Who will be back? Tun Dr M or DSAI?

Who will be back?

Tun Dr M or DSAI?

   Zaid: “Mahathir is back in power with Najib” By Leslie Lau Consultant Editor in, The Malaysian Insider


KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 — Former de facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim says Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s impending rise to become Umno president and Prime Minister marks the return of “Mahathirism”.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, he said, will become Malaysia’s “de facto PM”, standing behind Najib.

He said the fall of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is a result of Dr Mahathir prevailing.

Zaid, who resigned recently from Abdullah’s Cabinet in protest against the use of the Internal Security Act, said he did not expect Najib to continue Abdullah’s reform agenda once he takes over.

“Legal and constitutional reforms make you less powerful, more accountable and less able to use the privileges of power.

“Why would someone trained and schooled by Dr Mahathir introduce reforms. Have you heard Najib speak of reforms?” he told The Malaysian Insider.

Zaid said he expects Najib’s administration to be more authoritarian with more controls and restrictions compared to that of Abdullah’s.


Abdullah, he said, believed in reforms, but “he did not have the stomach” to push through the changes needed.

Najib’s views and policies on dissent, human rights and the political opposition re relatively unknown.

Critics said Najib’s rise to power would also see the return of Mahathir to political centre stage, probably as a tenured advisor to the government.

“I welcome the departure of Abdullah and am ready to give advice to the new overnment,” Mahathir told local reporters after confirming that Abdullah as leaving.

Malaysia’s Anwar sets new Dec deadline to seize power


KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has said that the country’s beleaguered Barisan Nasional government could fall by December, a newspaper reported on Saturday.


Anwar has insisted he had won over enough defectors from the government to form a new administration. But an earlier self-imposed deadline of Sept. 16 passed and his calls to recall parliament for a confidence vote were denied.


The former deputy premier’s move to set a new deadline by the Eid al-Adha festival, which falls on Dec. 8, comes after Prime Minister Ahmad Abdullah Badawi announced this week he will not stand in a party election next year, effectively handing over to his deputy Najib Razak.


“We have built our base to go forward, if it (taking power) does not happen this week or next week, it can possibly happen before Eid al-Adha festival,” Anwar said late on Friday in comments reported by the mass-selling Berita Harian newspaper


“On the way it will be done, I can’t say. We will choose the peaceful way,” Anwar, who was touring the northeastern state of Kelantan, said.


Eid al-Adha is Islam’s most important feast at the end of the annual Haj pilgrimage. In mainly-Muslim Malaysia, the holiday coincides with the last few days parliament will be in session for the year.


Anwar has to get 30 government MPs to walk over in order to have a majority in the 222-seat parliament. At present the opposition coalition, made of Anwar’s Keadilan party, the Parti Islam Se-Malaysia and the Democratic Action party, has 82 seats.


“A momentum for a no-confidence vote could build up when parliament starts next week and this may happen during the debating of the budget or any bill for that matter,” said Ginie Lim, spokesperson for Keadilan party.


One of Malaysia’s best-known political figures, Anwar made world headlines when he was dismissed in the late 1990s by then premier Mahathir Mohamad and later imprisoned on what he says were trumped up sodomy and corruption charges.


He was in court again this week on new sodomy charges which he says is another ploy to stymie his challenge against the government that has ruled the Southeast Asian nation for more than 50 years.

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