Tun Dr. Mahathir inspires young Malaysians

A private lunch was hosted for former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad this afternoon at Kelantan Delight restaurant, Sooka, in up market KL Sentral new West Kuala Lumpur central business district. It was in honour of his 83rd birthday, today. Some 30 odd friends were invited, which include young Malaysians from the Young Achievers Club.

It was more than sumptuous Kelantanese fine-dining lunch, rich in flavours. Everyone had tremendous time laughing and socializing, amongst old and new friends alike. Of course, a birthday lunch is not complete without the birthday boy not saying a word. Especially when common people actually await the things this Statesman has to say. His blog has an average of 70,000 hits daily, which pretty much translate the interests of the public on his thoughts. Moreover, here was amongst friends.

Some of the young Malaysian attendees spoke in his honour, after lunch.

Sarah Chen, who just completed her A Levels and soon be admitted into King’s College law school, had this to say “The thing about Tun (Dr. Mahathir), he stands out as an individual, who stays true to his beliefs, regardless any other factor. For the young people, believing in yourself and your own principles is very important”.

Darshana Sibananpham, who recently completed her studies said “I’ve known him since I was 12. It was for me, very important and that thought me how to dream. He is still an inspiration and consider myself very lucky to know him at such a young age”.

She further adds, “For me, personally, he has placed a lot of importance on unity and values, specifically for nation building. There is also an important message (here), for the young people today”.

Amanda Sabri, a second year King’s College law student on holiday from London, “The most important thing that he inspires especially young people. There is more have, than the eye can see”. Amanda, who is also the mistress of ceremony for the afternoon, claimed that Tun Dr. Mahathir managed to put Malaysia not only on the map of the world, but garner constant attention of the international community. Her own experience living in London is that now people ask her “So, what is the latest in Malaysia?”. That made a young Malaysian like her, very proud.

The Young Achievers Club presented Tun Dr. Mahathir with a candlelight stand, with personal messages attached to them. Without doubt, as these young Malaysians’ personal testimony, is a sweet gift for the Statesman. One can invariably see the smile he carved, being appreciated for something, he whole heartedly gave for over 22 years developing, the most important asset of the nation – the young people.

*Updated 6.00pm

Tun Dr. Mahathir had a special birthday gift this evening. He and Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Ali were blessed by Allah s.w.t. with a 17th grand child, at 4.33pm. She is very lucky to have been born on the same date as Tok Det.

*Updated Friday 11 June 2008 1000am

The Star reported on Mukhriz’s fourth child this morning:

Friday July 11, 2008

Double joy for former premier

PETALING JAYA: It was double joy for former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who welcomed his newest granddaughter into the world as he turned 83 yesterday.

Datin Norzieta Zakaria, wife of Datuk Mukhriz Mohamad, gave birth to a baby girl at a specialist hospital here at 5.10pm yesterday.

“The mother and child are both healthy and there were no complications. The whole family is there to visit,” said Azrin Zizal, press secretary to Mukhriz.

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MKT UMNO putuskan tiada pertandingan jawatan tertinggi PAU ini?

 

Petang ini, dijangkakan akan diadakan satu mesyuarat Majlis Kerja Tertinggi (MKT) UMNO di Menara Dato’ Onn, PWTC. Antara perkara yang dicadangkan dibawa untuk dibincangkan ialah usul agar MKT UMNO membuat keputusan bahawa jawatan tertinggi parti, iaitu Presiden dan Timbalan Presiden UMNO tidak dipertandingkan pada pemilihan parti dalam Perhimpunan Agung UMNO (PAU) 16-20 Disember 2008 ini.

Setakat ini, usaha telah mula digerakan diperingkat Perhubungan UMNO kearah ini. Perhubungan UMNO Selangor dan Melaka sudahpun mengumumkan bahawa mereka sebulat suara mahukan PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi kekal sebagai Presiden dan Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak kekal sebagai Timbalan Presiden. Ini akan dimodalkan oleh segelintir Ahli MKT UMNO berkepentingan bahawa akar umbi mahukan jawatan Kepimpinan dikekalkan.

Namun begitu, keputusan yang diumumkan Pengerusi Perhubungan tersebut mungkin sebenarnya tidak melambangkan aspirasi sebenar peringkat Bahagian UMNO dalam negeri itu. Contohnya, laporan oleh Ketua Bahagian UMNO yang hadir dalam pertemuan Perhubungan UMNO Selangor lepas memberitakan bahawa hanya Menteri Kabinet yang baru dilantik sahaja seperti Tan Sri Muhammad “Mike Tyson” Muhd. Taib dan Dato’ Ir. Mohd. Zain “Badak” Mohamad sahaja yang bertegas mahu mengekalkan PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah sebagai Presiden UMNO, sedangkan beberapa Ketua Bahagian lain menentang, samada secara langsung atau berkias. Ketua Bahagian selebihnya memilih untuk tidak bersuara dan ini sesekali tidak wajar diambil sebagai menyokong ketetapan mereka yang berkepentingan, seperti Muhammad dan Zain.

