Friday, March 14, 2008

Yet Another Abdullah Badawi's 'Orchestrated' Interview on RTM1*, TV3, ntv7, 8TV 9.30 p.m. Later

His last words: 'I will address and give attention to our weaknesses, unfairness, and the delay in implementing projects. Secondly, I will ensure the country will be safe again. I will also develop the country. I will not run away from responsibilities. Even though we lost 2/3 majority, but we still have a large majority to implement the blablabla." Oh Mein Got!

Those who missed the pre-recorded 1/2 hour interview, you're in luck. It is nothing new.


*As usual, RTM1 is the last to air the pre-recorded interview, almost 20 minutes after Media Prima stations aired it.


MCA, Gerakan and MIC's failure? "Your business," he said! He really doesn't know how to answer a question!


Oh Mein Got! He is still harping on the dinosaur-age slogan 'Selamat. Aman. Makmur'!


The interview must be recorded quite long ago. He said that the Federal mega-projects in Barisan Rakyat-controlled states will still be carried out despite Penang UMNO's threat to pull all the projects out.


All the Media Prima stations are airing the pre-recorded interview now. The power of the 4th floor boys.

Achtung! This is your leader speaking!

"My Son and SIL Never Get Government Projects" again?

Or "Mukhriz gets more projects than Khairy; he has no position to ask me to resign"?

All will be revealed on 9.30 p.m. later.

More quotes will be available on this blog later!

Monday, March 10, 2008

"Why should I step down?"

Abdullah sworn in as PM for second term
Mar 10, 08 11:46am

A defiant Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was sworn for a second term as Malaysian prime minister today, rejecting calls to quit after presiding over the ruling coalition's worst ever election results.

Dressed in a traditional costume and matching "songkok", Abdullah was sworn in by the Agong in a solemn ceremony at the royal palace in Kuala Lumpur.

Also attending were his heir apparent, deputy prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, and other senior ministers.

Abdullah's coalition was mauled in Saturday's election, losing its crucial two-thirds majority in parliament for the first time since 1969 and conceding four states to the resurgent opposition, which now controls five in all.

Voters punished the government for rising inflation and its mishandling of racial tensions, leading to a backlash from Malaysia's minority ethnic Chinese Indians as well as Muslim Malays who form its powerbase.

But Abdullah told supporters he would not quit.

To continue the struggle

"Why should I step down?" he told a cheering crowd outside his home late Sunday. "Our party has won. I do not fear anyone except Allah. I will stay on, I will not give up.

"We have to continue our struggle, our agenda is far from over. We want our country to be progressive and successful and for you, the people, to be happy," he added.

Abdullah's task now is to form a new government under the Barisan Nasional coalition, dominated by his Umno.

"I give you my word, ladies and gentlemen, that I will continue my efforts to strengthen Umno and Barisan Nasional, to launch the manifesto that we have promised so that our country will be safe, peaceful and properous," he said.

Veteran leader Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who ruled for two decades before handing power to Abdullah as his chosen successor in 2003, accused the prime minister of "destroying" the coalition and led calls for his resignation.

"I think he should accept responsibility for this. He should accept 100 percent responsibility," Mahathir said Sunday.

"I am sorry, but I apparently made the wrong choice."

However there was support for Abdullah from abroad, with the United States signalling it was ready to keep up close cooperation with the government and saying he remained a viable partner.

"We have seen the preliminary election results and we look forward to working closely with Prime Minister Abdullah's government on a wide range of issues of mutual interest," State Department spokesman Kurtis Cooper told AFP.

Stunning comeback

Meanwhile the opposition, led by former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim - who has made a stunning political comeback after his sacking and jailing a decade ago - was getting down to business.

The opposition parties - Anwar's PKR, the Chinese-based DAP and the Islamic party PAS - won an unprecedented four states in the polls.

PAS also extended its margin in northern Kelantan state, which it already held by a thin majority.

State media said PAS would appoint chief ministers in Kedah while a DAP figure will preside in Penang and a PKR chief minister will run Selangor and Perak.

Anwar said late Sunday that the coalition parties would be able to put aside their ideological differences and govern effectively.

He said they would "focus on the economic issue and trying to resolve some of the problems affecting the masses, particularly in the issue of poverty and the normal needs of an average citizen.

"What was promised will be enforced with the best of ability."

Anwar is banned from holding public office until April due to a conviction for corruption, and had said before the vote that he would enter parliament in a by-election in a Keadilan-held seat.

However, he said there were no immediate plans to do that as he had a full workload rallying the newly-elected Keadilan lawmakers.

"I'm not rushed to prepare for a by-election," he added. (-AFP)

He's not the one who says `Babah (daddy), please accept this and I accept it"

Talk is cheap. He should have advised his SIL from running for office. Moreover, by the dirtiest way.

March 10, 2008 23:03 PM

PM Reiterates Khairy Has No Influence On Him

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today reiterated strongly that Khairy Jamaluddin had never been an influence in whatever he has done or decision he has made.

"Khairy is not an influence in whatever I do. He's the Umno Youth vice-head, and he has his idea about anything.

"There may be some coincidence that he speaks about the same policy and not because the policy is what he has promoted, it's a policy of the government," the Prime Minister told newsmen at the Umno Headquarters, here.

He added that as an Umno member, it was a duty for Khairy to know policies of the government and talk about it.

"It doesn't mean that when we talk about the policy, it means that it's the policy he suggested," he said when commenting on a statement made by his predecessor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday alleging that Khairy was responsible for the major defeat suffered by Barisan Nasional (BN) in the just-concluded general election.

The Umno president said what happened to Khairy was due to the misperception based on the fact that the latter was the son-in-law of the Prime Minister.

"He's not the one who says `Babah (daddy), please accept this and I (Abdullah) accept it, and this one you (Abdullah) must do. He doesn't do that.

"This is a perception, I think it's a wrong perception and I pity Khairy for that kind of perception that happened on his goal, and his relationship with me as son-in-law and father-in-law," he said. The Prime Minister said Khairy was a person who spoke openly and had actively voiced out his opinion as many had heard during the Umno general assembly. "Anybody is free to give opinions, anybody is free to give views, and Khairy, like anybody else, speaks openly and statements do come out in the Press," said Abdullah.


Sunday, March 9, 2008

"I don't see it that way (vote of no confidence on the government)"

As The Sleepy Head approaches his final days, his darndest quotes and flowery slogans will be part of the history...

From Malaysiakini:

Pak Lah to meet King on Monday to form gov’t - 2.25am

In a live TV broadcast caretaker Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says he will seek an audience with the Yang di Pertuan Agong on Monday to form the next federal government following BN’s simple majority win in the 12th general elections.

To a reporter’s question on whether the BN coalition would be denied its two-thirds majority in Parliament, Abdullah said: “This is what the people want if they do not want us to have a two-thirds majority.”

When asked whether the massive lost by BN was a vote of no confidence on the government, he said, "I don't see it that way."

He also denied speculations that he would step down as PM in the wake of BN's disastrous performance.

"I don't know who is being pressured (to step down). I'm not resigning," he told reporters at a press conference at the BN operations centre at the Putra World Trade Centre.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

"My four years not a failure"; Look who's talking now!

Just last Tuesday seems to be like eons ago...

"I don't know. I was not involved" again?

Monday, March 3, 2008

"We are not asleep for we are working"

Like what Rocky said:

Mahathir used to be called many terrible names: dictator, strongman, an anti-Semite, draconian, mamak. But they never could insult him like this.

What a disgrace for Malaysia! We don't deserve to be stuck with a leader like this! Vote him out!

Seeking re-election, Malaysia's leader denies sleeping on the job

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Malaysia's prime minister rejected critics' claims Monday that he deserved to lose in this week's general election for being a poor leader who sleeps on the job.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi insisted that his time in office since October 2003 has "not been a time of failure, but of success," citing steady economic growth and bolstered job opportunities under his government.

Opposition officials have urged voters not to hand Abdullah another five-year mandate in Saturday's general election, claiming that crime, corruption and racial and religious tensions have mounted because of his weak leadership.

"We are not deaf for we hear what the people say," Abdullah was quoted as saying by the national news agency, Bernama. "We are not asleep for we are working."

Opposition rivals have accused Abdullah of being a "sleeping prime minister" who dozes off at Cabinet meetings, while anti-government Web sites have circulated photographs of him yawning or bowing his head with his eyes closed at political gatherings.

Abdullah, speaking while campaigning in northern Penang state, acknowledged that "problems will be there," but pledged his administration would try to resolve any grievances. Abdullah's National Front ruling coalition is expected to retain power but with a lower parliamentary majority.

Aides traveling with Abdullah could not immediately be contacted for comment.

Cash-strapped opposition leaders meanwhile said they have been seeking donations through the Internet for the first time for their election campaign, but that they cannot match the National Front's massive spending power.

The Democratic Action Party's candidates have pleaded on Web sites and online journals for supporters to contribute funds through credit cards and bank transfers to help them print campaign posters and hold public forums, party official Tony Pua said Monday.

One of the party's candidates, Jeff Ooi, has secured about 113,000 ringgit (US$35,000; €23,000) from readers of his Web journal.

Hatta Ramli, treasurer of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, said online donations were nevertheless still insufficient, adding that government candidates have been "very much advanced in the number of campaign posters and banners that they can afford to put up."

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Responsibility to aid every Malaysian, says PM

MYT 6:26:49 PM

Responsibility to aid every Malaysian, says PM

KUALA TERENGGANU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi acknowledged that he would fail his responsibility as a good Muslim leader if he deprives non-Muslims in the country equal opportunities and quality education.

Citing versus from the Quran, Abdullah said it’s his paramount onus as a Muslim head of state to witness non-Muslims develop under his leadership.

“Even Prophet Muhammad ensured that minorities under his care were not deprived during his era, even though they were not Muslims.

“My responsibility is to aid every Malaysian regardless of their religion, and quality education should also reach Chinese and Tamil schools,” he said Saturday when addressing some 2,000 Islamic scholars and teachers at Wisma Darul Iman here.

Abdullah said the needs of minorities and non-Muslims should not be ignored by Muslim leaders.

“They should listen and provide the necessary remedies; that is a good leadership professed by Islam,” he said.