Sleeping With The Enemy

PM 'Flip-Flop' Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's "Awakening, the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Years in Malaysia"

PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s “Awakening, the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Years in Malaysia”

When pro-Opposition online news portals aired the biography of  PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi two days before Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, it drew a lot of flak. Pro-UMNO online media was quick to take shots at it and also the man renown for his habitual dozing off in public, despite the ultra busy period for everyone in a long holiday mode and mood.

The Riong Kali news portal latest take on the ‘Awakening’ book’:

Abdullah should be ready for a stinger from Dr Mahathir, warns Utusan Malaysia

BY HASBULLAH AWANG CHIK
AUGUST 11, 2013
LATEST UPDATE: AUGUST 11, 2013 12:02 PM

Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should be ready for a taste of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s “caustic and cynical” rebuttal over the former’s remarks in his new book warned Utusan Malaysia.

The paper said it was just a matter of time before the country’s longest serving prime minister would reply his successor’s cutting criticisms.

Awang Selamat, the collective voice of the paper’s editors, said Abdullah’s remarks in the book “Awakening: The Abdullah Badawi Years in Malaysia” has dissipated any hope of improved relations between the two.

“I’m praying that a healthier debate will take place so that any negative fallout doesn’t affect Umno and Barisan Nasional. This needs both leaders to cooperate,” Awang wrote in his weekly column in the Umno-controlled Utusan Malaysia.

In the book, Abdullah, popularly known as Pak Lah, spoke about how the country would have gone bankrupt had he bowed to pressure from Mahathir to continue spending without control on mega projects.

Abdullah said Mahathir only wanted his suggestions to be followed without question and refused to listen to the opinion of others. He cited an example where he went to see Mahathir to explain the postponement of several mega projects due to a budget deficit but his proposals were rejected and he was told to continue spending.

Abdullah said Mahathir was furious when several mega projects including the double tracking (rail system) had to be delayed. He said if Malaysia had continued spending, he could visualise a scenario of the country going bankrupt.

“Under my administration, the country reduced the national deficit from 5 percent to 3.2 percent,” the nation’s fifth prime minister mentioned in the book.

The mainstream media have reported that Abdullah’s book was not his thoughts but that of writers’ with different backgrounds including opposition leaders.

Seri Setia assemblyman Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad who also contributed articles to Abdullah’s book echoed this line of thought.

Nik Nazmi, who is also the Pakatan Rakyat communication director, said the book, edited by Bridget Welsh and James Chin was a collection of opinions from various parties about Abdullah’s time in power.

“The theme of the book is the general evaluation and thoughts of the public throughout Abdullah’s administration. Both the editors had also interviewed Abdullah to get his thoughts and opinions,” Nik Nazmi said.

“Besides that, the book also gathered articles from various quarters including Barisan Nasional leaders, opposition members, academics and professors,” he said, adding the likes of former Selangor Menteri Besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim had also contributed.

Gua Musang MP Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Tengku Hamzah also wrote the foreword for Abdullah’s book.

Some parties who have read part of the book have commented that it slammed Mahathir more than telling the actual story.

It was also revealed in The Malaysian Insider last week that an authorised biography on Abdullah is expected to be released late next year. The book was commissioned early this year and will cover his life from before Merdeka until recent years. – August 11, 2013.

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The book has been seen as the Opposition particularly from PKR attempting to take a swipe at Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad whose leadership, policies and projects undertaken under his watch brought the transformation, physical, quantitative and qualitative growth of Malaysia. The most progressive and productive 22 years brought Malaysia to a point where the country could plan for a developed nation’s status by year 2020.

When Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak took over as the sixth Prime Minister in April 2009, he followed through Tun Dr. Mahathir’s policies and strategic economic development projects. This include reinstatement of the Electrification Double Tracking Project where PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah cancelled weeks after taking over on 1 November 2003.

It drew a lot of negative attention and remarks to a point where authors Bridget Welsh announced that the official launch of the book planned next week has been postponed. it is because “It is being politicized” and “Not to promote misunderstandings”.

The fact is that Welsh and Chin earlier planned for the book to be launched in Singapore at the end of the month by PKR Vice President Nurul Izzah Anwar. If that is not construed as “Political’, why is she complaining about the book “Being politicized”?

