Wednesday 8 October 2008

Bye! Bye! Badawi ... Assalamualaikum.


Abdullah informed the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council Meeting a few minutes ago that he would NOT be defending his position as Umno president during the party’s General Assembly in March 2009.

Abdullah also assured BN component party leaders that he supports BN deputy chairman and Umno deputy President Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to assume the Umno presidency and BN chairmanship.

Abdullah will also appoint Najib as Acting Prime Minister before he takes a long-break (officially on leave) from mid-January till the EXPIRY of his presidency in early March 2009.

Read the full text of Abdullah's announcement at the Malaysiakini link below.

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Anonymous said...

Just get lost now Pak need to dance or sandiwara anymore. PLS have your 2 months leave now and don't ever come back!

Anonymous said...

Dr M: PM’s decision good for Umno - Malaysiakini

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s decision not to contest in the party elections in March will be good for Umno as the party can then rebuild itself, said his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The former prime minister said he was glad that he had been wrong when he wrote in his blog that the Umno president would not be stepping down.

“Of course, I am very happy for Umno, not for myself, because the party can rebuild itself. But it will not be able to restore the full confidence of the people in itself as a lot of its supporters, who voted for the Opposition, may want to continue working for them.

“I think it’s better for him to step down now, rather than wait until March. This is because he will still be some kind of obstruction as he is not yet giving (Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri) Najib Tun Razak the full authority to rehabilitate the party,” he said in response to Abdullah’s announcement on Wednesday.

Until Abdullah steps down in March, Dr Mahathir said the Premier must however let his deputy start administering the country according to his capabilities and policies.

“Until March, Pak Lah (Abdullah) must … let Najib run the show. He should not interfere because if Najib appears to be following him or taking his advice, I think the latter will lose support,” he said.

Asked if he would rejoin the party now that Abdullah would no longer be president by March, Dr Mahathir said he would have to study the situation.

“Yes, I said I am going to rejoin Umno but he is still president until March. But if I can do some good by rejoining, I will,” he said.

The former Umno president quit the party in May, citing a lack of confidence in its current leaders.

Asked if he would be roped in to act as mentor to Umno, Dr Mahathir said he was prepared to be consulted on solving problems.

“But never as a mentor. I’m always free with my advice … even when they don’t ask, I give it,” he said.