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The day after and a way forward, perhaps?

September 17, 2008

916 came and went.

Not without some of the most puerile taunts being hurled at Anwar Ibrahim for his seeming failure to form the new Pakatan Rakyat government. Sure, Anwar’s detractors had a field day and they went overtime with their potshots of every kind one can imagine. Though they included bloggers, the main-stream media and politicians, the one that really took the cake had to be that particular fast-disappearing national daily located at Jalan Riong. It had to try lah of course. Otherwise it will become as irrelevant (to its masters, first) as toilet paper after use.

Whether one agrees or not, to me that nasty paper is as good as gone – flushed down the sewer forever.

Come on, how does one explain the front-page news yesterday even before the day of reckoning could even take off (the galleys had to be prepared the night before, right)? The 3 NOs in the headline, in a way, were proven correct at the end of the day no doubt but heck couldn’t NotSoTrue wait until at least half the day is over?

i won’t call that behaviour ‘jumping the gun.’ i would call it ‘game over even before the knickers could come off.’ We all know pre-ejaculation is a problem, but, treatable. Stupidity? It’s in the genes – and it follows one to the grave. In the case of this incorrigible newsripper – the earlier the better. The only ones who would probably miss it will be the salaried minions and they have my sympathy.

So it appeared the hide-and-seek game of a new government taking over – or not happening at the appointed day – created some anxious moments for some and some light comedy for others.

i was certainly amused and the picture that came to mind was like this tussle between a landlord and its recalcitrant tenant. (Most of us had been there before and we know how frustrating or gratifying it can be depending on which side of the fence one is on. hehe)

Anyway, to cut to the chase, Anwar is like the new landlord who had just inherited the crown jewel and Badawi is the tak-kisah (couldn’t care less) tenant whose lease had expired yet not willing to surrender the property. i can see a protracted process in this cat-and-mouse game but i think a happy solution can be arrived at if only all parties would agree.

BN, or rather UMNO, is at great pain to want to see Badawi gone but still wants control of the bricks and mortars even though who is going to be the master tenant is still very much a blurred visage until perhaps after December this year. Pakatan Rakyat on the other hand is seriously waving its inheritance papers and wants Anwar to take hold of the property as soon as possible – but over UMNO’s stiff corpse, so to speak, as events are being played out.

The property, as i see it, may be happily occupied by both. A possible win-win solution as seasoned motivation gurus will tell you. i won’t even go into the whys and therefores as i believe when one lets the suggestion quietly sinks in the answer will appear to make absolute sense.

Let’s at this point in our history cast all political differences aside and concentrate on salvaging what is remaining of our beloved Malaysia before it submerges into the quicksand.

Seriously, is it ever possible for an immediate plan for Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to become the Prime Minister and Anwar Ibrahim his Deputy to start the ball rolling for reforms for one term or less and then ultimately for Anwar to assume the premiership?

From → Malaysia Upclose

2 Comments
  1. tehsin permalink

    Aiyah bro..never will the last possibility become a reality.

    All these parties and players only have their own dreams and agendas to fulfill.

    US banks are failing and falling like flies (just like matthias predicted).

    Tsunami alert!
    Tsunami alert!

    Tarak tempat mau sembunyi wo….

    I want my mummy…..!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Know the Difference: Transition, not Handover.
    For the moment, the UMNO leadership crisis appears to have been averted with the announcement of the cabinet portfolio swap between Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his Deputy Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak. As recently as last week, analysts and commentators were anticipating Najib to make a move on the Presidency before the year’s end. And why would they not? After UMNO Vice President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin rekindled the debate about Abdullah’s position, Najib appeared to position himself for an assault on the post when he remarked that the divisions should decide for themselves when the transition should occur – essentially informing that he was more than ready to receive nominations for the post of Party President.

    But with the portfolio swap, Najib may not see a need to gun for the Presidency – and by implication Premiership of the country – so soon. Notwithstanding the fact that a transition of power is, as Abdullah quipped, a process and not something carried out overnight, Abdullah must be credited for such a bold move. Skeptics have characterised it as a calculated political decision to neutralise any potential threat from Najib. Political considerations there definitely were, but by paving the way for Najib to take helm of the Ministry of Finance, Abdullah has also demonstrated magnanimity and sincerity to groom his successor for the top job in 2010.

    Being Prime Minister with little experience in managing the country’s economy will likely prove a mammoth task for anyone. And as it turns out, Najib is no ordinary figure with an ordinary past. With ample ammunition for the Opposition to take aim at his credibility – the SAS (Sukoi, Altantunya, Submarine) scandals spring to mind as illustrations – a Najib administration could use a head-start in spearheading economic recovery at a time when global financial uncertainty is affecting countries in this region, too.. It is further also to Najib’s convenience that the Budget for the year 2009 has just been announced with much of the implementation left for him to oversee. As such, Najib does not have the baggage of others’ inefficiency to contend with – a prevalent concern whenever an economic plan is carried out.

    As things, at least for the time being, cool down with regards to any contest for the Presidency of UMNO, it would be interesting to see Tun Dr.. Mahathir’s next move. Commanding a yet formidable following, his end-game for quite a while now is to unseat Abdullah as Prime Minister. His peculiar friendships with Tengku Razaleigh, Muhyiddin and Najib are telling – those individuals are all nothing more than instruments to his ultimate goal: the downfall of Abdullah.

    Ultimately, Abdullah’s supporters will hope that the PM’s move will be repaid with loyalty by Najib. Even to many who may not be Abdullah’s biggest fans are wary of the damage that an open contest will cause the party. Even they would gladly take two more years of Abdullah over the prospect of an internal split that will likely occur should we witness a repeat of the embarrassment suffered by the late Tun Ghafar Baba at the hands of a ruthless Machiavellian by the name of Anwar Ibrahim.

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