That is on top of the fact that Welsh and Chin themselves have been very political instead of academicians. Their remarks about Malaysia have been negative and nothing less of ‘political statements’. The more interesting bit is that neither of them ever said anything positive about the Federal Government, policies and leadership.

PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah allowed himself to be interviewed and at length, it was used as the first chapter of the book. That provided the basis for the pro-Opposition duo to collate the works of 33 others, to be included in the 680 pager with a specific sinister agenda.

The ventriloquist dummy and monkey

Welsh and Chin both are bent to use their academic stature and media network to promote the PKR cause, be it the liberalism policies or attacks on the BN Governement and  partcularly to demonise UMNO and dismantle the strong coalition.

In summary, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah is the ‘ventriloquist dummy’ of the Opposition.

So far, PKR leaders like Strategic Director Nik Nazmi have stepped up in the defense of PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah and the “Awakening, the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Years in Malaysia”. Most glaring of all is the reaction of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, who was quick to use PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s “Awakening” as an ammonution to strike a fast one against UMNO.

Listen to Pak Lah’s criticisms, Anwar tells Umno

BY CLARA CHOOI
ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
AUGUST 10, 2013

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim press conference taken on 19 jun 2013. — Picture by Choo Choy MayDatuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim press conference taken on 19 jun 2013. — Picture by Choo Choy May

PETALING JAYA, Aug 10 — Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi found an unexpected supporter in Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today when the Opposition Leader commended him for daring to speak out against Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad – a known common enemy to both men.

Anwar said that while he may not agree entirely with Abdullah, he hoped the latter’s criticisms against Dr Mahathir and Umno would open the gates to greater discourse on matters that need attention within the ruling party.

“I think it is a healthy situation for ex-prime minister and ex-Umno president Tun Dollah to articulate his views… in some ways, defending his position against the incessant attacks, particularly by Dr Mahathir.

“It allows him the forum… let there be a healthy debate too,” he said in a video recording of a press conference posted online by news portal Malaysia Chronicle. Anwar was reportedly speaking to the media on the sidelines of his open house in Penang today.

“Hopefully the initiative taken by Tun Dollah, his assessment, will encourage a more vibrant debate, questioning the relevance of a party with obsolete ideas, racist policies.

“But knowing Umno, I don’t believe they will discuss substantive issues. It is still related to race, projects, pecuniary interests, benefits instead of substantive policy issues… because Tun Dollah alluded to the failure to undertake reforms within Umno,” Anwar pointed out, referring to Abdullah.

In a just-released book titled “Awakening: The Abdullah Years in Malaysia”, Abdullah tells a no-holds-barred interview that he disliked the “unwarranted attacks” against him by his successor Dr Mahathir and how the latter had used harsh words against him in public.

Although handpicked by Dr Mahathir to be his successor, Abdullah later came under relentless attack from the nation’s longest-serving prime minister and ultimately was forced to relinquish his presidency of Umno and position as prime minister to Datuk Seri Najib Razak in April 2009, after leading Barisan Nasional (BN) to its then-worst electoral showing in Election 2008.

“I didn’t like what Mahathir did. I gave Mahathir the opportunity to give me his views. I went to see him but he chose to be public in his attacks against me and my administration,” Abdullah said in an excerpt of the book that was reproduced by Malaysiakini earlier this week.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/listen-to-pak-lahs-criticisms-anwar-tells-umno#sthash.AMds3bDr.dpuf

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The PKR patronage demonstrate how PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah is a very valuable asset to their cause.

This was apparent between 2006-2009, because the Opposition focused so little towards PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah who then the Prime Minister but instead trained their guns at Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

PM ‘Flip-Flo’ Abdullah and PM ‘wannabe’ Anwar Ibrahim

PKR leaders’ attacks against the latter were voracious and vile which include fabricating the story that the murder of Mongolian national Altantuyaa Shaariibuu involved him and his wife, in connection with the corruption for the acqusiition of the two Perdana Class Scorpene submarines from DCNi and Thales of France.

It has been proven that the story plus the corruption of the Sukhoi SU30MKM multirole combat aircrafts first surfaced widely during the Ijok by-election in April 2007, was the basis of former abuse-of-power-convict Anwar Ibrahim’s campaign to demonise BN for Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim’s candidacy.

Like or not, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah slept and allowed himself to lulled to sleep by the enemies.

