PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah made Malaysia weaker

In the realism of whichever perspective, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s poor and weak leadership made Malaysia weaker than what  it was. Unfortunately, pro Former-abuse-of-power-convict Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim would try their intellectual best to portray otherwise.

The Riong Kali newsportal story:

Pak Lah’s legacy — his “weakness” made Malaysia strong

SEPTEMBER 16, 2013

Dr Bridget Welsh (right) and James Chin with the 'The Awakening' books at the launch today. The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 16, 2013.

Dr Bridget Welsh (right) and James Chin with the ‘The Awakening’ books at the launch today. The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, September 16, 2013.

Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Badawi’s “weakness” made Malaysia stronger with its people becoming more vocal and pushing for more democratic reforms.

“That is his legacy of strength,” said Dr Bridget Welsh who co-edited “Awakening: The Abdullah Years in Malaysia”.

“Malaysians became more critical,” she added.

Datuk Mohd Zaid Ibrahim who was also present at the launch of the book at the Bar Council headquarters this evening, pointed out that Pak Lah had big shoes to fill after he took over as prime minister from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“Pak Lah is a decent and good man. He wants politics to be on an open path. He was not interested in dominance,” he said, adding that Abdullah would have accomplished more if he had more time.

Perhaps, Zaid said, Abdullah should have strengthened his team when he came into power in 2004.

Instead, he chose to keep a lot of Dr Mahathir’s men.

“He was the one who said there should be an interfaith commission. So we must give him credit for that.

“But he was not prepared to fight. He was not going to get involved in a bloodbath. I had told him that he had to be harder and sack a few people, but he said that was not his style.”

Zaid was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of legal affairs and judicial reform from March 18, 2008 to September 17, 2008 when Abdullah was premier.

James Chin, who worked with Welsh on the book, pointed out that it was during Pak Lah’s tenure that the nation flourished with new ideas.

“Cyberspace, bloggers, newsportals were actually established during his time as prime minister.

“Even the newspapers were freer then,” he said. “He genuinely wanted to bring reforms. Although he did not accomplish a lot of things we wanted, he had done a lot of things we see today.”

Former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mahadev Shankar said it was during Abdullah’s tenure that there was a change in the judiciary and it was in better shape after a long time.

“Sure there was a change and I am referring here to the acquittal of (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim.

“At that time, you will see the two male judges on the panel had the scrotal gumption to do the justice that the law required them to do,” he said.

The Federal Court had overturned Anwar’s sodomy conviction in September 2004, just months after Abdullah came into power.

The book is a collection of 37 articles by an array of contributors, including scholars and practitioners.

Abdullah had last month said that he did not write the book and that he had no intention of attending the book launch. – September 16, 2013.


What Welsh and Chin claimed during the launch of this book based of misconstrued and skewed analysis. The reality is far from their biased perspective. For starters, as pro-Anwar Ibrahim academicians both never had anything positive and constructive to say about Malaysia.

Instead, very consistently biased.

Let’s start with international relations and diplomacy. It was in the brief 65 months stint as the Fifth Prime Minister, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah poor and weaked ‘out-sourced-leadership’  lost the Pulau Batu Puteh, cancelled the Scenic-Bridge (which will replace the Johor causeway) and invited Singapore to be part of the planning of then Iskandar Development Region.

USN Nimitz Class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in Port Klang

USN Nimitz Class nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in Port Klang

US Navy nuclear powered aircraft carriers and submarines started to berth in Port Klang, as part of their technical stop over when plying the Straits of Melaka.

He made himself as an international idiot and became a diplomatic laughing stock when he did a state visit to Venezuela. In that visit, he called Venezuela as “Vietnam”, “New Zealand” and “Bolivia”. Even in the presence of his host Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

PM “Flip-Flop’ Abdullah despatched Home Minister Dato’ Seri Azmi Khalid to Beijing to ‘Apologise for the mistreatment on a Chinese national, in the ‘Nude-ear-squat-in-lock-up’ case’, after DAP MP for Seputeh lied about it in Parliament. Later, it was discovered that the woman is neither Chinese national nor Chinese ethnic. A diplomatic embarrassment, unimaginable even for a very careless leader.

PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah dozing off, on the stage in PWTC

On a personal problem, how could a Prime Minister who keeps dozing off on the job which include in public and live on TV, is good for the country?

On the corporate side, he allowed his close friend and personal confidante Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan and son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin to violate several security and capital market laws which include Company’s Act by hiving off Avenue Capital Resources Bhd. to a smaller stock broking firm ECM Libra in mid 2006.

Pantai Holdings was hived off to a Singapore group. Part of then Telekom Malaysia shares were sold to Temasek Holdings for no real benefit to Malaysia.

It was this administration that allowed the national car project Proton to slowly die. Upon the deal made by the hidden hands of the dreaded ‘Level Four Boys’, Proton hived away motorcycle brand MV Agusta to an unnamed benefactor for a very meagre sum of one Euro. The new owners later hived off one of the brands under MV Agusta, Husqavarna to BMW for Euro 65 million.

As the Prime Minister and Finance Minister, he started the process of Malaysia Airlines being devoured and reduced when he allowed for the ‘Airline Rationalisation Plan’ also in mid 2006, where 39 of MH routes were handed over to AirAsia. This include the Rural Air Service (RAS), which Tony Fernandes undertook under Fly Asian Express (FAX).

A corporate con-job, to ‘wayang’ the routes taken over from Malaysia Airlines

It was a corporate con-job. Not only Federal Government had to spend RM 250 million for it on subsidies, FAX did not service the interior Sabah and Sarawak and eventually forced the national carrier to take back and operate the RAS. These extra routes he used to justify the expansion for Air Asia, which was listed in Bursa Malaysia. Later, Fernandes used FAX licenses and changed to Air Asia X, which served his low cost carrier model for intercontinental routes.

The Federal Government of doing things were undone with the outsourcing and franchise-management of the nation by the ‘Level Four Boys’. The culture of appointing consultants especially foreign based to do civil servants and traditional macro planners suddenly emerged.

During his tenure, the Federal Government spent more money and actually achieved nothing. In his five years, Petronas paid  the Federal Government RM 260 billion in dividends, royalties and taxes compared to RM170 billion in 22 years tenure under Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Yet there was no new ‘mega projects’ started or undertaken during that 5 years and 5 months.

The ACJ219 and a shot from the Monsoon Cup party

Probably what is apparent are spending such as the RM200 million per year Monsoon Cup, the RM200 million ACJ219 delivered for PM ‘Flip-Fop’ Abdullah’s used in December 2006 and the 50 years Merdeka celebrations Soiree in Seri Perdana, where George Benson and Al Jarreau were paid to perform for only 200 private guests.

Welsh and Chin are by-far wrong about it was more democratic under PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah’s poor and weak leadership. Various UMNO outfits nationwide cancelled 14 of their invitations issued to Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, because of harassment by the authorities which include the Police and party leadership.

Former UMNO President and Kubang Pasu Division Chief Tun Dr. Mahathir’s attempt to be elected as a delegation was sabotaged by corrupting the branch delegates in August 2006.


Journos and bloggers were harassed the By Police, which include the use of the dreaded Internal Security Act (ISA). Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Kamaruddin and Sin Chew journo were detained under ISA in September 2008. So were bloggers Syed Azidi “Kickdefella” Al Bukhari and Abu Bakar “Penarik Beca”, who spent a few nights in Police lock up.

Let us not forget the arrest and detention of Sri Lankan born businessman BSA Tahir under ISA, under ‘instructions’ of powers from outside the country in 2004. He was released in 2008.

Even without aggregating all these and each of these cases analysed as a stand alone, it could easily proven Malaysia was weakened when PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s poor and weak leadership and ‘outsourced and syndicated’ the management of the nation to the ‘Level Four Boys’. Sleeping in the enemy, does not make the country stronger.

*Updated 0800hrs

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  1. And he’s greatest mistake is to let off anwar from jail…

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      Pls take your opinion elsewhere. Its no longer welcome here

    • Maybe also touching the actress in that photo that suggests happiness of orgasmic proportions. Islam Hadari allows that?

