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Friday, September 19, 2008
Pak Lah can't manage finance: Dr M
The former prime minister marked another milestone in his astonishing career by publishing a book based on his blog chedet.com.Aptly named "Blogging to Unblock" as Dr Mahathir Mohamad only started blogging after he claimed to be blacked out by mainstream media – the book (in English and Bahasa Malaysia) is entirely made up of his postings.At 83, the former premier continued to display his wit and sharpness in the ensuing press conference in Putrajaya after the book launch.Commenting on the portfolio swap between Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Abdul Razak yesterday, Mahathir said that it was about time."I think it is an admission that he (Abdullah) cannot manage the Ministry of Finance. But actually there is nothing there because all the time it was being managed by Nor Mohamed Yakcop anyway (Second Finance Minister). "Only problem is there is a lot of interference with Nor Mohamed (that's what I learnt). He, himself (Abdullah) played no role at all in the management of the finances of the country," said Mahathir."He has put Najib there but we are going to face a very critical stage in our economy because of what is happening in the United States, especially the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers and the US$85 billion bailout of AIG."He warned that if Najib does not manage the economy well, the deputy premier will be blamed for it.On whether the swap will relieve some pressure off Abdullah within Umno, Mahathir replied with his trademark sarcasm."I don't think he feels any pressure at all," said the former prime minister. "Even when he lost the election or Permatang Pauh, he said it was nothing. I think his blood pressure must be very low. The whole country may feel the tension but he doesn't," added the doctor by training.Recent arrests unjustifiedBeing a popular blogger now, Mahathir was also asked to comment on the recent arrests of bloggers."I think it is not justified. When people were arrested under ISA in 1987, there was tension in the country."There was this incident where a soldier shot somebody and Chinese were leaving the country. In order to restore law and order, the police had to take action."But this time, if you say that there is tension or security risk in this country because of the writing of a blogger … I don't think it's true at all," said Mahathir."Even if Teresa Kok was involved in a move to stop the azan, that can be remedied by explaining that this is not a subject she should be discussing about."Mahathir said that there is no risk at the moment (even in the case of Kok) and when the need arises, arrests can be made then."As far as bloggers are concerned, if they attack the government that is not subversion. If it (subversion) is defined as attacking the government, then Harakah (PAS paper) should be placed under detention, including some of the PAS leaders.Despite his many clashes with Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, the former premier was also against any ISA arrest for his former deputy."I think there is a case against him. Wait until the case is heard instead of detaining him under ISA."On him rejoining Umno, the elder statesman said that he wants to wait and choose his own time to return to the party he re-founded in 1988.He added that there were many who are trying to persuade him to rejoin, saying that he can still contribute to the party."But I haven't made any application yet and I will choose the right time to rejoin," said Mahathir with his trademark grin.tunku : najib has a lot of housekeeping to do, pak lah gave him the ministry in a mess.i think what tun said is right, pah lah blood pressure is very low, he just seem not to bother of anything, lost permatang pauh,its ok, lost 5 states, its ok and the recent one , sapp out of bn, its ok.i guess if bn lost the federal government , he will still say its ok.
Posted by tunku at 1:30:00 AM