Mesyuarat MKT UMNO petang ini mungkin sengaja dianjurkan semasa beberapa personaliti pemimpin yang ‘kuat’ seperti Naib Presiden Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin dan Ketua Wanita Tan Sri Rafidah A. Aziz tidak dapat hadir kerana sebab tertentu. Maka untuk mereka dalam MKT UMNO terus mahukan PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah kekal sebagai Presiden dengan apa cara sekalipun akan mengunakan peluang ini kerana mereka yang lantang bersuara tidak akan hadir.

Setakat ini, difahamkan ada beberapa pihak dalam MKT UMNO sedang cuba berunding dengan rakan rakan MT UMNO lain agar MKT UMNO petang ini agar tidak membuat ketetapan “tiada pertandingan jawatan tertinggi”, atas apa alasan sekalipun dan aspirasi akar umbi yang sebenarnya mahukan Kepimpinan yang ditentukan mereka secara demokrasi ujud. Rata rata, setiap kali Mesyuarat Pengurusan UMNO bertemu pemimpin peringkat Perhubungan, Bahagian dan akar umbi, termasuk yang dianjurkan JASA sekitar Kuala Lumpur, jelas menunjukan bahawa ahli UMNO mendambakan perubahan dan ini perlu ditafsirkan setidak tidaknya dalam proses pemilihan parti yang benar benar demokratik.

Sekiranya MKT UMNO membuat keputusan tiada pertandingan jawatan tertinggi pada PAU Disember ini, maka aspirasi akar umbi sebenar tidak dapat direalisasikan. Sebilangan besar akar umbi sudah pun mula bercakap sesama mereka mengenai hala tuju UMNO, terutama mengembalikan sokongan dan keyakinan rakyat dan khususnya generasi muda, agar UMNO terus relevan dan menjadi tunggak Barisan Nasional (BN). Mereka sudah pun mula mempersoalkan kewajaran sistem kuota, yang dilihat penghalang utama agar mereka yang layak dan beraspirasi untuk menawarkan diri sebagai calon Kepimpinan dihalang. Peralihan kuasa, sekiranya ada, mungkin dilaksana seawal Jun 2010.

Sekiranya UMNO hari ini gagal membuat perubahan dan menunjukan kepada masyarakat Melayu dan Malaysia bahawa ianya mampu untuk mendemokrasikan sepenuhnya proses pemilihan tanpa sekatan peraturan yang ditetapkan segolongan elitis, maka usaha untuk mengillustrasikan bahawa UMNO sudah cukup matang untuk berhadapan dengan isu sebenar adalah meleset. Ini penting agar mereka yang dipilih Perwakilan sebagai Kepimpinan sebenarnya mendukung aspirasi akar umbi (mewakili rakyat) dan UMNO ialah parti akar umbi dan bukan golongan elitis. Maka dengan itu, UMNO akan dilihat sebagai golongan elitis hanya berminat untuk menjaga kepentingan masing masing semata mata.

Keputusan ini bukanlah jenis hadiah hari jadi bagi mantan Presiden UMNO paling lama  berkhidmat dan berjaya membawa UMNO ketahap paling gemilang (jika difaktorkan keadaan dan cabaran semasa yang diharungi) dalam sejarah. UMNO ditinggalkanya pada 31 Okt 2003 dalam keadaan begitu kuat dan mampu meraih keyakinan dan sokongan rakyat. Ini ditafsirkan pada Pilihanraya Umum ke XI 21 Mac 2004 dimana BN mampu memenangi 198  (UMNO 110) dari 219 kerusi  Dewan Rakyat yang dipertandingkan, satu rekod baru. Walaubagaimanapun, bawah Kepimpinan PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah, UMNO mengalami prestasi paling buruk iaitu  Pilihanraya Umum ke XII 8 Mac 2008 menyaksikan BN hanya mampu bertahan di 140 dari 222 kerusi (kurang 2/3 majoriti), dimana UMNO sendiri hanya meraih 78 kerusi dalam Dewan Rakyat dan BN kalah di 5 + 1 negeri serta gagal meletakan Menteri Besar pilihan parti di dua buah negeri yang UMNO berjaya menguasai.

*Perkembangan dikemas kini 7.15pm

Ini laporan terkini The Star mengenai pengumuman PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah atas ‘Peralihan Kuasa’:

Thursday July 10, 2008 MYT 7:04:39 PM

Abdullah to hand over power to Najib in mid 2010

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has announced that he will hand over the reigns of the government’s leadership to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in mid 2010.

He confirmed that he would not lead the Barisan Nasional and Umno in the next general election.

Speaking to reporters after a special Umno briefing Thursday evening, he said he would defend his party president’s post in December and wanted the Deputy Prime Minister to be his number two.

More to follow later.

 

Published in: on July 10, 2008 at 11:07  Comments (9)  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tun Dr. Mahathir

 

Today is former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s birthday. He was born in Jalan Kilang Ais, Seberang Perak, Alor Setar, Kedah 83 years ago, today.

May Allah s.w.t. bless you, for many more productive years.

Published in: on July 10, 2008 at 00:10  Comments (43)