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916.. can you smell it????

Posted by barbie on September 16, 2008

916, can you smell it?

916, can you smell it???

Anwar just had his press conference just now. Few things that he mentioned during the PC:

…..We have a slight majority, in excess of 31. It is increasing by the hour. I am serious. I am not joking. This morning I received a signed note from another member. We have the numbers. The important thing is we have in excess of the required number

…The security and interest of the nation is paramount, even if it means delaying the process by a few days. We have the numbers; we can and are prepared to move

….It’s not going to be plain sailing. We have taken a softer option, trying to negotiate with the PM, listening to him and his views … and then move on, seek an audience at the palace and then take it to Parliament … The media are in a state of denial. We will meet and deliberate with the PM and we see what happens in the next few days… We will give time to the PM to seriously consider and act responsibly as PM of this country and respect the wishes of the people.

So, hear it people! 916 is on! Anwar has sought a meeting with Prime Minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s to show him the list of names of defectors and to discuss a smooth handover, so the ball is in PM’s court. PR want a smooth and peaceful transition, and it is up to him to accept this and make way for the new government gracefully or <fill in the blank> (you and me really don’t want these)… I hope Pak Lah is not going to do another ‘saya pantang dicabar’ then go amok. Please don’t.

Some said Yang di-Pertuan Agong wants to meet up with the defecting MPs before he declares anything or orders Abdullah to start the transition. So Anwar is trying to arrange a meeting between them.

If Anwar meets Badawi today, and shows him that he has the support of BN MPs, by way of either Statutory Declarations or affidavits, then Abdullah can either take one of several actions:

– resign and hand over the reins of power to Anwar
– resign and hand over the reins of power to Najib (trying to convince the BN MPs to stick with BN)
– don’t resign and seek a meeting with the MPs (likely)
– don’t resign and delay the change of government till when parliament next convenes

If Abdullah does not resign, Anwar can then take the following steps:

– wait till when parliament convenes to file a motion of no confidence (risky, giving BN more time to prepare)
– convene an emergency parliament session (not likely, unless the speaker is willing to convene a special session)
– seek an audience with the DYMM Yang Dipertuan Agong to either

1. dissolve the parliament and call snap polls (the Agong has this right), or

2. request the Agong to order the PM to resign (and then we go into tricky constitutional ground here)

There are 2 ways Anwar can snatch power:

– By having more than 1+simple majority in the parliament
– By being the biggest voting block in the parliament (results in a minority government, and becomes very unstable)

Either way, the developments today will shape the landscape of Malaysian politics for years to come.

Be proud, you are part of the history. Cheers!!

Updated 4.31pm: Anwar Ibrahim’s Sept 16 press statement in full

SEPT 16 – Today, Malaysians celebrate Malaysia Day – the day our country became whole and our people become united. This day has a new meaning. After years of struggle, after fighting against a system that is corrupt and unjust – we affirm that victory is finally at hand. Our vision of rebuilding this country and bringing its people together, as the founding fathers envisioned, is within reach.
The economy is in turmoil with runaway inflation and joblessness creating widespread discontent. Racial tensions have been rising, exacerbated by the propaganda spread in the government owned mainstream media. The administration has offered no vision to steer the nation out of this quagmire and there is manifest erosion in confidence in the current government.

We in Pakatan Rakyat believe we can save Malaysia from economic ruin and the dangerous politics of racism. We will do so prudently, legally and in doing so we will not jeopardise the security and stability of the country and the safety of its people.
We have received firm commitments from members of parliament in excess of the number required to form a new government, and our government will reflect the diverse make-up of Malaysian society.

It has been our concern to ensure a peaceful transition of power. We do not wish to see a repeat of what transpired in the Selangor and Perak state governments, where following the victory of Pakatan Rakyat on March 8, documents were shredded and removed by the outgoing administration.

We furthermore advise radical elements within BN against the abuse of state power to unlawfully harass and detain our supporters.

The immediate investigation by the ACA (Anti-Corruption Agency) of Yong Teck Lee after the announcement by SAPP (Sabah Progressive Party) of its intention to move a motion of no-confidence against Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is another example of the tactics we reject.

The use of the ISA, as has happened to MP Teresa Kok, would be an unlawful impediment to the transition process.

