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Thursday, September 18, 2008

PM RESIGNS?

A friend asked me last night if PMs in other countries resign.

Four months after forming a government, Belgium Prime Minister Yves Leterme has resigned in July 2008 , recognising his failure to reach a compromise over requests from Flanders to transfer more powers to the regions. (http://www.euractiv.com/en/elections/belgium-pm-resigns-throwing-country-crisis/article-174245)

Japan's unpopular prime minister, Yasuo Fukuda, announced his resignation Monday 15, September, 2008 after less than a year in office. Fukuda, in a hastily arranged news conference Monday evening, said he was stepping down to avoid a "political vacuum" at the head of the world's second-largest economy. "My decision is based on what I thought the future political situation ought to be," Fukuda said. The 72-year-old has suffered from chronically low support ratings as he presided over a parliament split between the ruling party and the opposition.

Togo's prime minister has resigned in September 2008 after less than one year in office. A statement from the president's office gives no reason for Prime Minister Komla Mally's unexpected departure late Friday. The statement was read on national television Saturday. It says President Faure Gnassingbe has accepted Mally's resignation. Independent newspapers in Togo have accused the premier of lacking initiative and of being ineffective.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert intends to hand his resignation letter to President Shimon Peres the day after the September 17 Kadima primary and ask him to entrust the new party leader with forming a new government, Olmert's associates said Wednesday night. They spoke soon after the prime minister had made a somber speech at his official residence in Jerusalem in which he announced that he would not seek to retain the leadership.

14 comments:

Old Town J said...

Mr J, so are there bring any benefit for their nation after they design???

jahaberdeen said...

Old Town J,

When there is so much opposition to your leadership and you are unable to manage the opposition, the best thing to do will be to resign. Otherwise, you will be considered to be clinging on to power to the detriment of the country.

Anonymous said...

Mr J,

He is already considered clinging on to power for a very long time, at least after 8th of march.

everyday single day he is sitting there the country dies. my money changer friends informed me, that after march 8th, the quantum of cash/ringgit leaving the country has amounted to nearly RM 150 billion, as people are scared shit of this sort of leadership.

people want stability for their living, job, children's future, retirement future, health planning, etc..

malaysians citizens have been deserting this country in droves to singapore, australia, NZ, canada, europe, thailand even indonesia!! just imagine indonesia, is regarded to have a better future than malaysia, under the present leadership of our biggest idiot of the history of this country.

these are all races, malays, chinese, indians. even the chinese and indians recognised that a PR in other countries has far more equal rights than a citizen of malaysia! wow that is an eye opener.

in many other countries, prime ministers and ministers have resigned over less mistakes. in sweden, the prime minister resigned because he was caught for speeding, just speeding! he resigned because it was the noble thing to do.

another minister was caught sleeping on tv when parliment was in session, he too resigned.

our pm and ministers where got shame one. malaysia boleh mah. when a man is in power, he wont leave until either he is dead or forcibly ousted. and now he has the control of the army my friend. lets see how desperate our PM is to cling on to power. maybe he will do a samak?

regards from Mr B of Bulans

Anonymous said...

Mr J,

Today Malaysians celebrate Malaysia day – the day our country became whole and our people become united.  This day has a new meaning.  After years of struggle, after fighting against a system that is corrupt and unjust—we affirm that victory is finally at hand. Our vision of rebuilding this country and bringing its people together, as the founding fathers envisioned, is within reach.

The economy is in turmoil with runaway inflation and joblessness creating widespread discontent.  Racial tensions have been rising, exacerbated by the propaganda spread in the government owned mainstream media.   The administration has offered no vision to steer the nation out of this quagmire and there is manifest erosion in confidence in the current government.

We in Pakatan Rakyat believe we can save Malaysia from economic ruin and the dangerous politics of racism.  We will do so prudently, legally and in doing so we will not jeopardize the security and stability of the country and the safety of its people.

We have received firm commitments from members of Parliament in excess of the number required to form a new government, and our government will reflect the diverse makeup of Malaysian society.

It has been our concern to ensure a peaceful transition of power.  We do not wish to see a repeat of what transpired in the Selangor and Perak State governments, where following the victory of Pakatan Rakyat on March 8th, documents were shredded and removed by the outgoing administration.

We furthermore advise radical elements within BN against the abuse of state power to unlawfully harass and detain our supporters.  The immediate investigation by the ACA of Dato Seri Yong Teck Lee after the announcement by SAPP of its intention to move a motion of no-confidence against Dato Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is another example of the tactics we reject. The use of the ISA, as has happened to MP Teresa Kok, would be an unlawful impediment to the transition process.

In light these serious concerns, yesterday leaders of Pakatan Rakyat sent a letter to the Prime Minister at 2:30 PM requesting a meeting to discuss the future course of the nation’s leadership and to seek his assurance on the following important matters:

1)    That the BN shall not hinder or prevent their BN MPs from acting in accordance with their conscience, constitutional rights and independent judgment;

2)    That the BN government shall not invoke the Internal Security Act to detain any of the MPs who will join Pakatan Rakyat, or any of the present
82 Pakatan Rakyat MPs;

3)    That the BN government shall not invoke emergency or police powers, or suspend the constitution, or dissolve parliament in response to our intention to form a new government;

4)    That the Barisan Nasional government shall not impose road-blocks and impede the MPs from gaining access to the House of Parliament and the institutions of government.


We believe the Prime Minister will share Pakatan Rakyat’s concerns for the welfare of the people and security of the nation. We are confident he will ensure the BN will act constitutionally and democratically to ensure that the transition will be peaceful, and there will be no actions taken to sabotage the wishes of the people or play on racial tensions in the country.
  
