UMNO self-explodingPosted: May 25, 2008
UMNO is seriously exploding by itself. Now Muhyiddin has decided to come out about where he stands in all this squabble on whether Pak Lah should remain as head of UMNO, and subsequently, the country.
Muhyiddin reveals his hand, he wants Pak Lah to go
KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — The charade is over. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants Abdullah to step aside. At least that was the sting of the words he used when speaking to Federal Territory party members yesterday. “Pak Lah is my friend, but can he manage the current situation? He’s a good man, but the situation has changed. I am being sincere,” said the Umno vice-president, who has been ambivalent at best since Election 2008 on the prospect of Abdullah remaining in power.
“We cannot have a weak leader managing challenging circumstances. I am not saying this about present leadership, you can decide for yourself,” he said.
Muhyiddin then went on to give instances of weak leadership. He said that he brought to Abdullah’s attention the need for Sabah and Sarawak to have adequate representation in the Cabinet.
“But now look at situation,” he said, referring to disappointment by Sabah BN over the allocation of only three ministerial positions to the state.
Then Muhyiddin turned to the standoff over the appointment of the menteris besar of Perlis and Terengganu with the Malay Rulers which eventually resulted in Abdullah backing down.
“Why? Because of weak leadership. You say you’re strong, but you’re weak. I am going to speak as I’m a vice-president. Many people are still in denial,” he said.
Full article here.
Personally, I still think he’s being slightly ambivalent about all this. It’s almost as if you need to read in between the lines slightly to get what he is getting at. On one hand, he says that he is “not saying this about the present leadership”, and then he goes on to give examples of bad leadership by Pak Lah. If he’s talking about Pak Lah, then he might as well just come right out and say, Pak Lah is a bad leader. End of story.
I mentioned in my previous post that leaders, who are leaders, should at least come out in thje open about where they stand, and not hedge for too long, as it will leave their followers not knowing where to go. I guess in a way, Muhyiddin is making his stand known now.
But guess what Zaid Ibrahim is saying?
KOTA BARU, May 25 — Barisan Nasional (BN) and Umno must be more firm when dealing with members who openly criticise national leaders and government policies whether within or outside the Dewan Rakyat.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said Umno and the BN should not allow such individuals to continuously make such criticisms openly as it could tarnish the government’s image.
BN members should take part in explaining the policies and reforms carried out by the government instead of criticising them, he told reporters here yesterday.
He said BN members who disagreed with the government policies should not be with the government and suggested that they became independent members of parliament like Datuk Ibrahim Ali of Pasir Mas.
Zaid said the call by a handful of BN members for the resignation of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as the prime minister was immature as this would not guarantee that the problems in the party could be resolved. — Bernama
Original article here.
Straight away, a difference in views. So what would Zaid propose to do to the likes of Mukhriz, Muhyiddin, Ku Li, and a whole lot of other UMNO members who are asking Pak Lah to step down? Dr M has already done what Zaid is now proposing, he has left UMNO. And be assured that this is not going to stop Dr M from firing more bullets at Pak Lah. They’ll come with more ammo now too.
UMNO is really imploding now. Imploding at a rate that is so many more times faster than it is trying to heal itself. They can be certain of one thing, whether or not Pak Lah steps down, and that is that this imploding will leave UMNO bruised and battered.
They had better stop this, whatever it is. Sit down around a table and talk it through. Whatever. This is just getting out of hand.
Whether or not Anwar is true to his word, and whether or not Pakatan Rakyat really does manage to form the Federal Government by Malaysia Day this year, it doesn’t matter. Because UMNO will still have to pick themselves up. If there comes a time when they are the opposition, they have to be a strong opposition.
I don’t have anything against UMNO, I just have something against most of its corrupted leaders. Whatever that they are doing to themselves now cannot be good for UMNO, and neither is it good for Barisan Nasional. And since they’re the government now, it’s not good for the country either.
Snap out of it already.
Give us good governance. That’s all we ask for. And I seriously couldn’t care less if it’s Pak Lah, Ku Li, or Muhyiddin who is the PM. (Just don’t give me Najib) If you can’t settle this family problem, then I suggest you just stand aside and let the big guys do the job while you children do the 3L’s – Look, Listen, Learn.