Saturday, June 10, 2006

an angry oldman part III...



Blogger spyz said...

Dr M: I want answers


KUALA LUMPUR: Stressing that he is not picking a fight with Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi or the Government, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he merely wants answers to questions on certain policies ditched by the current administration.

The former premier said his questions need not necessarily be answered by the Prime Minister, but could be replied to by the relevant ministers.

Dr Mahathir singled out four issues: the Government’s decision to scrap the Johor bridge, the sale of MV Agusta, the issuance of Approved Permits (AP) for car imports, and why Proton Holding Bhd chief executive officer Tengku Tan Sri Mahaleel Tengku Ariff’s contract was not renewed.

“I am not fighting with the Prime Minister,” he told reporters after delivering his keynote address at the International Islamic Fair conference here yesterday.

“I only do not agree with certain things that had been done. And I want to know why. I have no problem with the Government. I have problems with the things that had been done.”.

He was responding to the Cabinet ministers’ reaction to his outburst on Wednesday, when he accused the Abdullah administration of dismantling many of his policies and project ”I’m interested in finding answers to why Agusta was sold to an Italian company with a two-Euro capital. Why do you sack a chief executive officer (of Proton) who has been managing well and made the company profitable? And why appoint somebody who made it unprofitable, and lose RM500mil?

“Why was the (Johor) bridge not built when work had already started and it was already agreed to by the Cabinet and when Singapore was not complaining? “Instead, the focus is Dr Mahathir should keep his mouth shut.”

He said he had written questions to the relevant authorities, including the Proton management and Securities Commission but had yet to get answers.

“Why did they sack Tengku Mahaleel? What is his fault? They should explain. I am the adviser,” he said.

“I want to know why the ongoing project was ditched. Is it because of a lack of funds? As far I know, there is money. “That’s why I asked, but some people say Dr Mahathir should not speak. He has retired; he should go back and sleep.”

On Abdullah’s reaction, Dr Mahathir said: “I am happy that he said that it is my right to speak. Yes, very good. Thank you very much. So now I’m speaking because he said I have the right to speak; but some others said I have no right to speak.”

Dr Mahathir also expressed disappointment that some ministers who were also in his Cabinet were questioning his right to criticise instead of answering his questions.

“What is disappointing is that instead of explaining, all the talk is whether I have been right in making the criticism, whether I’m following the Umno tradition,” he said. “Maybe they don’t have answers, that is why they try to demonise me or try to make me appear very bad. “Apparently, from the way ministers invariably support everything the Prime Minister says, there cannot be much debate in the Cabinet.

“Two days before, they say we will build the bridge. When the Prime Minister said we would not build the bridge, everybody said we would not build the bridge. I am a bit sad.

“I raised questions, none has been explained. Instead, they say Dr Mahathir should not speak like that. He has no right as an ex-prime minister ... should go back and sleep, not disturb people. “Every time I say something, the same people or members of the Cabinet will give their standard comments.

“I say something today, I’m quite sure you will ask the ministers to say something. These were my Cabinet ministers. Before, they agreed with me.”

Asked whether he would continue to speak out on government policies and decisions, he replied: “If there is anything wrong, I claim the right to ask questions. Or is it that we cannot ask questions?”

Asked whom he meant when he said the Government came under the “influence of people with an agenda”, he replied: “A lot of people talk about it. I don’t dare to tell. You will ask others to comment 'Why Dr Mahathir say like that?’”

Asked his opinion of Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin, he replied: “He is (Abdullah's) son-in-law.

You want to fish for information so that I will react. You are trying to get me into a controversy. I understand that Khairy is the son-in-law. That’s all.”

On Tengku Razaleigh's call to Abdullah and Dr Mahathir to meet to resolve the issue, as the controversy might split Umno, he said: “I think he is competent to make such a remark because once upon a time, he challenged me.

“When he lost, he formed a new party, he split the party. He knows about it, that’s why he is advising me not to do that.

“Just like Tun Musa Hitam. He said that (what I did) was not in keeping with party tradition because, once before, he also made that mistake. Now he wants to warn me not make the same mistake.”

Asked whether he had posed his questions to Abdullah when they met in Japan recently, Dr Mahathir said: “It was a 10-minute meeting. He was talking about a lot of things; I was listening.”

6/10/2006 01:37:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

Musa: Dr M's criticism improper

KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Musa Hitam, who stepped down as deputy prime minister in February 1986 following differences of opinion with former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, knows very well the outspoken style of his former boss.

To him, Dr Mahathir's open criticism of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi recently is not only improper, but also does not augur well for the party and the nation.

In an interview with Bernama at his residence in Bukit Tunku here, Musa said he decided to speak up because he did not want the situation to get out of hand.

Below are excerpts from the interview:

Q: Tun, please share with us your views on this conflict of opinion between the former Prime Minister and the current administration.

A: I feel a sense of remorse over Tun Dr Mahathir's criticism levelled directly or indirectly at the administration of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. On a direct level, I have had a conversation with him at one time and heard his views, which were seen as criticism, too. Indirectly, I heard people talking, and reports in the newspapers on his criticism. But in the past one to two months, Tun Dr Mahathir seems to be unabashed. He cast aside the ethics or traditions long known to Umno members in general when he blatantly and openly criticised Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. The most unkind words were that he (Abdullah) was not his (Mahathir's) first choice and that (Datuk Seri) Najib (Tun Razak) was the one who had garnered the highest votes. By saying that Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was not his first choice, and that Najib was better, he appeared to have directly wanted to split the two. I am very much saddened by this. I am worried it may bring negative effects.

Q: Negative implications? What do you mean?

A: Yes, negative implications, which seem to be telling Najib, “I like you actually. You are better but not Pak Lah.” Under the present situation, I feel it is not proper, and it is the opinion of a former prime minister, which can only weaken the morale in Umno and the Government. I realise that Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi has his own weaknesses. Dr Mahathir, in my opinion, also has many weaknesses but was given the support of the party and the people at large who had trust in the party. The people believe that the party can provide the leadership and administration, in accordance with the aspirations of the people to develop the nation. Dr Mahathir says he is an ordinary person, hence, he is an ordinary member. As such, he should behave like an ordinary member, that is, follow tradition. Dr Mahathir would not tolerate those who made statements, criticised the government outside the party or did not go through the (right) channels.

Q: Did you expect this to happen?

A: Yes I did. I am not surprised because I used to joke that Dr Mahathir was suffering post-prime ministerial syndrome. Now I have the impression that he is suffering from severe post-prime ministerial syndrome. That only he is right. You cannot go on doing this. Let the others take over. They have been given the full support of the party and the people.

Q: Among the points raised by Tun Dr Mahathir was that his successor has turned back on his promises to him. Is it wrong for a succeeding government to make adjustments and invoke changes to policies or plans set by the previous government?

A: I don't know what was promised or had been said, or happened between the two leaders. Assuming that Pak Lah had made a promise to him, to me, what is important is not what he had promised the former Prime Minister, but what was promised to the people. Whatever promises and pledges made when they took the reins of power, were done in the interest of the people, nation, race and religion. When he first became the prime minister, he probably did not know then. Now he knows in depth. He says this is wrong, this is not suitable, in the national interest, this is not good. What's wrong in making changes? In my opinion, Dr Mahathir is supremely confident of himself, of his capability, to the extent that he could not find anybody who could be better than him. The fact that he had four deputy prime ministers, and each one whom he claimed had stabbed him in the back, speaks quite a lot about this man.

Q: Did you have any gentlemen's agreement, when you stepped down, to keep quiet?

A: Never. Never. I used my common sense, my principles, my democratic principles, I am no longer the representative of the people, I am no more in the government, I have retired. So I speak for myself. No agreement, but I saw Dr Mahathir often enough. I never went to see him to praise him and he knew it. He always had time for me. Never tried to curry favour with him. Never did. Never asked for anything either. We discussed issues, a lot on international relations. I conveyed issues I thought necessary and important matters to him. Once in a while, we had arguments but it was always in good spirit. So I don't see why he cannot do the same thing with the current prime minister. Maybe he thinks he is too superior. That is not our problem. That will be his biggest problem to overcome. If he is really sincere.

