the grassroots is well entrenched.
“So, his contribution in eroding the people’s confidence (against BN) surpasses the influence of the bloggers and websites… his words are poisonous and venomous,” said Zainuddin.
He said Dr Mahathir himself did not expect the seeds of discord which he sowed since Abdullah helmed the country, especially after the scrapping of the proposed crooked bridge over the Tebrau Straits, had swayed the people to cast “protest votes” against the BN.
Zainuddin said as a result, the recent general election became the blackest day which had erased the history of the BN’s might.
“As such, putting the blame on BN’s dismal performance squarely on Abdullah’s leadership is unwise because it is clear that the hands that built it also destroys it out of vengeance and unbridled anger,” he said.

Zainuddin Likens Mahathir To ‘Thorn In The Flesh’ ::



  1. Zam, go and fly kite. Dont make a fool of yourself again You were such a disgrace on international media lately. Still in strong denial mood on why BN lost in PRU 12? You are one of the main contributing factor to BN loss! The Government under BN is corrupted to the core and nothing can save BN now . I am one of the many silent majority. Come what may PRU 13, we will all finished BN off. As for TDM, please control your rage and fury. Its no good and very stressful for the heart. Please take good care of your precious heart. You have under gone two major by-pass. Make sure you live long enough to see the total demise of BN.

  2. So many scandals also can be Minister/Deputy Minister. I have no scandal, then I can be the PM. Today I read in newspapers that someone who shot dead somebody was freed. Again where else except Malaysia that someone big can shoot someone dead and get away with it and there are lots of people witnessing it. Perhaps like Lingamgate, the defence wrote the judgement for the judge.Again I might be wrong ‘cos I do not have hard evidence of the scandals. I pray for something positive everyday but everyday I hear and see injustice.

  3. Dear CJFOO

    Zam and Mahathir are old stories. My only concern is the new rulers will live up to their promises, and show changes – rather than, after a brief momentum fall back to the ways of BN.

  4. Dear malaysian

    Yes read the release of someone charged with killing. Looked at the photo, our friend was using a walking stick, he is not really enjoying his life, is he.

  5. Dear Malaysians,

    Here comes another mamak taking pot shots at another mamak! Both of them are well-known for their cruelty to their opponents, especially to the opposition pack PKR-DAP-PAS in the previous PRU-12. Zam had used the MSM to the fullest to attack the opposition. We would not forget and forgive him! Why should we bother so much about statements coming from these two jokers. Both of them are goners!

  6. Dear Dickson Dollah

    Have you seen any politician, out of favour, relent and accept defeat. In actual fact they are a thorn in the flesh of the people.

  7. Zam.. enough is enough. Pak Lah made the most stupid decision in fielding you as a candidate again in the PR12. No one was surprised you lost in town you were born. The most stupid bright idea you had was trying to ban pan-asian looks from advertisements. Stop becoming a laughing stock and get a life..!

  8. What a snake and what a bunch of snakes in UMNO…..and they claim to represent us and lead Malaysia into developed nation status….don’t make me laugh !!!

  9. Spreading Rumours

    MALAYSIANS must be more responsible in their use of alternative media like the Internet and blogs, which can be turned into gossip machines to spread unsavoury stories about everything and everybody.This is becoming an unhealthy practice among the younger generation.They give vent to their frustrations by posting rude and vulgar comments on blogs.Some of the things being discussed have no factual basis and are spread as though they are the truth.The danger is that people believe them and form judgments based on untruths and half-truths.If this practice persists, it threatens to turn Malaysians into a nation of rumour-mongers.

    By BULBIR SINGH, Seremban
    NST, March 31,2008.

    The above letter appeared in the New Straits Times. The reason why I’m highlighting this letter is not because it has any value to it, but simply to re-emphasize the point to everyone as to where Bulbir Singh is coming from.

    This is an extract of what I wrote about Bulbir Singh in my Blog on Feb 23, 2008:

    “To be fair, I have been reading Mr.Singh’s letters especially in the Star & Sun and have found it to be slanted towards the Government, it’s leaders and it’s policies and has nothing nice to say about opposing views and opinions. Whatever the case, it is within Mr. Singh’s right to state his views and opinions and we must respect this. After all, this is what democracy is all about. Likewise, Mr. Singh should also appreciate and respect the rights and opinions of others even if they do so with a pseudonym”.

