Another Headache ?

March 28, 2008

 This piece of news is still speculation, but we’ll see in a few days time.

Dompok Letak Jawatan

KOTA KINABALU 27 Mac – Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Bernard Dompok enggan mengulas khabar angin yang mengatakan beliau juga akan meletak jawatan daripada Kabinet.

“Saya tidak mahu ulas. Itu sahaja komen saya. Khabar angin boleh datang dan pergi tetapi kita begini juga,” katanya ringkas ketika dihubungi di sini hari ini.

Desas-desus bertiup kencang mengatakan beliau akan menjejaki langkah Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh yang meletak jawatan sebagai Timbalan Menteri Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar, semalam


Conspiracy Theory

March 27, 2008

RPK has provided us an insight to the conspiracy theory regarding the elevation of DS Anwar Ibrahim as Malaysia’s 6th Prime Minister. Well, I must admit that I’ve already heard/read most of the theory written here, but this is the first time someone has put all the pieces together. Yet there’s still some new point that is totally new to me.

From the article, it seems that DS Abdullah is quite aware of DS Anwar’s moves, yet he’s is not making any defensive moves. Curiously, why is he not making any moves ? Has there been an understading between the two of them as of the succession of the Prime Ministership ? Could this be a tag team match ? In one corner is DS Abdullah and his SIL. DS Najib in one corner. DS Anwar on the other side, while the last corner is Tun M & Ku Li.

Well, for now lets’ just say I’m too excited to wait for the 14th of April 2008 and 5th of May 2008

source : malaysia-today.net

Anwar or Ku Li ? The race is on

Ghapur Salleh actually wanted to resign from Umno Sabah just before the 8 March 2008 general elections so that he could contest the election on a PKR ticket. Anwar Ibrahim, however, would not allow him to do so. Ghapur grumbled to his friends that all Anwar needed to do was to give the word and he, plus a few other close associates in Umno Sabah, would cross-over and contest the election under the PKR banner. Anwar, of course, had his reasons. He wanted Sabah and Sarawak to be the ‘reserve team’ in the event the opposition wins enough seats to form the federal government.

As it now stands, the opposition has won 82 seats in Parliament and all it needs is another 30 to give it a two-seat majority over Barisan Nasional. 30 seats would make the score 112:110, all that is needed for His Majesty to do what the Federal Constitution of Malaysia requires him to do. And what His Majesty the Agong would have to do would be to appoint a new Prime Minister from amongst any of the 222 Members of the House who, in His Majesty’s opinion, commands the confidence of the majority of the Member of the House. It is certainly very ‘loose’ though clearly worded but the way it has been written gives enormous powers to His Majesty the Agong to interpret ‘opinion’, ‘commands’ and ‘confidence’ the way His Majesty sees it. Most important of all, though, is that His Majesty need not ‘seek advice from the Prime Minister’ but instead can exercise his ‘own discretion’ in arriving at ‘his opinion’.

Isn’t the English language just lovely? And that is what it all boils down to, so the legal eagles can just stay out of this whole thing and allow the English teachers to step in to help properly interpret what the Federal Constitution of Malaysia says — which is written in the Queen’s English anyway. And ‘Queen’ here refers to Elizabeth II and not Freddie Mercury who died of AIDS.

So, does Anwar have 30 Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament safely tucked away? No, he does not have 30. Instead, he has thus far 38, the majority from Sabah and Sarawak. Did you not notice Anwar flying off to Sarawak the morning of 9 March and to Sabah the following day? And rest assured it was not to buy some Iban or Dayak hats. It was to conference with the Barisan Nasional leaders from these two East Malaysian states.

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi knew all this of course, as did his advisers on the fourth floor. However, instead of trying to win the hearts and minds of the East Malaysians, he antagonised them further when he offered the East Malaysian warlords just five Deputy Minister posts, and in very unimportant ministries on top of that.