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  1. Big Dog
    Well done n congrats. Pls keep on exposing the lies n treachery of DSAI n his Dapster buddies

  2. […] The “thirteen million plus Ringgit” guy rambles…. […]

  3. Congratulations for a long, vibrant and watchful life, Big Dog.

    But poor Tun Dol deserves what he has been getting. Even Anwar Al Juburi calls him “Tun Dollah”. That’s not an endearing term. In fact, it’s a demeaning one. Age wise, Tun Dol is 7-8 years older than him. Rank wise, Tun Dol is ex-PM whereas Al Juburi is only ex-DPM.

    The Juburi bloke must, many a time, have brooded over the fact that the post Tun Dol held for 5+ years should have been his, if he had not bitten the hand that brought him up from the gutters. He would not have slept on the job but might have bombed the Palestinians in favour of Zionist Israel.

    Tun Dol does not draw sympathy for his sleep apnea problem that featured during his “flip flopping, auto-piloting and sleepy” administration. The problem may not, like the common cold, be curable but is sure treatable via medication that controls his sleep and waking hours. Or, do like Tengku A Rahman did – simply slept every afternoon away of his last few years as PM. One hears stories of good advice never to disturb the Tengku in the afternoons or risk incurring his wrath affecting your projects or promotions or the like.

    Anwar has of course learnt the ultra kiasu characteristics from his DAP cohorts. Exploit each and everything they could find. More so now, the Juburi bloke can use what Tun Dol said to whack Tun Dr Mahathir. I’m eagerly awaiting TDM’s response.

  4. Big Dog.
    Between Najib and Pak Lah who is batter PM.
    My view,at least Pak Lah dont sell off his country to Singapore.

    • During Pak Lah’s Time there wasn’t Rampant Shooting and Murders on the streets as is happening now. Credit also goes to the IGP of his time.

  5. Pak lah laid the foundation for the destruction of this country. Najib is making it gather pace.

    Congratulation bigdog on your 2000th article.

    • True….the country’s problems began with Pak Lah’s (with the advice of Khairy’s 4th floor incompetent greedy consultants) liberal policies.

  6. Chin and Welsh have besmirched their reputations by being linked with a political treatise of no importance and full of hatred and falsehoods. As the brilliant Lee Kuan Yew with his 9 failed Policies for Singapore once said,’ He who pays the Piper calls the tune.’ No money, no honey !

  7. What’s wrong with public spending on projects that could generate employment and profit? Why be afraid to spend when there is budget deficit? When the budget is in deficit, you spend stupid. When there is a budget surplus, you save. Only neoliberalists economists will do the scaremongering of budget deficit spending can lead to a nation going bankrupt. But if public expenditure is for import of intermediate capital goods for infrastructure projects, it ain’t gonna make a country bankrupt. It will create a multiplier effect within the economy such as employment, demand for certain raw materials, etc.This is the premise of Keynesian economy unlike the neoliberal economy. If Tun Dol thinked in the vein of neoliberals of course he had no clue what Tun M said was Keynesian. Tun M’s economic approach is always far more suited to a developing country like Malaysia. The neoliberal approach embraced by Tun Dol, Najib and his neoliberal advisers are more suited for an already developed country, which even then Europeans and American people are pretty sick of neoliberalist economic model. They crave for Keynesian approach. So reading that piece about nation going bankrupt if he had followed Tun M’s advice,..well it made me want to vomit. He should know by now that Tun M was right and he was wrong. By the way perhaps some neoliberals think giving BR1M can correct budget deficit? Haha..must be a neo-neo liberal economic formula.

    • I doubt if even by now he knows that Tun M was right and he was wrong. Can’t credit him for understanding much of economics. He graduated in Islamic Studies, remember. Probably didn’t study one bit about Economics since school days.

      If he had known economics, or followed the advice of people who really know economics, the no-vested-interest kind of economic advisers, the country would have been in a better stead.

      Now, if Najib is not replaced at the coming UMNO party elections, we have to watch him. Rushing to developed nation status, wanting to achieve it even years ahead of schedule – what plans has he to properly meet the needs for re-structuring society that became blatantly and obviously necessary in the aftermath of the race riots of 1969? Or just adopt whatever policies he hopes will bring developed status irrespective of the re-structuring of society? The 23% Chinese will continue to be the richest community, dominating the business sector and the economy will continue to be under the control of the Chinese forever?

