16 September, 2009

Najib and Muyhiddin the perfect team - Daim

Daim: PKFZ fiasco provides best opportunity
Kong See Hoh, The Sun

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 13, 2009) : Former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin says the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) fiasco provides the Barisan Nasional (BN) government the best opportunity to fulfil its promise of cracking down on corruption, abuse of power and mismanagement.

He sees the government's move to make public the PKFZ audit report as a "good thing" as there is little need to cover up.

But he said what is more important is follow-up action i.e. punish the wrongdoers.

Daim said said this in an interview with China Press which was published today.

"It is a good project but because of the lack of proper overseeing it has resulted in the current state of affairs. The government cannot leave the issue hanging, it cannot allow them (those responsible) to do as they please."

"The government must punish all those lawbreakers, only then can it regain the public's confidence."

Daim said the government made history by announcing the PKFZ audit report but felt that what is more important is the follow-up action, including punishing the wrongdoers to make them shoulder their legal responsibilities.

"In the past, the public did not see those who abused their power getting punished, resulting in more abuses of power. As such, it (making the PKFZ audit report public) is a good start."

He said no matter how, the public want the wrongdoers punished.

He believed that since the government has taken the first step to address the fiasco, it would follow through to its conclusion.

Daim, an Umno veteran, also touched on a number of subjects in the interview:

Changes in Barisan Nasional
Daim said although BN is changing, the changes taking place are too slow to meet the people's expectations.

"Changes in BN are moving at a slow pace. People hope to see faster and bigger changes."

He said it has been more than a year since the March 8, 2008 general election and more than 100 days since Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak became the prime minister, and although the economic situation has improved, a lot more needs to be done.

He believed the people has not lost confidence in BN completely but BN must reform and do it immediately.

"The people want to see changes, be it BN or Pakatan Rakyat (PR), whoever becomes the first to succeed in carrying out reforms will win their support.

"You (BN) have to understand the people's needs. Take care of their needs and understand their worries and expectations, these are important considerations (for reforms)."

Majority of youth do not support BN
Daim said as far as he understood, 80% of the youth do not support the BN.

"This is because the government does not nurture the right talent for the market needs. Universities do not provide courses to match industry requirements and many graduates are jobless as what they learnt does not meet the needs of the job market."

He said these jobless graduates, who are mainly Malays, take up politics, and they join PAS because they are angry with the government for being unemployed.

"The government should listen to the worries and expectations of youth to win their support."

He said not only are the youth against the government, some one million of the three million Umno members do not vote the party.

He said BN cannot depend on Umno to win the general election when the latter only has the support of two-thirds of its members.

Daim said the Umno leadership must instil confidence in members, many of whom have lost confidence in both themselves and in the party.

"BN needs to win the support of the people. If Umno is united, strong and listen to the people, the people will still support the party."

On Umno amending its constitution to put an end to money politics, Daim believed that it would help the party win back the people's support.

"Money politics and corruption are the biggest problems facing the party. Once these problems are resolved, other problems will not be much of a problem."

PR not better than BN
Daim said the public generally hold high hopes in PR but sad enough, the PR-led state governments continue to play the roles of the Opposition.

"Don't waste time levelling accusations at the BN, you (PR) are the governing coalition (in these states), you should focus on how to fulfil your election promises," he said.

He said the people are beginning to see that even given the chance, the PR cannot do any better than the BN. This is the public's greatest disappointment, he said.

MCA split affects BN's reforms
Daim believed that a split in MCA will affect efforts for closer cooperation and reforms in BN.
"As such Umno should unite and strengthen itself even more so that other BN component parties will listen to its opinions and advice.

Any party which is split, be it MCA, Gerakan or even DAP, will not be united, and the people do not respect a disunited party.

Teoh Beng Hock incident
Daim felt that no matter what the cause of the political aide Teoh Beng Hock's death was, the undeniable truth is that a life was lost. As such, the government needs to to take a serious view of the case, he said.

"I life is lost, the family members are definitely very said. The government should look at the problem seriously to avoid a repeat of the tragedy."

Najib and Muhyiddin the perfect team
Daim said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is the perfect team given their experience in politics and in the cabinet.

"If Umno and BN want to change, you cannot find a better combination than the Najib-Muhyiddin team."


  1. PKFZ merupakan masalah terkini di Malaysia dan terkejut bila TUN DAIM yang pernah digelar PEROMPAK MALAYSIA ... berani mengeluarkan kenyataan semasa masyarakat mempunyai kekuatan untuk menyebarkan isu melalui media baru.

    Dear Tun,

    How about bringing in back to Malaysia the Billions of RM you have stashed overseas. That money would be useful to spun the economy and perhaps more jobs could be created for the unemployed graduates.

    Bring it back, yes from wherever it is; Mauratius, Albania, Ghana, Hungary, Panama, Cayman Island, Switzerland. . ., huh, the list is endless! ... DON'T THINK MALAYSIAN ARE FOOL'S TODAY...

  2. When you invest you gain profit. That profit ypu bring back to this country.

  3. Dont forget,Dato Tajul & Datuk Zubir is also a perfect team..Their team up could make their own personal profit.

  4. Looks like there is nobody suit to lead UMNO Merbok at this moment if we look into most of articles from MT and comments. But till today, there is no option or suggestion from MT as an alternative. Or one of MT's member want to hilight him/herself? Or MT want to proposed thier perfect choice?

    So I think let propose it now so the voters of Merbok can make their decision now And if any, he or she should now turun padang and take an action as an in making leader. Announce to the Merbok's voters that this candidate that recommend by MT is far more better than present Ketua Bahagian and his team as well as in making leader's team.

    Otherwise I think better to MT members to take their own action as a responsiblelity to rakyat Merbok as an temporary alternative. Mean if they think that Tajul's activity is only plastic, MT should make their move to show to rakyat Merbok that they are honset and sincere rather than writing in their blog about how bad Tajul is and how good they are.

    MT should make their realtime appearance to public and help rakyat Merbok as well as UMNO Merbok to achieved their goals because next GE is very close to us.

    Or MT just only want to get some special attention from UMNO Bahagian Merbok and will keep their mouth shut after they get what they want? May be tajul should see them to discuss their needs and make a 'golden shakehand'as a favour?

    **Golden Shower.

  5. **Golden Shower,
    MT is not in the position to name, nominate,suggest, promote or highlight any personality here.That role is the politician role. Let the politician decides.

    We are a bunch of young pundit that believe changes tru the cyber battle as the weapon of the game.

    We read history, we mean business, we see things as they are, no hangky panky, no lips service, no window dressing, no bullshit, we see result.

    The world is changing by second. Things happen unpredictable.Netizen is reading your action.

    Merbok must change!!Merbok has produced good world leaders!! But today there are so many deadwood!!

    GE is meaningless if we inherit the kind of existing leaders that we have now.

    We hold tight to our principle:
    "Though The Dogs Bark but The wagon Must goes On"

    Thank you,
    Editorial Bureaus.
    The Merbok Times.


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