Speech (2) by Lim Kit Siang at the DAP “Abolish
ISA” ceramah at Serdang, Selangor on Sunday, 28th September 2008
Let MCA, Gerakan, MIC, SUPP and Sabah/Sarawak
BN component parties declare whether they agree with the ousting of
Abdullah as Prime Minister by March next year by the Umno Supreme
Council “926” meeting
In his speech to the Federal Territory (FT)
Gerakan Wanita and Youth delegates conference yesterday, Gerakan acting
president Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon rightly called for a meeting of the
Barisan Nasional Supreme Council to discuss the candidacy for the Umno
Koh said that although Umno party elections and post allocations are
internal Umno matters, as Umno is the backbone of Barisan Nasional and
the UMNO President is the Prime Minister, there is a need for the
Barisan Nasional component parties to participate in the discussion and
to give input on this issue in order for a consensus to be reached.
I commend Koh for giving a correct analysis on what should be the
respective positions of the other Barisan Nasional component parties
vis-à-vis the power struggle in Umno.
This is not an interference in the Umno internal party affairs, as
Malaysians as a whole have an equal stake and interest as to who will
become the Umno President as he will also be the Prime Minister so long
as the federal government comes from the Umno-hegemonised Barisan
The position taken by Koh should be the position for all other BN
component parties, whether Gerakan, MCA, MIC, SUPP or other BN parties
The only question is whether Koh and political leaders from all the
other BN component parties apart from UMNO are prepared to take a stand
and declare whether they agree with the ousting of Datuk Seri Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi as Prime Minister by March next year by the Umno Supreme
Council “926” emergency meeting.
It is clear that at the Sept. 26 emergency meeting of the Umno Supreme
Coucil, Abdullah was given an ultimatum that unless he agrees to abandon
his mid-2010 power transition plan and relinquish his premiership by
March next year, and make clear that he would not to seek re-election as
Umno President by October 9, he would be summarily and ignominiously
evicted from the Putrajaya corridors of powers by his erstwhile Umno
colleagues and subordinates!
Let MCA, Gerakan, MIC, SUPP and Sabah/Sarawak BN component parties
declare whether they agree with the ousting of Abdullah as Prime
Minister by March next year by the Umno Supreme Council “926” emergency
meeting or are they totally irrelevant, impotent and non-existent on
such a crucial and critical matter concerning who is to be the Prime
Minister of Malaysia?
Will the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council have any say as to whether the
Umno Supreme Council “926” decision to oust Abdullah the Prime Minister
by March next year should be endorsed or rejected?
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor