PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah finally did something right

Finally, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi did something productive in his near disgrace five-and-a-half years of administration, deemed the most regressive in Malaysian 52 years of history as a nation with sovereign status. Most probably in his experience being the Foreign Minister for eight years during Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s illustrious administration, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah managed to sort out a long standing diplomatic standoff with the Kingdom of Brunei, once and for all.

NST has the story:

2009/03/16

Limbang officially part of Malaysia

Joniston Bangkuai reporting from Bandar Seri Begawan

 

BRUNEI has dropped its long-standing territorial claim on Limbang, Sarawak, that over the years had become a “thorn” to the otherwise close relations between the oil-rich sultanate and Malaysia.

 

This was among the key elements contained in an Exchange of Letters signed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah at Istana Nurul Iman yesterday.

The Exchange of Letters marked the successful conclusion of years of negotiations on outstanding bilateral issues.

“In the agreement (contained in the Exchange of Letters), issues related to Limbang have been resolved. Brunei has dropped the issue, which means Limbang is now part of Malaysia,” Abdullah said.

Abdullah’s meeting with Sultan Hassanal was a continuation of the annual consultation between the leaders of the two countries.

Accompanying Abdullah were his wife Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Wisma Putra officials.

Speaking to Malaysian journalists before leaving for Kuala Lumpur after a two-day visit, Abdullah thanked the sultan and the government of Brunei for their cooperation in resolving the Limbang issue.

“The problem (Brunei’s claim on Limbang) will no longer haunt the two countries, which can now enter into a new era of bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields.”

He said the resolution to the land and maritime boundary dispute had erased any suspicion or ill-feelings between the two countries.

A delighted Taib said Brunei and Sarawak could now look forward to closer ties and cooperation.

He said Brunei could benefit from the proposed dam at Sungai Limbang for power generation, water supply and activities related to food security.

“The proposed dam can be considered as a way of strengthening the ties between both countries.”

A joint statement by the two leaders said they believed that the signing of the letters would pave the way for the development of strategic partnership and closer collaboration in all fields, especially trade and investment.

Other areas were energy and hydrocarbon resources, tourism, education, agriculture, infrastructure, banking, halal industry and people-to-people contacts with special focus on Sabah and Sarawak, it said.

SOME KEY POINTS IN EXCHANGE OF LETTERS

• Modalities for final demarcation of land boundaries between Brunei and Malaysia
• Demarcation to be resolved on the basis of five existing historical agreements between the Brunei government and Sarawak government, and as appropriate, the watershed principle
• “Unsuspendable rights of maritime access” for Malaysian nationals and residents across Brunei’s maritime zones en route to and from their destinations in Sarawak, provided Brunei’s laws and regulations are observed
• Maritime delimitation, delimitation of territorial seas, continental shelf and the exclusive economic zones
• Setting up of Commercial Arrangement Area in oil and gas exploration

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This is by far the only achievement PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah had in controversies and scandals plagued premiership. These include ‘diplomatic flops’, something Wisma Putra had never been known for in the first 48 years of independent Malaysia. Infact, Malaysia has managed to remain above water during the most trying times of the cold war in the region, the Indochina conflict for over thirty years and the confrontation with Indonesia after the formation of Malaysia for three years, all due the ability of international diplomacy. 

At the November 2005 ASEAN Summit in KLCC Convention Centre where Malaysia was the host, Kuala Lumpur led the ‘charge’ against Myanmar to pressure into the ‘democratization’, a looming diplomatic issue flavoured and coveniently tailored to the Western’s appetite on the ‘Neo Con re-colonisation agenda’. This was something that defied ASEAN’s principle of non interference into a neighbour’s domestic politics, where Malaysia was an architect of this principle as a founding member.

In March 2006, he abruptly and unilaterally canceled the ‘Scenic Bridge’ to replace half of the Johor Causeway, which saw many Malaysians, espcecially Johorean Malays explicit show their deep dissatisfaction on the the decision which was deemed ‘favourable’ to the Singaporean interests. Despite previous PM Tun Dr. Mahathir’s ability to have the Singaporean’s ‘non opposition’ to the project which was deemed very strategic to the Malaysian interests, the last mile ‘negotiations’ brought up issues non relevant to the project, like the sale of sand and Singaporean Air Force use of Johorean airspace.

