Apr 29, 2008

MIC Tells Khir To Stop Playing Politics


Video Link : 'Samy Vellu ordered temple demolition'

PUTRAJAYA, April 29 (Bernama) -- MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has told former Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo to stop making baseless accusations as the reasons for the Barisan Nasional's loss of the state in the general election last month.

"He has said that I gave him the go-ahead to demolish a Hindu temple (at Kampung Rimba Jaya, near Shah Alam) on Nov 15. I wish to clarify that the temple was demolished in mid-October.

"Why didn't he mention that I was the one who pleaded to him and the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) to stop the original planned demolition of the said temple. Don't blame others for your own folly and arrogance," Samy Vellu, the former Works Minister, said in a statement here Tuesday.

In an interview with Malaysiakini, an Internet-based news portal, Khir claimed that Samy Vellu had instructed him to demolish the temple as it was used for gatherings of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) supporters.

"Samy Vellu called me on the night of Nov 15 and told me that the Hindraf people had infiltrated the temple and that it must be demolished that night itself," alleged Khir, who was Selangor menteri besar at the time.

"But the temple had already been demolished, with the deities already removed by the end of October and what is there to demolish anyway and why would I ask for a temple which has already been demolished to be demolished again," Samy Vellu retorted Tuesday.

He said Dr Khir should stop looking for scapegoats for the loss of the state to the opposition and take responsibility for "chasing away Indian votes from the BN".

"My request to him is to stop talking about all this and let us rebuild the BN and the component parties to get back the support of the people," he said, adding that he had great respect for Dr Khir's ability as a leader who had really turned around Selangor as a major developing state.

Meanwhile, MIC Information Chief Datuk M. Saravanan, who is also Federal Territories Deputy Minister, was more vocal against Dr Khir, telling the former menteri besar to stop making baseless accusations just to escape responsiblity.

"We all know ... the whole world knows how Samy Vellu wanted to stop the demolition of the temple. We are not blind. He pleaded and pleaded but at that time the former menteri besar just refused to listen, not only to the MIC president but also to the prime minister.

"We wanted the demolition deferred but did he listen? He thought Indians were pushovers. He did not give it a second thought. If Samy Vellu has so much power that he could order the demolition of a temple, then why didn't Dr Khir listen to Samy Vellu when Samy Vellu wanted the planned demolition stopped in the first place," said Saravanan.

He said Dr Khir should first apologise to Indians in Selangor for his arrogance while in power and for treating the community as second-class citizens of the country during his tenure as menteri besar.

"We have it on record. Just look at the Tamil Nesan of Oct 31. In a statement, Dr Khir had said that he could not save the temple from being demolished because of a court order ... now he says Samy Vellu instructed him to do so," he said.

Having served as menteri besar of a state which has a multiracial electorate, Saravanan said, Dr Khir should have been more cautious in handling issues which involved race and religion but the former menteri besar was not so during his tenure.

He also told Dr Khir to stop dwelling on issues of the past and justify the wrongs of the past which he said were now haunting him.

Dr Khir had been blamed for the controversial demolition of the Kampung Rimba Jaya Hindu temple in Shah Alam, which caused Indian voters to turn their backs on the BN in the general election.

The incident has been cited by both opposition and BN members as a key factor in influencing the outcome of the March 8 polls.

The BN and Umno took the brunt of the voters' anger over this and other issues, resulting in the state government falling into opposition hands for the first time in election history. Dr Khir then resigned as Selangor Umno chief, and is now leader of the opposition in the state legislative assembly.

"My advice to him would be for him to start afresh. Only we know the damage caused by Dr Khir because of his arrogance. We are the ones facing Indian voters day in, day out. He can talk, he can blame (anyone) but at the end of the day, the community looks at us for answers," said Saravanan.

Apr 27, 2008

Regional UMNO party leaders urge PM Abdullah to quit soon

The UMNO division of Batu Pahat, a district in Johor state, at a meeting on Saturday urged Abdullah to resign before December over the ruling coalition's dismal election performance.

KUALA LUMPUR: Powerful regional leaders from the ruling party are demanding that Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi steps down before it holds leadership elections in December, reports said on Sunday.

They have also warned Abdullah that he would lose if he stood for re-election.

The latest call to quit came from leaders in southern Johor state, who have emerged as major power brokers in Abdullah's ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).

Abdullah has come under pressure to quit after March 8 elections when he led the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition to its worst election defeat in history.

The UMNO-led coalition lost its two-thirds majority in parliament and control of five states in the general elections, in the worst performance of its half-century rule over Malaysia.

The UMNO division of Batu Pahat, a district in Johor state, at a meeting on Saturday urged Abdullah to resign before December over the ruling coalition's dismal election performance.

"This is what the people want. At the meeting, many voiced their dissatisfaction against the leadership and agreed that a change in power was necessary to save the party," Puad Zarkashi, Johor UMNO information chief, was quoted as saying by the New Sunday Times.

Meanwhile, Mukhriz Mahathir, the son of former leader Mahathir Mohamad, said Abdullah must quit soon to avoid a contest for the top post in UMNO as it would further split UMNO.

"It will allow the party to close ranks and go about reclaiming its political pride which was battered (in the March election)," he was quoted as saying by the Sunday Star newspaper.

Abdullah has said that he would not quit suddenly and would seek re-election for the UMNO president's post.

The UMNO president traditionally holds the post of prime minister.

Apr 24, 2008

Karpal: She cannot legally withdraw report

In term of law, it is lawful for the woman who lodged a police report alleging a former cabinet minister had outraged her modesty at her workplace in a hotel in KL Sentral to withdraw the report?.

KUALA LUMPUR: The woman who lodged a police report alleging a former cabinet minister had outraged her modesty at her workplace in a hotel in KL Sentral cannot in law withdraw the report, said Gelugor MP Karpal Singh.

Karpal, a lawyer, said a person who lodged a police report could not at her whim and fancies withdraw a report by way of a letter or statutory declaration. The person ran the risk of lodging a false report and was bound by the contents of the report, he added.

"The police have to investigate the woman's report despite withdrawal of same by her. If the allegations against the ex-minister, as set out in the police report, are true, then the police have no alternative but to take action," he said.

Karpal said this was a serious offence under Section 354 of the Penal Code, which carried imprisonment of up to 10 years or fine or whipping or with two of such punishments.

He said that if it was revealed in the course of the investigation that the contents of the police report was false, then the woman concerned should be charged for giving false information to the police.

This was an offence under Section 182 of the Penal Code, which provided for an imprisonment for a term which may be extended to six months, or a fine which may extend to RM,2000, or both.

Karpal thus called on the police to carry out an in-depth investigation to determine the culpability of the ex-minister for allegedly outraging the woman's modesty, or the culpability of the woman concerned for giving false information to the police.

This would be in the public interest, he said.

The woman retracted the report lodged against the ex-minister, saying that she misunderstood the incident.

As reported yesterday:
KUALA LUMPUR: A hotel restaurant waitress has lodged a police report against a former cabinet minister, accusing him of molesting her at her workplace in Brickfields.

It is learnt the woman, who is in her mid-30’s, claimed the man, who is a Datuk Seri in his late 50’s and a regular diner at the restaurant, had touched her buttocks about 6pm on Thursday.

It is believed that the ex-minister, who is currently overseas, had also passed some sexual remarks at her at the time.

The woman lodged a report at about 10pm the same day at the Brickfields district police headquarters and the case has been handed over to the city CID’s sexual crimes division for investigations.

City CID chief SAC II Ku Chin Wa, who confirmed a report was lodged against the ex-minister, said the case had been classified as sexual molestation.

Two years ago, while still in the cabinet, the ex-minister was criticised for making disparaging remarks on the ethnicity of a Malaysian female student during his visit to a university in the United States.

The minister later apologised to the student after word of the incident was spread through emails.

Apr 22, 2008

Najib says he is not a coward while Rais declines Tun Mahathir's suggestion

Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim when asked about remarks by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said "Thanks but no thanks".

PUTRAJAYA, April 21 (Bernama) -- "Thanks but no thanks," said Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim when asked about remarks by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Sunday.

Mahathir was reported to have said Sunday that he had no confidence in Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in taking over as prime minister, and named Rais, besides Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, to vie for the post.

Rais, who is Foreign Minister, said while he thanked the former prime minister for the suggestion, he was not interested in the post.

"On the one hand, I thank him (Dr Mahathir). On the other, no thank you... I cannot... I mean I cannot take part in that kind of suggestion. I am comfortable as I am," he said to the press here Monday.

When asked whether he was comfortable with such a comment, Rais said there was no need for him to express whether he was comfortable about it or not.

"Tun Dr Mahathir has been our leader and he has done a lot, and our Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi) is doing his best to build the country.

"Therefore, we should take the middle score, that is not to create problems," said Rais who saw Najib as the best candidate for the top leadership post.

Last Monday, Rais also announced that he would not be contesting for any post in the Umno elections in December, but would be playing a role in uniting and strengthening the party.

While DPM Najib said he is not a coward as per Tun Mahathir.
(Malaysiakini) Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today dismissed a claim by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad that he was a coward for failing to speak up about the real reasons behind the Barisan Nasional's dismal performance in the recent general election.

"I'm not a coward," the Umno deputy president said when asked to comment on Mahathir's claim made in Manchester, England, on Saturday.

Mahathir had said that he had second thoughts about Najib becoming the prime minister because the former prime minister claimed that Najib was not "brave enough" to directly say anything that was not liked by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

According to Bernama today, Najib said: "It is not a question of being 'Mr Yes Man' or being not brave enough or afraid because I hold to the principle that the best way is to have an organised transfer of power, in a respectable way.”

“That would be meaningful and would determine that the party's interests are not undermined," he told reporters.

The deputy prime minister said Umno's history would show that the transfer of power from the first prime minister, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, to Abdul Razak Hussein proceeded smoothly.

"The late Hussein Onn handed over the office of prime minister to Mahathir also in a proper way, with tradition dictating the best way practised in the party.

"In my opinion, that's the best way and method for us to execute a change in the country's leadership, as was stated by the prime minister and party president," he said.

Apr 21, 2008

Tun Mahathir : Najib should not be PM because he is a coward

Tun Mahathir said that Najib was not “brave enough” to directly say anything that was not liked by his boss therefore he is not qualified to be the PM of Malaysia.

MANCHESTER: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he had second thoughts about Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak becoming Prime Minister as Najib had failed to speak up about the real reasons behind Barisan Nasional’s losses in the general election.

The former prime minister claimed that Najib was not “brave enough” to directly say anything that was not liked by his boss.

“We see that he is a penakut (coward). He is always saying, ‘yes sir, yes sir, saya sokong, saya sokong (I support, I support).”

He said, when the prime minister blamed Barisan’s losses on sabotage, Najib merely agreed to it.

Dr Mahathir cited another instance when Najib gave his full support for Malaysia to build a bridge to Singapore despite the republic’s disagreement. But Najib suddenly changed his mind when Abdullah decided against the project, he added.

“I believe he should rightly explain the real reasons for Barisan’s losses in the election,” he said when asked on the reason for his change of mind about Najib after giving a talk on “Malay, Malaysian and Malaysia: Challenges Ahead” at the University of Manchester on Saturday.

Dr Mahathir had earlier this month withdrawn his support for Najib to be prime minister but did not give his reason for doing so.

“I’m not so confident (about him taking over as prime minister). Even so, it all depends on Umno to appoint the person to be prime minister.

“Najib will have to face competition from others such as (Tan Sri) Muhyiddin Yassin, (Datuk Seri Dr) Rais Yatim, you never know.”

He, however, said if Abdullah were to step down now, it would pave the way for a smooth transition as Najib would succeed him in accordance with Umno tradition.

