Thursday, June 08, 2006

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Blogger spyz said...

Dr M slams Pak Lah but BN leaders rally behind the PM

By V.P.SUJATA

PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad levelled his strongest criticism yet against Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, accusing the Prime Minister of dismantling many of his policies and projects.

The former Prime Minister, who retired in 2003, said Abdullah had not been his first choice as successor but second after current Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Dr Mahathir said he was hurt by allegations that he “finished all the Government's money, and that the Government was bankrupt” because of mega-infrastructure projects that marked his 22 years in power.

Dr Mahathir said Najib received the highest votes but he decided to choose Abdullah anyway. However, Dr Mahathir did not elaborate.

He said this at a press conference with local and foreign journalists, which lasted more than an hour, at the Perdana Leadership Foundation yesterday. The media was invited there to cover a briefing on the upcoming Perdana Global Peace Forum to be held in Kuala Lumpur later this month.

The former Prime Minister said the Government was “out of my control”, and he did not know if things would be any different if he had picked someone else as successor.

“I expect a reasonable degree of gratefulness, but instead I was told that I have indulged in mega projects and finished the country’s money,” he said, adding that he had made many mistakes in his life, such as helping many people only to have them stab him in the back.

Asked if Abdullah had stabbed him in the back, Dr Mahathir replied: “Minor bruises.”

He added: “I have a habit of choosing the wrong people, perhaps. But the present Government can still do a good job; the means are there.

“But if they come under the influence of people with other agendas, it cannot be helped.”

When asked who were the influential people with other agendas, he declined further commenting, stating that the media was already in the know.

Dr Mahathir said he was not interfering with the Government of the day, and it was not his plan when he decided to step down as Prime Minister.

“When I decided to step down, I planned not to interfere with the Government of the day,” he said.

“There were certain things that were promised by the incoming government but it not only did not do things as promised but reversed many decisions made (by the former Government) when he (Abdullah) was still in the Government.

“I thought this would be carried out during his period in power but new things cropped up and promises were not kept.”

Dr Mahathir said he had not broken any promises after making public his undertakings.

He said he was not campaigning within Umno to unseat Abdullah as “I am not capable of doing that” and “I cannot have him removed”.

“I am not going about campaigning, (but) I would be failing in my duty as an ordinary citizen, as an ex-PM, if I did not direct my attention to issues affecting national interests,” he said.

“I cannot remove the present leadership, I will support the Prime Minister, but I will voice out my opinion if I see something wrong.”

Dr Mahathir said he would continue to stick his neck out to be chopped by opposing decisions made by the Government, as he had done in the past.

Asked to comment on PAS’ suggestion that he be an Opposition Leader, Dr Mahathir said he did not want to have anything to do with PAS as he believed it was not an Islamic party but a deviationist.

“What PAS proposed to do is not practical for the country. Of course, they think they can make use of me, (but) I will not be made use of by anyone,” he said.

“Even when I was thrown out of Umno, I was not disloyal. I never wanted to have anything to do with the opposition, not for emotional reasons, but simply because I don’t think they have anything to offer the country.”

He also said he would not be forming another party and that he was happy being a retired man.

On being Proton advisor, Dr Mahathir said he valued the appointment and that he would not quit, but added that he could be removed if the Government felt he was an obstruction or nuisance.

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/6/8/nation/14473163&sec=nation&focus=1

6/08/2006 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

[ bagus sungguh PR kamu najib.... ]

Najib stands by Pak Lah

By M. VEERA PANDIYAN

NEW DELHI: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has urged all political leaders, Umno members and the people to give their full support to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Expressing his confidence in Abdullah’s leadership, the Deputy Prime Minister said he would stand by him in managing the country.

“I believe that every Prime Minister will do what is best for the country, based on prevailing conditions and situations.

“I believe that when Tun Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) was the Prime Minister, he did what was best for the nation.

“Similarly, now that Pak Lah is the Prime Minister, he will do his best for the country,” he told reporters covering his week-long official visit to India.

He said that Dr Mahathir’s contributions to the nation would always be appreciated, valued and remembered by the people.

Najib said all parties should give their undivided support to Abdullah, more so as he had obtained a huge mandate and trust from the people in the last general election and had been endorsed by Umno as its president.

“I would also like to clarify that every decision made by the Government is made collectively and by consensus.

