Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Ku Li: UMNO must change

"We must begin by renewing our Party leadership. I am confident that by December.” says Tengku Razaleigh, the Gua Musang MP, following the defeat of the Barisan Nasional in the just-concluded Permatang Pauh Parliamentary by-election yesterday.

Tengku Razaleigh, who has expressed his intention to challenge the party number one post, took to task the Prime Minister, Datuk Abdullah Badawii, who as Liaison Chief of UMNO Penang and Chairman of BN, does not have the minimal credibility needed to run the country day by day, let alone to take it in the new directions we need to go in a complex world.

According to Tengku Razaleigh, Abdullah may not have the credibility needed to keep the country together.

This dangerous situation cannot continue, he said.

Below is the full statement.


Statement on the Result of the Permatang Pauh By-Election
26 August 26, 2008

Today, five months after we met with the biggest General Election loss in our history, UMNO has suffered a landslide loss at Permatang Pauh. This despite the mobilization of the entire leadership and resources of a party that has held the machinery of government without pause for fifty years. This despite a campaign that embarrassed and divided the nation with its ugliness. It is time to face the music: it is we who have been buried:

- Our leadership is rejected by the rakyat and, moreover, is rejected by our own members. BN’s vote count was less than the number of UMNO members in the constituency.
- Within and among our component parties we ran a poorly coordinated and listless campaign against a motivated Opposition.
- What scraps of credibility the Prime Minister and his Deputy had left after March 8 are gone.

Today’s report card, delivered to a Prime Minister who is accountable also as Liaison Chief of UMNO Penang and Chairman of BN, is impossible to hide: he does not have the minimal credibility needed to run the country day by day, let alone to take it in the new directions we need to go in a complex world. He may not have the credibility needed to keep the country together. This dangerous situation cannot continue, and it will not.

I appeal to the members of UMNO and of BN’s component parties to stand by UMNO in our hour of crisis, and to take a sober historical perspective. The people of Malaysia and along with them, Umno’s ordinary members, have found their
democratic voice. They demand leadership that can be trusted to unite our people, to restore confidence in our institutions, and forge a clear national direction. Today is proof that this wave cannot be held back. UMNO must change.

We must begin by renewing our Party leadership. I am confident that by December, we shall.

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Salam
Kak Ton, were you once a contributor in the Skali Sanctuary forum,a long long time ago?

Cheers
Kunta Kinte

Me... Only Better said...

Kak Ton,

Ku Li merely regurgitating what we Malaysians have long called for...esp Muslim Malays, true reforms in UMNO...tapi depa bodoh sombong sangat...and remember BMF...

azlan said...

Ku Li only knows how to talk rather than act.

where was he during the campaign and polling day at Permatang Pauh?

he dare to interfere when he didnt even showed up to show his support for the BN candidate and he wants Pak Lah to resign because BN lose the by-election?

how come a candidate like Ariff be compared with more senior and already popular Anwar?.of course Ariff said that he would win the by-election to keep himself in the positive mood.then again fate is not on the BN side.at least they've tried.

this by-election prove that democracy is still implemented and this also dissed the question of if the by-election was gonna be impartial or not.

maria a samad (kak ton) said...

wa alaikum salaam K.Kinte,

Kak Ton, were you once a contributor in the Skali Sanctuary forum,a long long time ago?/

Yes. There were Labu (of the Skali sanctuary) metoo,lake, harimauberantau, the nt gang among others.

BTW, there's is someone who has the same nick/handle as you - kunta kinta - at kmunet forum. I dont suppose that IS you?

Lee said...

Ku Li challenging Pak Lah is, to say the least, too late.He had his chance to bring change to Malaysia.When he returned to UMNO ,he lost the respects of many, not to mention his credibility.Anyway, his thinking is still behind time!Malaysians want to do away with racial politics and to have more equality.Datuk Onn was way ahead of his time when he thought of non-racial politics then.Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is the person who can actualized the vision of Datuk Onn.He is the person who can bring change to Malaysia.Perhaps, if UMNO is changed to United Malaysians National Organization and open its door to MCA and MIC members it can be the alternative to Pakatan!

zarak homaideen said...

Ku Li cerita je banyak. Macam bagus sangat nak cakap pasal orang. Katak tak sedar diri dari zaman S46. Kalau hebat sangat mana pergi S46? Melingkup jugak.

RedBag said...

If UMNO must do change then it should start with people like Ku Li. There's no use if one is making statement after statement but has done nothing drastic to help change it aside from whining about it 'publicly'.

Anonymous said...

Salam again Kak Ton,

Wow! you made my day! The mere mention of those names bring back a lot of fond memories. Wheeeeere are all those clowns nowadays? i really missed the gang esp Labu.
Oh ya, you are right about the other fellow who shares the same nick. is is NOT me.
BTW, heard about your Dad. Hope he gets better. My doa & prayers for his quick recovery.
Take care.

KK

maria a samad (kak ton) said...

tehsin,

Korek. korek, korek!

Depa yang pekak & blind to the reality on the ground.

maria a samad (kak ton) said...

Wa alaikum salam KK,

I got to know metoo, Lake and Labu through the Skali forum.

I do keep in touch with metoo and Labu.

In fact, Labu sms-ed me to ask about my dad (whose condition is stable and according to the doctor is getting better).

Labu was posted to Indonesia about four years ago but has since been back.

maria a samad (kak ton) said...

Salam kunta kinte,

If you're feeling nostalgic you can go here:

Skalian Sanctuary at

http://skalian.yuku.com/directory

Anonymous said...

Salaam Kak Ton

So....my good friend Labu was posted to Indonesia. Mmmmm...Mokcik Nab's hubby was posted there about the same time and now they're back (about the same time too).
i dont supposed that IS he?
Anyway, thanks for the lead on Skalian Sanctuary.
Selamat menunaikan ibadah puasa.

kk