Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Malaysia... and LKY

Its Malaysia Day today. For those who has forgotten or never have any knowledge about it (especially our younger generation), read this. It will be useful.

Although it is not a public holiday, Sept 16 is to commemorate the establishment of The Federation of Malaysia in 1963 among Malaya, North Borneo, Sarawak and Singapore. Indonesia and the Philippines objected to it. Jakarta was accusing Kuala Lumpur as being a new colonial power in Borneo for trying to lure Sarawak and North Borneo (now Sabah). However, after several consultations, it was settled amicably. Malaysia was also made possible through the introduction of a ‘Malaya Bill’ to the Parliament and, or course, with the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Singapore, however, left Malaysia on August 9, 1965 to become and Independence republic.

PS... wishing Lee Kuan Yew a HAPPY BIRTHDAY... also Sept 16.


hashim harris said...


I take this opportunity to congratulate Sir Anwar Ibrahim and his pakatan rakyat for succeeding in a peaceful taeover of Sri Perdana from Pak Lah today.(I stated Sri Perdana)

Nevertheless, due to a good compromy, the Prime Ministership wll be given to Datuk Sri Najib whilst DPM will be accorded to Tan Sri Muhiyuddin.

So the transition of power is smooth and without any doubt our economy will flourished from unselfish act of our true leader.

BTW, KJ has decided not to contest the UMNO youth head and will resign as MP of Rembau, he has decided to migrate to Australia and go sailing around the world.

Wow, what a dream.........

www.kulitpisang.com said...

Know the Difference: Transition, not Handover.
For the moment, the UMNO leadership crisis appears to have been averted with the announcement of the cabinet portfolio swap between Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his Deputy Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak. As recently as last week, analysts and commentators were anticipating Najib to make a move on the Presidency before the year’s end. And why would they not? After UMNO Vice President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin rekindled the debate about Abdullah’s position, Najib appeared to position himself for an assault on the post when he remarked that the divisions should decide for themselves when the transition should occur – essentially informing that he was more than ready to receive nominations for the post of Party President.

But with the portfolio swap, Najib may not see a need to gun for the Presidency – and by implication Premiership of the country – so soon. Notwithstanding the fact that a transition of power is, as Abdullah quipped, a process and not something carried out overnight, Abdullah must be credited for such a bold move. Skeptics have characterised it as a calculated political decision to neutralise any potential threat from Najib. Political considerations there definitely were, but by paving the way for Najib to take helm of the Ministry of Finance, Abdullah has also demonstrated magnanimity and sincerity to groom his successor for the top job in 2010.

Being Prime Minister with little experience in managing the country’s economy will likely prove a mammoth task for anyone. And as it turns out, Najib is no ordinary figure with an ordinary past. With ample ammunition for the Opposition to take aim at his credibility – the SAS (Sukoi, Altantunya, Submarine) scandals spring to mind as illustrations – a Najib administration could use a head-start in spearheading economic recovery at a time when global financial uncertainty is affecting countries in this region, too.. It is further also to Najib’s convenience that the Budget for the year 2009 has just been announced with much of the implementation left for him to oversee. As such, Najib does not have the baggage of others’ inefficiency to contend with – a prevalent concern whenever an economic plan is carried out.

As things, at least for the time being, cool down with regards to any contest for the Presidency of UMNO, it would be interesting to see Tun Dr.. Mahathir’s next move. Commanding a yet formidable following, his end-game for quite a while now is to unseat Abdullah as Prime Minister. His peculiar friendships with Tengku Razaleigh, Muhyiddin and Najib are telling – those individuals are all nothing more than instruments to his ultimate goal: the downfall of Abdullah.

Ultimately, Abdullah’s supporters will hope that the PM’s move will be repaid with loyalty by Najib. Even to many who may not be Abdullah’s biggest fans are wary of the damage that an open contest will cause the party. Even they would gladly take two more years of Abdullah over the prospect of an internal split that will likely occur should we witness a repeat of the embarrassment suffered by the late Tun Ghafar Baba at the hands of a ruthless Machiavellian by the name of Anwar Ibrahim.