If the current trend continues – Umno is likely to be playing the roles of opposition sooner rather than later. Well not that its had not. Currently some of the former Umno big wigs (Dr Khir, Tajol Rosli for example) have been familiarizing themselves with the roles in four states controlled by Pakatan Rakyat.
Abdullah should have entered the Malaysia Book of Records for being the first prime minister with rating as high as 93 percent drop to less than 40 percent barely years into his second term in office. The current spat between Gerakan, MCA, DAP and Umno could have been averted had the wise Prime Minister took a more appropriate action against Ahmad Ismail.
Instead he merely slapped Ismail with warning not to repeat it again and then protect the Bukit Bendera Umno chief triggering uproars among the Chinese communities. As usual when it’s becoming messy – he asked his ever loyal deputy to apologize.
But the real reason behind Abdullah reluctance to take stern action against Ahmad eventually uncovered and exposed here:
It appears that Ahmad Ismail is a big time Umno warlord in Penang. Ahmad Ismail was cleared of bankruptcy by the Insolvency Department in 2006. Ahmad Ismail is the figure linked to the controversial PORR project in Penang. He is the director of Peninsular Metroworks Sdn. Bhd., the concessionaire for the project. Ahmad is an influential Umno divisional leader and former Penang Chief Minister Koh Tsu Koon was beholden to him for support. That was why Koh was powerless when Ahmad Ismail a mere Umno division leader could wield so much influence over him and accused him of not paying attention to the Malays in Penang.The CM’s former constituency of Tanjong Bungah happens to be in the Bukit Bendera division.
Abdullah indecisiveness is dragging both Umno and Barisan Nasional into a deep hole. His budget instead of strengthening the economy is actually tearing it down. I begin to agree with those who said the longer Abdullah helming the prime ministership the better it is for Anwar and company – the louder we hear voice for ‘change’.
Anwar knew he couldn’t dethroned Abdullah on September 16 – as reported in this Malaysiakini news – but he still can do so come next general election.