16 September 2008 – Malaysia Day
1. BN is still the Government of Malaysia as of now. But Anwar says today is the ‘beginning’ of a new hope.
2. It’s final. Zaid Ibrahim re-confirmed leaving his post as Law Minister.
“Although I thanked the PM for his suggestion that I go on leave instead, I am not tired. I’m just disappointed… I apologise to all Malaysians because of my weaknesses, I have failed.” – Zaid
3. Anwar Ibrahim says he has 31 BN MPs pledged to crossover in the next few days/weeks. The MPs include some members of the Cabinet. He is also seeking an audience with Pak Lah asap to discuss the ‘smooth transition’.
“The numbers are increasing by the hour, but as of now, it is in excess of 31 MPs.” – Anwar
3. Pak Lah refuted Anwar’s claims as a ‘political lie’. He said Anwar’s (Pakatan’s) letter sent to him yesterday was not about power transfer.
“Do you think he would ask for a meeting with me to discuss a transition? He (Anwar) would storm into my room with hundreds behind him, shouting victory. This is Anwar’s style.”
“There has been no letter sent to me regarding a power transfer. He sent a letter about general matters on the current situation in the country.” – Pak Lah
4. Pak Lah challenges Anwar to reveal his list publicly.
“If Anwar has the names, please show the whole country. Everyone wants to know.” – Pak Lah
5. Tengku Razaleigh, Pak Lah’s contender within Umno continues to mount pressure on Pak Lah to step down asap. He referred the transition plan as “undemocratic”.
“In such trying times, the country needed real leadership.” – Tengku Razaleigh
6. The KLCI fell 19.21 points to close at 1,012.37 on political concerns and international issues. World markets slump as Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch say goodbye to their financial life. AIG and Citigroup were reportedly having big trouble too, while crude oil prices dip again to US$92 per barrel.
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Sites with photos on yesterday’s Malaysia Day Rally at Kelana Jaya:
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NST reported this headline: “No names. No list. No crossovers. Anwar fails to form next Government.”
Teresa Kok’s mom: “They treat Teresa like a dog.”
ChannelNewsAsia / AFP: “Defiant Malaysian PM rejects fresh opposition claim on power”
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