Malaysiakini reports Abdullah Ahmad Badawi leaves on April 3 and Najib is poised to take over on April 4, the next day. What does it mean to the ordinary citizen in this country. What are the feelings; fear, apprehension, a bright future under a new Prime Minister, no more flip-flops, no more snoozing, an end to corruption, equal treatment for all, and finally a bright future for us and our children. What ever it may be, a talk with any one out there in the streets, indicates the treaded word fear and uncertainty. Parliament is no more sacrosanct, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission or MACC, Police, Election Commission, Royalty, are doing the bidding for Barisan Nasional or to be exact UMNO, and the citizen who does not belong to the elite or UMNO are condemned to face the realty that things are not that glossy anymore. The future is uncertain.
Permit me to link you to 2 articles that appeared in the international papers, which portrays a rather bleak outlook for this country under Najib. Will Najib prove them wrong?
http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/03/19/asia/malay.php (International Herald Tribune)
Pak Lah to exit on April 2
Mar 20, 09 9:25am
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is expected to step down on April 2, five days after he is to quit as Umno leader at the party’s general assembly.
It is learnt that Abdullah will inform the cabinet at its weekly meeting this afternoon that the transfer of power is on, and that he would go to the palace on April 3 to meet the Agong.
Subsequently, incoming Umno president Najib Abdul Razak is expected to be sworn in as the country’s sixth prime minister on April 4.
Ruling party Umno will have its general assembly next week over three days from March 26 to 28 where it will hold its hotly-contested party polls.
Najib, who is the only candidate for party president, will officially be annointed the new Umno leader at the general assembly.
The power transfer will happen days before three crucial by-elections in Bukit Gantang (Perak), Bukit Selambau (Kedah) and Batang Ai (Sarawak) – all to take place on April 7.