Dr Mahathir also felt that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would not be the sole candidate for Prime Minister if Pakatan Rakyat were to win in the next general election.

He believed there were other candidates as well, saying PAS was eyeing the post while (DAP’s Lim) Guan Eng could be premier too.

“Anwar thinks he will be prime minister. It’s not that they loved him but it’s a marriage of convenience,” he added.

On the plan to set up a judicial appointments commission and the goodwill ex-gratia payments to six senior judges, Dr Mahathir claimed it was a political move to boost the government’s popularity.

He said there was no reason for the compensation because everything was done in accordance with the law.

“If they can show me the removal of (former Lord President) Tun Salleh Abas was against procedures prescribed by the law, please let me know,” he said.

Apr 20, 2008

Khir Toyo urges Abdullah to step down now

What is behind Dr. Khir Toyo's sleeve?.

PETALING JAYA: Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo has urged the Prime Minister to hasten the power transition plan – or risk pulling down the Deputy Prime Minister with him.

“Previously, I had written about Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi needing to execute an exit plan as urged by many quarters, including Umno Johor,” said Dr Khir.

“The transition does not seem to be happening anytime soon, creating a few possible scenarios – one of them being the loss of public confidence in Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak,” said Dr Khir in his blog in an April 19 posting.

This is a likely scenario predicted by Dr Khir if Abdullah remains as the Prime Minister and Umno president until the party elections this December.

Dr Khir believed PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would attempt an entry into Parliament via a by-election planned some time before the second parliament.

“Bandar Tun Razak is most likely to be the chosen constituency. Incumbent Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim will make way because he has been made the Selangor Mentri Besar.

“As a tradition, Najib will head the Barisan Nasional election machinery. If Pak Lah continues as the number one, morale among Barisan Nasional and Umno members will be at a very low level, making it difficult for Barisan to win,” said Dr Khir.

However, if Abdullah transferred leadership to Najib now, Dr Khir said it would boost public confidence in Barisan, as well as allow Najib to make changes in the Cabinet and party.

Having Najib at the helm, added Dr Khir, would reduce Anwar’s chances of victory in the by-election, because the public would be willing to give Najib time to make changes.

On another scenario – that the opposition coalition would move a motion of no-confidence against Abdullah at the coming Parliament session – Dr Khir said it was unlikely as Anwar wanted to see Pak Lah remain in power and weaken Umno.

Apr 19, 2008

Calls For Abdullah To Quit Grow Louder


More calls for the PM to quit from Banners to closed-door discussions.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: After touring the four states which fell to the opposition last month, Umno top guns are hearing a recurrent theme from the grassroots: It is time for a leadership change.

From banners explicitly asking Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi to step down to subtle hints from local leaders made during closed-door discussions, the message was not lost.

In Selangor, for example, a banner put up outside the venue of the dialogue on Wednesday (16 Apr) asked Pak Lah, as the PM is affectionately known, to hand over the leadership to a successor now.

Another one read "Najib - president; Muhyiddin - deputy president", indicating a preference for Deputy PM Najib Razak and Umno vice-president Muhyiddin Yassin to move up the party hierarchy.

A Selangor Umno official denied putting up the banners, which were prominently displayed in front of a hotel where the two-hour dialogue took place.

But no one removed the banners, which would have been deemed offensive before last month's watershed general election.

The dissent against Abdullah also took the form of fliers criticising his businessman son Kamaluddin, who is said to have benefited from state contracts.

The fliers were secretly distributed in the hotel and were also found on windscreens of cars parked there.

It is a message that has been hard to ignore as Najib and his Umno management committee tour the states to gather feedback from party grassroots about why Umno did so badly in the polls.

The calls for PM Abdullah to step down were especially strident in Kedah and Penang - the PM's home state.

Umno Pokok Sena division secretary Ramli Yunus told The Straits Times: 'There was a lot of unhappiness during the dialogue over the election results.

"Division leaders want Pak Lah to take responsibility for the defeat, but I think everyone, including local leaders, should also share the blame."

In Sungai Petani, where the dialogue with Kedah local leaders took place, the audience shouted "president" when the master of ceremony welcomed Najib and "deputy president" when Muhyiddin's name was mentioned, a source said.

A former minister from Kedah, Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, also did not mince his words when he lashed out at the party leadership for ignoring the views of local leaders, especially in the selection of candidates for the election.

In Perak, the angry grassroots prompted Najib to say for the first time that he would discuss the "time and formula" for the succession with his boss.

Apr 18, 2008

DPM Najib wants Samy to explain outburst



Video Link : The 'curse' that brought BN down

Samy Oh Samy, what is up with you?.
(NST) Najib, who is Barisan Nasional deputy chairman and deputy prime minister, said he did not know that the former Works Minister had come up with such a statement.

“I do not know. I will have to ask him what he meant by that. In terms of government policy, it is a fact that we have been giving fair and equal consideration to all races in the country.

“Whatever is needed by the Indian community, we are prepared and willing to consider it but all this must be done in the context of consensus under the Barisan Nasional.”

Najib was asked about Samy Vellu’s interview with an Internet news website, in which he said he go overseas for aid, “if this government does not do anything”.

Najib said the government was prepared to consider concerns raised by all races but not in the form of threats.

“We will look into concerns made through applications, proposals and others but definitely not in the form of threats.”

Najib said the decision not to renew the publication permit of Makkal Osai was made by the Home Ministry and not the Cabinet.

“It is a decision for the ministry to make and it was not discussed in the Cabinet.”

Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar had said the vernacular newspaper’s permit was not renewed as it had breached guidelines governing the publication of newspapers in the country.

Apr 16, 2008

NST Newspaper Blasts Ruling Party For Election Losses

New Straits Times Press, NTSP which is indirectly owned by UMNO is now criticizing the current President of UMNO?.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Malaysia's main pro-government newspaper lashed out Wednesday (16 Apr) at the ruling party for its recent election losses, describing its members as boors and louts, in an unprecedented front-page editorial.