Sabah and Sarawak brought in 54 Parliament seats to match the 86 from Peninsular Malaysia. Without these 54 Parliament seats from Sabah and Sarawak, Barisan Nasional would be having a mere four-seat majority over the opposition coalition of PKR, DAP and PAS — while the popular votes garnered by Barisan Nasional would be less than half. It became slightly over half only when the Sabah and Sarawak votes were included.

20 of the 30 Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament from Sarawak have agreed to cross-over to the opposition while 16 of the 24 from Sabah will follow suit if Sarawak first takes the plunge. To start the ball rolling, Anifah Aman, brother to the Sabah Chief Minister, rejected the offer for the post of Deputy Minister and with about half a dozen or so other Sabah warlords flew off to Melbourne to meet the other warlords from Sarawak. They have been there since last week; planning, plotting and scheming their moves, which they will make when the time is right. Rest assured Anifah would not act without the consent of his brother, Musa Aman.

They will of course not make their move now. They are waiting for May 2008. By midnight of 14 April 2008, Anwar will be eligible to contest the elections and probably Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim will resign his Bandar Tun Razak seat or Zulkilfi Nordin his Kulim seat. A by-election will then be called and Anwar will of course be that PKR candidate to contest the by-election. On 5 May 2008, Parliament will be convened with Anwar now a Member of Parliament. From 7 May 2008 onwards, 82 opposition Members of Parliament will be able to table a motion of no confidence against Abdullah, supported by no less than 38 Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament, as it now stands. The 38 Members of Parliament from Barisan Nasional is of course the latest tally taken this morning. 7 May 2008 is still more than a month away and one day is a long time in politics, what more 40 days. So expect this 38 to grow further and it should not come as a surprise if the final tally is no longer just a simple majority but a resounding two-thirds majority. Will we see, therefore, Anwar finally taking office as the Sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia?

Nevertheless, while all this is going on, another candidate for the post of the Sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia is also moving very rapidly in the background. And this man is the resident of that very imposing White House-like abode along Langgak Golf.

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has not been sleeping. He has been aggressively meeting hundreds of people from all over Malaysia. Even as you read this Tengku Razaleigh is hosting more than 100 Umno division and branch leaders to a sumptuous feast in his office cum home behind the United States Embassy.

Tengku Razaleigh is going a slightly different route though. While Anwar is working on a ‘no confidence’ vote in Parliament, Tengku Razaleigh is working on the 193 Umno divisions. And he, thus far, has 74 Umno divisions with him. He needs at least 58 nominations to be able to contest against the party President cum Prime Minister. But that is only if he wishes to contest the August 2008 party elections, which Abdullah is trying to postpone till 2009.

August 2008 is too late. 2009 even later. By then Anwar may already be Prime Minister. So Tengku Razaleigh can’t afford to wait till August. He must move now. And, on 4 April 2008, Tengku Razaleigh is organising a rally at his home base in Gua Musang. If he can get more than 100 Umno divisions to attend his rally, then he can push for an EGM on 11 May 2008 whereby the party constitution can be amended to allow the ‘normal’ two-nomination-only to contest, just like what it is for all the other positions — plus he probably can get a vote of no confidence against the party president passed as well.

Yes, it is certainly going to be a close race. Tengku Razaleigh will make his move on 4 April while Anwar can make his only after 14 April. Then, Anwar can make his second move after 7 May while Tengku Razaleigh will make his on 11 May.

It will be a photo-finish and a win by the nose. But whose nose will it be that will cross the finishing line first? Hey, I can’t reveal all just yet. Khairy Jamaluddin and his boys are reading this too, you know. Let’s first of all see if they succeed in postponing the August 2008 Umno party elections to 2009. If they fail, then Tengku Razaleigh is well-poised to become the next Prime Minister. If they succeed in postponing the party elections, well, then I suppose my money will have to be on Anwar. Did I not tell you that Malaysia is an exciting country?

Oh, and one more thing, observe what the Rulers have been doing these last three weeks since 8 March 2008 and what they will be doing these next few weeks. That should give you a good hint as to what’s in store for us. In the meantime, read the following piece by Mathias Chang, which also gives us an insight into what’s in store for us in the not too distant future.


One Headache After Another

March 27, 2008

Just as the Terengganu MB issue is settling down, the Prime Minister is given another headache from the Land Below The Wind. in another first for Malaysian political history, just a week after being appointed as Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Datuk Ghapur Salleh has tendered his resignation.

As always, expect more exciting news to come in this coming month.

Ghapur quits deputy minister post

KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Datuk Ghapur Salleh has quit his post eight days after accepting his appointment by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Ghapur, the Kalabakan MP and Kalabakan Umno chief, told The Star at about 7.30pm yesterday that he had sent his resignation letter to the Prime Minister’s office.

However, he said he remained Kalabakan Umno division chief and dismissed any talk of him quitting the party or joining the Opposition

“I’m not interested in any government post. I just want to do my own thing.

“I am still a division chief and I do not want people to speculate as my commitment is to Umno and its leadership under Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi,” he said.

Asked why he decided to relinquish the post only now, Ghapur said: “I don’t want to be tied up with government duties.”

“I’m leaving the matter in the hands of the Prime Minister,” said Ghapur, a former Sabah deputy chief minister who quit the post in 1997 but returned to the state Cabinet several years later.

Ghapur, 64, is the second Sabah MP to turn down a Federal deputy minister’s post following the March 8 general election.

Soon after Abdullah named his Cabinet on March 18, Kimanis MP Datuk Anifah Aman declined to take up the post of Deputy Transport Minister.

Anifah’s elder brother, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman, later said Anifah declined the deputy minister’s post because he had served in that capacity for two terms.

Anifah had told him that it was time for him (Anifah) to make way for others, Musa said.

source : thestar.com.my


More Turmoil In BN

March 19, 2008

First, 2 declination for deputy minister’s post :

Tengku Azlan and Anifah decline deputy minister’s post

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s new administrative line-up suffered an early hiccup with two deputy ministers declining their posts.  

Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Abu Bakar and Datuk Anifah Aman met with the Prime Minister at Sri Perdana in Putrajaya to decline their new postings after the Cabinet line-up announcement yesterday. 

Tengku Azlan when contacted last night confirmed that he had declined the Deputy Foreign Minister’s post since “I have not moved up the ladder”. 

“I was a deputy minister for two terms and since I cannot go any further, I feel it is time to move on. 

“It is a normal reaction for anybody to look elsewhere when they are not going anywhere,” he said. Tengku Azlan previously served as the Deputy Transport Minister. 

Tengku Azlan also said it was time for him to concentrate on other things, including serving his constituents in Jerantut. 

“I am happy to perhaps venture into business and serve the people in my constituency,” he added.

Asked what was the Prime Minister’s reaction to his rejection of the post, Tengku Azlan said Abdullah respected his decision. 

“There is no need for me to send any letter. I just have to inform him that I decline the post,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Anifah, who was to be appointed as Deputy Tansport Minister, told Bernama:  

“I have already been a Deputy Minister for two terms and I feel it’s time for me to make way for a younger person to hold this post.” 

Anifah, 54, refused to state other reasons for his decision. 

“I thank the prime minister for appointing me but I have decided not to accept it,” said Anifah, who was previously Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities.

source : thestar.com.my

Now another one has step down

Radzi quits as Umno sec-gen

Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad quit as Barisan Nasional and Umno secretary-general on Wednesday.  

He told reporters at the Putra World Trade Centre here that he was “unable to work effectively anymore”.  

Radzi said his decision to resign has been conveyed to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who has accepted it.  

The former Home Affairs Minister was dropped from the new Cabinet line-up announced by Abdullah on Tuesday. 

He first contested in the 1982 general election where he won the Kangar parliamentary seat, and remained Kangar MP in the 1986 general election, but had a fallout with Umno in 1987. 

The former Perlis state footballer practised law during his brief retirement from politics, and later joined the now defunct Semangat 46 before rejoining Umno in 1990. 

He was not picked to contest again until the 2004 general election, where he marked his comeback into active politics by regaining the Kangar seat, which he retained in the recent polls with a 13,671-vote majority. 

Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, who was the Prime Minister’s choice for Perlis Mentri Besar, named Radzi as one of two senior Umno members whom he accused as being responsible for him not being picked ultimately. 

Bintong assemblyman Datuk Dr Md Isa Sabu was appointed Perlis MB earlier this week.

source : thestar.com.my

Expect more to come


Malaysian Cabinet Announced

March 18, 2008

16 new ministers

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi unveiled a new smaller Cabinet, dropped senior ministers and brought in 50% new faces yesterday, with 16 of the 32 ministers being newcomers. And in a surprise move, he also did away with parliamentary secretaries. The Prime Minister, who retained the Finance portfolio, named Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as the Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister. Abdullah told a packed press conference at his office here he had incorporated many changes to his administration to enable the government machinery to implement its responsibilities more effectively. 

  • Cabinet trimmed to 27 ministries, comprising 32 ministers and 37 deputy ministers. 
  • Six ministers from previous Cabinet dropped. 
  • Sabah and Sarawak get more deputy ministers. 
  • Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen becomes MCA’s first woman minister. 
  • Datuk Shahrir Samad makes a return to Cabinet after 21 years. 
  • Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib named Rural and Regional Development Minister.  
  • Former Maybank CEO Datuk Amirsham A. Aziz named Minister in charge of the Economic Planning Unit. 
  • Prominent lawyer Datuk Zaid Ibrahim appointed as de facto Law Minister to reform judiciary. 
  • Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil appointed special adviser to Prime Minister for women and social development. 
  • Home Affairs Ministry and the Internal Security Ministry re-merged. 
  • Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry formed – National Unity and Integration Department absorbed into the Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry
  • source : thestar.com.my

    Here’s the full list :

    kabinet2008.jpg


    Multi-lingual MB

    March 17, 2008

    Perak MB Wows Chinese Crowd

    Perak Menteri Besar, Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin of PAS turned up at the ”What’s Coming Next” political forum held in Ipoh Sunday (16 Mar) and immediately stunned the Chinese crowd by speaking in Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese, Tamil, then in English and Malay.

    The audience was speechless then gave the PAS leader a rousing applause. The forum was organized by Guang Ming Daily, Sin Chew Daily, Eye Asia and Sin Chew-i held at Dewan Dou Mu in Ipoh at 2pm and attracted 3000 people. Speakers included PKR national vice-president Dr Lee Boon Chye, Perak DAP chief Ngeh Koo Ham, Wangsa Maju Member of Parliament Wee Choo Keong and Sin Chew’s Deputy Chief Editor Tay Tian Yan.

    Mohammad Nizar, an accomplished enginneer, was not a speaker but was invited to the forum by Ngeh.

    source : mysinchew.com

    This is one of the reason why Sultan Azlan Shah chose him above the other candidates. His communication skills would be a great asset considering that Perak has a large number of Chinese and Indians.


    Election Post-mortem: Top 10 Factors

    March 14, 2008

    One very good article regarding the PRU 2008 

    1. Reformasi spirit lives on
    2. Abdullah’s laissez-faire lackluster leadership
    3. BN coalition failings and infighting
    4. Better messaging by the opposition
    5. Embracing modern campaigning: New mediums
    6. Timing of election and campaign period
    7. Opposition cooperation
    8. Strong opposition candidates
    9. Backfire from attack on Anwar Ibrahim
    10. Sophistication of Malaysian electorate

    By Dr. Bridget Welsh, assistant professor in Southeast Asian studies at John Hopkins University-SAIS, Washington DC. 

    source : malaysiakini.com