Q: Perhaps Tun Dr Mahathir sees Pak Lah as too soft and unable to make decisions?

A: It is not good to say something like that about someone. Then, the intentions are not good.

Q: Assuming this scenario, if you were in the Prime Minister's chair today, what would you do?

A: If I were the prime minister, I can tell you I would not be as polite as Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Enough is enough. Don't say you don't want to interfere and the next moment keep making statements to the contrary. Habit of choosing the wrong people. Had it ever occurred to him that he had been wrong, rather the people wrong? The people cannot be wrong. The boss was wrong. Petronas money is not government money. Petronas money is the people's money and the government should know it must be used. The people's money should not be abused. In this matter, surely Dr Mahathir will say Putrajaya is a very good project. OK, he was the prime minister, he built it. If the current prime minister says no, then it should not be. He can't start condemning Abdullah for that.

6/10/2006 01:38:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

PM thanks supporters

KOTA KINABALU: The Prime Minister has thanked everyone for supporting his leadership.

“This means a support for the leadership, the programmes and projects that are to be implemented,” said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

“The support is for the Ninth Malaysia Plan and our national mission of Vision 2020. We can now move as one team.

“I will also support them to work together as this benefits the people,” he said of the backing he had received from the Barisan Nasional and the people against the scathing attacks on his administration by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Abdullah was at a press conference after meeting senior federal and state civil servants at the end of his two-day visit to Sabah.

Dr Mahathir had on Wednesday levelled one of his harshest criticisms on Abdullah’s administration, saying the Prime Minister was his second choice to succeed him in 2003.

On a PAS claim that he would call for a general election by early next year, Abdullah said: “What they say and claim is immaterial. We will do things our way. People want us to work, and if we keep talking about elections when are we going to work?”

During the meeting he told civil servants to work for the future of Malaysia and its people, and not focus on elections.

He said the people expected all projects to be implemented as they had given the Barisan a huge mandate, and their expectations were high. “People say Pak Lah should walk the talk, start implementing projects. They ask what happened to your manifesto promises,” he said.

He also said that he wanted a one-stop centre to speed up the issuance of licences and permits involving multiple departments.

“There are now many departments that need to give approval or issue a licence for any one proposed project. Sometimes it involves five, six or even 10 departments.

“There was a time when hotels needed clearance from more than 70 departments. “The best approach is to create a one-stop centre,” he said.

He said the Government had introduced e-government to help reduce red tape. “You help to facilitate and not frustrate,” he said.

6/10/2006 01:38:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

Mukhriz stands by Youth decision


KUALA LUMPUR: As the son of the former prime minister, Mukhriz Mahathir did not find it difficult attending the Umno Youth exco meeting which discussed his father's attack on Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's administration.

“On the contrary, I enjoyed the meeting. I hate to disappoint you. The meeting today was a very rational discussion without any emotions.

“Everyone was in the spirit of brotherhood. Opinions were raised and the decision that resulted was an informed one,” he told reporters yesterday after the meeting.

Umno Youth made the stand that Dr Mahathir's comments were “personal, unwarranted, uncalled for and unfair”.

Mukhiz said he stood by the movement’s decision.

“We cannot stop him (Dr Mahathir) from asking questions,” he said, adding that the exco agreed that it had no right to stop Dr Mahathir from speaking out.

6/10/2006 01:40:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

MCA among parties backing Abdullah

PETALING JAYA: More parties have come forward to pledge their support for Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi following criticisms levelled against the Prime Minister by his predecessor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said the party central committee backed Abdullah’s leadership and had unanimously endorsed the statement made by him (Ong) on Thursday expressing the MCA’s support for Abdullah as Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional chairman.

