After Haris left at 1:00pm and internet access was in the pits....I thought I will walk over to Restaurant Kakak, Ah Lan chair's for a never-to-be-missed cheng-tong for lunch. My PAS UNTUK SEMUA cap and ANAK BANGSA MALAYSIA tee invited some quizzical stares. I don't blame them Taiping folks....they are generally peaceful, non-confrontational, and even if they are anti-establishment, they dont wear it on their sleeves. But not Taiping guys who have migrated out. It was a group two tables away who invited me over to ther table.....they are all working in KL and back to vote in Bukit Gantang.....Samuel, Velu, Taik, Suan, Chaik. They will of course give their vote to Nizar but they asked me this probing question that Haris and I talked about until the wee hours last evening: WILL PAK LAH GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS AN IRRESPONSIBLE PRIME MINISTER?
I am blogging from a computer shop AI COMPUTER, below our hotel, as access upstairs is still erratic. I dedicate this to the second table:
Usually it is the rats who will abandon ship when they sense that the ship is floundering. Then it is the other sailors, on orders, will abandon ship, with or without life-boats or life-vests. No captain of a ship, worth his salt, will abandon his ship in distress. Even buccaneer sea-captains hold on to this tradition of “sink or swim” but only after everybody has abandoned ship!
Tengku Abdul Rahman gave way to his successor, Hussein Onn gave passage to Tun Dr Mahathir who in turn wrapped the mantle over Pak Lah. All successors were proven credible to take on the mantle of premiership. All resigned before the end of their tenure for one reason or other. But all of them made sure that their successors were men of proven calibre.
Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi is said to hand over the Premiership to the new President of UMNO. Can he? Would he? Should he? He can and would if of his own volition. He should not if he is forced. He is the sitting Prime Minister. He cannot abandon his post unless forced by debilitating circumstances. It would be irresponsible and cowardly if he gave up the premiership under pressure.
Was he pressured?
Wasn’t he publicly arm-twisted by the newly elected Deputy Prime Minister? Others, the usual CYA crowd suddenly got courageous, removed their protective hands from their ass, plucked up some adolescent bravado and screamed for Pak Lah to speed up his resignation.
In sea-faring parlance, this is called Mutiny.
Is the Prime Minister a victim of a Mutiny?
Was there Mutiny on KD Malaysia?
Mutineers are either hanged from the mast or made to walk the plank.
QUESTION: SHOULD PAK LAH ABANDON SHIP. HE HAS UNTIL 2013 TO PLUG THE SINKING SHIP AND PILOT IT SAFELY TO
ANWER: Later today….when internet access improves…..
HARIS HAS SOMETHING HERE.