Sunday, October 29, 2006

"Be more tolerant to boost multi-racial ties"

PM: Be more tolerant to boost multi-racial ties

Prime Minister Pak Lah has called on Malaysians to learn to be more tolerant so that race and religion will no longer be sensitive issues in the future. Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the country’s economic success was due to the people's hard work and the tolerance among them. However, he added, the issues of religion and race were still sensitive matters despite Malaysia having attained independence almost 50 years ago.

“I hope the people will train themselves to become more tolerant so that these issues will no longer be sensitive in years to come,” he said in his speech at the national Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House here last night.

Abdullah said the country’s development was aimed at helping all Malaysians. “If there are policies which appear to favour certain groups, these have only been decided upon after considering all factors, including the 'balance' that has to be achieve,” he said.

Friday, October 27, 2006

"I Didn't Say Much, I Wanted Tun To Have His Say"

The 2 hour Dilemma of 2 PM

I always love Anita Mui's song:

"Why, why, tell me why..."

NST also copied the style today...

But the 3-whys did not portray the right questions that was posed by Mahathir, or even attempt to rebut them.

I find it extremely amused and interesting on one aspect:

Mahathir said:

I had to talk for 1 1/2 hour of the 2 hour dialogue.

All he did was to write down all what I said, that's all.

He gave me no answer to all the problems I posed."

Pak Lah respond:

He comes here to talk, so I let him talk lah.

He likes to talk, and if I intercept, it's bad manners.

I wanted to give him maximum opportunity to raise all the issues that was bothering him. Even when he said things untrue I held my tongue. My attitude from the start was to give him the chance to talk until the cow comes home (the bold is my own emphasis, absolutely mine).

We agreed to meet for 2 hours, and he uses 1 1/2 hour, so left only 1/2 hour for me, mana cukup to reply all his allegation?

He met me and said everything he want to say. I have to take time to respond. (I need time mah... a bit late but never too late)

Now, he blames me!

The mild mannered PM now resort to use insidious language. "...this time [he] attacked me with stronger doses of venom ...what to do?

Venom? wow, harsh, harsh, harsh! The toothless tiger now can bite...

Thursday, October 26, 2006

"Doses of Venom"

Doses of Venom...


Read the full transcript of PM's latest interview here.




After venom, gobble up?

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Thursday, October 19, 2006


Klang's Istana Idaman: Pak Lah Says It's Unacceptable But...

First things first. Congrats and bravo to theSun for standing up against this blatant, farcical case.

Aww....I so admire him, he's finally our Justice Bao after all...awww...I'm so gonna vote for him at the next election. You are my hero!!!!


KEPALA BATAS: The action of the Port Klang Assemblyman who built his mansion without planning permission has roused the ire of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Acknowledging the people's anger with Datuk Zainal @ Zakaria Mat Deros, he said the Selangor government will act according to the relevant laws.

"From the people's perspective, this action is not acceptable as we are the ruling government and he holds a position representing the government," he said.

"Of course, the people will be unhappy about this. Even if he wanted to do (build his mansion), he should have obtained permission. When he went ahead to build without permission, of course people will be upset and angry about such incidents."

Zakaria, who was slated to be reappointed Klang Municipal Councillor, is building the four-storey mansion among low-cost houses in Pandamaran on land alienated to his wife. The swearing-in ceremony has since been postponed till after Hari Raya.

He also owed annual assessment for his existing house, which occupies two lots, for 12 years, amounting to RM5,433.60.

It is learnt that Zakaria paid up all assessment he and two Umno offices owed to the council. A council official said Zakaria's representative issued a cheque yesterday afternoon for RM46,118.60, reports Terence Fernandez.

Zakaria paid up following a warning by Klang Municipal Council president Abdul Bakir Zin that he should settle the arrears or face seizure of his property.

Asked about this earlier, Abdullah said Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo briefed him on Tuesday on actions that would be taken against Zakaria, who had also been informed.

"I leave it to him (Khir) to take the appropriate action against Zakaria according to the necessary laws," he said.

(On Wednesday, Khir said Zakaria could be fined only 10 times the submission fee of RM2,400 for not getting planning permission).