    Bulbir must have been sleeping when the Political Tsunami swept the nation on March 8, 2008. You see, the problem with Bulbir is that he sees the world in a different lens. To him, the BN had done a fantastic job for the past 50 years. Everthing and everyone from the Opposition, Hindraf, Bersih etc are evil and are up to no good. For Bulbir, the BN and Pak Lah are incorruptible and infallible.

    That is why dear old Bulbir has kept silent all these while when issues such as the Lingam Tape, The Judiciary, corruption by BN politicians, KJ, ISA, OSA etc cropped up. Suddenly, he’s awake and launches a blistering attack on Bloggers accusing us of spreading half-truths, rumor mongers and vulgar. I could be forgiven if I say that the way his letter was written, it sounds like something written by the BN propaganda machine.

    For Bulbir, reading the MSM is the next best thing to Holy Scripture. Poor Bulbir still believes whatever trash the MSM dishes out. Once again, I wish to remind everyone that it is within Bulbir’s right to say or write whatever he wants. We, must respect that right of his. Likewise Bulbir, you must also respect what other people say and write. Please don’t demonize us Bloggers.

    If you are up to it, you can also set up your own blog. If you don’t have the time, you can always read Khir Toyo’s Blog. At least here, you will find things that are more appealing to your palate.

  10. All political parties are the same.

    Please read something I found about BN:

    I suspect the writer knows a lot more.

  11. Dear Margeemar

    Bulbir is a lukewarm commentator. Reading him you get the feeling he wants to say something, but uses language to justify government action and as a result as you say the slant is towards the government. There cannot be indecisiveness when broaching a subject, you are for it or not. Even the comment you quoted is wishy washy, he assumes without proving what he says. His comments should not deter bloggers from saying what they wish to say, he can carry on commenting which nobody would want to take seriously.

  12. Dear Tony Chew

    They remain as snakes, but with a difference – their poisonous fangs have been removed. The bite is no more dangerous.

  13. I just thinking about you, I really miss you so much ,I was wondering what happen to you after PRU 12. Its still fresh in mind that how you support your master (Mahathir) during the 1999 election whereby you (polish the apple and lick) praise him like god, it was there you got your promotion and later in the year 2004 ( polish and lick your new master, and this time you where promoted as a minister of information. Look Zam your are a funny guy, I thought that PRU 12 you will score the highest votes among all the cabinet minister, It was really sad, how come? the voter got the wrong information about you, until you lost your sit, maybe the voter cannot remember your face or mistaken you for your ex-master (Mahatir) because of same (Mamak) brand. Look Its very bad of you, this time round you point fingers to former master that he had cause (BN) failure, hey apa pulak kata mamak tuananti oh jadi ka.chang lupa kan kulit. tolong lah you “dua kali dua dol” you are of the same brand you like to twist and turn your word,you worst then the white, cause you talk 2 tougue. You and your mamak friends are the real cause for failure Look at your old master, he keep blaming everyone for his mistake
    he is not only the cause the failure for (BN) but he has made all system in this country fail to the core.Its time people like you and your political master MUST
    be send to Sungai Buloh for a long holiday for all your good work during your tenure, don;t worry all cost for long holiday will be paid FOR. .Anyway we the rakyat suggest after your Sungai Buloh holiday, go to talk to your good buddy Badawi whether you can share a space at his new Nasi kandar Rest. in Perth just get a small space for your Pisang Goreng stall and dont forget to invite your good friend Mama Vellu to joint you as well,and sugguest to him to open Tosai stall and you make a complete set of Malaysian Indian Food Courtin Perth. Don’t worry workers/helpers you have a very qualified oxford graduate will be helping for cleaning and dishing job and great manager/ex prime minster whill be in-charge at the counter.Anyway dont forget your mentor Mamak Mahatir Buddy, he can be a good marketing manager.
    We the rakayat wish you all the best.


  14. It is high time that a Rip Van Winkle like Bulbir Singh wake up from his slumber. Obviously he was still in Dream (Boleh) Land when the political tsunami struck on 8 Mar and now feels extremely uncomfortable to see his UMNO/BN cohorts getting the beating of their lives! It is obvious Bulbir does not like the internet and blogs because they expose the skeletons of his UMNO/BN heroes. Like the mainstream papers, Bulbir prefers these to be hidden in the closet or like dust swept under the carpet. Time to adjust to new political realities Bulbir…the race based- politics of UMNO/BN are soon to a thing of the past..and you better get that in your thick skull, mate!!

