Kit Siang: PM must be brave to reform before quitting

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should end his “lackustre premiership in a blaze of glory: by enacting reforms in at least 10 areas, veteran opposition leader Lim Kit Siang said last night.

The DAP supremo said Abdullah should consider the sixth option, apart from the five he had outlined which included not contesting in Umno polls; remain a lame-duck Prime Minister; resign immediately; advise the King to dissolve the Parliament; or cooperate with Pakatan Rakyat to form a new federal government.

“Accept the Umno Supreme Council ultimatum that his premiership ends by March next year but ending his hitherto lacklustre premiership in a blaze of glory in the final six months by leaving a lasting legacy for future Malaysians by being a courageous reformist Prime Minister,” Kit Siang told the crowd at a ceramah in Serdang.

The text of his speech was sent out today.

Kit Siang said Abdullah can begin his six-month programme of reform in the next Cabinet meeting by choosing to act in at least 10 areas, which are:-

1.   Police – Establish the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) by the end of the year, based on the Bill proposed by the Royal Police Commission, in order to create an efficient, incorruptible, professional world-class service to restore to Malaysians their fundamental freedom to be free from crime and the fear of crime.

2.   No more foot-dragging with judicial reforms by ensuring that a Judicial Appointments Commission is established by the end of the year and that the country is not plunged into another era of judicial darkness and scandal with the appointment of the first Umno Chief Justice in the 51-year history of Malaysia.

3.   A total revamp of the Anti-Corruption Agency, which has proved to be an utter failure with Malaysia’s Transparency International Corruption Perception Index plunging from No. 37 in 2003 to No. 47 in 2008, when we should have improved to at least No. 30 according to the National Integrity Plan – with the formation of a completely independent anti-corruption commission by the end of the year.

4.   Far-reaching parliamentary reforms including the introduction of a full-fledged Parliamentary Select Committee system whereby every Ministry is shadowed by a Parliamentary Select Committee.

5.   Repeal of draconian Printing Presses and Publications Act to ensure press freedom and an independent media.

6.   Immediate release of Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the Hindraf Five and all other Internal Security Act detainees and the repeal of the ISA.

7.   Declaration of Malaysia Day on September 16 every year as a national public holiday.

8.   20% oil royalty to Sabah and Sarawak to be devoted solely for the development of the people in the two states and not for the enrichment of a handful of political parasites.

9.   Meritocracy as a national policy to reverse brain drain and to retain the best and brightest to transform Malaysia into a competitive global player in the international economic scene.

10. Full acceptance of “Bangsa Malaysia” as primary nation-building objective and not ketuanan Melayu or any other communal, retrogressive or obsolete concept.

From The Malaysian Insider – 29/09/08. Full article here.

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LKS’s sixth option for AAB got ten points meh? Wahlauweh, some people really want to ‘skychange’ so much by just talking to the heavens.

You gotta hand it to this wily old fox, LKS, to ‘twist the knife’ after AAB’s UMNO detractors have plunged it into the bewildered outgoing premier buffoon.

Anywayz, the newly minted MOD political chief have promptly got his act together within a few days after taking the portfolio from his number two. Short of saber-rattling gestures (which might scare off RDC down south of the border), AAB took out his only potent weapon ever i.e. his pen and signed an L.O.I. to buy helicopters from Europe. Boy, this bloke is certainly quick on the draw when it comes to spending taxpayers’ monies.

Lemme see.. the last major Nuri crash was in July ’07 at Gunung Buah Bunga near Genting Sempah at the border of Selangor and Pahang. All six crewpersons and passengers died in that crash.

At the time, AAB and NTR reportedly said respectively:

a) “I hope their families can accept this tragedy as fated and be patient in going through their bereavement. Allah loves them more and knows better”.

b) “The Nuris have been properly maintained and are in good condition. We have no option but to use the Nuri as the main mode of air transport for the Defense Ministry”.

And 15 months later, AAB’s John Hancock was officially inscribed into a military hardware procurement deal.

We’ve always heard of the adage that ‘a new broom sweeps clean’ but I’ve a nagging suspicion whether we’re being taken to the cleaners yet again. Or is this gesture typical of AAB throwing sweets at his gullible subordinates in the MOD so that they won’t bother him when he’s napping.

And to errr.. sweeten it more, AAB’s gonna repair and/or rebuild 12 army camps in the Klang Valley and Ipoh as well under the IBS system. Yup, that’s a done deal alright. Let’s hope AAB doesn’t think that the Industrialised Building System (IBS) was invented by Scomi coz fabricating coach or train bodies ain’t the same as pre-fab housings.

Therefore, folks, do yer see what can happen when a big chunk (about RM500 million per annum) of the MOD’s budget allocation get siphoned off to prop up the dubious NS program which does not have a specific government budget for itself. Yeah, it’s a double whammy thingy, once in the front and again, at the back.

Soooo.. LKS, please keep your wishlist coz AAB ain’t interested to hear your appeals for reforms nor your frantic cries for him to cooperate with PR to take over the Federal government.

And how come your wishlist does not include specific economic issues or reforms?  That one only AI can announce ah? The meritocracy and Bangsa Malaysia points are too arbitrary lah.

However, do not throw away the wishlist either coz it will definitely be relevant if and when PR get to be in charge of the nation. That’s a promise which some of us intend to keep reminding you by then.

Oh yeah, speaking of reminders and intent. Could you remind Junior about his promise to take over the KDC land for low cost housing projects? Don’t just NATO ok.

Btw I thought general election finish oredi mah. How come yer still doing ceramahs?