**** UPDATED 12.06am **** Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Datuk James Masing said Abdullah’s decision not to defend his position in Umno and to retire as Prime Minister in March “is a brave and wise decision which Umno and Malaysians must appreciate.”“It means he puts the nation’s welfare first.It is a rare trait among third world leaders.”

Our correspondent Natasha wrote,”Prime Minister Of Malaysia-decides” two days ago and she said this involves not only UMNO but Malaysia as a whole. How very true and PMs press conference which lasted for about 25 minutes in Malaysiakini among others which was put forward was:-

  • What do you feel about stepping down?
  • Will you be stepping down as prime Minister?
  • Who is your successor?
  • What do you feel about being forced out?
  • But you have been forced out earlier than plannned? Is this your final decision?
  • Do you feel sorry that you have liberalised a lot of policies and that they have come back to haunt you?
  • Do the other BN component parties accept Najib as the New Prime Minister?
  • If there are those who want to nominate you(to defend the party post)despite your decision not to defend your post,would you accept it?
  • Will you pick a deputy for Najib?
  • You have just announced your reform agenda,will you consider abolishing the Internal Security Act and form the Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission before you step down?
  • Regarding your intention to strenghten the Anti-Corruption Agency and the setting up of the special judicial appointment commission,do you think you will face any obstructions?

Exactly 11 questions and it has been preplanned questions it seems as its interrelated to one another and too smooth for the PM . Something is really “COOKING IN THE POT“. What Natasha said 2 days ago was If Abdullah decides to let go of the Prime Ministership of the country the happiest person would be Tun Mahathir. Over the 5 years he has been at Abdullah’s back eventhough he anointed Abdullah over Najib in 2003.

In an immediate interview Mahathir was quoted ,” I am happy for Umno as the party can be rebuilt,” he said when reporters met him at the Perdana Leadership Foundation.When further pressed by the reporters,”Asked what he thought Abdullah should do between now and March next year, Dr Mahathir said: “Shut up.” Natasha said that Mahathir and Abdullah and their “OLD WOUNDS” are not healed just yet. This will affect Najib as in POLITICS AN HOUR OR EVEN ONE DAY is a long time what about FIVE MONTHS..? 

Abdullah must have said this which has made Mahathirs heart miss more than a beat,” People always have the idea that the manifesto was meant specifically for the five years I would be in power but the manifesto is something that spells out many things which I believe were different from what (Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad) was doing before.Some would be the same, some would be different strategies because I was thinking ahead of the year 2020.

I know I would not be around until the year 2020. If I am still around I would more than 80 years old and nobody would want an 80-year-old man hanging around. Surely we would have the younger people ready to lead the party.

Is this the prelude to what is going to happen come March in the UMNO AGM? Is this all about Mukhriz Mahathir against Khairy Jamaluddin who Mahathir took pot shots by saying Khairy would employ undemocratic methods to ensure his victory. This statement by PM”I will not stand for the presidency of Umno in the coming elections. My current term as Umno president ends in March next year,”  He has decided as Prime Minister of Malaysia and we know many leaders have used this line before Abdullah. They know who they are and I need not elaborate. Hmmmm..

As a political analysts cleverly said,” The turbulence in the AIR has subsided and the captain and the copilot will steer it smoothly before descending.” 


The show must go. Leaders come and go but the INTERESTS OF THE NATION is top priority. We hope that the government of the day will bear in mind that the world economy is facing problems. Its also a way to tell everyone enough politiking and PM Abdullah has made a WISE AND CALCULATED move. Malaysiakini has the full press statement and we copied in full and seek the permission of the internet portal. 

Press statement by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to announce his decision to step down next March.


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.

abdullah ahmad badawi looking ahead into the futureDespite 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.

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.

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.

Reforming the judiciary, police force

First, our institutions need to be reformed and strengthened.

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.

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.

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

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.

Third, I would like to see the government and BN renew their commitment towards building a united and harmonious nation. Society has seen an alarming decline in inter-racial and inter-religious relations.

BN convention

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 kampong, 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.