Pak Lah:Let’s put keris issue to restPosted: April 29, 2008
KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 ─ Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi wants everyone to stop making an issue over Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein apologising for brandishing a keris during Umno’s general assembly three years ago.
Describing the Umno Youth chief’s apology as a brave and sincere move, he said the matter should be put to rest.
Abdullah said Hishammuddin apologised on his own volition and without asking for any advice from him as the Umno president or deputy president Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“I can say here it was a bold step because he was aware some Malays might be unhappy about it. But at least in apologising, he made it clear to the non-Malays the important role the keris had in the Malay community,” he told reporters after chairing a meeting of Umno’s Supreme Council yesterday.
Abdullah was commenting on Hishammuddin apologising to non-Malays as well as Malays over the issue during the Barisan Nasional (BN) Youth central committee meeting on Friday, which drew mixed reaction.
The Prime Minister also asked all quarters not to view it as having any agenda as the keris is part and parcel of Malay culture.
“I also do not wish for this issue to be prolonged and don’t make it a political issue because it is not related,” he said, adding that it also showed Umno’s willingness to take corrective measures in the context of BN brotherhood.
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Well. Although I don’t have to agree with everything that Pak Lah is saying, but at the very least, I agree with him on one thing. Let’s just put it to rest. Especially those UMNO people who are taking this chance to ask Hishammuddin to resign and all that. This is not the time. I want to see him gone too. But not this way.
Let’s not make it into a bigger issue than it actually is. Let’s not blow things up. Or else, the next generation’s perception of the keris might just be as crooked as the weapon itself.
On the issue of UMNO people not doing what they’re supposed to be doing, and instead, blowing other things out of proportion, Pak Lah has something to say
Pak Lah: UMNO must serve, stop politicking
KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 — Fifty-one days after his ruling Barisan Nasional coalition was mauled at the polls, Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the party should serve the people’s needs instead of getting distracted by internal politicking.
“Our party problems should not overshadow what the people need,” Abdullah, who heads the Barisan Nasional government for a second term, told the media after chairing an Umno supreme council meeting in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
But the prime minister remained firm on the task at hand to contain rising food and fuel prices, ensure food security and critical reforms in the country’s judiciary and anti-corruption services.
“We lost a lot of votes and also lost power in a few states. But we have formed the federal government and control the government in the other states. The people want us to serve and implement our programmmes,” Abdullah said.
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Well, he should have said this some time ago, when all this hoo-hah nonsense was just starting. Now, UMNO has dug itself an even deeper hole after going one another. But still, as they say, later is better than never. And UMNO members would do good to heed this piece of advice from their leader, whether they like him or not.
It’s about time they put their petty differences aside for the moment, and think about what they can do for the people and the country. Political parties are not always the most important. They must remember their duties to the rakyat, if they know what’s good for them.