Wednesday 16 April 2008

Arrogant overconfident Malaysian PM rejects pressure to unveil exit plan


See this report in the Straits Times of Singapore, dated 14th April 2008. HERE

Here are a few edited extracts from the article:-

Despite mounting demands to quickly reveal his plans to hand over to his deputy Najib Razak, he (Abdullah) said succession talks would only take place after UMNO's internal leadership election scheduled to be held in December 2008.

'Delegates will continue to give me support during the party election and they will put me as president and Najib as deputy,' he told reporters.

Foreign Minister Rais Yatim had indicated earlier that Abdullah's time frame was not adequate, telling the official BERNAMA news agency that UMNO members had the right to ask Abdullah to step down, or announce a succession plan.

'I feel if the succession plan is announced, then the grass-root leaders would know the time frame, and that is good to stabilise the party.

The grass-roots should be allowed to say what they feel,' he said.

Pressure on the Malaysian PM also came from Trade Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, an influential UMNO vice-president, who said that UMNO would 'fade away' if there were no immediate changes to the leadership.

'I think the sentiments are boiling at the grass-roots.

Therefore, if change does not happen in UMNO, many adverse things will surface,'
he said according to a newspaper interview.

'Will it be able to redeem its loss while we face the wave of new political thinking or will we collapse into the political chasm for good?' he asked.

We are living in interesting times!

Eventus stultorum magister

- Events are the teacher of the stupid person.
Stupid people learn by experience, bright people calculate what to do

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