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sirgalahad2010
20-02-2006, 01:13 PM
That is the title of a report in today's Spore Straits Times.

The report said that the PM has made it clear he is still the man in charge even though there has been more public debate on the issue recently. He was seeking to quell criticism that he was in danger of losing control.

As per Pak Lah: "There are many who have asked me openly, 'Pak Lah, have you lost control?' People are wondering because I seem to allow people to talk and criticise so much".

Pak Lah: "I don't care what people have to say about me".

Pak Lah, according to the report, said that political control is like flying a kite. The string has to be let loose gradually to let the kite find its own direction. Holding on too tightly will make the kite "spin out of control and crash to the ground".

Pak Lah: "We can ignore what some people say if our MPs could play a better role".

Pak Lah: "There are times when we become too outspoken and forget the problem it may cause. A boat that proceeds too fast can be reversed. A tongue that speaks too fast can bring grief to the speaker". Context: reminding his ministers to select their words carefully.

Pak Lah: "The MPs must highlight the opinions of the people, understand their problems and needs and bring it to the attention of the highest administration in the country".

So, what gives? A warning shot across the bows for some people? A clearing of the decks in preparation for the next Umno GA?

But, if you remember, no one even questioned if Dr M was in charge, when he was PM. The perception changed when Pak Lah took over as PM.

jasonbhlee
20-02-2006, 01:57 PM
He can find 1001 excuses, but the fact is majority of the population has lost faith. He says that he is still in control but many thinks otherwise...
He said that the recent cabinet 'reshuffle' was to ensure experience win over youth but the fact is he dared not shake the staus quo lest he gets bitten by the internal snakes. He says there is press freedom but then he shuts down the Sarawak Tribune, suspended Guang Ming and threatened China Press but never the Utusan or berita harian. he asked the opposition not to play racial politics but again during the UMNO assembly, he own party members make all the battle cry!
Who are we to believe? prof Khoo made some good comments in yesterdays paper but again the Minister in the PM's office was in denial mode. How can we move on when the government does not want to act on the truth?
Is he still in control??

bslee
20-02-2006, 03:37 PM
He can find 1001 excuses, but the fact is majority of the population has lost faith. He says that he is still in control but many thinks otherwise...
Who are we to believe? prof Khoo made some good comments in yesterdays paper but again the Minister in the PM's office was in denial mode. How can we move on when the government does not want to act on the truth?
Is he still in control??

IMHO, Its not excuses, but at least its possibly a calculated attempt to passify the rakyat in his own way, which I for one, appreciate it, despite not knowing the outcome. Oh yeah, as usual, all can slam them for "political talk only"," cakap ta serupa bikin", "NATO", which is very usual conclusion of most folk, if I dare say.
Suceeding PM's always inherit the mess handed down, in addition to current problems at hand. We are expecting too much in a short time.
I sometimes feel disgusted too at many current policies in place but I reckon being a PM is never seen as easy as just waving a magic wand for things to happen. We have to be dead patient!.

Jose Mourinho
21-02-2006, 04:50 PM
Let's be fair to PM Abdullah. He is trying to put right in a few years the damage which has been there for more than 20 years. Unless he can change water to wine and walks on water, he is facing an impossible task and it may take many years yet to see any change or result.