A new billboard in KL has sparked speculation over Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi’s political future.
The billboard, along Jalan Syed Putra near the turnoff to Taman Seputeh, features a large portrait of Abdullah Badawi, at least 10 feet high, with the words “Opinions Ideas appreciated, viewpoints welcomed”. It also includes his email a website address.
Blog reader lanwm spotted the billboard too:
I was like I can’t believe my eyes when I saw that huge billboard with his face! I tried covering it with my hands but it was just too huge to be covered!
The question that a few are asking is, why would a Prime Minister who is leaving office soon want to solicit public views during the twilight days of his administration?
“I never bought the story that he (Abdullah) will go gently into the night,” said the political commentator who first alerted me to this billboard.
The key question now is, when will the two by-elections be held? Will they be held before the Umno general assembly on 24-28 March or after? If they are held before – and that’s a distinct possibility – and if the Pakatan wins both, then Najib would go into the assembly with four straight by-election losses.
Now, that wouldn’t be likely to inspire confidence, would it?
Meanwhile, the Pemuda Umno website has a news report of an indoor gathering at the PWTC:
Pergerakan Pemuda Barisan Nasional (BN) akan menganjurkan satu perhimpunan Menjunjung Setia “Daulat Tuanku!” secara besar-besaran di Dewan Merdeka, Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC), Kuala Lumpur 19 Februari ini.