All downhill - Horses’ Mouths – 7 September 2015

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RM2.6 billion donation – a tactical mistake?

Till now, we have not heard Najib suing WSJ, although the tale of the RM2.6 billion has become an international talking point. Was this a terrible tactical mistake? Because it has caused Najib to be afraid to respond to the RM2.6 billion issue in an upfront manner, although he received fierce criticism from the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in our own country.

Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, PAS deputy president, asking if explaining away Prime Minister Najib Razak’s RM2.6 billion as a political donation to Umno was a “tactical mistake”


This is the problem with the whole thing. I don’t know if PM realises it or not. But he has got to answer everything one shot instead of responding in drips of information. That was one of the main problems for us at the PAC (Public Accounts Committee). Because once we go on one path then something new crops up which takes us in a different direction. Now the RM 2.6 bil (donation) takes us in a different direction. The SRC takes us in a different direction. Until all these issues can be pinned down and answered one shot – whether it is satisfactory to the public or not – at least if there are some explanations provided that are credible enough, then this perception won’t be there.

Nur Jazlan, Deputy Home Minister




When people asked Lee Kuan Yew what was his biggest regret in his political career, he said that when Singapore was in Malaysia, he failed to understand the Malay psyche… If you kick out PAS from Pakatan Rakyat, you don’t have a mass-based party in your group. So you cannot be an alternative government. You will be a very weak alternative government if you win.

Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, former Information Minister, telling PKR dan DAP that they were making a mistake in excluding PAS from their coalition



Sept 16 rally

What are they going to demonstrate for? Just what are they trying to prove? Are they implying that it is all okay that we are facing the mess…that they support the actions that have led to the national embarrassment? That they condone what the leaders have done? Just what are they proving by trying to get some Malays, especially from Umno, to be brought to Kuala Lumpur to demonstrate… in red shirts?

Rafidah Aziz, former Wanita Umno chief, questioning the need for a counter demonstration to the Bersih 4.0 rally held last weekend



All downhill

I don't remember a time when just absolutely everything seems to be going badly for Malaysia. I pray that this is the darkest before dawn.

Nazir Razak, CIMB chairman, expressing disappointment over the country's current state of affairs, which is currently being plagued by haze, falling ringgit rate and the national football team's humiliating 10-0 defeat



The next Selangor MB

Harapan might support a DAP Menteri Besar but if Umno, PKR and PAS want Azmin or someone else from PKR then the new Selangor Menteri Besar would be from PKR and not from DAP even if DAP singly has the most number of seats in the Selangor State Assembly. And this is entirely up to the Sultan to decide and the sole prerogative of His Highness. So it really does not matter how many seats DAP wins and whether they win the largest minority (not majority because majority would mean 29 seats all on their own) and whether they have Malay candidates. The Sultan would want a Malay-Muslim from a Malay-Muslim party and chances are PKR would still be the Menteri Besar of Selangor, with the backing of Umno and PAS.

Raja Petra Kamaruddin, Malaysia Today owner, on the next Selangor Menteri Besar after the 14th General Election



Bersih 4

Action will be taken without prior warning, so don't get angry with the police, the Home Ministry or the federal government. Be angry with yourself.

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister, vowing to arrest those who attended Bersih 4 rally

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