“As such the Prime Minister should not be burdened in his personal capacity for all decisions made by the Cabinet collectively or by consensus, based on situations and facts at that time,” he added.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/6/8/nation/14478415&sec=nation

6/08/2006 10:33:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

Cabinet rallies behind PM

PETALING JAYA: Cabinet Ministers rallied solidly behind Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi after the Prime Minister came under lashing criticism from his predecessor.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should not forget that when he (Dr Mahathir) was Prime Minister, the Cabinet had stood by him.

This was especially so when previous premiers, such as Tunku Abdul Rahman or Tun Hussein Onn, had interfered with his administration.

“We stood by him and his decisions, and so it is only right that we stand by Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi now.

“It is not something he (Tun) has not experienced himself. So, he should know better.”

Nazri said no one was accusing Dr Mahathir of anything.

“He is definitely entitled to his opinion, but it is not necessarily correct. There has been no allegation by the current Cabinet that he had finished the Government’s money because of mega-infrastructure projects.

“It is merely a fact, as one can check with the Treasury, that the money allocated in the Eighth Malaysia Plan was used up two years before the plan ended,” Nazri said when contacted yesterday.

“Perhaps people at the grassroots, who do not know the whole story, are saying he bankrupted the country, but there is no such allegation from the present Cabinet.

“And as for the reversed projects, it is not because we do not have the money but because of other reasons.

“For example, how can we build the Johor bridge if Singapore does not agree to it? It would be unfair of him to say that things did not go as pro-mised.

“And regarding his choice of Pak Lah, Dr Mahathir could not have made the wrong choice, as Umno elected him (Pak Lah) as president.

“So it wasn’t his decision alone, it was the party’s decision and the party cannot be wrong.”

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique said it must be remembered that Abdullah had received the biggest mandate ever in the 2004 general election.

“Tun Dr Mahathir has unfairly come out to harshly criticise Datuk Seri Abdullah.”

Entrepreneurial and Cooperative Development Minister Datuk Khaled Nordin said: “It shows that Tun was not being sincere when he chose Pak Lah by now saying that Pak Lah was the wrong choice.

“Tun himself won the least votes compared with two other deputies but Tun Hussein Onn, at that time, still chose Tun (Mahathir).”

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Wira Azalina Othman said although there was general mention about mega projects, any reversal was done in a collective manner.

“Whatever decision was made, took into account new information,” she said, adding that often new information emerged only later.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said she respected and admired Dr Mahathir as one of the greatest leaders in the country.

But it was imperative that Dr Mahathir give his blessings and support to Abdullah

“He has brought Malaysia to great heights and was an excellent leader; and today, Abdullah is leading the country and is equally able,” she said.

Information Minister Datuk Zainuddin Maidin said Dr Mahathir had the right to express his views but the Government had the right to carry out its projects and policies.

He said that a nation-wide survey carried out by the Information Department showed that 70% of respondents approved the cancellation of the Johor Bridge project, which was criticised by Dr Mahathir.

“They also approved of Abdullah’s decision not to reply to the criticisms made by Dr Mahathir,” he said.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis said Abdullah had the full support of the party.

He said he had no doubt that everyone in the Cabinet fully backed Abdullah, adding that there was no deliberate plan to “dismantle anyone’s plans or projects” as everything was done for the greater good of the people.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said the state government fully supported the leadership of Abdullah.

“We have full confidence in his leadership,” he said.

Former Backbenchers Club chairman Datuk Shahrir Samad said Dr Mahathir should stop making comments and let Abdullah carry out his work.

“He should be happy that his (Tun’s) Vision 2020 is being upheld and maintained by the Government, and should not get involved in other issues.”

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/6/8/nation/14478202&sec=nation

6/08/2006 10:44:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

Group defends Mahathir’s right to air views

PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has every right to air his views and nobody should try to prevent him from saying what he feels about the Government or the country.

That is the stand of the Young Professional Chamber of Malaysia (Promuda) following the former prime minister’s statement on the current leadership yesterday.

Chairman Don Rahim said Dr Mahathir not only had the right to make comments about the present leadership and other issues affecting the nation and hoped he would continue doing so.

“We in Promuda feel that most of the issues raised by Dr Mahathir were valid. What we hope is for the Government to be more forthcoming with replies and solutions to the issues raised by him.

“However, we feel sad because it seemed there is a policy to ignore Dr Mahathir’s views and the issues he raised.

“For us young people who will always use Dr Mahathir’s dynamic and progressive leadership as a benchmark for all future leaders, a deliberate effort to deny Dr Mahathir his right to express himself is a mark of disrespect,” he said.