This was ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’ on the Fourth Prime Minsiter’s earlier ‘gentlemen’s ‘ agreement of ‘non interference’ in PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s adminsitration. This was also why we at BigDogDotCom decided to call him ‘Flip-Flop’, for flip-flopping the stance on the bridge within a mere 6 weeks of statement.

 

When Lebanon was attacked ruthlessly by the Israelis in July 2006 which saw the lower half of the biblical nation almost completely obliterated, Malaysia as then the OIC Chairman was late to react. This was something unbecoming of Malaysia, as the champion of the underdogs, especially with issues involving Muslims at international diplomatic level. Notable stance Malaysia had that changed the scene was the Serbian invasion into Bosnia Herzegovina, genocide in Serbia and Kosovo conflict, all through the nineties. Then again, Malaysia is one of the most vocal voice on the Palestinian issue.

Then, middle of last year, Malaysia lost the ‘Pulau Batu Puteh’ to Singapore in a dispute heard in The Hague’s International Court of Justice, due to poor preparation and representation.

This late minute success is something worthy to remember PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah by.

 

 

 

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  1. SALAM BRO,

    MY CONCERN IS NOW, WHEN ARE THIS FLIP FLOP PM GOING TO LEAVE THE OFFICE LA BRO?

    NAMPAK MACAM NAK DUK LAMA JE LAGI NI…

    VERY SCARY LA NOW!

  2. so u the culprit who give the flip-flop name. :). ya la scary la now..

  3. Biarlah … untuk kenangan manisnya … untuk paling tidak dipeluk-peluknya waktu mimpi … sesudah dia balik kampong nanti.

    Kalau balik.

    Balik kot … saudara mara tunggu kat tangga dah tu.

  4. Flip flop?? What did your great idol do over the last 22 years? At least Pak Lah did not bankrupt the country to serve his sons and cronies.
    You mention so much about Palestin, what about Sudan? For every 1 palestinian killed at least 1,000 Sudanese are killed too and they too are Muslim. It seems that you and your idol suffer the same issue of selective memory and selective morals!

  5. Dear Big Bro,

    At last, I know what I want to call him after he retire … Bapa Limbang.

  6. Bukan itu saja, Badawi akan dikenang sebagai PM paling bodoh diantara Perdana Menteri yang lepas.
    P/S: aku tarik balik perkataan bodoh tu.. Paling Lembab dan sengal yang betul.

  7. aku mcm tak caya je. ini mesti ada makna ni, ada makna (a.r. tompel)

  8. Tahniah kepada Dato’ Rais Yatim yang berjaya merungkaikannya selepas bertahun di tangan Syed hamid Albar.

    Abdullah hanya ‘ambil nama’ baik dan harum seperti kebiasaan, tetapi jika ada masalah, Menteri dan Jabatan berkaitan yang kena belasah, dia cuma kata – saya nak diselesaikan segera.

  9. Dear Bigdog,

    Flip flop?? What did your great idol do over the last 22 years? To this question, my answer is – a lot, everywhere you see is a testimony of his deeds if one is not so blind or blinded by one’s stupidity.

    At least Pak Lah did not bankrupt the country to serve his sons and cronies. To this statement, is this guy trying to make a joke, then I shall laugh – hahahahahahaha. Now that I’ve entertained him, my question to him is, where has he been? Is he blind or plain stupid. Does he want us to make a list of what HIS IDOL did to bankrupt the country and not only that, he tries to make all of us feel stupid with his bankrupt mind, ideas and talk.

    We are not sure where exactly you are coming from. You statement is far from factual. If your intention is rubbishing a great Statesman, who is globally admired, then you are doing a rather poor attempt.

    Never the less, before PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah took over the helm of the administration, this nation was doing very well indeed. As the 17th most important trading nation, Bank Negara reserve and EPF asset were very strong, the local banks been consolidated into 10 groups with strong assets and deposits, NPLs from the 97-98 financial crisis was almost settled. Employment rate was high. Income tax and customs and excise collection was good. More businesses are registered. FDI was strong. Office and hotel space occupancy was all time high (minus during the short SARs scare in early 2003). IN Oct 2003, the Bursa Malaysia CI was good.

    More importantly, there were lesser persons being made bankrupt as compared to now.

