PM: Everyone is at fault but mePosted: April 7, 2008
Looks like our Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is not only continuing on with the blame game, but actually stepping on the pedal, and going further still.
Just in the Star Online alone, there are articles upon articles in which Abdullah is reported to be blaming others for BN’s bad showing in the GE2008, UMNO’s lack of democracy, the bad state of judiciary, lack of media freedom.. And the list just goes on and on.
Abdullah hits out at his critics
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has struck back by hitting out at Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for their criticism of his leadership.
Stressing that he was not a lembik (soft) Prime Minister, Abdullah said there were many things that were not right in the previous Prime Minister’s reign, citing the 1987 Operasi Lalang crackdown, the erosion of confidence in the judiciary and lack of freedom in the media as examples.
He also said Umno was deregistered under Dr Mahathir’s leadership (in 1988) “but we never asked him to step down”.
“There is no stopping his slew of accusations. He claims there is no freedom of media. Does he not remember that during his time, he asked the media to ‘block out’ stories and photos of (former Prime Minister) Tun Hussein Onn and not give coverage to certain people?
“As for Operasi Lalang, don’t forget who’s responsible,” he said, in reference to the 1987 crackdown in which over 100 people were arrested under the Internal Security Act for purportedly causing racial tension and posing a threat to national security.
On the judiciary, Abdullah said the problems did not start during his era.
On Razaleigh’s recent open criticism of his leadership, Abdullah said the Gua Musang MP should “cermin diri” (take a good look at himself) .
“He was the reason Barisan lost Kelantan to PAS in the first place,” he said, adding that the Kelantan leader had done nothing to win the state back.
He also pointed out that when [Datuk Seri] Anwar [Ibrahim] was the country’s number two he (Anwar) too tried to control the media in terms of what came out on TV and in print.
“Although he was the deputy prime minister, he was already acting as the alternative leader to Dr Mahathir,” he said.
Full article here.
It seems like that’s not all. Not only is he blaming those people, he’s also starting to point his fingers inwards, into UMNO itself. Seems that, after a long period of “contemplating” on why they lost so badly in the last GE, they’ve decided that it was an inside job, and if not for “saboteurs”, they wouldn’t have lost the states of Kedah and Perak.
PM blames loss of Kedah and Perak on Umno members
KUALA LUMPUR: Sabotage by Umno members caused Barisan Nasional to lose Perak and Kedah to the Opposition, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
“The act of sabotage has already taken place. If not for it, we would not have lost the two-thirds majority and two state governments. We would not have lost Perak and Kedah if not for the act by our own party members,” he told reporters after a closed-door briefing session with about 1,000 Umno grassroots leaders at the Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.
Abdullah said disciplinary action would be taken against the saboteurs.
Asked why the act of sabotage had taken place and what kind of action would be taken against the saboteurs, Abdullah said: “It is a matter for the party’s disciplinary committee. Leave it to the committee to decide.”
Umno information chief Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib said sabotage was one of the issues emphasised by the party president and the party would carry out investigations against those involved.
Asked on who were behind the sabotage, Muhammad said: “One example is those who were dropped and later did not support the nominated candidate and told voters to back the Opposition.”
Full article here.
Doesn’t he know when to stop? It almost seems like everyone is at fault, except himself, and perhaps “the chosen few” who can never do wrong.
And here I thought that they were really going to be doing so self-reflecting.
These articles do not put him in good light, despite what his “advisors” might be telling him. Because I doubt that he would be talking and acting like this on his own account. He may say that he’s no lembik leader, but it’s quite apparent that he takes his advisors very seriously, and almost always does as they say. Either his advisors are seriously trying to bury him alive, or they themselves aren’t thinking straight.
And to think, that these acts of sabotage, and the blaming of others, are the supposed “explanations” for the BN’s bad showing. And this was during a speech to the 1,000 grassroot leaders of UMNO!
And I seriously can’t believe that they would actually “welcome” excuses like these as valid explanations. Read here.
I’m guessing that either there was something in the water, or they are just too desperate to put on a united front. Because I just don’t want to believe that out of the 1,000 grassroot leaders of UMNO, not even one of them found this blame game to be ridiculously nonsensical. But if it so happens that all of them really genuinely welcome this “explanation”, then I guess UMNO will have it coming then.