The New Straits Times daily also criticized Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, albeit mildly, saying he was paying the price for failing to control unruly members who made the party unpopular, while calling for retired politicians to let him do his job - a thinly veiled swipe at former leader Mahathir Mohamad.

The Times is indirectly owned by Abdullah's United Malays National Organization, or UMNO, the dominant party in the National Front coalition that has been in power for 51 years.

The coalition's grip on power weakened enormously in the 8 Mar general elections when it lost its traditional two-thirds majority in the 222-member Parliament, conceding 82 seats to the opposition. The Front also lost five of Malaysia's 13 states to the opposition, in its worst showing in history.

The party has since been "bickering, pointing fingers, baying for vengeance and doing everything imaginable except rolling up its sleeves and getting down to the work of governing," the editorial said.

"People are getting fed up with UMNO's moaning and groaning. ... The truth is that the people have long been disgusted with the kind of boorish and loutish behavior that UMNO leaders have exemplified because of their grip on power since independence in 1957."

Political analysts were stunned by this unusual outburst from a newspaper that is regarded as a party mouthpiece.

Tricia Yeoh, director of the Center for Public Policy Studies think tank, said it was difficult to say who directed the editorial but suggested it could have been Abdullah's camp, which wants the bickering to stop before a party congress in December when Abdullah is expected to stand for re-election as party president.

"They need the time and space between now and December to do their job. If they don't, there will be a bigger blame game when December comes," she told The Associated Press.

"Those who have been elected have these few months to prove they can do it," he said.

The editorial listed some events that led to the plummeting popularity of the party, which claims to represent Malaysia's majority Malay Muslims. About 40 percent of the population are ethnic Chinese and Indians.

The newspaper cited the party's general assembly last year, when youth-wing leader Hishamuddin Hussein waved a traditional Malay dagger, or kris, and warned minorities not to question Malay rights.

"Brandishing the kris was hurtful to the non-Malays, but the party leadership did nothing to take the UMNO Youth chief to task," it said. The leadership also did not stop the racist and inflammatory rhetoric of the delegates in 2006, it said.

The destruction of a Hindu temple by authorities last year angered Indian voters and again UMNO leaders kept quiet.

Abdullah "is now paying for these and other acts of omission, including the undeliverable promises of change that he made when he first became prime minister in 2003," it said.

Asking for Abdullah's head, as dissidents have demanded, is not the solution, it said, in reference to the former prime minister, Mahathir, who is leading the anti-Abdullah campaign.

Abdullah "should be allowed to get on with it. But all the worms crawling out of the UMNO woodwork _ especially the retired and those with shelf lives past due who have found new breath in their calls for a party coup won't let him," it said.

The editorial concluded by saying that governing the nation is more important than private peeves and settling of scores.

Apr 14, 2008

PM Abdullah rejects pressure to unveil exit plan

PM Abdullah Badawi has faced persistent demands to quit after the coalition led by his United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) was dealt an unprecedented setback in March general elections. However, it is still not the right time for him to resign.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Monday he would be re-appointed to the top job by his party in December polls and rejected calls to formalise his plans to relinquish power.

Abdullah has faced persistent demands to quit after the coalition led by his United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) was dealt an unprecedented setback in March general elections.

But despite mounting demands to quickly unveil his plans to hand over to his deputy Najib Razak, he said succession talks would only take place after UMNO's internal leadership polls in December.

"Delegates will continue to give me support during the party election and they will put me as president and Najib as deputy," he told reporters after a meeting of coalition lawmakers.

"After that Pak Lah and Najib will discuss issues related to transfer," he said, referring to himself by his nickname. "Why should I not contest the December party polls?"

"Of course I want the transfer of power to be smooth so that the party will be in good hands and there will be no chaos," he added.

Foreign Minister Rais Yatin indicated earlier that Abdullah's time frame was not adequate, telling the official Bernama news agency that UMNO members had the right to ask Abdullah to step down or announce a succession plan.

"I feel if the succession plan is announced, then the grassroots leaders would know the time frame, and that is good to stabilise the party. The grassroots should be allowed to say what they feel," he said.

Pressure also came from Trade Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, an influential UMNO vice president, who said the party would "fade away" if there were no immediate changes to the leadership.

"I think the sentiments are boiling at the grassroots. Therefore, if change does not happen in UMNO, many adverse things will surface," he said according to a newspaper interview.

After Abdullah's announcement, Domestic Trade Minister Shahril Samad said the premier should give his successor enough time to prepare the party for the next general elections which must be held by 2010.

"Obviously it is going to happen after December. Pak Lah is going to resign any time between 2009 (and) 2010," he told AFP.

"I think we should be fair to him, he has said he is going to go. Why the rush?" he said, adding that within the party there were "pockets of opposition" to Abdullah.

The UMNO-led coalition lost its two-thirds majority in parliament and control of five states in March 8 general elections, in the worst performance of its half-century rule over Malaysia.

Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad, who handed over to Abdullah in 2003 but has since said he regretted his choice, on Sunday called on him to resign immediately to ensure a smooth handover.

Abdullah reportedly accepted partial responsibility for the party's electoral losses over the weekend, and said he would not "retain the leadership forever".


Apr 13, 2008

Tun Mahathir urges PM Abdullah to quit now to save reputation

"For his own good he should step down now because then (the transition) will be very smooth but if you wait until the (party polls) you don't know what the people are going to say," - Tun Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR - Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad has called on Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to resign immediately, saying his reputation will be shredded if he insists on staying on in the top job.

Mahathir renewed his campaign to oust Abdullah shortly after the prime minister reportedly told his party he would hold discussions after December internal party polls on a handover of power to his deputy Najib Razak.

"For his own good he should step down now because then (the transition) will be very smooth but if you wait until the (party polls) you don't know what the people are going to say," Mahathir said late Saturday.

"There may be rude remarks, they may say, 'Why don't you go?' You know, all the kinds of nasty accusations, finger pointing," he told reporters after addressing 1,000 United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) members.