      Hope it’s ok to say those. I suppose .. so long as we are talking about Tun Dol – flip flopping, ehem ehem-ing …

      Don’t mind admitting a tweak of jealousy … haba haba

  2. I know of one KL High Court Suit which took 10 years because 5 judges refused to hear until the 6th dealt with it in 5 minutes during this period.

    • Been wondering who decides, when and which Judge to hear the cases, and how such decisions on these are made. The Registrar of Courts? On what basis does he decide, do you know?

      And who decides on the appointment of Judges, and how? I assume the Chief Justice prepares a short list, but have others any input? Yes, the PM advises the YDP Agong on the appointment, but has he the say i.e agreeing or rejecting the names on the CJ’s list?

      Tun Dr Mahathir held the reins pretty well on appointment of judges during his time, even got accused all sorts – is it being done during Tun Dol’s or Najib’s time, I wonder. I like it during TDM’s time, things were in order, it seemed to me, no Deputy Public Prosecutor almost suddenly appearing as a defence lawyer for the ex-convict he had prosecuted only a short while previously.

      And now the ruling that retired Judges can be defence lawyers, too. Does that not affect decorum and dignity of the learned people that Judges had in the past always appeared and shown to be? Not only be fair but seen to be fair and not allowed to change sides upon retirement. Can that same image continue if a Judge who has always been seen as neutral and to decide only on the facts presented before him but now are, as defence lawyers, very biased towards, and protect and defend, their clients?

      The present CJ said – after a Judges conference in Kota Bahru I think – that it’s OK to criticize, but after the Judges’ decision, not before. Is that the current norm in, say, Britain where the principles of our law came from?

      Sorry, so many questions, And you, or others here, are at liberty to respond or otherwise.

      • There was a distinct improvement after Dato Seri Najib became Prime Minister. This was his first commendable clean up job.

      • I’m not sure if it’s so. Especially when considering the Deputy Public Prosecutor becoming a defence lawyer for Al Juburi so soon after losing his case prosecuting Al Juburi. And the decision that Judges can become defence lawyers after retirement.

        Also the removal of ISA, EO, RRA and soon, the Sedition Act, which made the AG Chambers inundated with so much work, studying those laws, advising the pros and cons of repealing, drafting alternative laws, etc. All these take place during Najib’s time.

        Btw, are the AG Chambers involved in determining priorities of court cases? Requests for Certificates of Urgency can be filed by both sides, isn’t it. I wonder who decides “urgency in the national or public interest” for particular cases to be heard before others..

    • If Judges can refuse to hear cases other than recusing themselves on grounds of conflict of interest etc, and if the Registrar of Courts are the ones asking them to hear such cases, isn’t the Registrar representing the Chief Justice and he can ask the Chief Justice to weigh in on the matter. That 5-6 Judges refusing to hear is plausible under the situation since Tun Dol’s time, but Isn’t it ridiculous that such things happened?

      Theory always differs from practice, isn’t it – the theory is that the Judges assigned to hear the cases concerned should not refuse, but in practice they do. Isn’t this a mockery of the legal or the judicial system in the country, much more than what are said by the Opposition people?

      If the facts before the Judge made him feel and decided Anwar be let off in Sodomy II trial, so be it. But the Deputy Public Prosecutor soon after, appeared in a case where he defended Anwar – doesn’t that give the impression that he might not have worked that hard to secure Anwar’s conviction on the Sodomy II case?

      Again, it’s a matter of not only being right, but being seen to be right, isn’t it.

      Again, me asking many questions. Not wrong to ask those questions, isn’t it?

  3. Hahaha……Venezuela as Vietnam……this guy must be sleeping deep in his work. Pak Lah……..nasib baik kau dah blah…….or else this country would have been the laughing stock of the world.

  4. Yet many UMNO youth wanted KJ as the Ketua Pemuda.
    Don’t these youth read history ?
    or UMNO youth only read entertaintment !!!

  5. “the panel had the scrotal gumption….”

    “…Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Badawi’s “weakness” made Malaysia stronger with its people becoming more vocal and pushing for more democratic reforms….”