  8. Congrats Big Dog for the perseverance and discipline in maintaining this blog and the courage in raising the issues without fear or favour.

  9. bigdog , few years back your pieces were objective and impartial but not now , they are skewed to one side, maybe before you are on your own but now been owned………………..just a friendly cue

    • Thank you.

      You are clearly mistaken. We hv never changed our stance, political leaning, approach nor style of blogging, since blog came live online Feb 2007.

      Datuk Rocky’s description then was “Rabid pro-UMNO blogger”.

  10. “I didn’t write the book, only gave an interview,” pleaded the stupid old man.

    How unwitting his action. How naive his stand.

    So many people have walloped him. Yet only now he explained it.

    Life must be lonely for him. They say it’s lonely at the top. But when he was at the top, he was not lonely. He mengurat, trips to Perth and all, and fell in love with Jeanne, now also a Tun for nothing.

    But the passion must have dissipated after a few years and it must be very lonely for him these days. That must have been another reason why he agreed to be interviewed and unwittingly got into the trap Brigit Welsh and James Chin set up for the old man to lend some credibility to the book of essays. Making the book not just academic but sounding political as well.

    The publicity factor. They don’t have to launch the book now. So much publicity generated that many people would buy not to read what the 30 others wrote, but to know what the old man wrote. Damn clever American woman academic and Singaporean chinky partner, innit?

  11. Whenever Anwar Ibrahim befriends someone or endorses anyone, it sounds and probably eventually proven as trouble.

    At least to the majority.

    Anwar is evil re-incarnated and disciple of lucifer (in the form of Neo Con Jews and supporters of Zionism). No exceptions. No exemptions.

    Sleepyhead Habitual-Dozer is obtuse in his reaction to the Malay Mail, which recent has been filled by Riong Kali’s minions from TMI. The Malay Mail is an extension of TMI as Riong Kali’s new web of skewed media.

    Probably he just be like what BD described him as; a ventriloquist dummy.

    Then again wit and thoughts weren’t his traits, even when he was the prime minister. He was so blurry, sedated and totally oblivion the administration was franchised through ‘total sub’ to the Level Four minions, Riong Kali and the ‘Sahabats’ in the likes of Anuar Zaini, Ali Rustam and Noh Omar cheered to celebrate the mediocres and their mediocracy.

    Anyhow, congratulations BD. Keep it up, for the sake of the Malays, this nation and Allah (the true One). We are actually in dire need to hv more pro-UMNO bloggers in English.

  12. […] ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s quick response to the notion of “Sleeping With The Enemy” substantiated with clear evidence only to demonstrate that he is guilty as […]

  13. A true politician should have no hatred or revenge in his heart because human emotions is part and parcel of this noble profession if practised correctly. And being a politician, it is not a licence to use abusive or vulgar words against another. My 3 Golden Attributes for a Prime Minister are :- 1) Commonsense. No running around the streets of Kuala Lumpur or strip naked in public or doze off from jet leg and called this a medical condition. 2) The Ability to Think out of a Box. 3) Compassion. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has all these 3 Golden Attributes but too much compassion which resulted on him taking on the blame from his closest aides.

  14. […] ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s quick response to the notion of “Sleeping With The Enemy” substantiated with clear evidence only to demonstrate that he is guilty as […]

  15. Let us call a spade a spade. Those distinguished gentlemen falling asleep in public is just suffering from jet lag from too much travelling overseas. There is no such medical condition as apnea.

  16. […] The fifth Prime Minister who brought upon the darkest five-and-a-half years in modern history and the worst GE digression within one parliamentary term where BN lost 58 seats and 2/3rd majority control in Dewan Rakyat and control five states within 59 months, inadvertently admitted of his guilt by responding to this blog’s analysis. […]

  17. […] The fifth Prime Minister who brought upon the darkest five-and-a-half years in modern history and the worst GE digression within one parliamentary term where BN lost 58 seats and 2/3rd majority control in Dewan Rakyat and control five states within 59 months, inadvertently admitted of his guilt by responding to this blog’s analysis. […]

  18. […] and syndicated’ the management of the nation to the ‘Level Four Boys’. Sleeping in the enemy, does not make the country […]


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