    When PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s predecessor left, Government had so much money that they decided to embark on foolish and expensive sports program which brought very little benefit to Malaysia: The Moonsoon Cup. They also bought a brand new A319CJ VIP jet which cost RM 200 million. Not to mention the RM 20 million security renovation at Seri Perdana.

    To prove further point, Government spend RM 600k to buy BMWs for VVIP use, like the one Cherie Blair was provided when she represented in the case of Metramac two years ago. Her presence as a QC (which she is earning a professional fee for her work) shouldn’t be accorded with diplomatic status, let alone consort of a Head of Government protocol.

    Would anyone here conveniently forget the private soiree, held at Seri Perdana where Al Jarreau and George Benson performed to PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s private ‘guest list’, in commemoration of the 50th Merdeka? Of course, the Government foot the bill.

    Opulence is something the current administration is really good at.

    The custodian to all these nonproductive commitments PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah & Co does, will naturally be passed to upcoming PM Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

  10. Confirm FLIP FLOP again.. this pak lah is a serial flip floper.

    Brunei Denies Limbang Story
    By Azlan Othman

    Bandar Seri Begawan – YB Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Dewa Dato Seri Setia Awg Lim Jock Seng, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade II, yesterday said claims on Limbang were never discussed during Monday’s deliberations between Brunei and Malaysia.

    He was responding to YB Dato Paduka Hj Puasa bin Orang Kaya Seri Pahlawan Tudin’s query on the contents of the “Letter of Exchange” signed between Brunei and Malaysia, which also touched on Brunei’s claims over Limbang at the Legislative Council meeting yesterday.
    Pehin Lim said there were certain press reports yesterday claiming that Brunei has dropped claims over Limbang.

    “In actual fact, the claim on Limbang was never discussed. What was discussed was the demarcation of land boundaries on the whole,” he said.

    “The joint press statement issued yesterday mentioned that the demarcation of the land boundaries between the two countries will be resolved on the basis of five existing historical agreements between the Government of Brunei and the State of Sarawak, and, as appropriate, the watershed principle.
    “After that a working group comprising general surveyors of the two countries will follow with the technical aspect to solve the land border issue,” Pehin Lim added.

    His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi held a four-eye meeting at the Istana Nurul Iman on Monday and signed the Exchange of Letters to mark the successful conclusion of negotiations.

    The negotiations have been ongoing for many years on outstanding bilateral issues between the two countries with regard to historical, legal and other relevant criteria involving both sides.

    Both noted the agreement of their respective governments on the key elements contained in the Exchange of Letters, which included the final delimitation of maritime boundaries between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia, the establishment of Commercial Agreement Area (CAA) on oil and gas, the modalities for the final demarcation of the land boundary between Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia and unsuspendable rights of maritime access for nationals and residents of Malaysia across Brunei’s maritime zones en route to and from their destination in Sarawak, Malaysia provided that Brunei’s laws and regulations are observed.

    Meanwhile, YB Pehin Orang Kaya Johan Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awg Hj Adanan, the Minister of Home Affairs, said an allocation has been made in the budget to upgrade the Kuala Lurah Control Post.

    After the border issue between Brunei and Malaysia is resolved, work will be carried out to identify the site.

    He was responding to a query by YB Dato Paduka Hj Puasa on the long queues that border hoppers normally experience during school holidays, Hari Raya and other public holidays and the need to upgrade Pandaruan ferry services and Puni Control Post in Temburong.

    YB Dato Paduka Hj Puasa added that the opening of a new bridge soon in Trusan, Lawas will further aggravate the situation should these control post projects are not carried out. — Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin
    http://www.brudirect.com/DailyIn … Mar09/18/nite01.htm

  11. Is this another episode of flip-flop? Naah, I don’t think so, what I see is a flip-flop-flat….

    Dah Lah Pak Lah oi!

  12. Cheh. Serkap jarang lagi nampaknya…

  13. Tunku Abdul Rahman – Bapa Kemerdekaan!

    Abdullah Badawi – Bapa Keling Bangang dan Bapa Mertua kepada Pemuda Hitam Yang Bersalah tetapi Tidak Bersalah.

    Sudah2 le Pak Lah, dah lelah kami semua dengan flip flop flup flung kamu. Masuk saje le PR sebab Anwar, Guan Eng, Kit Siang, Nik Aziz semakin sayang kat kamu. Zaid Ibrahim pun kata kamu a Great Leader….kahkahkah

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