Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Malaysia wracked by slow, uncertain leadership change

Hantu Laut

An interesting article from the 'Vancouver Sun' that pretty much sum up what went wrong with the politics in Malaysia.Although I don't agree with the government inflation figure(I think it's higher) it has placed Malaysia's inflation at a scary 27 %, which should send shivers down the spines of the boys at the Ministry of Finance.I am sure readers can spot other inaccuracies in the report.


Malaysia wracked by slow, uncertain leadership change

Jonathan Manthorpe, Vancouver Sun

Published: Monday, September 29, 2008

Malaysia, once one of the most politically stable and financially sound countries of Southeast Asia, is being wracked by the uncertainty of a seemingly interminable transfer of power.

Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, a courteous but ineffectual leader, has been on the skids since the ruling coalition led by the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), narrowly retained power in March elections.

Significant factions within UMNO want Abdullah to resign soon and hand over the party leadership and government to his deputy, Najib Razak.

These calls for Abdullah's head are driven by the apparent resurgence of Anwar Ibrahim, the previously disgraced UMNO deputy leader and now head of the opposition People's Alliance coalition.

Anwar claims there have been so many defections from the ruling alliance since March that he now controls a majority of seats in parliament and should be prime minister.

But despite the economic decline that sees inflation at 27 per cent and capital flight accompanying this political uncertainty, no one will wield the knife on Abdullah. It's a measure of the supreme importance of good manners and respect for power in Malaysian society.

"We want to ensure that the power transition process does not affect Abdullah's honour. It must be done in a dignified manner," said Trade Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday. Read more....

6 comments:

SM said...

HL,

I guess we don't need a foreign report to "see" what's happening to our Beloved Cpountry!
Here's Bakri Musa's latest article:-

http://mt.m2day.org/2008/content/view/13182/84/

I think he (Bakri) is spot on. While the two top leaders of our country "haggle" & flip-flop about thier political careers...the Nation is fast going downwards!

Don't you think that someone (even if it is not DSAI) should do something? Maybe it's Ku Li, but I guess he has his own agenda & we have to watch out for TDM...he's lurking like a Vampire in a dark corner, waiting to suck our blood again!
Over the years, we have "lost" hundreds (maybe even more) of our "cream" i.e. the Brain-drain, which the BN Govt (even in Parlimentary debates) have denied! It's still going on...how much more can our country take?
We are a country divided, lost, without a rudder & still these "traitors" (yes, they are traitors as they have betrayed the Rakyat's trust) are still "playing" games!
The Govt. has always maintained a low Inflation Rate based on "controlled items" (oh God, how stupid do they think we are? Well, I guess we are, since we voted for them!).
How much more can we take? God help us!

balan said...

Agreed,

While Anwar, Abdullah and Najib slug it out, the nation suffers.

Wish some UMNO divisions will nominate Muyyidin for the top post.

http://balankumarpremakumaran.blogspot.com/

Faizal Zakaria's Blog said...

Selamat menyambut hari lebaran semuanya :-)
Saya doakan semuanya berbahagia dan selamat pulang ke destinasi ;-)





Amalan Rasuah Dan Pemuda UMNO Perlu Dibersihkan ;-)
http://pro-faizal.blogspot.com

Hantu Laut said...

sm,
I think the nation will come together soon.

It is usually the problem that the man in the driver's seat always cannot see his own faults until the car crashes.

I think we will not come to that, there will be a compromise.

Personally I think Abdullah is not a bad person but there are forces behind him who wanted him to stay in power to serve their own agenda.

Hantu Laut said...

balan,
Change in UMNO will come soon, if not they will lose the government.

Hantu Laut said...

faizal zakaria
Terima kasih,ucapan yang sama kepada anda.Jika pulang kampong berhati-hati memandu kereta.'Better late than never'