Media Comment by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling
Jaya on Friday, 26th September 2008:
Abdullah's mid-2010 transition plan
scuttled - can he salvage his premiership when the writing on his end is
on the wall?
The fifth Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi is now on his last leg. He has at most six months. The end
could come even faster, in a matter of weeks.
A coup d'etat was staged at this morning's emergency UMNO Supreme
Council meeting, where Abdullah's mid-2010 power-transition plan was
scuttled for good.
Although Abdullah declared after the meeting that he had not decided
whether to defend the Umno President's post in March next year,
asserting that "The decision is mine, you can go on guessing", these are
empty brave words as the writing is clearly on the wall of another Prime
Minister and Umno President being forced out of office.
Can Abdullah salvage his premiership to leave behind some honourable
legacy to future generations?
Abdullah's mid-2010 transition plan scuttled - can he salvage his
premiership when he has so little time left - at most six months or even
less, in terms of weeks and even days?
It is a great disappointment bordering on grave breach of national trust
that the emergency UMNO Supreme Council meeting today had only time
about the political future of Abdullah and the Umno war-lords, who have
no time or thought for the deepening multiple crisis of confidence
confronting the nation in the past seven months since the March 8
When the Umno Supreme council could hold an emertency meeting over the
political future of Abdullah and the Umno warlords, but not on the
multiple national challenges on the political, economic, educational,
instituitional, good governance and nation-building fronts, Malaysians
are being told in no uncertain terms as to how irrelevant the Umno
leadership have become to the popular hopes and national aspirations of
the people in Malaysia.
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor