Mukhriz calon pertama layak Ketua Pemuda UMNO

MP Jerlun Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir menjadi calon Ketua Pemuda UMNO pertama layak bertanding, dalam siri pemilihan yang dijangkakan akan berlaku Mac 2009. Beliau mendapat 38 pencalonan pada 620pm tadi dari Kuala Selangor. Ini merupakan tahap kelayakan bagi layak dicalonkan ke jawatan bertaraf Naib Presiden itu.

Ini merupakan kejayaan penting psikologi melepasi ‘halangan strategik’ (strategic barrier).

Published in: on October 12, 2008 at 18:25  Comments (20)  

Tun Dr. Mahathir’s advice is about ‘Level Four Boys’ influence still

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad gave a Statesman-ly advice to outgoing PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. He said for PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah to leave incoming Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak alone, “leave him alone and not meddle into his administration”.

Of course, some of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s closest allies reacted adversely to this call. The NST has the story:

2008/10/10

Dr M gets flak over advice

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno leaders have come out to strongly criticise Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for telling Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to keep quiet after handing over power to his successor.

De facto Law Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said Dr Mahathir should have followed his own advice.

“He is the right person to say this because that is exactly what he did.”

He said Dr Mahathir did not keep quiet or allow Abdullah to run the country freely after handing over the premiership to him.

“He should have followed his own advice instead of creating all the trouble for us.”

Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said agreed with Nazri that Dr Mahathir should have followed his own words.

Azalina said Dr Mahathir’s statement was like adding salt to an open wound.

“Tun should not feel that he is always right by giving advice. It is going to weaken the party further,” she said, adding that he should instead set a good example to the younger leaders.

Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek questioned what Dr Mahathir meant by asking Abdullah to keep quiet.

He said Dr Mahathir should set an example for Umno leaders.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Khaled Nordin said Dr Mahathir’s statement was unbecoming.

He said there was no need for anyone to say anything as both Abdullah and his successor Datuk Seri Najib Razak knew how to conduct themselves after the handover.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar noted that he did not see much risk of interference from Abdullah once he stepped down.

“The fact is all former prime ministers have got the tendency to comment, so this is a normal thing. What is most important is to make sure there is no interference.

“Maybe Dr Mahathir is reminding Pak Lah based on his own personal experience,” he said, perhaps alluding to the vocal criticisms by the former prime minister against Abdullah.

“His (Abdullah’s) decision was made not in a personal interest but in the interest of the nation and party, so I do not think he would interfere (in the government),” Syed Hamid added.

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The fact is that, these leaders either got it all wrong or simply sore of what happened to PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah recently and want to take it out against Tun Dr. Mahathir, the former’s strongest critic.

It is common knowledge that forming and seeing through policies, especially strategic in nature is never a trait of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah. Some other people had been doing his ‘thinking’ for him and this had become to obvious. Tun Dr. Mahathir’s advice to PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah is about not having any further of his or Abdullah & Co’s tentacles operating within Dato’ Seri Najib’s administration. PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah and/or Abdullah & Co’s policies had been nothing short of a complete blunder so far. Dato’ Seri Najib should at least undo, if not come up with better policies. Of course, the  ‘Level Four Boys’ network should not be part of the undo process or forming up new policies.

Then there is thing about Abdullah & Co., particularly Dato’ Kamaluddin Abdullah’s ventures, which has gone particularly bad lately and how much in deep end of the pool for the ultra ambitious businessman.  Naturally he needed all the help he could get, even scrouge what ever left there is.

This other family member, Khairy Jamaluddin, who is a shareholder of ECM Libra and had caused several strong criticism on his ventures in the corporate world. They both have some strategic vested interests in making sure the upcoming Prime Minister’s policies, if not decisions have some direct or indirect benefits to them.

Not forgeting the ambitious Khairy Jamaluddin, who presently is vying for the UMNO Youth top post seat. How possibly can anyone imagine Khairy would have a place in Dato’ Seri Najib’s new administration of UMNO? His presence still in UMNO’s echelon is about still having the ‘influence’ in decision making, where Malaysians in sundry rejected, as per shown in the 8 March XII General Elections and subsequently, the August Permatang Pauh by elections.

Then again, we should all not and never forget how PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah promised to follow through all the projects and policies planned, put in place and implemented since predecessor’s Tun Dr. Mahathir’s time. In a mere two weeks after assuming office, the promise where broken and things started to change. Then there were more changes; Malaysian foreign policies, the Scenic Bridge project, Bakun dam, Proton, Malaysia Airlines etc. It only demonstrate that he is impulsive in his approach and decisions. Someone like that should not be trusted anymore, even when he is no longer in power. He would gained public attention from making statements on policies of the new adminsitration, would be deemed ‘necessary’ rather than ‘merely seeking popularity’ and actually detrimental in long term, just like how PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah had been doing in running the country since 1 November 2003.

The world, especially Malaysians have seen how the last four and half years brought the nation’s politics, economic, foreign policies, inter ethnic and faith relations and public relations as a whole to near catastrophic proportions. PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah by far created the record from the most popular and convincing Prime Minister with a landslide mandate in March 2004 and digressed  unprecedentedly to the most unpopular Prime Minsiter and brought BN to a record low when it did not manage to retain the historical 2/3 control of the Dewan Rakyat, lost control in 5 +  1 states and did not manage to instal the UMNO’s choice Menteri Besar in two states, all within a span of 48 months.

In the final analysis, how could a wholesomely failed Prime Minister like PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah give any worthy and/or credible advice to the upcoming Prime Minister? If so, then there should no longer any more issue about PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah having the intention to give upcoming Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib any advice what so ever.

Published in: on October 12, 2008 at 09:29  Comments (18)