Critics want Malaysia PM to resign over Anwar win

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Dissidents in Malaysia’s ruling party demanded the prime minister’s resignation Wednesday after opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim returned to Parliament with a sweeping election victory.

Anwar regained his Parliament seat in the north by a landslide in Tuesday’s by-election, delivering a demoralizing defeat for the government. Anwar’s success came on the heels of big gains the opposition made in the March general elections.

Veteran government lawmaker Razaleigh Hamzah, who wants to challenge Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi for the leadership of the United Malays National Organization ruling party, said the results meant that “what scraps of credibility (Abdullah) had left” were gone.

Abdullah, however, played down the significance of Anwar’s triumph.

“I believe we can still continue the government,” Abdullah was quoted as saying by the Bernama national news agency. “What happened … was not something so big as to change the situation that exists after the last general election.” [more]


One response to “Critics want Malaysia PM to resign over Anwar win

  1. PM Abdullah Badawi’s detractors and enemies in UMNO are using the excuse of the defeats of BN in the recent elections and the by-election in Permatang Puah to demand his resignation. They have their own selfish agenda and ignore the reality that the defeats have their roots in the stupid, corrupt policies of the Mahathir administration. Badawi’s enemies feel threatened by his openess and reforms and want him down so that they can continue their bad ways. My suggestion to PM Badawi is to dump these crooks and the sinking ship of UMNO by crossing over to PKR with his allies, if that’s what they want. It’s better for him to make a deal with Anwar than to have traitors and charlartans within UMNO waiting to stab him at the back. I think Badawi and Anwar have more in common than he has with his enemies and proxies of Mahathir in UMNO. With his crossing over to PKR, Gerakan, MCA, MIC, and the East Malaysian parties should also cross over and let UMNO kiss the dirt. Those in UMNO with good conscience should also cross over and help to build a new Malaysia based on Ketuanan Rakyat and equality of the great peoples of this country.

    UMNO extremists, corrupt elements, and Mahathir cronies are the real enemies of the state. They are the real unpatriotic ones who have plundered the wealth of the country, created disharmony among the people (using religion and race), impoverished the country through corruption, brought dis-repute to Malaysia (with all the scandals), undermined the august body of the judiciary, made a mockery of the rule of law, and insulted the intelligence of the rakyat (especially the gentle, trusting Malays) with their lies and ridiculous antics.

    Let Anwar with the help of Badawi or vice-versa bring the country to greater heights!! Let all the good peoples (Malays, Indians, Kadazans, Chinese, etc….) help these 2 leaders bring about the changes for a Greater Malaysia.

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