In light these serious concerns, yesterday leaders of Pakatan Rakyat sent a letter to the prime minister at 2.30pm requesting a meeting to discuss the future course of the nation’s leadership and to seek his assurance on the following important matters:

1) That the BN shall not hinder or prevent their BN MPs from acting in accordance with their conscience, constitutional rights and independent judgment;

2) That the BN government shall not invoke the Internal Security Act to detain any of the MPs who will join Pakatan Rakyat, or any of the present 82 Pakatan Rakyat MPs;

3) That the BN government shall not invoke emergency or police powers, or suspend the constitution, or dissolve parliament in response to our intention to form a new government;

4) That the Barisan Nasional government shall not impose roadblocks and impede the MPs from gaining access to the House of Parliament and the institutions of government.

We believe the prime minister will share Pakatan Rakyat’s concerns for the welfare of the people and security of the nation. We are confident he will ensure the BN will act constitutionally and democratically to ensure that the transition will be peaceful, and there will be no actions taken to sabotage the wishes of the people or play on racial tensions in the country.

We appeal to all quarters in Malaysian society to understand our intentions are for the betterment of Malaysian society. The mainstream media, in particular, should accept the reality of these historic times and report fairly, accurately and without bias. The irresponsible tact that is used by the media to obfuscate issues, attack opposition supporters and instigate racial tensions must end immediately.

Following our meeting with the prime minister, we intend to proceed within the framework established by the federal constitution in the formation of a new government, with the assent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Opposition Leader
De facto PKR leader

(Source: The Malaysian Insider)


15 Responses to “916.. can you smell it????”

  1. can said

    If my memory serves me right, it is only a convention for a government to resign following a defeat of a motion of confidence. Although, there are not Malaysian precedent as yet and in the UK, the last 2 governments have seen fit to brush them aside.

    On the other hand, our constitution provides that HM Agong my appoint as PM the MP who commands the majority in the House. Thus, more firmer constitutional ground that way.

  2. erniejean said

    I am as in eager anticipation as everyone else I know…….the fragrance of this much awaited change is def in the air.

    Just pray that everything goes along peacefully.

  3. mesoso said

    yes i can..yes i 🙂

  4. fooi said

    Actions to be taken by Abdullah does not realistic. 🙂
    No way, they will let go of their power.

  5. Zubli Zainordin said

    I donno.

    I think I can smell it.

    But when I hear, saya pantang dicabar.

    all of a sudden my smell radar kong!

  6. Madame said

    I can…and it smells divine! 😉

  7. Cherubim said

    adoi… the anticipation’s kinda killing me.

  8. mauryaII said

    As DSAI has indicated he has the numbers and he wants a peaceful and democratic transition of power. He is against a power grab by unconstitutional means.

    The ball is in AAB’s court. If he is a strong believer of law and order and in Islam, he would not want the country in turmoil just to stay on in power.

    Even if he resists under the pressure and influence of the 4th floor mafia gang and some of the BN ministers, like the Home Minister, Education Minister, Foreign Minister and of course the DPM who has more to lose than any other, the BN days of anarchy are numbered.

    The old goat might go overboard and incite racial trouble because the man whom he victimised against all accepted norms of decorum and civility is going to be the next PM against even after all his vaunted predictions.

    Hope and pray DSAI and Pakatan Rakyat emerge as victors in this sordid tale of powerplay and dirty politicking by the BN.

    Whatever happens, hope it is in the best interest of the rakyat and the country.

  9. pervster said

    Sniff Sniff….>Smells damn good…..


  10. delcapo said

    just my summary of tots on 916….
    i know 916 is not meant to be THE whole deal… & DSAI has made sense in wanting a peaceful transition….

    but I cannot help but feel disappontment in the lack of progress…. for i doubt AABzzz & BN will give way at all…

    I wish they will JUST DO IT!!! & free the suffering RPK, Teresa, Hindraf 5 & the rest…

    delCapo still burn candles 2nite…….


  11. Yow Chuan said

    Maybe KJ is the one not ready for the transition 😛

  12. missjolie said

    *goosebumps* Show me the 916! Show me the 916! I say Show me the 916! It seems so near yet so far! Anyway it’s a new day, a new dawn for malaysia! Great stuff Barbie! You rock! ;P

  13. missjolie said

    Besides the nice aroma of 916…I also smell shit …. yeah precisely. SHIT. I can smell a couple of fellas (yunnowho)literally crapping in their pants as we speak 😛

  14. erniejean said

    Missjolie…you forgot, one of them have diapers to crap into.

  15. mesoso said

    mesoso can only smell barbie…hehe

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