Don said the chamber should not be accused as being against the Government as all it wanted was for the present administration to be true to its promises of being open and transparent.

He said any effort by the administration to block Dr Mahathir from making statements would be going totally against that promise.

Senator Datuk Syed Ali Alhabshee said the present leadership’s promises to be more open and transparent meant that there should not be any move by anyone to deny Dr Mahathir his right to speak up.

“Malaysia is a democratic country. Everyone has the right to say what he or she feels, more so a former prime minister.

“As a citizen and former leader, he has valid grounds to express his views.

“As to whether what he said is accepted or otherwise is the Government’s prerogative, but nobody should try to prevent him from saying what he feels,” he added.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/6/8/nation/14478104&sec=nation

6/08/2006 10:46:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

Tun DrM's regrets
R. Manirajan

PUTRAJAYA: In his most direct attack on his successor to date, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today (June 7, 2006) said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had reneged on a promise to continue with his policies.

Expressing some regrets over picking Abdullah as his successor, Mahathir lamented: "I chose him and expected a degree of gratefulness (sic). But I was told I had been involved in mega projects and had finished the (government's) money."

Conceding he had made mistakes in supporting people who later stabbed him in the back, he said: "I have a habit of choosing the wrong people".

Mahathir had four deputies during his 22 years in power. The first Tun Musa Hitam quit after falling out with him in 1986 while the second, the late Tun Ghafar Baba, was ousted by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who latter clashed with Mahathir and was sacked and jailed.

Mahathir said he had chosen Abdullah over Datuk Seri Najib Razak to be his successor despite the fact that the latter had the higher votes as Umno vice-president to fill the vacuum left by the sacking of Anwar.

Mahathir said this at a press conference called to talk about a global peace forum that the Perdana Leadership Foundation is organising. After the briefing, he took questions from journalists including the foreign media.

"The (present) government not only did not do what was promised (to me) but instead reversed many of the decisions made when the leader (Abdullah) was part of the (previous) government," he said.

"I tolerated this as much as possible, including the charge that I finished all of the government's money ... that the government was bankrupt and couldn't have any more projects," Mahathir said.

"I kept quiet but when something that is done that is really harmful, l think I would be failing my duty as an ordinary citizen and an ex-prime minister if I don't direct attention to these matters."

Mahathir said he had suffered "bruises" as a result of being accused of finishing the government's money.

But he stressed that despite his unhappiness, he was not engineering the ouster of Abdullah saying that it was "for Umno members to decide".

Following are excerpts from the press conference:

Q: Can you describe your relationship with the present government? It looks very hostile?

Well when I decided to step down, I gave an undertaking that I will not involve myself in politics that I would not interfere with the government. On the other hand of course there were certain things promised that would be done by the (present) government, but the government not only did not do what was promised but in fact reversed many of the decisions made while the leader of the (present) government was (also) in the (previous) government.

There were no objections (then) and we agreed fully with all the proposals. And I had hoped that they would be carried out. I understand of course that new leaders want to have an impact and make their mark during their period in power. The times may change. But what was undertaken before would have to be carried out, (and) new things can be introduced.

So the decision not to keep to promises was not mine. I tolerated this for as much as possible including the charge that I finished all of the government's money, that the government was bankrupt and couldn't have any more projects.

I kept quiet but when something that is done that is really harmful. I think I would be failing my duty as an ordinary citizen and an ex-PM if I don't direct attention to this matters.

As said, I was not the one who first broke the promise, the undertaking given. Of course I gave my undertaking publicly, while the leader of the new government did not but the fact is that promises had been made on both sides.

Do you regret quitting?

No, one cannot tell exactly what a person would do after he is out of your control. I thought I made a good choice. I wouldn't know if I had picked somebody else, these things would not happen. If I chose someone else, it might very well also happen.

What was your biggest blunder?

I have made many blunders in my career I have helped many people up only for them to stab me in the back. So it is a common trait for me. I'm in the habit of choosing the wrong people. But the present government can do a good job if they want to. The means are there but if they come under the influence of people who have other agenda, then I can't help.

Who are you referring to?

It is up to the press to know, you know more than I do.

Do you think Pak Lah has stabbed you in the back?

Minor bruises like saying I finished all their money when I know very well when the country has never been as rich as it is now. Having chosen him as my successor, in fact he was not the first choice, he was second, as he didn't have the highest votes. Najib had. I chose him and I expect a degree of gratefulness. But I was told that I had involved in mega projects and finished the money.