He said Abdullah must be given undivided support to fulfil the promises pledged to the people as well as to bring development to the nation in realising Vision 2020.

“He has also introduced important agendas, such as the National Integrity Plan, to combat corruption, in order to improve the nation’s competitiveness,” said Ong, who is Housing and Local Government Minister.

The people should give their full support to Abdullah, Ong said.

“His compassionate leadership style is evident in his emphasis to eradicate poverty irrespective of race,” he told reporters after chairing the party's central committee meeting at the MCA headquarters yesterday.

“The Prime Minister also emphasises on the needs of the less fortunate as well as working towards a more caring and morally conscious society.” Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said Dr Mahathir had gone overboard by going on a “personal attack” against his successor, saying that the comments were “unwarranted, uncalled for and unfair”.

He said Dr Mahathir’s criticism and views could not be accepted as merely that of any ordinary citizen because whatever he said had an impact on the Government and party, and affected public perception.

“We cannot accept a personal attack on the leadership which we feel is wrong. The choice of words (used by Tun) was just too much. It is disappointing to us,” he said yesterday after chairing a Youth exco meeting.

Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, an exco member and the son of the former prime minister and Khairy Jamaluddin, the son-inlaw of the present Prime Minister both attended the meeting and were also present at the press conference.

In Kuching, Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said: “We received a strong mandate from the people in the just-concluded state election and we have formed the state government to carry out development programmes under the leadership of Pak Lah.”

6/10/2006 01:45:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

Pak Lah hargai sokongan

KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi menyatakan penghargaan terhadap semua pihak yang menyokong kepemimpinannya selepas hebat dikritik bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Menyifatkan sokongan terbabit sebagai kepercayaan padu terhadap kerajaan sedia ada, Perdana Menteri berkata, perkembangan itu turut bermakna semua pihak mulai bergerak sebagai satu pasukan ke arah menjayakan pelaksanaan Rancangan Malaysia Kesembilan (RMK-9).

"Alhamdulillah, terima kasih. Sokongan kepada saya ini bermakna sokongan juga kepada program dan projek yang hendak kita laksanakan menerusi RMK-9 serta Misi Nasional ke arah mencapai Wawasan 2020.

"Saya juga menyokong mereka dan apabila semuanya saling membantu, ia mewujudkan kerjasama yang diharap akan membuahkan hasil... kebaikannya adalah untuk rakyat dan negara," katanya pada sidang media selepas majlis perjumpaan dengan Pegawai Kerajaan Negeri dan Persekutuan di Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN) Sabah, Teluk Likas di sini, semalam.

Pelbagai pihak merangkumi menteri, ahli politik, ahli akademik dan badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) menyatakan sokongan padu terhadap Perdana Menteri serta pentadbirannya selepas Dr Mahathir melahirkan pelbagai kritikan keras, termasuk menuduh penggantinya itu menikam beliau dari belakang.

Terdahulu dalam ucapannya, Abdullah mengulangi ikrar untuk menunaikan segala janji menerusi kerajaan pimpinannya.

"Fokus saya adalah untuk menjayakan RMK-9 dan saya tidak ada masa untuk perkara lain.

"Mana yang tak elok kita perbaiki, kena tegur-menegur dan saling menasihati demi kebaikan bersama...elakkan perkara tidak membawa kebaikan," katanya.

Abdullah turut ditanya mengenai nasihatnya kepada kakitangan kerajaan berikutan demam Piala Dunia yang bermula malam tadi.

"Tengoklah, tengoklah... memang semua orang syok tengok (Piala Dunia) tapi kerjalah, jangan sampai lupa nak mai (datang) pejabat,” katanya.

"Tak payahlah ambil cuti sebab nak tengok bola," katanya lalu secara berseloroh menyatakan belum membuat keputusan pasukan mana menjadi pilihannya kali ini.

6/10/2006 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

Tuduhan tak jejaskan perpaduan parti

KUALA LUMPUR: Kalangan pemimpin Umno menolak andaian kritikan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad terhadap Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi akan menjejaskan perpaduan parti kerana Umno sentiasa membenarkan mana-mana pihak memberikan pandangan, sejajar amalan demokrasi.