    Pak Lah obviously got none of those and because of that the Malay were push back and they have to concede a lot and what do they get in return? Instead of being grateful and work together with the Malay for the betterment of this country, majority of the Chinese choose to be confrontational and work against anything Malay/Islam.

    No matter what his defense is (sounds more like rumblings to me), facts and figures speak for themselves. His weakness brought this country staring down an economic and political abyss. Any longer we would have fallen straight down. Lets not forget that this was also the time when the long dormant Min Yuen and other subversive groups had risen again. So much so that a repeat of May 13 is not far fetch.

    How does that make Malaysia stronger?

    By the way, reader should be careful in interpreting the overused word “people/Malaysian” in this book. Often it is referring to a certain segment of the society, group of people or ethnicity as opposed to Malaysian as a whole.

    • I had c&p the following phrases before seeing your comment, but would like to comment here now:

      “Former Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mahadev Shankar said,

      “At that time, you will see the two male judges on the panel had the scrotal gumption to do the justice that the law required them to do,”

      Mahadev himself didn’t have scrotal gumption, did he? Or even scrotum?

      Gosh I like these Latin sounding words though I know only a few of them, unlike BD does.

      • He didn’t talk about Judges deciding to the best of their judgement based on the facts produced before them, did he, the scrotum man?

  6. if i may add BD:

    rise in the use of social media etc – it was mahathir who honored the ‘bill of guarantees’ when he foresaw he influence of technology on media, entertainment, communications. pak lah had nothing to do with it. he slept through it.

    islam hadari – hmmm….apa dah jadi ? awakening? dont know what he was trying to do here. it should have been ‘muslim hadari’. its the followers that need to be awakened and galvanised. islam is islam. why was there a need to call it something else? and i’m not an ulamak here.

    agriculture as a business – i think he tried here. but nothing happened. the joke is that he asked ‘deal-makers’ and stock analysts with cuff-links sitting in high towers to take the lead. of course it failed.

    opening the gates of government to CONsultants – i think the malaysian government is a rich hunting ground for these boys and girls now. cari makan. they are everywhere with their weasel languange and powerpoints. merata tempat, of all persuasion. take the money and run. government servants too confused and overawed by the language, so retreat to their usual lock-down mode.

    limbang – in his state visit to brunei pak lah made a premature announcement, saying that limbang dah ‘settle’. until the sultan of brunei rebutted it the next day. another faux pas at the highest level.

    zaid ibrahim said that pak lah had big shoes to fill.

    i beg to differ.

    as a rakyat i think he must have lost it somewhere, and malaysians today are paying the high price for it.


  8. Here you hv Welsh and Chin trying to spin that Sleepyhead Al Flip-Floppy as a weak man allowed Malaysia to be stronger.

    This is the most riddiculous notion. There has never been in the history of the organisation of man for the past 7,000 years that a sleeper-dozer and disoriented leader actually brought his dominions to greater heights.

    And he wasn’t that bright either. He knew so little of anything. Just look at his annual key note address as UMNO President. “Nothing new”, like what Mukhriz said in the 2007 PAU is something applicable every year’s UMNO AGM.

    KJ was an integral part of that weak leadership. Make no mistake about that!

    Sleepyhead sleeper-dozer brought the govt from a 198 strong controlled Dewan Rakyat to 140, just within one parliamentary term.

    There’s no way in hell that political volatilty made Malaysia strong.

    Now KJ already admitted he wants to take UMNO to become a centred party. This is in-synch with agenda that Welsh and Chin is doing with the book.

    • Unlike Tun M, its very rare that slumberjack gets invited to give keynote address or even speeches since retired.

      It is clear evidence how people, whether in Malaysia or elsewhere appreciate anything what he could offer to share and any thoughts that’s worth pondering.

      This is the man that Bridget Welsh and James Chin tried to ‘sell’!

      Shows how worthless of analysts they are.

  9. The day when the opposition supporters like Tun Dol very much its a sing he must be doing something good for them that they like. In reality Tun Dol was an opposition within UMNO taking advise from KJ who is very liberal and pro opposition too.

  10. Ladies and Gentlemen, nearly RM 1 Trillion illegally flowed out between 2003 to 2009.

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