Are you engineering the early departure of the PM?

No I'm not capable of that. When he does the right thing, I have nothing to say (and will) support him but if he does the wrong thing and underminds national interest then I will have my say.

Are you trying to have him replaced?

I can't have him removed, it is for his own party to remove him, for Umno to remove him. I am not helping or going around campaigning and telling people to remove this man. But I'm supportive of Umno, my party.

Are you confident of his management?

If he keeps on doing the wrong things I cannot be confident so I'll keep watching. But it must be something substantial before I pass my comments. Simple things like which people are getting contracts I will not say anything.

Putrajaya is not developing after you retired?

The governmwent claims it has no money to continue. That is why they stopped so many projects in Putrajaya. They have stopped the mosque, the monorail has been shelved. My contention is the government has has lots of money and Putrajaya is built largely with Petronas funds. Petronas made a profit of RM50 billion last year and this year RM80 billion. Petronas has a lot of money. Petronas can build if you want them to.

http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=14336

6/08/2006 10:47:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

Munir: Unite, support Pak Lah for stability and business

Statement by Datuk Dr Munir Majid, Malaysia Airlines chairman and Kuala Lumpur Business Club (KLBC) president on the strong criticism of the present leadership and administration by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad:

"This is all very distressing for business, and it must be hoped it does not develop into a destabilised political environment. Business depends on certainty and stability, in this country as in any other and with the present administration as much as with any previous one. Political stability

is one of Malaysia's strongest cards, and it should not be undermined.

In March, the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) was tabled. It has now been approved by Parliament.

Businessmen look forward to get on with it or, as the KLBC themed it at a dinner with the Prime Minister in April, to go "Full Steam Ahead." There are many challenges and the Government will be

tested to deliver. Certainly, we should not have an atmosphere which distracts business decision-making, not to mention the public sector implementation machinery. When there are sharp interjections from a respected former Prime Minister, they could cause disunity which is a serious threat to stability and certainty.

As any objective citizen in a democracy would see it, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's administration, like the Prime Minister himself, ultimately derives political legitimacy from the electorate, which was expressed in the huge mandate given in the 2004 general election.

This is the most important sanction of the smooth political succession that took place at the end of October 2003. The party political manifesto under a new leader was put before the voters which was overwhelmingly supported. A new Parliament had been convened which, just recently, approved the country's most important economic policy document - the 9MP.

Let's get on with it, for the sake of our country and its future."

http://www.sun2surf.com/article.cfm?id=14344

6/08/2006 10:48:00 PM  
Blogger tojit said...

Najib ulas kritikan Dr. M -- `Setiap PM punya zamannya sendiri dan melakukan yang terbaik'

Daripada Samsor Junet

NEW DELHI 7 Jun - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak menegaskan setiap Perdana Menteri mempunyai zamannya sendiri dan mereka akan melakukan yang terbaik untuk negara mengikut keadaan pada masa tersebut.

Katanya, semasa Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad menjadi Perdana Menteri, beliau telah berjaya melakukannya untuk negara dan kini apabila penggantinya mengambil alih, tugas yang sama juga akan dilakukan.

Oleh itu, kata Timbalan Perdana Menteri, semua pihak patut memberi sokongan padu kepada Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sebagai Perdana Menteri yang telah diberi mandat besar oleh rakyat dalam pilihan raya umum lalu.

Najib membuat kenyataan tersebut ekoran kritikan keras yang dibuat oleh Dr. Mahathir ke atas kepimpinan Abdullah.

Bekas Perdana Menteri itu dalam satu sidang akhbar di Kuala Lumpur hari ini mendakwa Abdullah telah melanggar janji untuk meneruskan keputusan yang dibuat oleh pentadbirannya sebelum ini.

Antaranya ialah mengenai soal jambatan di Tambak Johor, kedudukan kereta nasional Proton, pembangunan Putrajaya dan dasar kewangan serta ekonomi negara.

Tegas Najib, Abdullah tidak harus dibebankan secara peribadi (dengan kritikan itu) kerana semua keputusan mengenai sesuatu dasar adalah dibuat secara kolektif serta konsensus mengikut keadaan semasa dan fakta.

``Saya cukup yakin dengan kepimpinan Abdullah sebagai Perdana Menteri. Saya akan tetap bersama Perdana Menteri dalam memimpin negara ini.

``Saya merayu semua pemimpin, anggota parti dan setiap rakyat Malaysia untuk memberi sokongan sepenuhnya kepada Perdana Menteri.