Asked if Umno would act against Zakaria since it was the party which appointed him to the council, the Umno president said the offences committed by Zakaria were not related to party matters, but were against local government laws.

Hold your guns, mate! Read on further:

Asked for his views on the report that three members of the same family (Zakaria, his son and his daughter-in-law) would be appointed to the MPK, Abdullah said: "This is usually left to the council and state government to decide. There is nothing wrong if all of them have the necessary qualifications to serve in the council.

"However, they must ensure that while serving, they must not be involved in decisions related to the family. Khir informed me that all three of them have the necessary criteria to serve."

In Putrajaya, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who chairs the cabinet committee on local government, said the government will review the practice of appointing family members to one local council. He said such a thing had never happened and the government would evaluate the situation.

"We will have to review this thing, of certain local councils having family members in it," he said after chairing the first cabinet committee meeting on investment.

On Wednesday, Khir had said there was nothing to prohibit law-breakers (as in failure to submit building plans) from becoming councillors and the political system allowed those who held party positions to be made councillors.

Zakaria's daughter in-law is slated to serve a second term and his son is to be appointed councillor.

So, what's the 'necessary requirements', one may ask. For all I know, it's all about whether you have the guns to play the CCN (corruption, cronyism, nepotism) game...

Kids, this is a fine example of 'pot NOT calling the kettle black'. If he has his 'family council' in the government, I don't see why not for these Little Napoleons!

Presenting....Malaysia's 'Justice Bao' and his happy family... [Source]

Friday, October 13, 2006

"I still command majority support today"

Back-to-back CNN Talk Asia Interview With Pak Lah and Dr. M

UPDATED: Some excerpts of the interview, from Bernama:

PM Dismisses "Political Suicide" By Reversing Dr M's Decisions

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 14 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has dismissed the notion that he may be committing "political suicide" by reversing some of the decisions made by his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and be seen as rolling back on everything the latter had put in place.

Admitting that Dr Mahathir is still being held in the highest regard by many people after 22 years leading the country, the prime minister said he too commanded majority support.

"No, no, no, I don't think it's a political suicide. He has been saying a lot of things, I've decided to keep quiet and to go on doing what I want to do.

"And the people want me to do what I want to do. And I have and I still command majority support today," he said in an interview with Anjali Rao in the "Talk Asia" programme aired by Cable News Network (CNN) Saturday.

Abdullah also pointed out that not everybody appreciated it when Dr Mahathir began his criticism.

He, however, said despite his silence, he did not ignore Dr Mahathir's criticisms and have made necessary adjustments if the criticisms were relevant.

"And some I can't accept," he said when asked by Anjali if he ignored Dr Mahathir's criticism of him.

The prime minister also dismissed a suggestion that he was rolling back everything Dr Mahathir had put in place by calling off some mega projects namely a new bridge linking Malaysia and Singapore.

"Not everything he put in place. No. Vision 2020, his biggest achievement, that's my target too. That we share, I share the vision. I have developed what I call a national mission. The mission is very big in order to achieve that vision," he said.

Abdullah said he believed there were other things the Government could do to develop this country.

"We are very practical about our approach and the bridge has nothing to do with the life and death of Malaysia," he said.

To a question whether Malaysia could have achieved such a major success if Dr Mahathir did not rule the way he did, Abdullah said as the prime minister for 22 years, Dr Mahathir had achieved considerable success for the country.

"We are proud of his achievements. That's a fact," he said.

On Singapore founding father Lee Kuan Yew's remark on Sept 15 that Malaysian Chinese are being "systematically marginalised", Abdullah reiterated that it was a groundless allegation.

"Yes, it's groundless. And it is an issue that can cause unhappiness to many people. Why? Some may even regard it as tantamount to interfering with what we are doing.

"The Chinese in Malaysia are doing well. They are better off than the indigenous people, than the Malays," he said.

He said the Malaysian Chinese achieved what they have today because the Government provided them opportunities to be successful.


Read from MKini also if you have the subscription.

I have lost count on the number of times he had said 'I'm in control', 'I'm still the PM', 'I still have the mandate' already.

Saturday, October 7, 2006

We're Ready

PM: I am Ready!

PM: We're ready! This is our final assault in human capital development. Malaysia had reached the base camp and is ready for the final assault. The strong, steadfast and confident climbers had continued climbing but we will make the leap to the peak of glory.

Are you really ready? I thought you said you still have plenty of time left?

But are you really ready? I am perplexed! Do you know and understand what is human capital management? It is about globalisation and liberalisation and tapping the best irrespective of color and creed, paying value for money. It may mean the end of the NEP and those priority givings and handouts. It may mean a radical revamp of the current system administrators, selecting on the most competent and dedicated, those with the passion to succeed. It will hurt your party members and rent-seekers. It will hurt your politicians pocket. It may mean some people will be sidelined in favour of others and it may mean bringing in more foreigners to fill the places based on meritocracy and competency. It may hurt your political ambition. Do you have a performance measurement system to measure the key result areas? Do you think you can remove the NEP and rent-seekers because with it, you can have the cake and eat it? I doubt.

Friday, October 6, 2006

Pay Up, PM Tells Govt Bodies

Pak Lah tells all government bodies to pay up to all contractors.

Got money ah? Pay, pay, where's the money...

The contractors are still waiting until now...

Thursday, October 5, 2006

"I still have a lot of time to deliver his promises to the people"

Pak Lah: "I Have My Own Sweet Time To Deliver Election Promises"

From theSun, 6th October, pg 2.

Report on bumi equity inaccurate: PM

PUTRAJAYA: The prime minister has described the report released by the Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli) on the New Economic Policy as inaccurate, baseless and irresponsible.

The report, which concluded that the NEP target of 30% bumiputra equity had been achieved, and in fact exceeded, had drawn criticism from various quarters which maintain that the equity was 18.9% in 2004.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi questioned the accuracy of the report as it was based on a survey of 1,000 companies.

He said the information and documents used by the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) when preparing the 9th Malaysia Plan involved surveys on 600,000 companies in Malaysia.

"When information is inaccurate and the base of the survey is inaccurate, how can the conclusion made be accurate.This is an inaccurate conclusion."

He said if this conclusion is used as a basis for discussion in public forums, it could cause various reactions, "which I think is not good".

Abdullah said the report had raised many questions and could cause people to make accusations against others.

"The action of tabling the survey, which in my opinion is incomplete and inaccurate, is something I see as irresponsible."

He said the survey's treatment of government-link companies (GLCs) as bumiputra concerns is incorrect as they are government companies.

"If everybody think GLCs are bumputra, it is wrong and it will create a lot of anger. It is not right and is very irresponsible." He was speaking to reporters after chairing the 5th meeting of the National Implementation Task Force for the 9th Malaysian Plan at his office here.

Asked if he planned to call for a snap general election after Umno decided to postpone its party election next year, he said: "Why should I? Give a reason why I should."

On whether he was seeking another huge mandate from the people,Abdullah said he still had a lot of time to deliver his promises to them.

Asked about the cabinet's stance on Singapore Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew's reply letter, Abdullah said he had nothing further to say.

"The cabinet agreed with my stand and the decision I had made."

Asked if he considered the issue closed, he added that he was not making any more statements on it.

"We can't tell them what to say or not to say. As far as I am concerned, I have said what I have to say."

Aside from this matter, he said relations between the two countries are the same and there has not been any other repercussions.

On the task force meeting, Abdullah said it discussed ways to improve the standard of schools and teaching in rural areas as many of them are lagging.

Among the steps to be taken are to improve laboratory facilities, including computers, electricity and water supply and increasing the number of teachers.

About the status of projects under the 9MP, he said about 50% of projects have been tendered out, adding that he wanted things to move faster.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

"I have no interest in Iraq Scheme"

PM: I have no interest in Iraq Scheme

"...recommending people for opportunity to “participate” did not imply in anyway been involved" Pak Lah said.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has clarified that he has no interest in the Oil-for-Food programme in Iraq.

When asked to comment on articles in a website which implicated him in the Oil-for-Food programme, he said: “The website can say whatever it wants. I know what I have done. I do not have any interest of any sort.”

The website had said that Abdullah’s name had been linked to two companies that were beneficiaries to more than 50,000,000 barrels of Iraqi oil which were said to be valued at RM11bil.