On MArch 19, I wrote a post “PM under siege” detailing the pressure on the PM after the recent General election. I ended the post saying that I hope all these will not lead to any instability.
In the weeks following, the pressure has become even greater. Everywhere the PM went, members were telling him that he needs to have a succession plan, which is just telling him nicely that he needs to go. States after states, divisions after divisions are telling him the same thing. Added to all these are the calls from Muhyiddin, a UMNO vice-president, Khir Toyo, former MB of selangor, and Rais Yatim, a senior minister for again a clear succession plan –meaning again retirement plan.
2 days ago, a Reuters report ( Malaysian PM seen bidding early farewell) mentioned that the PM may have to go this year.
One of the readers of this blog, Novice 101, commented yesterday that without AAB there would not be a 2 party system. This is his comment:
Abdullah Badawi solely to be blamed for the dismal result?
It’s a sad fact of life that when one is down, one is left to stand alone. One is asked to shoulder all blame though, in life, this is never the case. One is isolated, cast to the wolves. In worst cases, the ones one has helped and whom one has placed one’s faith in, joined with the crowd to go for one’s blood. All these, from the mildest to the worst scenarios, are now being played out in UMNO!
Having been through one month of humiliation, he must be at his lowest, right now. For all his faults, this treatment meted out to him is not fair. If, the UMNO people do not want to speak out for him, the rakyat should.
The present state of the nation (the emergence of the 2-party system), which we think is good for the nation, would not have come about if not for AAB’s more tolerant and liberal attitude.
A more basic consideration is the human values. What democratic principles are we talking about if we don’t offer a peron his basic right – the democratic right to dignity and respect!
The question is : if Pah Lah has to go, who will be the next PM? Will the next PM be better? Will the country go back to the old way under TDM? Will Mahathirism rear its head again?
But if Pah Lah stays, will he do away his inertness and start to take charge and deliver the reform that he promised 4 years ago? Will this country go through another few years like the last few years?