``Jasa Tun (Dr. Mahathir Mohamad) pada negara akan sentiasa dihargai dan tetap dikenang oleh kita,'' katanya pada sidang akhbar khas bersama wartawan Malaysia di Residential Suite Hotel Taj Mahal, di sini petang ini.

Najib menjelaskan: “Pada zaman Tun menjadi Perdana Menteri, Tun telah melakukan apa yang terbaik untuk negara seperti juga zaman ini, Perdana Menteri (sekarang) akan melakukan yang terbaik juga.”

Sementara itu, beberapa orang menteri Kabinet turut memberi pandangan berhubung kritikan Dr. Mahathir itu.

Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi, Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis yang turut bersama dalam delegasi lawatan kerja Najib ke India berkata, kerajaan sekarang masih lagi komited menyokong dan meneruskan banyak dasar kerajaan yang lalu untuk kesejahteraan rakyat seperti Wawasan 2020.

Namun begitu, kata beliau, pelaksanaan sesuatu dasar sentiasa berubah mengikut kesesuaian waktu, kehendak dan cita rasa rakyat.

Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan dan Koperasi, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin berkata, Abdullah juga menggalakkan perbincangan terbuka dan mendengar pandangan semua pihak sebelum membuat keputusan demi kepentingan rakyat serta nasional.

“Malah, semua perbincangan diputuskan melalui mesyuarat Kabinet yang sebahagian besar anggotanya terdiri daripada mereka yang dilantik oleh Dr. Mahathir sendiri,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia.

Abdullah jelasnya, sentiasa mengalu- alu setiap pandangan Dr. Mahathir, apatah lagi mengambil kira beliau sebagai bekas Perdana Menteri.

Menteri Penerangan, Datuk Zainuddin Maidin berkata, kajian saintifik yang dibuat oleh Jabatan Penerangan dan Jabatan Hal Ehwal Khas di seluruh negara mendapati 70 peratus rakyat menyokong keputusan membatalkan projek jambatan di Tambak Johor.

Malah, anggota-anggota Kabinet dan Parlimen juga turut bersetuju dengan keputusan itu.

“Ini menunjukkan keputusan itu dibuat atas persetujuan semua pihak. Saya berharap apa sahaja kritikan Dr. Mahathir itu tidak akan menghalang kerajaan daripada meneruskan keputusan-keputusan yang telah dirancang,'' katanya.

Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting yang juga Presiden MCA berkata: “Kami akan bersama dengan Abdullah, seperti juga kami menyokong Dr. Mahathir semasa beliau menjadi Perdana Menteri.

“Semua menteri MCA bersepakat untuk membuat sebarang keputusan atas dasar kepentingan negara. Oleh itu, Abdullah tidak seharusnya dipersalahkan ke atas sebarang keputusan yang dibuat oleh Kabinet.''

Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil pula berkata, semua keputusan yang dibuat oleh kabinet adalah hasil perbincangan panjang lebar bersandarkan kepada fakta dan keadaan semasa.

“Saya tidak nampak sebarang unsur peribadi dalam keputusan-keputusan yang diambil oleh Perdana Menteri,'' tegasnya.

Ahli Majlis Tertinggi (MT) UMNO yang juga Timbalan Menteri Kerja Raya, Datuk Ir. Mohd. Zin Mohamed percaya Abdullah mempunyai cara kepimpinan tersendiri untuk memacu negara menuju Wawasan 2020.

“Malah Abdullah pernah memberitahu MT bahawa beliau akan meneruskan rangka kerja Dr. Mahathir bagi membawa negara ke arah wawasan 2020. Hasilnya ialah melalui dokumen Rancangan Malaysia Ke-9 (RMK-9),” katanya.

Timbalan Menteri Kewangan, Datuk Dr. Awang Adek Husin pula berkata, cara Abdullah mengurus kewangan negara lebih berhemah kerana ekonomi dunia sekarang lebih rendah dan tidak menentu.

“Dulu pertumbuhan adalah tinggi, sekarang kita tak boleh menekankan kepada projek-projek besar. Kita bukan menukar dasar kewangan dulu,” katanya.

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/content.asp?y=2006&dt=0608&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Muka_Hadapan&pg=mh_01.htm

6/08/2006 10:53:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

Najib ulas kritikan Dr. M -- `Setiap PM punya zamannya sendiri dan melakukan yang terbaik'

Daripada Samsor Junet

NEW DELHI 7 Jun - Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak menegaskan setiap Perdana Menteri mempunyai zamannya sendiri dan mereka akan melakukan yang terbaik untuk negara mengikut keadaan pada masa tersebut.

