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  1. #11
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    Oct 2008

    More rats jumping ship

    Yesterday, at Anwar's Open House, I saw a rat sitting with the DAP big guns. In the old days, he used to be the bag boy of Mahathir's wife. Things are a-changing.

    This is what we need to watch out for - the collaborators of the old crony system jumping over to create a new crony system. We, the rakyat, have to warn the PR leaders early - Don't even think about it!

    Businessmen close to Abdullah quit

    More expected to leave as Najib erects his own inner circle of power

    KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 — Two businessmen close to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi are quitting their positions, as an expected exodus of his inner circle begins.

    The two men — New Straits Times Press (NSTP) deputy chairman Datuk Kalimullah Hassan and Equine Capital chairman Patrick Lim — have been attacked in the past by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, for allegedly benefiting from Abdullah's reign.

  2. #12
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    Oct 2008

    Badawi: The good and the bad

    Fair assessment.

    Key points:
    Release Anwar.
    Mar 8 elections not so dirty.
    Freeing media: Mixed results.
    Cancel mega-projects, especially Johor Crooked Bridge.
    Better ties with trading partners.

    Pak Lah: The good and the bad
    Ong Kian Ming & Yun Yang | Oct 17, 08 10:54am

    It is common practice for commentators and pundits to evaluate the legacy of a major political figure when they step down from office. The legacies of US presidents are an obvious example. More recently, Dr Mahathir Mohamad's 22-year legacy as our prime minister was put under the microscope when he stepped down in 2003.

    While Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is scheduled to step down in March next year, we think that his political legacy has already been cemented. As such, now is a good a time as any to evaluate his term as PM, both the good and the bad.

    We do not want to evaluate his legacy in isolation but to compare his record to that of Dr M. Naturally, his predecessor has a much longer track record as PM and during his time, he was more extreme in terms of both the good and bad things he did as compared to Abdullah, who was a much more moderate figure in terms of his actions.

    Read on...

  3. #13
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    Oct 2008


    There is speculation that ex-PM Mahathir is orchestrating for Pak Lah to leave even earlier than March 09.

    Perhaps afraid that Pak Lah might actually carry out those reforms in the remaining 5 months....

    Read Uncle Kit's opinion piece from his blog....
    "The only thing necessary for evil to trumph is for good men to do nothing" - Edmund Burke

  4. #14
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    Oct 2008

    Bring UMNO Elections to Dec 08 will not affect Badawi's position as PM until Mar

    Heh! Heh! Heh! If he can believe that, he can believe in the tooth fairy.

    Badawi, don't be angry with UMNO. Get even.

    Party watchers told Malaysiakini that Abdullah could stay on as premier even if party polls were carried out in December.They said the growing calls from UMNO leaders - including from vice president Muhyiddin Yassin - to bring forward the party election was to shorten the campaigning period, not to get rid of the embattled premier.

  5. #15
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    Oct 2008

    Badawi to stay until Mar 09 but pary polls may move up to Dec 08

    It is sometimes helpful to read between the lines. What does he mean by "assuming BN remains in control of Parliament". Does he know something we don't?

    Pak Lah to be PM till March; party polls may be in December

    OCT 23 - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi said today the Umno supreme council will meet next Thursday to consider bringing forward Umno polls to December.

    However the Umno president said that even if the party holds its elections in December, he will still hand over power to the new Umno president only in March assuming Barisan Nasional (BN) remains in control of the government.

    Abdullah has already announced he will not seek re-election as Umno president, and Datuk Seri Najib Razak is the favourite to take over the party's leadership.

    The party's general assembly had been postponed to next March to ensure a smooth transition of power, but some senior Umno leaders have been asking recently for the polls to be held in December instead.

    Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi, was speaking in Beijing after opening the Khazanah Nasional Berhad Beijing Representative (BRO) office.

    Abdullah said the timeline of the power transition in March next year remains unchanged.

    Bernama reports the Prime Minister as saying "We already have a transition plan. The transition plan will be in March next year," he said after launching the Beijing representative office of Khazanah Nasional today.

    Abdullah was asked by Malaysian newsmen on reports of moves by some Umno members to push for the party elections to be reverted to December this year.

    The party general assembly, originally planned for December, was moved to March to pave the way for a smooth transition of leaders.

    Elections for the Youth and Wanita wings of the party will also be held at the general assembly.

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