Aren’t we glad we were wrong!


Last night, we read this in The Star. This is about PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi announcing his willingness not to contest in UMNO top party elections in March 2009.

Thursday October 9, 2008

I’m glad I was wrong, says Mahathir


PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s decision to not contest in the Umno elections in March will be good for Umno as it can rebuild itself.

Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he was glad he had been wrong when he wrote in his blog that Abdullah would not step down.

“Of course, I am very happy for Umno, not for myself, because Umno can rebuild itself.

“But Umno will not be able to restore the full confidence of the people as many of its supporters, who voted for the Opposition, may want to continue working for them,” he said in response to Abdullah’s announcement here yesterday.

Dr Mahathir, however, said he felt it was better for Abdullah to step down now rather than wait until March as he could still be an obstruction because he was not giving Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak full authority to rehabilitate the party.

“Until March Pak Lah must keep quiet and let Najib run the show. He should not interfere because if Najib appears to be following him or taking his advice, I think the latter will lose support,” he said.


This morning, we read this about pro-UMNO bloggers, as per reported by NST:


PM proves many bloggers wrong


KUALA LUMPUR: It is open season, not only for those offering themselves to contest the Umno elections in March.


Bloggers also jumped on the bandwagon to be the first to report, or speculate, on what Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would announce at the Barisan Nasional supreme council meeting yesterday.

News website Malaysiakini, for example, quoted the Kuda Kepang blog as saying that Abdullah would defend his post.

Kuda Kepang blog owner, former Parit Sulong member of parliament Ruhanie Ahmad, wrote that Abdullah was expected to announce his decision to stay on at yesterday’s BN supreme council meeting.

He claimed that Abdullah decided to defend his post after a three-hour meeting with his supporters that dragged into the wee hours.

An “influential Umno insider”, however, told Malaysiakini that the meeting was just a “casual meeting”.

“He has made up his mind. He will step down. I don’t think Abdullah decided this morning that he would defend his post,” it quoted the insider.

The Patriot, a blog by Pulai Umno division vice-chief Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Tengku Hamid Jumat, hedged his bets by giving three courses of action that Abdullah might take — deciding against defending his post, contesting the party presidency and contesting but handing over the premiership to his deputy, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, in March.

Another Brick in the Wall and Big Dog’s The Thirteen Million Plus Guy Rambles reported that Abdullah was going to defend his post based on information they received on meetings held at the prime minister’s official residence prior to the BN supreme council meeting.

Even former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was unsure whether Abdullah would make the announcement of not contesting the party’s presidency.

“I have this suspicion that he will not. If he does not, it would not be surprising. He is not a man of his word,” he wrote in his blog.

Abdullah has proven him and many others wrong.

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These are the news what we are waiting for. Personally, we wanted PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah to go from December 2005. It was when The Star quoted him “I dunno, I am not involved” when was asked about a much smaller stock broking firm ECM Libra’s proposal to ‘acquire’ (guised under ‘merger’) Avenue Capital, which was four times much larger in size, capital and customer base. The deal became highly controversial that even the Minority Stockholders Watchdog Group put up a  formal protest note against the issues raised and treatment during the merger process, which include ‘impairment of goodwill’ of RM 296 million.

From then onwards, confidence of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah digressed. This was captured in a special commemorative edition to mark his four years in power.

By far, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah created history in Malaysian politics. He was the shortest serving Prime Minister and a BN Chairman which won the highest mandate and within the same term, lost the most seats in a General Elections, 2/3 majority of the strategic control of the Dewan Rakyat and 5 + 1 states to the Oppositions.

The blogs, especially socio-political actually flourished and exponentially grown because of criticism against PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah and Co, which include son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin and son Dato’ Kamaluddin Abdullah. Of course, we should never exclude the ‘Level Four Boys’ when we talk about PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah and the “power of the darkside” over decision making influence.

Now, all of those moments and episodes we Malaysians have told to endure, is coming to an end. The speculation about PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah wanted to stay on that blogs like this one felt strongly was about  was meant to give pressure for him to quickly give up the UMNO Presidency and Premiership. For all intend an purpose, our objectives were met.

In the final analysis, aren’t we all glad that we were wrong?

Published in: on October 9, 2008 at 07:43  Comments (12)  

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  1. reverse phychology works!

  2. We glad, indeed.

  3. Without Pak Lah,Khairy,Kamaludin,Vincent Tan,Patrick Badawi,Jeanne Abdullah,level 4 boys,Monsoon cup,masjid kristal,scomi,ecm libra……where would political bloggers be???

    Bloggers have to thank Pak Lah and the gang for giving them something to write about.

