Muhyiddin urges Pak Lah to speed up hand-over of power

KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today took one step closer to a confrontation with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, after urging him to set a timetable for the speedy handover of power. He cautioned the Umno party president that things will be unstable in the ruling party until there was a clear succession plan.

In an interview with Reuters, he said: “There is a need for the (succession) plan to be put in place now rather than later. The prime minister has mentioned that Najib is his successor. But the question people are asking is, when? I cannot answer that.

“The best option is for both leaders to sit down and be open about things.” Bowing to pressure from the ground, Abdullah has said that he will contest the party elections and hand over power to his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak before the end of the term, possibly by 2010. But his critics argue that if he stays on too long it would give his successor much time to reform Umno and help Barisan Nasional regain the support of non-Malays.

Full article here.


“The prime minister has mentioned that Najib is his successor. But the question people are asking is, when?”

I seriously don’t want Najib to be the next prime minister. And in the context that Barisan Nasional doesn’t form the federal government, I don’t even want Najib to be the Opposition leader.

If Muhyiddin is serious about his case against Pak Lah as the leader of UMNO, then for goodness sake, HE should do something about it.

Why, if UMNO is a democratic party like what they claim, is the next person up to be the President of UMNO decided by the current President? Does this not just overrule whatever democracy there supposedly is?

If anything, Muhyiddin should run for the top post in UMNO. Either that, or be the running mate to Ku Li, supposing that he gets enough support. But please don’t be the running mate to Najib, or even sit on the sidelines and wait for Pak Lah to say: “Nah, Najib, here’s your President’s chair.”

The question about WHEN Najib is going to succeed Pak Lah’s spot is not on my list of questions, really. I don’t even want to ask that question. If at all, Najib is out of the equation for me. Too much baggage.

My one question for UMNO and whoever who will speak up for UMNO is this: “When are you going to finally get over yourselves, and start doing your job?”


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