"If he waits until the elections, it will cause a major split within the party because those who support him and those who oppose him will clash at the assembly."

Abdullah has faced persistent calls to quit after the coalition lost its two-thirds majority in parliament and control of five states in an unprecedented setback in March 8 general elections.

He has claimed a mandate to rule, but confirmed that Najib will succeed him, in line with the tradition of his UMNO which heads the coalition.

Mahathir's comments came after Abdullah took partial responsibility for the party's electoral losses at an UMNO meeting in southern Johor state.

"I'm partly to blame," Abdullah said according to weekend reports in which he also responded to calls by UMNO leaders in the northern states of Kedah and Penang for him to step down in favour of Najib.

"There have been demands... it does not matter that they want to express themselves on the matter of stepping down," he said according to the official Bernama news agency.

"I am not one who is going to retain the leadership forever," he added.

Party vice president Muhyiddin Yassin said Abdullah told the Johor gathering he will discuss a transition of power to Najib, with the talks to take place after the December internal UMNO polls, Bernama reported.

"The period of transition and so on were not mentioned in detail... matters such as when the transition will take place and so on will be discussed between him and... Najib," Muhyiddin told Bernama.

Apr 12, 2008

Malaysia's ruling party begins blogging

2008 is the year of BLOGGING.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Some candidates for posts in Malaysia's ruling party will be required to set up blogs, an official said Friday, a turnaround for governing politicians who had derided online politicking.

Abdul Rahman Dahlan, secretary general of the United Malays National Organization party's youth wing, said all those vying for national youth posts must have blogs to introduce themselves and their programs ahead of party elections in December.

It was not known if any senior leaders of the party will also start blogs to emulate opposition Democratic Action Party leader Lim Kit Siang, who has a popular Web journal.

But the decision appeared aimed at countering heavy losses that the ruling National Front coalition suffered in last month's general elections, partly because they underestimated the power of online campaigning. The United Malays National Party dominates the coalition.

"All candidates must have blogs," Abdul Rahman told The Associated Press. "If not, they are not qualified to be leaders."

In the past, party politicians have said bloggers spread lies and rumors. Many of Malaysia's blogs contain commentary critical of the government.

But now, even youth deputy Khairy Jamaluddin — who once compared bloggers to monkeys living by the law of the jungle — has a blog.

"The last election showed that we lost the cyberwar. We need to embrace the technology now," Abdul Rahman said.

He said help will be available for party members who do not know how to create a blog.

Apr 11, 2008

PM Abdullah acknowledges he is a factor in BN's reduced votes

It is time to announce his resignation?.

(NST)“I feel I am the reason for the spoilt votes for the Barisan Nasional. And I feel responsible to do what’s best to rehabilitate the BN and Umno,” he told reporters here today.

The Prime Minister said this to reporters after attending a meeting with the Johor Umno Liaison Body headed by Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, who is also the Johor Menteri Besar.

Also present at the meeting were International Trade and Industry Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Umno vice-president, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar and Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

Speaking to reporters later, Abdul Ghani pledged that Johor Umno will continue supporting Abdullah as party president and prime minister.

Vowing to help Abdullah rebuild the Umno, he said Johor Umno will also support the Umno president if he wishes to defend his post in the party’s election in December.

On the leadership succession, Ghani made it clear that this should be done after the party elections.

Earlier, in PUTRAJAYA, Abdullah warned Umno members vying for party posts in its December elections from being involved in money politics, NST's Hamidah Atan reports.

While members were allowed to campaign freely, they must avoid money politics at all costs, he said.

“There is no problem for them to campaign. What is politics without campaigns, anyway? Go ahead. In those years, we also had campaigns where we were taken to the states to be introduced to party supporters.

“We also had to tell supporters what we intended to do if we won,” he said after chairing a meeting of national Islamic Council committee at the Islamic Development Department here.

Abdullah, however, cautioned members from being involved in fights and arguments that could create division within Umno.

“The one that we want to nominate should be one that we know and understand. Otherwise, there is no way he or she can be accepted.”
Although there were no restrictions imposed, Abdullah said the campaigns should be organised and proper.

“Do not go around condemning other people, saying this is no good and so on. Campaigns should not be held with the intention of creating ill-feelings for the others.

“We allow them to campaign but it must be done in accordance with party procedures and rules. This is what really matters.”

He said in the recent supreme council meeting, Umno leaders were unanimous in agreeing that money politics be curbed.

“Do not make it a culture to throw money for campaigns just to yield influence from party supporters. Do not ever get involved as it will be detrimental to Umno.”

Abdullah also said the quota system for nominations for the party’s top posts would remain. “This was also decided upon during the supreme council meeting.”

He said if the system was to be abolished, a special meeting had to be convened.

On the calls by Umno leaders for a meeting between Abdullah and former Umno president and prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, he said “we will see when there are reasons (to do so)”.

Apr 9, 2008

Tun Mahathir slams Karpal as 'most contemptible' of politicians & individuals

In the recent deveopment, MP for Gelugor, Karpal Singh has pointed to the testimony of former Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) director-general Datuk Shafee Yahya during the trial of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 2000. It was revealed that Shafee had testified that Dr Mahathir had ordered him to close a file. Karpal said he would raise the matter of an apology by Dr Mahathir at the coming sitting of the Dewan Rakyat, which begins on April 28.

(NST) The two tribunals eventually found three judges guilty of misconduct and resulted in the removal of then Lord President, Tun Salleh Abas, High Court Judges, Tan Sri Wan Suleiman Pawanteh and Datuk George Seah.

“I am writing to you to indicate to me whether you are prepared to tender an unqualified and unconditional apology to Tun Salleh Abas, Datuk George Seah and the family of the late Tan Sri Wan Suleiman Pawanteh. This is the least you can do in your lifetime to atone for your actions for what transpired 20 years ago,” he told Dr Mahathir in the letter.

