Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Prime Minister need not be UMNO President

The Prime Minister do not have to be the President of UMNO. He does not also have to be the Chairperson of Barisan Nasional.

Note that Presidents of some BN component parties have set precedence by not accepting a Cabinet position - to focue on the party. Maybe the next President of UMNO will also be focussing his attention in stregthening the weakened UMNO and BN.

Therefore, there is no need for Abdullah Badawi to resign as Prime Minister come March.

What he said today was that he has decided not to stand for the Presidency of UMNO. "It is with this in mind that I announce I will not stand for the Presidency of UMNO." But then, what is the UMNO Divisions still nominate him for President...will he re-consider?

Will you be stepping down as prime minister?

Well, at some point I have to hand over to my successor.

Who is your successor?

I hope it is Najib. Why do I say hope? Najib has to stand for Umno elections first. Once he wins the elections and becomes party president then we will discuss about it (the power transfer). - Malaysiakini, 8/10/2008 - Pak Lah: I hope Najib will be my successor

He never said that he will resign as Prime Minister in March 2009.

In his written statement, he only says 'My current term as President of UMNO ends in March next year. There are several initiatives I intend to see through before I leave office.' Can we say that by the word 'office', he was talking about the Premiership - I do not think so - I believe he meant the office of President of UMNO. In his carefully though off media statement, there really is no mention that he will be resigning as Prime Minister come March 2009.

He did not say that he will hand over the Prime Ministership to the next President of UMNO after the UMNO meeting in March 2009.

He said that he will hand over to his successor (that is all he said in his written statement).

Orally, he mentions Najib, and says god-willing in one instant, and in another he says 'I hope it is Najib. Why do I say hope? Najib has to stand for Umno elections first. Once he wins the elections and becomes party president then we will discuss about it (the power transfer).'

If and when Najib becomes party president, he will discuss it... [Really he never mentioned when he will resign as Prime Minister, did he now....]

Of course some of the news reports in RTM, TV3 and possible the print media may 'jump to conclusions' and say a lot of things...

Remember also that no one can compel Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to resign as Prime Minister - and when he does resign, then read my earlier posting - Golden Opportunity if Pak Lah Resigns - MPs can determine new PM - Anwar? Najib? Kit Siang? (Updated)

Consider carefully the words in the issued Media Statement of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

1. I have been in public service for over 45 years. I have served this country as a civil servant, and as an elected representative of the people. I have served as a member of government and feel blessed to serve in the highest office in the land. I have seen this country grow from a small, poor nation into the modern, prosperous Malaysia that we live in today.

2. Despite our successful track record, for the past few years I have firmly believed that our nation is standing at an historic crossroads. We must reform some elements of our nation, we must evolve and mature, or we risk losing all that we have gained in over 50 years. Throughout this time of reform and transformation, we Malaysians need to be united now more than ever before.

3. In all my years of service, I have always been guided by my conscience. I have always placed the interests of the nation above all else. It is with this in mind that I announce I will not stand for the Presidency of UMNO. I do not want a divided party and governing coalition, but one that is united and harmonious. A united Barisan Nasional is vital in order for the country to face the global challenges ahead and for Malaysia to become a fully developed nation, with prosperity and fairness for all.

4. My current term as President of UMNO ends in March next year. There are several initiatives I intend to see through before I leave office. These initiatives are important because they are necessary to move our country forward. These initiatives are needed to regain our country's competitiveness. They are necessary to enable our nation and our society to face the challenges that the world has in store for us. I ask all Malaysians to unite and join me in working towards making Malaysia a better place.

5. First, our institutions need to be reformed and strengthened.

i) The judiciary needs to enhance its stature and credibility in the eyes of the public. Before I end my term, I will table a Parliamentary Bill to establish a Judicial Appointments Commission. Such a Commission will propose judicial appointments in a transparent and merit-based manner.

ii) We also need a strong and effective anti-corruption body that can combat the cancer of corruption without fear or favour. Before the end of the year, I will table a Parliamentary Bill to establish the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, with greater powers of investigation and enforcement. The Commission's oversight structure has been modelled after the successful ICAC in Hong Kong.

iii) I also intend to complete the establishment of a Special Complaints Commission to enhance the integrity and effectiveness of enforcement agencies.

6. Second, I have long spoken about the need to ensure that the fruits of growth are more equitably distributed. In the recent Budget, I explained the government's commitment to strengthening and enlarging the Social Safety Net.

We will speed up work on this front to help poor and disadvantaged Malaysians, regardless of background, race or religion.

I will also work to ensure that tangible results can begin to be enjoyed in Iskandar, as well as the development corridor initiatives around the country.

7. Third, I would like to see the Government and Barisan renew their commitment towards building a united and harmonious nation.

Society has seen an alarming decline in inter-racial and inter-religious relations. Various issues have cropped up which threaten to tear the very fabric of Malaysian life.

We need to tackle these issues head-on, through dialogue; deal with the issues constructively and even-handedly; ensure greater clarity and certainty for the people; and focus on the points that unite us, rather than the points that divide us.

For this reason, I will convene a BN Convention early next year. This is a long-term effort that I hope to kick-start and continue to contribute towards.

I fully intend to see through my mission, and I am sure that my successor will carry on this agenda.

I want to hand over to my successor a Malaysia that is capable of weathering the challenges of a dangerous global economy, a Malaysia not of rich and poor, of young and old or of the city or the kampung (village), not of south and north, and not of one religion or another but of unity and harmony.

This is not the time for infighting and narrow politics but for greatness, unity and cooperation. - Malaysian Bar Website

It can also be found in Star Online. Malaysiakini has a title to the statement - but I believe the original did not have that title, i.e. 'Press statement by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to announce his decision to step down next March.'


Anonymous said...

Charles, how about you as the PM? It would be nice when Malaysia's prime minister is introduced 'here is the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Charles Hector'. Sounds very glamour and more class. hehehe

Malaysian Malaysia said...

The post of Prime Minister should be appointed through an election by all Malaysian Malaysia.

Anonymous said...

Its within BN constituenties that the PM MUST be the number one person from the BN component party that won the most federal seats in the general election.

In this case, If Najib were to win the UMNO president seat, he is supposed to be entitled to the PM post.

However, the final decision is still the Agong approval. In this case, for example the CM for Perlis, Perak and Terengganu were decided by Sultan final decision.

Anonymous said...

I think you're reading too much into what the PM said. You're making it sound like this is all part of huge sandiwara conspiracy theory.