Pak Lah and Najib switch jobsPosted: September 17, 2008
Now Pak Lah is Defense Minister, and Najib has taken over the Finance Ministry.
Could this mean that Pak Lah is giving more and more power over to Najib?
Najib is quoted to have said:
“Giving me this post shows he is magnanimous, it shows his sincerity in picking me as his successor.”
Whether it shows Pak Lah’s sincerity, I don’t know. But it shows to me that Pak Lah is trying to keep Najib on his side. And Pak Lah wants this enough to let go of the most important portfolio in Government.
But then again, if we were to think on the other side of the coin for a minute, could it be because of this?
“In terms of qualification and intelligence, the most qualified person to become prime minister is Najib,” an economist with a local investment bank who requested anonymity told The Malaysian Insider, referring to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
“He has an economics background, and in terms of getting into and understanding issues, he is in a better state than the prime minister.”
The link to the article in Malaysian Insider is “dead”, I extracted this from an email I received of the same article.
If Najib is indeed better qualified in terms of the economy, then this might be a good move. But with the Budget still hanging and awaiting the final reading in Parliament, I wonder if this is the best time to do this. Would Najib then change the proposals in the Budget?
Then yet another “reason” behind this sudden switch in portfolios could be due to the sudden pressure from the likes of Ku Li, Muhyiddin and the pending ‘return’ of Dr M into the scenes. Making it all crowded in the top end of UMNO, where the powers dwell. Pak Lah must be getting hot under the collar by now, if not earlier than this.
As for Pak Lah taking over Defense, I have no comment. I don’t know enough about what the Defense Ministry actually does to pass anything off-handedly. I don’t even know whether the military falls under the Defense Ministry or under the Agong entirely.
And apparently, Nazri will be named the person to take over Zaid Ibrahim’s place as Law Minister, following his resignation due to his ‘difference of ideals’ about the use of the ISA. This is unconfirmed as yet.
And what do I think of Nazri? I don’t have good things to say about him. Nazri and Zaid had a debate a couple of years back about the setting up of a judicial commission in regards to appointing judges, not unlike the one that Zaid was proposing in the Cabinet that got shot down. I’ll post the link here when I find it. (Added: Read HERE) From reading the debate that went on, I would say that my impression of Nazri was not good.
And then, let’s not forget that Nazri was the guy who said that the government was keeping the ISA intact because apparently ‘the people want the ISA’. His logic? Because if the people didn’t want the ISA, the people wouldn’t keep voting BN into power time and time again. (I’ll try to find a link for this one as well.)
He equated BN to the ISA? Not a very smart move, now is it?