Tun Dr. Mahathir asks for change whilst Pak Lah collapsed?

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was invited to speak at UMNO Taiping Division’s “Interaksi Pemimpin dan Yang diPimpin” at TNB Headquarters in Taiping here this afternoon. He reiterated his earlier calls in Johor Bahru, 10 February, Kulai, 29 March and Kota Bahru, 6 May that UMNO should be united in a force to have and not fear a leadership change, especially when the leadership is no longer effective.

He said this to 350 people, mostly Taiping UMNO Division people. Earlier in the morning, he spoke to UMNO Youth Internation and NGO Affairs Bureau do at Taiping Golf Resort. As before, he started his lecture with the history of Dato’ Onn consolidating and galvanizing the Malays to fight British’s Malayan Union and UMNO was born from that. Dato’ Onn emancipated the Malays and brought democracy into the Malayan politics. UMNO then rejected Dato’ Onn’s idea to open up to non Malays, even though Dato’ Onn’s contributed immensely to the Malay politics.

Tun Dr. Mahathir said further it was important that the members are able to ‘sound out’ the leadership, especially when the leadership have gone of track. However, it seemed that the leadership today has been insulated and isolated from the members and some people around the leadership do too much to ensure that the leadership remained in that comfortable zone. This much change, according to the former UMNO President as the leadership is no longer effective for the Malays.

Tun Dr. Mahathir did not add anymore new material. He just refined existing materials further and his calls for UMNO to act and change the leadership had become more intense and focused.

At the same time, Rocky’ Bru, www.rockybru.blogspot.com reported that Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi ‘suddenly feeling ill’ (collapsed or fainted?) in Lumut while doing the gotong royong with the BN Back Benchers Club. He is due to meet Singaporean Prime Minister Brig. Gen. (NS) Lee Hsien Loong tomorrow in Langkawi.

 

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 (Bernama) — For two days from tomorrow, many will focus attention on Langkawi, a legendary scenic isle in the north of the peninsula, where an informal meeting between Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong will take place.

This is their second informal meeting after unofficial talks during a brief visit by Abdullah to Singapore for a friendly golf with Lee last year.

Despite the “no specific agenda” and with Abdullah saying: “I’ll go for the meeting with an open mind”, many are hoping this “get-together” will pave the way for more talks, be they “informal or formal”, to seek solutions to outstanding bilateral issues between the two neighbours.

Ties between Malaysia and Singapore at one point was described as a “love-hate” relationship by some political and international relations experts.

However, of late, both countries seemed to have adopted a positive attitude towards each other.

It was reported that this time it was Lee who had expressed his desire to meet Abdullah.

Many believe now is the best time for Malaysia and Singapore to resume talks on many unsettled bilateral issues such as the price for the raw water sold to the republic, KTM Bhd land, use of Malaysia’s airspace by the republic’s airforce and a new bridge project to replace the 80-year-old Johor Causeway.

Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club acting chairman Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar said the meeting was indeed a good sign, especially to improve bilateral relations between the two countries.

“We believe this meeting will open a pathway for both countries to resume talks on bilateral issues and we definitely support our Prime Minister’s willingness to meet with his Singaporean counterpart.

“For us the willingness to meet doesn’t mean we are bowing to their demands, but because we want better ties with Singapore for our own good, to strengthen our political and economic stability,” he said.

Confident that something tangible would be achieved during the talks, Raja Ahmad Zainuddin said the meeting lent credence that both countries are now more open towards each other.

“This is an example of a good leadership because indirectly both leaders express their desire to improve bilateral relations, but in their own way, with no strings attached,” said the Larut Member of Parliament.

He also agreed that the meeting was timely as Malaysia and Singapore are now stronger in terms of internal affairs, be they in politics or economy.

“What’s important to us as Malaysians is that we want the world to see us as what we are — a friendly and polite people,” he added.

DAP National deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw also believed the meeting would achieve “some understanding” on certain issues.

“Knowing Pak Lah (Abdullah) and his open-mindedness, I’m sure they will reach some sort of understanding, may be to hold more discussions in the near future, which is what should be done in the first place, ” he told Bernama.

After all, he said, bilateral issues between the two countries, left on hold for many years, must be resolved for Malaysia and Singapore to move forward.

“For instance, we have so many development projects like the Iskandar Development Region in southern Johor, and many others in the pipeline and we want to attract foreign investors. Who are better to invest in our country than our own neighbours? They know us and have similar culture.

“We cannot hope for investors from the US, who don’t really understand our culture, to come here,” said the Kepong MP who also agreed that the Abdullah-Lee meeting was timely.

Lee, accompanied by several ministers, is scheduled to arrive in Langkawi tomorrow afternoon. A delegation meeting is scheduled the next morning.

This will be followed by Abdullah hosting a seafood lunch for Lee on board the Star Cruises’ “Megastar Aries”.

Lee is scheduled to depart for home later in the afternoon.

— BERNAMA

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3 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Just saw on TV, AAB commented when asked about the ‘pitam’ incident, he is more concerned than anyone else about his own health. I am sure he is.

  2. Get married lah pak lah

  3. Love the way Pak Lah answer reporter on his annocement to re marry


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