Something is up.
While most of us were focused on the ISA arrests, we could have missed this.
We are seeing differences between Abdullah and Najib or Muhyiddin or both over the transition plan – which was supposed to be a done deal, under which the PM would hand over the reins to Najib in 2010. But now we see Najib saying that it should be left to Umno delegates to decide. And Muhyiddin saying that 2010 is too far away.
And Abdullah is expressing concern. The Bernama report below says Abdullah has reiterated that the decision on the transfer of power had already been agreed upon by him and Najib, and endorsed by the other party leaders and the cabinet.
Meanwhile, Anwar is due wants to meet Abdullah tonight as soon as possible ostensibly to discuss the ISA arrests.
Check out this Bernama report:
It is not proper for the transfer of power plan between the prime minister and his deputy be raised again, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The prime minister said this was because all efforts must now be focused on fulfulling the people’s want — development.
He said raising the power transition plan would only give rise to all kinds of speculation and campaigning.
“There are those who want the tranfer of power to take place as scheduled while others want it to be hastened,” he told reporters after a meeting with Khazanah Nasional’s senior officials at the Finance Ministry, here Friday.
Abdullah was asked to comment on his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s reported statement that he left it to Umno members to decide on the date for the transfer of power.
According to the plan, Abdullah will hand over the posts of prime minister, Barisan Nasional chairman and Umno president to Najib in June 2010.
Abdullah reiterated that the decision on the transfer of power had already been agreed upon by him and Najib, and endorsed by the other party leaders and the cabinet.
The prime minister said the plan’s rationale was to maintain political stability in the country so that efforts could be focused on development.
He said the political instability of late had caused the people to be fed up with the political stories and speculations going on not-stop, while Umno members had become restless and uneasy with the political uncertainties in the country.
“We need to think of the people’s feelings and not just about ourselves and our politics,” he said.
Abdullah said for the sake of political stability and the good of the party, efforts must be focused on meeting the people’s want — development.