Pengerusi Veteran Umno, Datuk Tajuddin Ali berkata, pemimpin dan ahli Umno diberikan ruang seluas-luasnya untuk mengemukakan pendapat, termasuk mengkritik pemimpin asalkan ia bertujuan untuk kebaikan parti dan masyarakat Melayu.

“Memang dalam Umno kritikan atau pandangan dialu-alukan. Saya tidak melihat kritikan Tun (Dr Mahathir) boleh menggugat perpaduan Umno,” katanya dalam sidang media mengumumkan lima nama yang disenarai pendek untuk bendera Umno sempena Pertandingan Menamakan Bendera Umno, di sini, semalam.

Tajuddin adalah pengerusi jawatankuasa berkenaan. Hadir sama, anggota panel jawatankuasa itu, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Tapa; Ketua Pengarah Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP), Datuk Dr Firdaus Abdullah dan Penolong Setiausaha Pergerakan Pemuda Umno, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Abdul Aziz ketika diminta mengulas perkara sama berkata, sebagai ‘orang lama’ dalam Umno, beliau sudah melalui pelbagai insiden seorang pemimpin Umno mengkritik pemimpin yang lain dan apa yang dinyatakan Dr Mahathir, dianggap sebagai sebahagian amalan demokrasi.

“Biar pun gegak gempita di langit, kemudi di tangan jangan kita lepaskan. Siapa jadi raja, tangan menyembah juga.

“Antara Tun dengan Pak Lah, masing-masing parang, masing-masing takuk. Tun boleh cakap apa saja yang dia hendak cakap. Pak Lah teruskan tugas sebagai Perdana Menteri,” katanya.

Sehubungan itu, katanya, pemimpin dan ahli Umno tidak harus terpedaya dengan tindakan pihak tidak bertanggungjawab yang mencuba mengambil kesempatan atas isu berkenaan kerana ia hanya akan merugikan perpaduan parti.

Menteri Luar, Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar, mencadangkan perbezaan pendapat antara Dr Mahathir dan Abdullah diselesaikan dengan cara Islam melalui al-Quran dan Sunnah kerana ia adalah jalan terbaik.

“Kerajaan yang memerintah negara ini masih sama dan pada pendapat saya, dalam Islam apabila berlaku perbezaan pendapat, kita merenung kembali perbezaan itu daripada meneruskan konflik,” katanya media selepas merasmikan Pesta Islam Antarabangsa 2006 di sini.

Beliau juga mengingatkan bahawa pilihan raya umum mungkin akan diadakan kira-kira dua tahun lagi dan Umno tidak mampu lagi menghadapi sebarang perpecahan dalaman dan menganggap apa yang berlaku antara Dr Mahathir dan Abdullah bukan satu perselisihan.

Sementara itu, Timbalan Menteri Penerangan Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi berkata, Dr Mahathir yang diiktiraf sebagai seorang tokoh negarawan tidak wajar membuat teguran terbuka terhadap kepemimpinan sekarang sehingga mencetuskan polemik umum.

“Bagi saya, Tun (Mahathir) sepatutnya menghormati kepemimpinan sekarang dengan memberi peluang kepada Abdullah membuktikan kemampuannya,” katanya selepas menunaikan

solat Jumaat di Masjid Kampung Seri Perkasa, di Hutan Melintang, Perak, semalam.

Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Hal Ehwal Pengguna, Datuk Shafie Apdal, berkata sebagai seorang Perdana Menteri yang mendapat mandat untuk menerajui sebuah kerajaan yang mewakili seluruh rakyat pelbagai lapisan umur, suku kaum dan anutan agama, Abdullah perlu diberi sokongan tidak berbelah bahagi dalam melaksanakan agenda pembangunan negara serta menerajui kerajaan untuk memenuhi aspirasi rakyat.

