Posts tagged ‘gerakan’

October 9, 2008

Finally Pak Lah Says It


Today, Pak Lah finally said it.  He will not defend his Umno President post come next March.  The MalaysianInsider reported (read full article here)

“I will not stand for the presidency of Umno in the coming elections. My current term as Umno president ends in March next year,” he told reporters after the meeting.

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October 5, 2008

What ifs in October


What if this happens or that happens?  There are a myriad of speculations in the month of hot October.  So let’s do some What-if analysis on possibilities, albeit hypothetical.  Beats reading the newspapers.

What if Badawi goes for the Umno Presidential election?

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October 2, 2008

October Hot Month


October 2008 is the hot month for Malaysia.  This is the month to watch as many things that are going to happen during this time which have a longer term implication to us all.

Oct 1 & 2 – Hari Raya

Selamat Hari Raya to all Malaysians who are muslims.  This day marks the end of the Ramadhan fasting month and in Malaysia, there is the get together by all non-muslims to join our muslim friends in their festivities.

The open houses by various leaders especially the PM and Deputy PM at PWTC was attended by many people today, including those from Hindraf, Anti-ISA and Free RPK friends.  Alas, being an open house, there is little any security personnel can do to stop them and according to MalaysianInsider (read here) they managed to catch the attention of Pak Lah.  All ended well and with respect.

This Saturday at Kepala Batas, there is bound to be some interesting visitors to Pak Lah’s open house at his home constituency.

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September 14, 2008

Countdown to September 16


UPDATED 16/09 @ 9:00 am

Yesterday night was electrifying. Today? More on D-DAY SEPTEMBER 16 here.

1 day to go – It was the eve of Malaysia Day. The mood was upbeat. The moment the National Anthem “Negara Ku” was sung, the atmosphere became electrifying. It was the Pakatan Rakyat celebration of Malaysia Day and filled with speeches from leaders of the PR. Notable was Lim Guan Eng, Kamaruddin Jaafar and Anwar.

It was anticipated as an historic event by the Opposition bloc and the turnout was exceptional. More than

The tens of thousands who went to hear out Anwar

The tens of thousands who went to hear Anwar waving the Malaysian flags

20,000 thronged the stadium peacefully to hear what Anwar has to say about “916“. Each of the PKR, DAP and PAS leaders that spoke referred to Anwar as the “PM in waiting“.

Kit Siang referred to it as a “sky changing” event. Guan Eng pointed out that never has a BN minister resigned not because he was ill or involved in a personal scandal but Zaid Ibrahim was applauded as one that has his principle to stand against the misuse of ISA. Furthermore, he chided those BN ministers who only dare whisper their dissent and challenged them to do what Zaid has done – QUIT, if it goes against their principles, don’t just talk!

Kamaruddin underscored the fact that September 16 will show much clarity on concrete steps of change, not necessary the very change of government itself. He alluded to the points that PR has what it takes to become the next government and Malaysians will learn more tomorrow.

More importantly was Anwar’s much awaited announcements. What does September 16 bring to Malaysians tomorrow?

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September 7, 2008

Gerakan leaving BN? MCA too?


We read about Gerakan pondering about leaving BN.  We read about MCA being urged the same.  What’s happening?  Koh Tsu Koon is now talking out loud about this now (read here).  MCA leaders are mooting a review of their position in BN.  All of these considerations are somehow linked to Anwar and September 16.

Nobody moots such ideas in public to only serve as passing remarks.  Such thoughts must have been mulled for a long time and now is making their way out of the mouths of various leaders in Gerakan and MCA.  And these are serious thoughts and possibly viewed as serious threats to leaving the BN.

Are they for real or merely political rhetorics? 

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September 6, 2008

Anwar and September 16 – A date with hope?


Anwar had the audacity to link September 16 (Malaysia Day) with his political agenda for the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to assume the mantle to form the new government of Malaysia.  The critical link is Anwar’s ability to obtain committed support from at least 30 MPs to join Pakatan Rakyat in some way.  The SMS rumors are rife.  The speculations are growing.  The BN Backbenchers Club (BNBC) are “inviting” all “interested” 75 member MPs to a study trip possibly down under (Australia or better still Timbuktu) with a return date of September 17.  Arguably the coincidence of coincidences and rated a better coincidence than the timing of Saiful swearing.

The Malaysian Insider has reported that Pak Lah is not wanting to give Anwar the opportunity to form a new government by September 16 and stressed that this BNBC study trip has nothing to do with his intention to block Anwar which seems to make this action a total joke.  Read here for the report.

Does the date of September 16 really matters? What do you think?  What does Anwar think?  Read

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August 30, 2008

Sarawak-Sabah to the Fore!


Pak Lah is surely focusing on securing Sarawak and Sabah MPs support to maintain status quo in the control of Parliament.  At the same time, do not be surprised that Anwar is working overtime to gain their trust and support as well.  Sarawak and Sabah will be the focus in the foreseeable future especially in light of Anwar’s constant reminder that September 16 is a virtual certainty now that he’s finally back in Parliament.

With Shafie Apdal trying to win points for Pak Lah and himself in his attempt to garner support from 20 MPs from East Malaysia (read here), this is the beginning of the patronising of East Malaysia all the way.

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