Karpal said he would raise the matter of an apology by Dr Mahathir at the coming sitting of the Dewan Rakyat, which begins on April 28.

But in a letter dated April 3, Dr Mahathir told the MP for Bukit Gelugor that he and his detractors would never believe whatever he said. “You are moved by pure hatred and I cannot respond to people who can never accept reality. My conscience is clear. I have done what was my duty and I owe nobody any apology. I am sure you will make use of this letter to dirty my name further. That is your right. I think you are the most contemptible of politicians and individuals,” said Dr Mahathir in his reply.

In disclosing Dr Mahathir’s April 3 reply to his March 27 letter to the Press today, Karpal said he did not received the letter earlier, which was faxed to him, but a copy of the letter was hand-delivered to Karpal’s legal firm today.

Karpal said he stood by what he had said in his March 27 letter but did comment on Dr Mahathir “most contemptible of politicians and individuals” remark.

“As Dr Mahathir is much older to me, I do not propose to hurt his feelings in the vein by which he described me,” Karpal said. “I would advise Dr Mahathir to take my views in his stride. I assure him I don’t hate him.”

Karpal called on Dr Mahathir to stop championing the cause of the Opposition by persistently attacking Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. “The opposition does not need the unsolicited support of Dr Mahathir to ensure that the Barisan Nasional government is kept on its toes.

“Dr Mahathir should, perhaps, devote more time to his grandchildren in the twilight years of his life,” said Karpal. “It is time for him to keep his peace and let the Opposition keep the Government of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in check.”

Karpal said the opposition, with its 82 seats in parliament, had the numbers to achieve this objective and does not need Dr Mahathir who went to the extent of de-registering Umno in 1988 and generally “behaving in a dictatorial manner.”

He pointed out that Dr Mahathir’s abuse of power when was Prime Minister was conceded by Umno leaders, including Abdullah. “He had publicly stated that Dr Mahathir was responsible for Operasi Lallang. I am sure Umno members will agree with what I am saying. I don’t think Umno members today hold him in high esteem.”

Contacted by phone, Karpal said he would pursue the case for an apology from Dr Mahathir in the coming session of the Dewan Rakyat while debating the Royal Address.

“I am confident I will have support from the other MPs,” he said. “There will be many speakers will speak up. I am sure many Umno MPs will agree with what I have to say but out of party discipline, they will be forced to keep silent.

Apr 7, 2008

PM Abdullah Answers Dr Mahathir And Tengku Razaleigh's Criticisms

So finally the PM has spoken.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, while acknowledging that his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has strengths and influence, Sunday pointedly stated that the latter had misused these to the extent of undermining Umno.

The Umno president and prime minister who had before said that he would not bow to pressure for him to step down, also answered the criticisms levelled against him by Dr Mahathir.

Speaking to reporters after a briefing for the Umno information machinery on the outcome of the recent general election, the usually reticent Abdullah showed a different side of him.

"Tun Dr Mahathir said he was strong, but he has misused that strength. When Barisan Nasional (BN) won big in the 2004 general election, he said (BN was) too strong, not good, needed to have opposition."

"In the recent elections when the opposition did well (winning 82 of the 222 parliamentary seats), we thought he would be celebrating, but he hit out at us instead. Why? "You shouldn't win too many (seats) then, and now you shouldn't win a few?," said Abdullah.

Asked whether he would fight head on with Dr Mahathir based on the tone of his statement, Abdullah said: I say what I only need to say, and don't say what I don't need to."

Abdullah said he was aware that the people wanted him to start addressing issues that were important to them so that Umno would remain strong and have the people's confidence.

He also refuted the claim by some quarters that he was a softy and left all the decisions to his son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin.

"Under my leadership, they say there is no freedom, but at the same say that I am 'lembik' (soft). Scared of the 'si lembik' (the softy)?

"The rest are all stupid, only Khairy is clever," he said, referring to Dr Mahathir's accusation that Abdullah allowed himself to be influenced by his son- in-law in running the country and in making decisions.

"This accusation is baseless," he said, adding that when Dr Mahathir was prime minister, the government imposed certain restrictions like asking the press not to use the pictures of former prime minister, the late Tun Hussein Onn.

On the offer by Gua Musang Member of Parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to contest the Umno president's post in the party elections in December, with the aim of restoring Umno, Abdullah said the Kelantan Umno leader needed to look at himself first and why BN failed to wrest the state from PAS.

"Ku Li (Tengku Razaleigh) should look at himself, as he was the cause of Kelantan falling into the hands of PAS. While PAS ruled Kelantan, he did once tried to win back the state for BN but he failed." Kelantan fell to PAS in 1990 by cooperating with Semangat 46 led by Tengku Razaleigh then. In the 2004 general election, BN almost wrest back the state when it won 21 of the 45 state seats and one more seat when it won the Pengkalan Pasir by-election in 2005. Abdullah said he had also been informed that Tengku Razaleigh did not assist BN in the March 8 general election.

He also said that he had no problems with his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Razak and that he would be his successor "when the time comes".

On efforts to restore the party, he said besides him and Najib going to the ground to meet the party grassroots, relations between the party branches and the top leadership would be strengthened by meeting regularly.

Apr 6, 2008

Tun Mahathir: Criticisms Against Umno Leadership Won't Destroy Party

In response to the latest news regarding the action by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in strongly criticising Umno's leadership can be likened to throwing stones at a glass house, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Tun Mahathir said his criticisms against the Umno leadership will not destroy the party but would instead help Umno to be stronger.

LANGKAWI, 6 April (Bernama) -- Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said his criticisms against the Umno leadership will not destroy the party but would instead help Umno to be stronger.

"It's up to them whether to listen or otherwise," he said after a `tahlil' session for his late sister Habsah Mohamad at the Surau Ibrahim Mi, Kampung Ranggut Padang Matsirat, here Saturday night.

Dr Mahathir was asked to comment on statements by several Cabinet ministers who are also Umno leaders who cautioned him against making harsh criticisms against the party leadership following the Barisan Nasional's (BN) dismal performance in the last general election.

Among them were Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Rural and Regional Development Minister Tan Sri Muhammad Muhamad Taib.

Also present at the `tahlil' session were Dr Mahathir's wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and the member of parliament for Langkawi, Datuk Paduka Abu Bakar Taib.

In his speech earlier, the former Prime Minister said Muslims in this country should be thankful that they could live in peace without conflicts despite the differences in political ideologies among the people.

He was confident that Malaysia would continue to be peaceful, enabling the people to live happily without any disturbance.

Apr 4, 2008

Tun Mahathir : UMNO Extra-ordinary General Meeting must go on

Tun Mahathir said the EGM could be held if the majority of Umno's Supreme Council (MT) members supported it and could serve as a platform for members to voice their views.

HULU LANGAT, April 3 (Bernama) -- Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Thursday reiterated his call for Umno to hold an extra-ordinary general meeting (EGM) for the well-being of the party as well as to discuss the party's poor performance during the last general election.

He said among others, the EGM could discuss amendments to the party constitution, including the matter of abolishing its nomination quota system, which would permit members to contest top party posts at the Annual General meeting (AGM) in December without having to secure the minimum nominations as stipulated at present.

"If we disregard Umno members views and arrogantly dismiss their demands it might lead to a total rejection of Umno especially if the opposition alliance show they can provide better governance. If something is not done, my fear is that Umno may lose out completely.

"If we believe in the well-being of the people and being transparent, there is nothing better we can do than to respond to their demands," he told reporters in response to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Wednesday denying speculation that he would step down as prime minister.

Dr Mahathir had earlier launched the Rotary Youth Club Awards (RYCA) here Thursday.

Speculation on the matter arose following calls by some leaders, including Mahathir, that Abdullah should step down to assume responsibility for the Barisan Nasional's poor showing in the March 8 general election.

Mahathir said the EGM could be held if the majority of Umno's Supreme Council (MT) members supported it and could serve as a platform for members to voice their views.

He said that contrary to what people said about him, when he was prime minister he always gave people the opportunity to voice their views even if they were opposed to his.

"An example was when Datuk Musa Hitam (now Tun) quit as the deputy prime minister. I gave everyone a chance to speak on it and though I did not favour it, they proposed to send a delegation to meet him in London to try and persuade him to change his mind.

"When he (Musa) decided he wanted to become deputy president (of Umno), he got the post. I did not try to prevent it because it was the wish of the MT for him to take up the post, not mine," he said.

He did not deny there had been "yes men" during his time but said those who were vehemently against him never got thrown out of Umno or were stopped from speaking.

Apr 3, 2008

Attorney general says detained Malaysian Indians a security threat

Malaysia's attorney general Thursday said five detained HINDRAF activists should not be freed as they are a threat to national security.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's attorney general Thursday said five detained ethnic Indian activists should not be freed as they are a threat to national security.

Abdul Gani Patail told the country's highest court that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had ordered their arrest under the tough Internal Security Act (ISA) following a comprehensive investigation.

"The prime minister... had ordered their arrest (last December) upon a thorough police investigation which deemed them as a threat to national security," he said.

Abdul Gani was responding to arguments by the lawyer of the five, who said Wednesday that their detention was illegal and demanded their immediate release.

"To say that there was no evidence, that the minister acted on his own frolic, was absolutely wrong. I urge the court not to accept that," he said.

The five, including a newly elected state lawmaker, enraged the government in November by mounting a mass rally alleging discrimination against minority ethnic Indians in Malaysia, which is dominated by Muslim Malays.

Police used tear gas, water cannon and baton charges to break up the Hindraf street protest, which drew 8,000 people.

The five are being held in the Kamunting detention centre in northern Perak state.

Abdul Gani also read Abdullah's sworn statement in court, which said the five could have started racial riots and linked them to Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

"In pursuing their cause, Hindraf had tried to get international acknowledgement and help from the terrorist organisation LTTE with the intention of further inciting riots in this country, which has and will threaten peace and national security," the statement said.

"If not stopped and contained, this could cause racial riots on a larger scale in this country, threatening peace and national security," it added.

Ethnic Indians, who make up eight per cent of the country's population, complain they run a distant third in terms of wealth, opportunities and education.

Muslim Malays, who make up 60 per cent of the population, control the government while the ethnic Chinese, at 26 per cent, dominate business.

Apr 2, 2008

PM Abdullah says he will not step down

PM Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Wednesday brushed off speculation that he would step down as Prime Minister.

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Wednesday brushed off speculation that he would step down as Prime Minister, state-run Bernama news agency reported.

There have been some calls for Abdullah to step down after the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) suffered its worst electoral setback in 50 years in the March 8 poll.

The coalition conceded five states to the opposition and lost its two-thirds parliamentary majority.

"I am here. They make all the speculations that I want to run away, I've resigned," the prime minister told Bernama.

"Why should I resign? Why I must run away from my entrusted responsibility?" he added, reiterating that the coalition still had a strong majority.

Meanwhile, UMNO information chief Muhammad Muhammad Taib said that it is not only unfair to ask Abdullah to step down but also to blame the dismal election performance solely on the prime minister.

He said: "It is very unfair to repeatedly ask the prime minister to resign. The BN has won with a big majority. We have won 140 seats in Parliament compared to 82 by the Opposition. As a comparison we are only eight seats short of a two-thirds majority.

"If the prime minister is the cause of our defeat, then we should have lost the whole country to the Opposition. We lost because there were many other contributory factors like the use of blogs and websites to run down the BN."

He said the use of the information and communications technology like the Internet and short-messaging service (SMS) played a crucial role in last month's general election.

Asked about the claim by former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad that UMNO leaders were now muzzled and had become "yes men" to Abdullah, Muhammad said the Cabinet still functioned the same way as it did when Mahathir was the prime minister.