Katanya, semasa Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad menjadi Perdana Menteri, beliau telah berjaya melakukannya untuk negara dan kini apabila penggantinya mengambil alih, tugas yang sama juga akan dilakukan.

Oleh itu, kata Timbalan Perdana Menteri, semua pihak patut memberi sokongan padu kepada Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sebagai Perdana Menteri yang telah diberi mandat besar oleh rakyat dalam pilihan raya umum lalu.

Najib membuat kenyataan tersebut ekoran kritikan keras yang dibuat oleh Dr. Mahathir ke atas kepimpinan Abdullah.

Bekas Perdana Menteri itu dalam satu sidang akhbar di Kuala Lumpur hari ini mendakwa Abdullah telah melanggar janji untuk meneruskan keputusan yang dibuat oleh pentadbirannya sebelum ini.

Antaranya ialah mengenai soal jambatan di Tambak Johor, kedudukan kereta nasional Proton, pembangunan Putrajaya dan dasar kewangan serta ekonomi negara.

Tegas Najib, Abdullah tidak harus dibebankan secara peribadi (dengan kritikan itu) kerana semua keputusan mengenai sesuatu dasar adalah dibuat secara kolektif serta konsensus mengikut keadaan semasa dan fakta.

``Saya cukup yakin dengan kepimpinan Abdullah sebagai Perdana Menteri. Saya akan tetap bersama Perdana Menteri dalam memimpin negara ini.

``Saya merayu semua pemimpin, anggota parti dan setiap rakyat Malaysia untuk memberi sokongan sepenuhnya kepada Perdana Menteri.

``Jasa Tun (Dr. Mahathir Mohamad) pada negara akan sentiasa dihargai dan tetap dikenang oleh kita,'' katanya pada sidang akhbar khas bersama wartawan Malaysia di Residential Suite Hotel Taj Mahal, di sini petang ini.

Najib menjelaskan: “Pada zaman Tun menjadi Perdana Menteri, Tun telah melakukan apa yang terbaik untuk negara seperti juga zaman ini, Perdana Menteri (sekarang) akan melakukan yang terbaik juga.”

Sementara itu, beberapa orang menteri Kabinet turut memberi pandangan berhubung kritikan Dr. Mahathir itu.

Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi, Datuk Seri Jamaluddin Jarjis yang turut bersama dalam delegasi lawatan kerja Najib ke India berkata, kerajaan sekarang masih lagi komited menyokong dan meneruskan banyak dasar kerajaan yang lalu untuk kesejahteraan rakyat seperti Wawasan 2020.

Namun begitu, kata beliau, pelaksanaan sesuatu dasar sentiasa berubah mengikut kesesuaian waktu, kehendak dan cita rasa rakyat.

Menteri Pembangunan Usahawan dan Koperasi, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin berkata, Abdullah juga menggalakkan perbincangan terbuka dan mendengar pandangan semua pihak sebelum membuat keputusan demi kepentingan rakyat serta nasional.

“Malah, semua perbincangan diputuskan melalui mesyuarat Kabinet yang sebahagian besar anggotanya terdiri daripada mereka yang dilantik oleh Dr. Mahathir sendiri,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia.

Abdullah jelasnya, sentiasa mengalu- alu setiap pandangan Dr. Mahathir, apatah lagi mengambil kira beliau sebagai bekas Perdana Menteri.

Menteri Penerangan, Datuk Zainuddin Maidin berkata, kajian saintifik yang dibuat oleh Jabatan Penerangan dan Jabatan Hal Ehwal Khas di seluruh negara mendapati 70 peratus rakyat menyokong keputusan membatalkan projek jambatan di Tambak Johor.

Malah, anggota-anggota Kabinet dan Parlimen juga turut bersetuju dengan keputusan itu.

“Ini menunjukkan keputusan itu dibuat atas persetujuan semua pihak. Saya berharap apa sahaja kritikan Dr. Mahathir itu tidak akan menghalang kerajaan daripada meneruskan keputusan-keputusan yang telah dirancang,'' katanya.

Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting yang juga Presiden MCA berkata: “Kami akan bersama dengan Abdullah, seperti juga kami menyokong Dr. Mahathir semasa beliau menjadi Perdana Menteri.

