Pak Lah, we support you. No wait, Pak Lah, step down.Posted: April 20, 2008
That’s the lingo that UMNO members are going about. One minute, they’re saying to the press that they want UMNO President and present Prime Minister of Malaysia to step down, and make way for Najib to take the helm. After the press has published this piece of news, they make another announcement that they support Pak Lah, and chide the other UMNO members for asking him to step down.
And today is not the first day. It’s been going on since the General Elections were over, and that was about more than a month ago. When are they finally going to stop bickering?
i’ve posted many other entries here about this see-saw situation. But what’s in the news TODAY, is still going on the same sentiment:
Kota Baru UMNO members pledge loyalty to PM
KOTA BARU: Kota Baru Umno members pledged at a meeting yesterday their loyalty to the party and gave their full support to party president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The chairman of the meeting, Wan Mokhtar Wan Abdul Rahman, said the meeting was called to discuss the direction of the Kota Baru Umno division and to give full support to Abdullah in his efforts to rehabilitate the party after the March 8 election.
Full article here.
Dr Khir urges Abdullah to step down now
PETALING JAYA: Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has urged the Prime Minister to hasten the power transition plan – or risk pulling down the Deputy Prime Minister with him.
“Previously, I had written about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi needing to execute an exit plan as urged by many quarters, including Umno Johor,” said Dr Khir.
“The transition does not seem to be happening anytime soon, creating a few possible scenarios – one of them being the loss of public confidence in Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak,” said Dr Khir in his blog in an April 19 posting.
Full article here.
Asking Abdullah to step down is foolish
KOTA KINABALU, April 19 (Bernama) — Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz says it is foolish of some Umno leaders to ask Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to resign.
“I think what the people want now is for us to start governing the nation. They are tired of being told what to do, now they want us to govern, not Umno telling them that Pak Lah is not fit to be the prime minister,” he said.
Asked for his opinion on some ministers who had also asked Abdullah to step down, Nazri said: “Just because they are ministers, it doesn’t mean they know everything. Not all ministers are clever. (Surprise! He actually KNOWS!)
Full article here.
Ah, all different takes on what Abdullah should do, or what he shouldn’t do, or what he must do. And all coming from within the same family, the same party. All of it coming from within UMNO.
When are they going to stop all this, and do what they’re supposed to do? They who were elected are supposed to be doing what they were elected to do. They’re supposed to be governing. Supposed to be making policies. Supposed to make life better for the rest of us down here. They were definitely NOT voted to bicker amongst themselves about who should lead the party.
I find exceptionally disturbing what Dr Khir had to say about why Abdullah has to step down. He says that if he stays at his post any longer, he’s going to take Najib down with him? That many UMNO members would lose confidence? That the people will not vote for BN during a by-election with Anwar as the opposition? It’s all quite unfounded, really.
How much does Dr Khir know about the confidence that the rakyat have? Sure, most of us have lost confidence in Pak Lah’s leadership, but that doesn’t mean that most of us want Najib to take his place. In fact, many opinions that I have heard is that they’d rather keep Pak Lah up there than have Najib take the helm, if that was all the choice they had.
All this is speculation, and mostly my own opinion. But to be totally honest, I really don’t want to care anymore. It’s about time this see-saw thing stopped. It’s time to start working.