    If only Pak Lah took the advice from TUN Mahathir to resign immediately after PRU 12, he would not have to come to an end like this. It’s humiliating for anyone to exit in this manner. Well anyway he got what he deserved! Now Khairy must learn how to walk again before he can fly….hehe hehe!

  4. dear big guy,

    i cant stop feeling something is amiss despite he finally saying he wont defend his Presidential Post in the coming party election.

    but i believe many of us miss the part that he said, Najib not necessarily be replacing him, UNLESS he wins coming March 2009.

    I am sorry but his credibility on giving words has completely gone for me judging from various past incidents (ECM Libra – and he was the Finance Minister, buying new Jet – he was the Finance Minister, Polling Date – he is the Prime Minister, and some other else).

    and also i happen to realise that, under no uncertain rule state that, UMNO President has to be the PM of Malaysia. i have the right to be very sceptical on this deal because of his past track record.

    keep the backside clean and clear – March 2009 is a long way to go.

  5. He He He …. peralihan kuasa yang bakal menyaksikan lebih banyak perpecahan dalam Parti …. Now Najib terpaksa dengar “ngiang” Nyamuk Raja TUN Aedes… kalau digigit pasti kena Aids…..

  6. Syukur Alhamdullilah. It was fantastic news, one we have waited for so long that PM finally did finally honor his words to quit for the greater interest of the Nation. But all is far from over yet; the extended duration to hold the PAU is puzzling. Perhaps it is to give space for the SIL to create havoc with his loads of money and for the son to cover up his tracks. So the next phase begins – to nail SIL, the so called prince of darkness, to his tomb and for the son to stop meddling in the country’s coffers.

    No two ways about it, SIL is a sham and has done so much damage to UMNO and BN; he is not wanted by the masses being a disgrace punk and so he should exile himself to Oxford together with his family. UMNO delegates should reject him from the post of Youth leader for the sake of the party and nation.

    Overwhelming support should be accorded to Muhyuddin, Mukriz , Toyo and others who were instrumental for this finality. However, for the sake of unity, all UMNO must consolidate and oust the remnants of those who had given false hopes or misled PM. Zaid Ibrahim continues to make a fool of himself, wanting to ousted as a senator and so be it, he should be ousted as a senator. The Bar Council President, Ms Ambiga should be asked to leave together with her entourage and let the Bar Council concentrate on its original objectives, not focusing on political and human rights issues.

    The Malaysian economy, though strong and resilient, will not be unaffected by the tumbling world financial crisis. The new defacto leadership should now focus on the economic well being of the people and nation; this should take precedence above any other issues. The Malaysian 09 budget should be critically reviewed due to the world economic turmoil as much could have changed since its pronouncement. Nasty people like DSAI, Hindraf and Terasa KOK may have to be sacrificed if they continue to be irritants whilst concrete strategies developed to entice supporters back to UMNO and BN; the capture of the lost states (excluding Kelantan) should be prioritized. This is indeed the best time to eradicate Pakatan Rakyat as their key backer – the United States is in deep humiliating trouble.

    There are indeed many issues to be tackled and PM has led the initiation. I thank PM for finally making a wise decision.

  7. Kalau ikhlas nak berundur krn parti mmng menggembirakan.

    Tp KJ dan geng dilapor masih dgn perencanaannya.

    Saya juga ada baca posting Ketua Perusuh.

    Dlm gembira kena cautious jugalah nampaknya.

  8. YES i am glad i was wrong. And i guess this is the only time in his premiership that he made the “wrong” decision and people agreed and jump with joy. YESSS!!

  9. Thank you Pak Lah for making such decision. I think this will be the most remarkable and popular decision you made in your lifetime career. I appreciated and respected your decision. Our battle end here. Good luck for your future undertakings.

  10. satu kenyataan yang bijak! sindiran sinis yang superb…

  11. As we are in away on the subject of TunM’s statement –
    who advised the PM to take Zaid as the de facto Minister of Law?

    Is this relevant to the Pemuda big doggy?
    Money walk…close but no cigar, Mukhriz.

  12. Orang bertungkus lumus sekarang ni sebab hasil tinggalan banyak bangkai oleh Mahathir. Benda ni semua asalnya dari Mahathir, benda yang dia tak uruskan dulu, dulu dia hanya sorok dan simpan perkara2 seperti rasuah dan sebagainya. Pak Lah mengambil inisiatif untuk membanteras semua ini, tetapi dipandang seorng oleh orang ramai yang selama ni tak sedar perkara ni dah lama berlaku, terutamanya dari zaman Mahathir.

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