  15. Zainuddin Maidin or Zam still thinks and behaves as if he is the Information Minister, but no one gives a damn to what the mamak, who bends like a lallang i the wind says anymore..He is just like trash in the dustbin. But Zam still believes he can bodek/ampu Pak Lah to be make a comeback. To do just that, he attempts to please Pak Lah by attacking Mahathir. Zam conveniently forgets that he once bodeked/ampu Mahathir, but since the latter resigned as PM 4 years ago, he switched targets and now bodek/ampu Pak Lah. Soon if Pak Lah resigns as PM and Najib or Ku Li takes over, Zam will be up to his despicable lowest of the low tricks to bodek/ampu Najib or Ku Li, and he will have to start attacking Pak Lah like he now attacks Mahathir, particularly if Najib or Ku Li happen to say negative things about Pak Lah. Scums of the earth like Zam should be put in their proper places….placed on a tongkang on a one-way trip to Kerala across the Bay of Bengal!

  16. We should stop listening to the racist crap and justifications from Mahathir. Now that he’s out of public office, he sings a different tune. He was a thousand times worse than Badawi. Has Mahathir even once admitted he was wrong or apologized or said he was sorry? He conveniently remembers and conveniently forgets. He will soon get caught in his own web of lies and deceit and go down in history with everyone urinating on his grave. He should have kept his big mouth shut instead of shooting off at regular intervals shortly after stepping down from office. This man has no class and lacks character and personality.

    We know his kind.

    The late Tun Mustapha was right. Mahathir is no human being. A human being would have friends. Mahathir has no friends because he has always been the “outsider” in the Malay community, looking in. He’s bitter over this and has secretly done more than anybody else in this country to destroy the Malay community. How can a man who keeps insulting and belittling the Malays every step of the way win their acceptance? It’s better for Mahathir, Zainuddin Maidin & Co to stop harassing the Malays and join their friend Samy Vellu in MIC instead of playing both sides.

  17. Mr.Zainudduin i watched your inteview with Al-Jazeera where you really made a fool of your self,and now you are criticizing some one who is no different from you.’Birds of same feather flock together’ so stop ridiculling yourself further.

  18. Damn, and I thought the Thaksin pack over here was bad. It’s a miracle the infrastructure in Malaysia looks as good as it does with this kind of corruption going on, must be the oil money that is shielding the country from really hurting. Go get them!

  19. Dear muslim

    Your steadfast love and admiration for Zam is beyond compare…ha…ha…ha. Would you not miss him more if he is consigned to Sungai Buloh or Perth.

  20. Dear hsarvell

    Well said, yes oil does help us, but it is predicted to run out in a few years time, thereafter we will be in good company with our neighbours Thailand. This news is making its rounds, that Malaysia will be sending workers to our neighbouring countries in a couple of years from now on. I hope the news is not true.


    There is a Tamil saying that if he keeps quiet his head will burst. Zam belongs to this category, he must keep on talking, facts are not important, to show all and sundry he exists.

  22. Dear John Fernandez

    The rot set in during Mahathir’s time. Now he claims that his rule of 22 years is better than the 4 years of Badawi’s regime. Badawi instead of bailing out the water and odds and ends to keep the sinking ship afloat, added more ballast to hasten the sinking. That is the political scenario now. Mahathir escaped, most of the wrong-doings were kept under wrap, but not so with Badawi, Zam, Samy and the other band of no-good-doers, whose every action is being scrutinised as they face the people with uneasiness. I think this augers well for the country.

  23. Dear Pin Pan Dan

    Do you think it is a good idea to put him on a tongkang on a one way trip across the Bay of Bengal to Kerala. What I fear is Zam, by his talking and jabbering may drive the tongkang man mad and we may loose a good man. My idea would be to get the tongkang for Zam, make him pilot it across the sea, and eventually he will end up on a deserted island. What better way is there to reward him for his exemplary duty towards Malaysia.

  24. Dear Kamal

    The secret is out. Zam’s home town people know him from small how he talks nonsense. What better way to show love to him but not electing him, as otherwise Zam will injure himself with that big mouth of his.

  25. Zam…zam…, the pot calling the kettle black.
    Look in the mirror…

  26. Hard to see him changing, he will be always ZamAlakazam.

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