“Saya menyeru seluruh ahli Umno, khasnya di Sabah agar terus memberi sokongan padu kepada Abdullah Presiden Umno.

“Yang penting kepada kita ialah untuk membantu dan bekerja bersama Perdana Menteri dalam menjalankan segala dasar yang sudah dicanai menerusi Rancangan Malaysia ke-9 bagi memastikan pertumbuhan pelbagai sektor di negara ini,” katanya yang kini berada di Amerika Syarikat.

6/10/2006 03:21:00 PM  
Blogger spyz said...

Tenang bukti kewibawaan Pak Lah

KUALA LUMPUR: Sikap tenang Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi menghadapi kenyataan keras Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad terhadapnya membuktikan kewibawaan Perdana Menteri dalam memikul tanggung jawab serta melaksanakan tugasnya.

Pemerhati politik berpendapat, kenyataan Abdullah kelmarin bahawa kritikan Dr Mahathir tidak menjejaskan tumpuannya daripada meneruskan agenda pembangunan negara juga menggambarkan kematangan.

Selain itu, kenyataan Perdana Menteri bahawa Dr Mahathir berhak membuat kritikan itu dan tidak mahu ia diperbesarkan juga mencerminkan sikap terbuka Abdullah serta mampu menyebabkan rakyat lebih yakin terhadap kepemimpinan beliau.

Pengarah Eksekutif Pusat Penyelidikan Strategik Malaysia (MSRC), Abdul Razak Baginda, berkata Perdana Menteri mempunyai pilihan membalas kritikan itu tetapi beliau memilih berdiam diri dan menyatakan Dr Mahathir berhak berbuat begitu.

“Ia adalah reaksi ‘terhormat’ Perdana Menteri dan beliau tenang serta menjelaskan tumpuannya tidak terjejas. Respons inilah yang terbaik,” katanya ketika diminta mengulas reaksi Abdullah terhadap kritikan Dr Mahathir.

Kelmarin, Abdullah berkata, kritikan yang dibuat Dr Mahathir terhadapnya tidak akan menjejaskan tumpuannya melaksanakan agenda pembangunan negara serta enggan memanjangkan isu itu.

Presiden, Yayasan Kajian dan Strategi Melayu (YKSM), Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Abdul Latif, berkata respons Abdullah itu memberi keyakinan rakyat terhadap kewibawaannya memimpin negara.

“Walaupun dalam menghadapi sesuatu yang bersifat provokatif serta boleh mencetuskan konflik, Perdana Menteri kekal dengan ciri kepemimpinannya yang tenang dan berhemah, seperti yang diharapkan rakyat.

“Inilah ciri istimewa Perdana Menteri yang mungkin juga antara kriteria Dr Mahathir memilih beliau sebagai penggantinya,” katanya yang berharap konflik atau kritikan itu tidak akan berpanjangan.

Penganalisis politik, Profesor Emeritus Datuk Dr Khoo Kay Kim, pula berkata pendekatan Abdullah menangani kritikan berkenaan menunjukkan sikapnya sejak dulu yang memang tidak suka bertelagah atau bergaduh.

Bagaimanapun, katanya, Perdana Menteri perlu berhati-hati kerana walaupun tidak mengulas panjang kerana tidak mahu memanjangkan isu berkenaan, tetapi dibimbangi ada yang menjawab bagi pihak beliau.

Dr Khoo berharap kedua-dua tokoh itu dapat bertemu mencari persefahaman bagi menyelesaikan perselisihan supaya tidak wujud dua puak dalam parti politik utama negara kerana masing-masing mempunyai penyokong.

6/10/2006 03:30:00 PM  
Blogger amyz! said...

an angry oldman??
no other word but funny..!!! LOL

6/10/2006 06:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Op said...

i'm miss the oldman!
he is the best.

6/10/2006 11:48:00 PM  
Anonymous kim_labu said...

Udang sama udang,
masak gulai dalam kuali,
Bujang sama bujang,
Orang tua(lain) yang makan hati. erm..alahai

6/11/2006 12:30:00 PM  

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