“Semua menteri MCA bersepakat untuk membuat sebarang keputusan atas dasar kepentingan negara. Oleh itu, Abdullah tidak seharusnya dipersalahkan ke atas sebarang keputusan yang dibuat oleh Kabinet.''

Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil pula berkata, semua keputusan yang dibuat oleh kabinet adalah hasil perbincangan panjang lebar bersandarkan kepada fakta dan keadaan semasa.

“Saya tidak nampak sebarang unsur peribadi dalam keputusan-keputusan yang diambil oleh Perdana Menteri,'' tegasnya.

Ahli Majlis Tertinggi (MT) UMNO yang juga Timbalan Menteri Kerja Raya, Datuk Ir. Mohd. Zin Mohamed percaya Abdullah mempunyai cara kepimpinan tersendiri untuk memacu negara menuju Wawasan 2020.

“Malah Abdullah pernah memberitahu MT bahawa beliau akan meneruskan rangka kerja Dr. Mahathir bagi membawa negara ke arah wawasan 2020. Hasilnya ialah melalui dokumen Rancangan Malaysia Ke-9 (RMK-9),” katanya.

Timbalan Menteri Kewangan, Datuk Dr. Awang Adek Husin pula berkata, cara Abdullah mengurus kewangan negara lebih berhemah kerana ekonomi dunia sekarang lebih rendah dan tidak menentu.

“Dulu pertumbuhan adalah tinggi, sekarang kita tak boleh menekankan kepada projek-projek besar. Kita bukan menukar dasar kewangan dulu,” katanya.

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/content.asp?y=2006&dt=0608&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Muka_Hadapan&pg=mh_01.htm

6/08/2006 11:09:00 PM  
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Mahathir kritik kerajaan

PUTRAJAYA 7 Jun - Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad hari ini membuat kritikan paling keras setakat ini terhadap kerajaan dengan mendakwa ia telah melanggar janji untuk meneruskan keputusan yang telah dibuat oleh pentadbiran yang dipimpinnya sebelum ini.

Bekas perdana menteri itu secara terus terang meluahkan segalanya mengenai hubungannya yang agak tidak sekata dengan Kerajaan sekarang yang berpunca daripada beberapa isu penting termasuk pembatalan cadangan projek pembinaan sebuah jambatan bagi menggantikan tambak Johor yang menghubungkan Malaysia dan Singapura.

Pada sidang akhbar yang memberi peluang kepada pemberita mengemukakan pelbagai soalan, beliau melahirkan rasa kecewa kerana banyak keputusan yang dibuat semasa pentadbirannya telah dibatalkan.

Dr. Mahathir berkata beliau telah banyak bersabar dengan tindakan itu termasuk dakwaan kononnya pentadbiran beliau menghabiskan wang kerajaan sehingga ia tidak lagi dapat melaksanakan projek.

"Saya berdiam diri, saya tidak kata apa- apa. Tetapi apabila sesuatu yang merugikan berlaku, saya rasa saya akan gagal dalam tugas saya sebagai seorang warga negara biasa, sebagai seorang bekas perdana menteri, jika saya tidak memberi tumpuan kepada perkara-perkara ini," katanya.

Sidang akhbar itu pada awalnya diadakan untuk mengumumkan penganjuran satu forum keamanan Criminalise War - Stop World War Four yang akan diadakan di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra di Kuala Lumpur pada 21 dan 22 Jun.

Bagaimanapun para pemberita mengambil peluang untuk menanyakan pelbagai soalan panas mengenai hubungannya dengan kerajaan.

Seperti sifat biasanya, Dr. Mahathir berkata beliau akan terus menyuarakan pendapat beliau di dalam dan di luar negara.

"Saya tahu bahawa pemimpin baru mahu membuktikan kemampuannya, pencapaiannya semasa dia berkuasa. Caranya mungkin berubah tetapi apa yang telah dipersetujui sebelumnya perlulah diteruskan dan perkara-perkara baru bolehlah diperkenalkan," katanya.

Ketika ditanya sama ada beliau menyesal berundur, Dr. Mahathir berkata sukar untuk seseorang itu menjangkakan apa yang sebenarnya akan dilakukan oleh orang yang menggantinya.

Dr. Mahathir juga ditanya sama ada beliau menyesal menyerahkan kuasa kepada pengganti pilihannya Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

"Ia di luar kawalan kita. Saya fikir saya membuat pilihan yang baik, tak tahulah. Jika saya memilih orang lain pun, perkara ini mungkin terjadi juga," katanya.

