Friday, March 27, 2009

Autocracy Or Atonement ?

Hantu Laut

So! Najib got his dream team after all, if not all, at least most of it.With the exception of the Youth and Wanita wings nearly all his men are in place at the top echelon of the party.

The casualties among ministers and menteri besar would see some changes in the cabinet line-up.At least there would be a new Home Minister, new Foreign Minister and new Minister of Tourism. Another vacancy that may be in the offing is the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumers Affairs presently under Shahrir Abdul Samad.He lost his bid for a seat on the Supreme Council.

Najib has plenty of room to make major changes to the cabinet and those ministers who failed to secure victory have made life easier for Najib to overhaul the cabinet and infuse new blood into the lacklustre cabinet

From the new crop of leaders, many are uninspiring, unimpressive and known quantities. Maybe, Najib should start looking for professional ministers and engage them on contract basis especially for crucial ministries like the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Trade and Industry.These two ministries are the crucial conveyors in spurring economic growth to overcome the economic and financial crisis.

Sabah got a big shot in the arm when Shafie Apdal won one of the vice-presidents and Chief Minister Musa Aman got one of the highest number of votes in the Supreme Council.The head of Puteri was also won by Sabahan Rosnah Abdul Rashid Sharlin. Sabah also secured 2 more seats in the Supreme Council, Lajim Ukin and the controversial bocor MP Bung Moktar Radin.

Well, you can't put a good guy down and Malaysia must have court jesters not only in Parliament but also in every political party supreme councils, otherwise, Malaysian politics would be such a pallid and boring affairs.

It must be the saddest day for Ali Rustam.Looking at the votes obtained by 'Double-Barrelled Muhammad' he could have put up a good fight against Muhyiddin.

It will not be easy ride for Najib with Muhyiddin as No.2 because if he can't perform satisfactorily instability in the party will not leave him in peace and Muhyiddin is not a man who is going to sit around and let the party slide further down into the abyss, likewise, don't expect Mahathir to be sitting quietly in the corner.

All eyes are on Najib now, how he chooses his cabinet, how he tackles the economic crisis and most crucial of all how he deals with the oppositions. Many in UMNO believe a return to autocracy would fortify UMNO. This simplistic and outmoded political philosophy if simply put...... is a political suicide.

A return to Mahathirism is not the answer, atonement would be more likely what Malaysians are looking forward to.


kittykat46 said...

Najib will probably keep Al-Blur. He's very good and obediet at doing the dirty wet-jobs, which is, I suspect, exactly what Najib intends to do.

In systematic problem solving, you are trained to first do 'Containment Action' - immediate measures to stabilise the situation and prevent further spread of the problem. Then you study and carry out 'Long Term Solutions'.

I think Najib's 'Containment Action' will be using the Iron-Fist to clear him some free space from the PR onslaught, especially Anwar Ibrahim.

My opinion is THAT will ultimately be BN's death warrant, but we can see its already starting.

Anonymous said...




HL !

“It is acknowledged, namely, that there are in the world three forms of government, autocracy, oligarchy, and democracy: autocracies and oligarchies are administered according to the tempers of their lords, but democratic states according to established laws.”

~ Aeschines quote

“Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.”

~ Benjamin Franklin quotes (American Statesman, Scientist, Philosopher, Printer, Writer and Inventor. 1706-1790)

Anonymous said...

There are in the world three forms of government,

3)and democracy.

a government in which one person has uncontrolled or unlimited authority over others; the government or power of an absolute monarch.

(Government by a single person having unlimited power; despotism.)

a form of government in which all power is vested in a few persons or in a dominant class or clique; government by the few.

(Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families.)

a government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

(Government by the people, exercised either directly or through elected representatives.)


(The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community.)


(Government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is retained and directly exercised by the people. )

“We need to teach the next generation of children from Day One that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear.”

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross quotes (Swiss-American psychiatrist and author )

Hantu Laut ,

What say you !?

Haaaaa.....anyhow have good day !

vinnan said...

UMNO atone for what? You mean 'Ketuanan Melayu' is incorrect and voting in a person found to be corrupt is also incorrect. F;;;k dream on and wait for UMNO to eventually kill itself.

SM said...


Yet another well organized sandiwara (except for a little hoo-haa when they shouted Khairy Penipu, Khairy Rasuah!) by UMNO.
One of the many flaws of UMNO, starting from the President down, is that they always put "Party" first, not Country!
It's always untuk Parti dan Negara or Bangsa, Parti & Nagara. NEVER Negara & Parti.
Najib asked the people to judge him by his actions & not waht the Opposition are saying (always blame the Opposition for any wrong yo do & say it's lies!). I would like to do that but looking at what's been happening over the last few weeks...Naaaaaahhhhhhh...all I see is more sandiwara!

Anonymous said...

Now that Najib is President, Mahathir is rejoining UMNO hoping to give instructions to Najib. Badawi is no softy man; he does not take instructions from this sour grapes racist divide and rule man. It wont be long before he meets with his Maker and Mr. Kutty

Hantu Laut said...


You can make comment but there is no need for nastiness.It goes to show the shallowness of a person.