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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Get Your Facts Right Before Comment

As reported in The Star on 9/10/2008, Tun Mahathir said “Until March Pak Lah must keep quiet and 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.
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And this was what reported in the NST - Umno leaders have come out to strongly criticise Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for telling Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to keep quiet after handing over power to his successor.
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Thereafter, came comments from ministers who doesn't know head and tail about what Tun Mahathir meant: -
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Nazri Aziz
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Dr Mahathir should have followed his own advice. "He is the right person to say this because that is exactly what he did." He said Dr Mahathir did not keep quiet or allow Abdullah to run the country freely after handing over the premiership to him. "He should have followed his own advice instead of creating all the trouble for us."
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Azalina Othman
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Dr Mahathir should have followed his own words. Azalina said Dr Mahathir's statement was like adding salt to an open wound. "Tun should not feel that he is always right by giving advice. It is going to weaken the party further," she said, adding that he should instead set a good example to the younger leaders.
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Ahmad Shaberry
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Questioned what Dr Mahathir meant by asking Abdullah to keep quiet. He said Dr Mahathir should set an example for Umno leaders.
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Khaled Nordin
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Dr Mahathir's statement was unbecoming. He said there was no need for anyone to say anything as both Abdullah and his successor Datuk Seri Najib Razak knew how to conduct themselves after the handover.
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Hamid Albar
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He (Hamid Albar) did not see much risk of interference from Abdullah once he stepped down. "The fact is all former prime ministers have got the tendency to comment, so this is a normal thing. What is most important is to make sure there is no interference. "Maybe Dr Mahathir is reminding Pak Lah based on his own personal experience," he said, perhaps alluding to the vocal criticisms by the former prime minister against Abdullah. "His (Abdullah's) decision was made not in a personal interest but in the interest of the nation and party, so I do not think he would interfere (in the government)," Syed Hamid added.
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In The Star report, what Tun meant was until March Najib should be given freedom to run the country while Si Bedol remains as the PM without interference from Si Bedol, so as to give Najib the feel as a PM and for him to get the right momentum to lead the government. Even before Tun steps down, he went on holiday so as to give Si Bedol the opportunity to run the country while Tun was still a PM. I believe that is a normal way of power transition, not only in politics but everywhere. When Tun said until March, it means the handing over process is till ongoing but when the ministers said after handing over, they meant after March, which was exactly not what Tun meant.
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It is either the ministers who gave the comments did not understand plain and simple English as reported in The Star or they did not do their homework or they are just lazy fat dog who do not really bother to check on the statement by Tun or they only read NST or is it the work of the spin doctor? Read here http://test.chedet.com/che_det/2008/09/snippets-10.html

1 comment:

Taekwon-TRG said...

Semua minister ni la yang kaki bodek PM. Ada udang sebalik batu tu, mana boleh PM lepas bodo je position, mesti ada something dia nak buat dalam tempoh ni. That's why Tun M warning dulu.