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‘Letter from our Prime Minister’

March 28, 2008

From: Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Dear fellow Malaysians,

Thank you for voting Barisan Nasional back into power. It is with great honour that I will serve you for another term. I want to share with you what I plan to do in the next four or five years to fulfil your aspirations for the country.

You used your votes to send me a message – a message that I didn’t hear earlier, but which I hear now, loud and clear. Yes, it was a wake up call for a rude awakening and me for all of us at BN. We must never take the Malaysian public for granted.

One of the loudest things I hear from you is ‘No more arrogant, inflammatory and racist rhetoric’. I admit several of my outspoken ministers and yes, even my own son-in-law, have said things that hurt the feelings of many segments of our society, especially the non-Malays. I should have rebuked them immediately but I didn’t.

I didn’t share their views, I’m sure you know that, but I was complacent in thinking such comments would eventually blow over. Little did I realize that many of you had actually taken them to heart. As a prime minister for all Malaysians, I should have been more sensitive. The next time any Umno leaders say things that are out of line, I guarantee you I will slap them down straight away. And if they don’t apologise for the hurt they cause, I will ask them to resign whatever posts they hold in the party or the government. That is how seriously I take the matter.

I was mistaken in thinking that Malaysians would be content and grateful just to have peace and security in this country. But after 50 years, Malaysia has grown up. We are becoming a developed nation. Peace and security is not enough. Economic development is not enough. The people want and deserve civil liberties.

As such, I am going to take steps to honour not just the law but also the spirit of the Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. That means getting rid of the Printing Presses and Publications Act. In addition, all government parties will be required to divest itself of ownership in news media companies. I know this means opening myself and my government to critical articles by journalists, but that’s what free speech is all about. And I accept that.

People will no longer need to apply for a permit from the police to peacefully assemble and even to protest. Of course if they make a nuisance of themselves or become rowdy, law enforcement officers will have to do their job to ensure public safety. But your right to peacefully assemble will be respected.

I am going to get rid of the dreaded Internal Security Act and the Kamunting detention facility will be torn down and converted into some new commercial development. To be honest with you, I didn’t want to detain those five Hindraf guys without trial. It’s against my nature to do such things. But alas, I listened to advisors who been giving me wrong advice. They will be freed, as will other ISA detainees, but if there is evidence against any of them, they will be charged and have their day in court.

Speaking of courts, I will be asking the King to set up a new Royal Commission of Inquiry and this time, the terms of reference will extend all the way back to the controversial sacking of Salleh Abbas. Many learned lawyers have highlighted that it was that incident which started the rot in our judiciary. I know we might be opening a can of worms but let the law take its course. I am determined to repair our judiciary.

The Official Secrets Act will also be removed and replaced by the Freedom of Information Act. People rightly view the OSA as an impediment to catching crooks within the government. In contrast, a Freedom of Information Act will help us catch those crooks. When you first elected me, I was known as Mr Clean. Nobody calls me that now but by the time my second term ends, that’s what you’ll be calling me again. Just wait and see.

Last but not least – and I’ve really saved the best for last – I am going to initiate something that will end communal politics once and for all. Umno will soon stand for the United Malaysian National Organisation and all component parties in the BN will be invited to merge with the old Umno that we can become one big multiracial party. Also, the NEP will stand for Newest Economic Policy that will help all Malaysians regardless of race. Take that, Anwar!

None of the things I’ve mentioned is going to be easy to implement. There will be resistance like you wouldn’t believe. But if I am going to regain the trust you first gave to me four years ago, I will have to earn it the hard way – by not just talking the talk but walking the walk. Last time around I asked you to work with me. This time, watch me work for you, to build a better Malaysia that you deserve.


Pak Lah

– my comment –

i will give my 110 percent support to the Prime Minister if he’s truly the author and means every word that’s written. In fact, our Prime Minister has nothing to lose should he decide to carry out all of the above to the ‘T’ during his remaining term in office.

The ‘wolves’ who are after you now may have your pound of flesh in the end, Mr. Prime Minister, but you’ll emerge as a hero to the vast majority of the rakyat.

Moreover, the history of Malaysia’s 5th Prime Minister is still being written. The final outcome of its closing chapters is completely in your hand to pen.

Also, remember this wise saying, Mr. Prime Minister: “For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?”

N.B. This blog’s source of the above letter is from here.
According to RPK, “the following piece … has been circulating in the internet the last few days. I don’t know who wrote it but this could easily apply to Barisan Rakyat as it does to Barisan Nasional.”

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  1. Death Note permalink


    This letter is definitely not from Badawi.

    It is one of the reader’s letters to Malaysiakini’s “Letters” section.

    The author is Oon Yeoh, and it starts like this:
    (March 19)

    “This is an e-mail I wish Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi would send to every Malaysian.”

    I do feel it is a bit optimistic, but hey, one can wish.

    Here is the original source

    Please mention this original source to the RPK posting, and those other circulating blog you found.


  2. Hehe- this is a pretty amusing letter. If it is really from the PM he should be a joke columnist in The Star newspapers. For the last 4 years, for jokes, I have turned to what the PM has said or done in The Star, NST, YouTube and so on. I can say that I’m not proud of mentioning this in public but this is reality.
    There’s no more room for reprise nor corrections for BN in the ‘next 4 years’- as Churchill put it- this is the ‘period of consequences’ and ‘the effects are not reversible’.
    The Titanic has hit the iceberg and we are witnessing the sinking of a big proud ship.

  3. fosgate permalink

    the source of this letter can be questioned. mana ada orang tulis nak lempang orang apa sume dalam surat cam gini. tak pernah pula dengar ISA nak dibubarkan. surat nih ntah sapa reka. perlu lihat dengan lebih lg kenapa perkara2 tersebut dilaksanakan.

    jgn hanya depends on 1 source of information only.

    UTUSAN pernah kuar berita silap
    MalaysiaToday pernah kuar berita silap
    MalaysiaKini pernah kuar berita silap

    byk lagi.. yang pernah kuar berita silap. kite harus berhati2 dalam mempercayai sesuatu berita

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