Berjanji

Dr. Mahathir berkata bahawa apabila beliau membuat keputusan untuk berundur, beliau berjanji akan meninggalkan politik dan tidak akan mencampuri urusan kerajaan. Sebagai balasan, katanya, kerajaan yang baru berjanji akan meneruskan beberapa projek besar tertentu yang diilhamkan semasa beliau menjadi perdana menteri.

"Tetapi kerajaan yang baru itu bukan saja tidak menepati janji, ia membatalkan banyak keputusan yang dibuat semasa pemimpin kerajaan yang baru itu masih dalam kerajaan," katanya.

Dalam kritikan paling hebatnya setakat ini terhadap perdana menteri sekarang, Dr. Mahathir berkata : "Saya fikir akan menerima sedikit penghargaan, sebaliknya, saya diberitahu yang saya melaksanakan projek-projek mega dan menghabiskan semua wang dalam negara dan kini semua orang tidak ada wang lagi."

"Jadi, keputusan untuk tidak berpegang kepada janji bukan saya yang buat. Saya banyak bersabar berhubung perkara ini termasuk dakwaan yang saya menghabiskan semua wang kerajaan dan kerajaan menjadi muflis dan tidak mampu lagi mengadakan projek," katanya.

Dr. Mahathir berkata beliau membuat janjinya kepada umum tetapi pemimpin baru kerajaan tidak berbuat demikian walaupun hakikatnya ialah kedua-dua pihak telah membuat janji.

"Maka, jika saya tegur, saya rasa saya ada hak untuk tegur. Masa ini saya menyokong kerajaan tetapi jika mereka melakukan apa yang saya lihat sebagai kesilapan dan tidak ada sesiapa yang mampu membantah maka saya perlu menyuarakan pendapat," katanya.

Katanya, semasa beliau menjadi perdana menteri, Abdullah bersetuju sepenuhnya dengan cadangan projek-projek berkenaan dan "saya berpendapat semua ini akan dilaksanakan."

Dalam kata-kata yang mententeramkan, Dr. Mahathir berkata, beliau faham sebenarnya bahawa pemimpin baru mahu membuat impak dalam tempoh mereka berkuasa dan bahawa caranya mungkin berubah.

"Tetapi apa yang telah dijalankan sebelumnya patutlah diteruskan sementara perkara baru boleh diperkenalkan. Saya fikir saya mempunyai tanggungjawab untuk menunjukkan perkara salah yang dilakukan.

Kepada satu soalan, Dr. Mahathir secara berseloroh berkata beliau melakukan banyak kesilapan semasa menjadi perdana menteri selama 22 tahun.

"Saya tolong naikkan ramai orang tetapi ada yang menikam belakang saya. Mungkin saya ada tabiat memilih orang yang silap.

"Tetapi saya berpendapat kerajaan sekarang mampu melaksanakan tugas dengan baik jika ia memilih untuk berbuat demikian.

"Caranya sudah tersedia tetapi jika mereka dipengaruhi oleh orang yang mempunyai agenda lain, itu saya tak dapat tolong," katanya.

"Mereka (dakwa bahawa mereka) tidak boleh meneruskan projek sedangkan saya tahu benar bahawa kerajaan tidak pernah sekaya sekarang," katanya.

Beliau berkata: "Kerajaan mendakwa bahawa ia tidak mempunyai wang untuk meneruskan pembangunan Putrajaya dan oleh itu telah menghentikan banyak projek di sini. Tetapi pendapat saya ialah kerajaan mempunyai banyak wang."

Dr. Mahathir menarik perhatian bahawa Putrajaya dibina sebahagian besarnya menggunakan wang daripada syarikat minyak negara Petronas yang mana beliau merupakan penasihat.

Beliau berkata memandangkan Petronas milik penuh kerajaan, apa jua keuntungan syarikat itu boleh digunakan kerajaan jika ia mahu.

Ditanya mengenai kedudukan beliau sebagai penasihat pengeluar kereta nasional Proton, Dr. Mahathir berkata: "Saya tidak fikir saya patut berhenti menjadi penasihat.

"Tetapi mereka boleh memecat saya jika mereka rasa bahawa saya menjadi penghalang atau mengacau mereka. Saya tidak fikir saya patut berhenti, saya hargai pelantikan ini oleh kerajaan."

- Bernama

http://www.utusan.com.my/utusan/content.asp?y=2006&dt=0608&pub=Utusan_Malaysia&sec=Muka_Hadapan&pg=mh_03.htm

6/08/2006 11:11:00 PM  

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