Mahathir had repeatedly asked Abdullah to take responsibility for the unprecedented election defeat and resign as prime minister. The former prime minister fired his latest salvo on Tuesday at a forum convened to discuss the general election results.

UMNO dissidents launch call for PM Abdullah to step down

"For the continued survival of UMNO, Paklah must go!" - Mukhriz Mahathir

PETALING JAYA: Dissidents in Malaysia's ruling party UMNO have launched a formal movement to call for Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi to step down.

Led by former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and his son Mukhriz, the group of about 2,000 party members has demanded that Mr Abdullah take responsibility for the ruling coalition's election losses last month.

"For the continued survival of UMNO, Paklah must go!" – that was the call made by UMNO Youth Exco member, Mukhriz.

He said: "The top leadership must be held responsible, particularly the prime minister... and with a new leader, perhaps a new supreme council, the reform will begin."

The newly elected MP also called on party members to join his cause to rebuild the party.

Mukhriz said UMNO is at a crossroads – plagued by rampant corruption, cronyism and nepotism, while rising inflation and worsening public safety and ethnic relations besieged the country.

His father, Dr Mahathir, has accused his handpicked successor of destroying the party and the ruling coalition. He also ticked off those who were afraid to speak out against the top leadership.

"The people deserve the government they get. Be brave, if you love your country, speak out, speak out, speak out," he said.

The movement wants the party to hold an extraordinary general meeting to abolish the minimum nomination quota.

They said the system, which requires 30 percent of 191 divisions' support to contest for party presidency, was open to abuse.

Meanwhile, the emergence of several power centres within UMNO in the lead-up to internal polls this December has also thrown the party's succession plan into confusion.

Mohd Khir Toyo, Former Chief Minsiter of Selangor, said: "Who's going to continue? At the moment, we don't know who's going to lead; we are in the dark."

While it remains to be seen whether the urgent and emotional plea will resonate among the grassroots, the organisers hope that Mr Abdullah will heed the call and take his own initiative to step down immediately so that the party's healing and rejuvenating process could begin.

Apr 1, 2008

Opposition Parties Form Formal Coalition To Pose Stronger Challenge To Government

The People's Alliance (Pakatan Rakyat) is an unlikely coalition of three parties - Islamic, multiethnic and Chinese-based have agreed to uphold the rights and interests of all Malaysians.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: Malaysia's three ideologically diverse opposition parties formed a formal coalition Tuesday (1 Apr) after their unofficial partnership made spectacular gains against the ruling party in recent elections.

The People's Alliance, an unlikely coalition of three parties - Islamic, multiethnic and Chinese-based have agreed to "uphold the rights and interests of all Malaysians," said de facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

"We are committed to the reform program ... respecting basic human rights, the principle of justice, freedom of expression and also on the Malaysian economic agenda for all," he said.

Anwar's multiethnic People's Justice Party collaborated with the secular Chinese-based Democratic Action Party and the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party during the 8 March general elections. By putting up a common candidate in each constituency, the three parties avoided multi-cornered contests that had divided opposition votes in the past.

As a result, the opposition parties denied the ruling National Front coalition its traditional two-thirds parliamentary majority and increased their share from 19 to 82 seats in parliament. The National Front also lost in five of 13 states, where the opposition parties have now formed governments.

"The people would like to see the three parties work together to bring change," said Lim Kit Siang of the Democratic Action Party. "This is a new political reality."

The three parties say they are equal partners and there is no leader.

Their biggest challenge was to bring the Democratic Action Party under one roof with the Islamic party, which draws its support from conservative Malays and whose stated goal has been to set up an Islamic state.

The three parties' leaders said they would work together to achieve their shared goals of justice, democracy and good governance. One of their biggest election promises was to fight corruption.

"A common stance is a priority ... Whatever (Islamic laws) we can implement, we will implement. But we will respect the other religions as well," said Abdul Hadi Awang, president of the Islamic party.

The multiethnic alliance also hopes to end the racial tensions that have flared up recently. Ethnic Chinese and Indians, who make up a third of the country's 27 million people, have complained that the government discriminates against them in favor of the majority Muslim Malays.

Zainuddin Likens Mahathir To 'Thorn In The Flesh'

Zainuddin said Dr Mahathir's statement that he regretted appointing Abdullah as prime minister was detrimental to Umno and prompted the party to muster its strength in backing Abdullah.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 (Bernama) -- Former Information Minister Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin has likened the protracted criticisms levelled by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad against Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's leadership as "a thorn in the flesh" which has eroded the people's confidence in the country's administration, Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN).

Zainuddin said Dr Mahathir's statement that he regretted appointing Abdullah as prime minister was detrimental to Umno and prompted the party to muster its strength in backing Abdullah.

"It cannot be denied that the statement was a thorn in the flesh which had permeated in Umno," he said in a statement Monday.

Zainuddin said Abdullah's credibility was further tested when Dr Mahathir said in the run-up to the general election recently that Abdullah was only meant to be a one-term prime minister and that more opposition members were needed in Parliament.

He said among Dr Mahathir's statements which had poisoned the minds of not only the Malays but also non-Malay professionals and academicians was about the role of Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin and the fourth floor (of the Prime Minister's Department) advisers in the country's politics and economy.

"Maybe he (Dr Mahathir) is not aware or he purposely does not want to acknowledge that his credibility as former prime minister is still strong and that his influence as a legendary leader on the grassroots is well entrenched.

"So, his contribution in eroding the people's confidence (against BN) surpasses the influence of the bloggers and websites... his words are poisonous and venomous," said Zainuddin.

He said Dr Mahathir himself did not expect the seeds of discord which he sowed since Abdullah helmed the country, especially after the scrapping of the proposed crooked bridge over the Tebrau Straits, had swayed the people to cast "protest votes" against the BN.

Zainuddin said as a result, the recent general election became the blackest day which had erased the history of the BN's might.

"As such, putting the blame on BN's dismal performance squarely on Abdullah's leadership is unwise because it is clear that the hands that built it also destroys it out of vengeance and unbridled anger," he said.