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Monthly Archives: September 2008

People or UMNO? Of course UMNO. Without UMNO, I won’t be here.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 (Bernama) — The postponement of the Umno general assembly to March next year is prove that Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi gives priority to party interest and respects the views of members.

“My respects go out to the Umno president. Pak Lah had been magnanimous and had considered everything,” vice president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin told reporters after the Umno Supreme Council special meeting at Menara Dato’ Onn here Friday.

Asked why he seemed satisfied although no date had been mentioned for the power transition, Muhyiddin said: “I think you have to have the trust…There must be a certain element of trust.”

The Umno Supreme Council special meeting on Friday decided to postpone the general assembly to March next year while retaining the dates for divisional meet. The decision on divisional meetings would ensure that the election process could continue in accordance with the democratic process.
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Wow. This should be done by Najib but then….Badawi, he wants to remain as PM and was forced to surrender finance and take over defence.

One good point though. Apparently Najib had made the decision earlier.

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 (Bernama) — The Defence Ministry has agreed to acquire new helicopters from European helicopter manufacturers, Eurocopter, to replace the Nuri, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announced Friday.

He said the ministry was now scrutinising the clauses in the agreement before signing it officially with the company concerned.

“I have been told that the Defence Ministry has identified Eurocopter as the replacement for Nuri.

“The Defence Ministry had received many applications from international aircraft manufacturers and suppliers,” Abdullah, who is also the Defence Minister, told reporters after attending a special briefing at Wisma Pertahanan, Jalan Padang Tembak, here.
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Wikipedia has this to say about a banana republic.

“Banana Republic is a pejorative term for a small country that is politically unstable, dependent on limited agriculture (e.g., bananas), and ruled by a small, self-elected, wealthy and corrupt clique.”

Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh referred to Malaysia as a banana republic, in his press statement of the outcome of the UMNO supreme council meeting this afternoon, September 26. He further adds:

  • Badawi and Najib are playing endless children games of ‘yours and mine’ with scant attention to the country. Both are indifferent, to the needs of the country, doing nothing much from the March 8 elections, but individually fighting who comes first, as the Prime Minister.

Thank God our country does not depend on bananas alone, but the second part of the Wikipedia relating to being ruled by a small group, self-elected, wealthy and corrupt clique is best exemplified in our country watching a snoozing man trying to run a nation for over 4 years without much headway and a man waiting to step into the boots of the yawning PM, to be a successor, who by virtue of his past records makes it impossible to say with a clear conscience that he is the right man.

It would appear that without Badawi and Najib this country will go to the dogs, and no other person can lead Malaysia just because UMNO leaders have monopolised  the leadership for over 51 years.

On the other hand Lim Kit Siang laments the fact, that the country is concerned about the future of the warlords of UMNO failing desperately to understand the importance of multiple crisis of confidence confronting the nation over the last 7 months. Lim is correct here, the present PM has nightmares he won’t remain in the same place for long, and is fighting tooth and nail that he be given enough time to delay his retirement, to help his family and scrape the barrel of anything left behind, a successor who unwittingly has allowed his weakness to be exploited by the incumbent who is calling the shots and the successor just trails around by the leash for fear of exposure.

Where does the ordinary citizen fit in? You can laugh at the antics of the UMNO wallahs, Badawi and Najib, get cheesed of, hate all politicians who exploit the people, wait for Anwar, wait for the next elections, or just be a spectator and watch the world go by.

On a bright note, the UMNO chaps are just burning themselves out, and we can expect more tom foolery, defections, stabbing one another in the back, plain selling out of the leaders, and just burying UMNO into oblivion. Perhaps Malaysia will be a better place then.

Syed Hamid Albar our Home Minister was kind enough to inform the people that RPK ridiculed Islam, in his articles, and that is the reason he is being detained under ISA. Thank you for the information. I am a non-Muslim and I have followed the various articles by RPK on Islam and still they are on line for reading. I am perturbed these articles can cause a lot of misunderstanding if a proper and correct interruption is not given on the articles that have ridiculed the religion, to put at ease the wrong conception. Surely, our Home Minister can put matters right by clarifying what RPK wrote or get someone else to do so. A more clearer picture will then help every one.  

Syed Hamid: Raja Petra’s articles ridiculed Islam

KOTA BARU: Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) because his articles ridiculed Islam, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

“The police recommended his detention and after going through the papers, the Government was satisfied there were strong grounds for him to be further detained for two years.

“His articles could arouse anger among Muslims,” Syed Hamid said, adding that he signed the detention order on Monday after he was satisfied with the reasons to detain Raja Petra.

He said after the first three months, the authorities would review Raja Petra’s attitude while in detention in Kamunting.

Border patrol: Syed Hamid meeting members of the General Operations Force during a visit to the Malaysia-Thailand border to present Hari Raya goodies to them yesterday. — Bernama

“The second review will be after six months, and the Government will determine whether he can be released or not,” he said, after breaking fast with members of the Kelantan police contingent.

Referring to reports quoting Seputeh MP Teresa Kok as saying she was served “dog food” while under ISA detention, Syed Hamid said all detention centres had their own standard operating procedures, which were in line with international quality standards.

“I was informed she was accorded good treatment and received what she demanded,” he said, adding that Kok was served reasonably good food, such as bread and eggs.

In Kuala Lumpur, former de facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said he felt sorry for Raja Petra, adding that Malaysia “needs more people like him”.

“Instead of detaining him, we should encourage more people to speak out. If he has done wrong, then charge him,” he said.

He added that freedom of speech and expression were important values in society.

Syed Hamid: Raja Petra’s articles ridiculed Islam

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has cancelled his visit to the United States, amid political uncertainty within Umno and the country.

His office issued an official statement today citing the economy and his recent appointment as finance minister as the reason, but the cancellation of the trip has added to the political intrigue gripping the country.

“This is due to the ongoing global economic situation which needs the attention of the deputy prime minister to ensure the country’s economy remains on strong footing,” a statement from his office said, adding that Najib had just been appointed the finance minister on Sept 17.

“He needs the time to get all the briefings on the country’s current economic situation from the various agencies under the finance ministry,” it continued.

Well there goes our Saviour, who by waving a magical wand will ease the economic problems of the people. The reduction of our petrol by 10 cents is a case in point.

For over 5 years our former Finance Minister was snoozing and the economy grew and fell without he raising a finger. Now Najib is giving attention to the economy and it is the fervent hope he does not mess it up beyond any one’s imagination.

By the way, though it is suggested his cancellation of the trip is due to uncertainty within UMNO, surely you don’t expect Najib to admit it – his concern is the people, the economy, what a dedicated politician.

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