Quoted from Reuters:
Anwar says he wants to root out corruption and end a system of affirmative action for ethnic Malays, over half of the population in this nation of 27 million people.
He says the system has not only failed the people it was aimed at helping but has also created a class of crony businessmen entirely dependent on government contracts, which has hurt the country's economic prospects.
Abdullah had agreed to hand over as prime minister to his deputy, Najib Razak, in 2010. The two met on Monday and the prime minister said that plan remained intact.
"The 2010 timeframe stays because that is the date we have officially decided on," he said, according Bernama.
However, speculation has grown that the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the main party in the 14-party ruling coalition, will accelerate the handover, perhaps as early as a meeting of its ruling council on Sept. 17.
"I think they smell blood, even more blood than before," said Ooi Kee Beng, a political analyst at Singapore's Institute of Southeast Asian studies.
"Barisan looks more than ever like it has no idea what it's going to do to save itself. It doesn't seem to have a gameplan."
These days, living in Malaysia is like being in an uncoordinated play where all the actors are given different, unrelated scripts and ordered to act out the play coherently. Fat chance.
Problem is, the play is not even cute or funny anymore. It's downright embarassing. The amount of stupidity coming out of the mouths of random ministers is totally cringeworthy. I wouldn't even want to waste my time elaborating. Just google under news section for "Ahmad Ismail", "Syed Hamid Albar", "RPK", and "Anwar Ibrahim".
Nowadays it seems that you can get detained under the ISA for just about anything AS LONG AS YOU ARE NOT AN UMNO MEMBER. If you're an UMNO member and you make racist or seditious statements, the government would just apologize on your behalf and if you're still unrepentant, they'll suspend and strip you off your party post for a couple of years la-di-da har har. So my advice to Malaysians who love insulting other races? Before you shoot your mouth off, join UMNO (or any BN component parties) as insurance. That way you can say whatever you like and get away with it with no more than a light slap on the wrist.
And I heard (mind you, heard only ok) that you can even get away with *koff*murder*koff*. Especially those involving C-4 explosives and a certain Mongolian lady. Have to type this like this because as you know, I'm Chinese and not a member of any party and also I'm a blogger and the Government Hates Bloggers.
Unfortunately if you want to join the party now, it might be a little too late because it's September 16 and if all goes well, PM Abdullah and his little gang are going to be ousted by the once-ousted Deputy PM Anwar Ibrahim.
I can't wait!
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