We appeal to all quarters in Malaysian society to understand our intentions are for the betterment of Malaysian society. The mainstream media, in particular, should accept the reality of these historic times and report fairly, accurately and without bias.  The irresponsible tact that is used by the media to obfuscate issues, attack opposition supporters and instigate racial tensions must end immediately.
 
Following our meeting with the Prime Minister we intend to proceed within the framework established by the Federal Constitution in the formation of a new government, with the assent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.


ANWAR IBRAHIM
Leader of Opposition
De-facto leader, Keadilan

Anonymous said...

Folks please read the Blogs this morning. Please see Rocky's Bru, Bigdog, Kuda Kepang, Apanama and others.

The PM got a whacking at last nite's Majlis Tertinggi UMNO meeting. Folks say he almost cried after the firing he got. No one came to defend him except Anuar Musa. Rafidah Aziz let fly and asked the PM to be gone.

There is a real possibility shaping up that there will be almost zero nominations for Pak Lah as president come October.

The Ketua Bahagian have also started avoiding Pak Lah. There is a boycott of sorts shaping up. If Pak Lah does not resign immediately, the Ketua Bahagian, Ahli MT and even the UMNO Ministers will boycott the Prime Minister's Hari Raya Open House this year.

There will be no buses from Kuala Selangor, Melaka etc going to atend the P's open house.

Pak Lah may just end up entertaining Mother Mangalam from the Pure Life Society, Chief Monk Boonchai Ratakul and other such notables at his Hari Raya Open House.

Anonymous said...

Folks,

Here breaking news this morning Friday Sept 19th, 08.

Anwar has confirmed that he has got 42 more 'kerusi' for him to take over. He has also identified the 42 'kerusi' : 10 kerusi are from Ikea, another 10 kerusi are from Courts Mammoth and 22 more are from Fella Design. They will be delivered to Anwar for his Hari Raya Open House.

Anonymous said...

how can he get so many kerusi? and also this guy cannot respect because he never buy local kerusi only overseas wan, ikea, why never go get kerusi from AM office?

bulans

Anonymous said...

Pak Lah's economic reckoning
18 Sept, 2008

WALL STREET JOURNAL ASIA

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced this week that he has enough parliamentary support to unseat the current government, led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. If he does, Abdullah's lacklustre economic management will be largely to blame.

The prime minister has not introduced any substantive reforms during his nearly five years in office, preferring to rely instead on opening up the government purse. Under the Ninth Malaysia Plan announced in 2005, he expanded public-sector spending to RM200 billion annually from RM160 billion. In his Midterm Plan Review this year, he increased this outlay to RM240 billion. The national debt now stands at RM285 billion, up from RM192 billion in 2004. The official fiscal deficit has risen to 4.8% of GDP this year, from 3.2% last year. Revenue is being spent faster than it is coming in.

It's hard to argue that these outlays have served the broad public interest. Much of the funding has been channelled to elites in the majority Malay community, under the country's pro-Malay affirmation action programme. That has created discontent with many Malay who don't see the full benefits of the programme, and among the minority Chinese and Indians, who are excluded from it altogether.

Abdullah's stewardship has had a real impact on the economy. Capital flight has risen sharply; Malaysian investment abroad now exceeds inward foreign investment. The Kuala Lumpur stock exchange has lost almost one-fifth of its value this year to date. Malaysia's currency, the ringgit, saw its biggest one-month loss last month since the end of the dollar peg in 2005. Although GDP growth has averaged a robust 5% annual growth under Abdullah, that record is now under threat. Inflation reached a record 8.5% this summer. Job creation has reached record lows, as unemployment, particularly among young majority Malays, remains high. Ironically, only the opposition-led state governments are attracting new foreign investment — and without the federal government's help, no less.

Abdullah's 2004 attempts to promote growth and investment — such as through the promotion of the biotechnology and agricultural industries — have failed. He also fumbled discussions with the United States on a free trade agreement, which have now stalled. What Malaysia really needs is education reform and the liberalisation of its labour markets to improve its economic competitiveness.

The political opposition, in the form of Anwar and his Pakatan Rakyat coalition, have seized on these issues. They have promised to root out corruption and to implement a new economic policy to address the concerns of all ethnic communities in Malaysia. Their platform aims to move beyond populist spending to introduce structural reforms in government procurement programmes and in the management of government-linked companies.

When Abdullah assumed office in 2004, he inherited an economy in need of structural reform. Malaysians have had to pay for his poor stewardship through higher prices, stagnating wages and growing private sector debt. Soon, Abdullah may have to pay the political price for that record.

juicy

jahaberdeen said...

It takes great courage, integrity, honour and true commitment to the country above self to relinquish power - what more the highest political power in the land.

I recall my overseas trips after Mahathir resigned. I heard nothing but only sincere praises and respectful surprise from the foreigners. They marveled and respected Mahathir giving up the post when he was still politically strong. TO them, this ended the speculation that he is a dictator for a dictator will not give up
power until his last breath.

Mahathir resigned VOLUNTARILY. He was not asked to go. Many forget this.

Now, those in power should know what is the honourable thing to do and should think of the country first.

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Jahamy said...

chicken chop,

now thats a nice nickname! Happy to see you in here.

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Jahamy said...

chicken,

Amazing is it not? f you think of life, to live properly you need to have the heart of a lion but we have become chickens.

Well, I recall resigning from my last job. I told my 2nd boss that he is sacked and gave him i month pay check. He had the gall to ask him why am I resigning. I told him:

"It is difficult for an eagle to fly when it is surrounded by turkeys!"

Can you imagine when we have turkeys as models of society????

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