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Feb282009
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Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

Dato’ Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s call for a unity government should be taken seriously.

I appealed for discussions leading to a unity solution last September, when it was already clear that the country is at a dangerous impasse.  I said it is time to come together.

The factors I mentioned were:

  1. Our political conflicts threaten to deteriorate into constitutional crises.
  2. We will be suffering the effects of a global economic crisis on a scale we have never faced.
  3. Racial and religious issues, fanned by politics and media incitement, threaten to spiral out of control.
  4. The very integrity of the Federation is at stake. The grievances of Sabah and Sarawak cannot be papered-over with political manoeuvres. They are about the fundamental basis of the Federation.
  5. There is a real danger of our falling into a long-term loop of decline, with job losses, crime, social conflict, institutional breakdown and political instability feeding upon each other.

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Feb252009
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Even in the best of times, it is bad practice to run an economy on a political timetable. In this unprecedented global economic meltdown, it is a disastrous practice.

We have an economic crisis on a scale none of us has ever seen before. Despite being spared the first wave of financial repercussions of this crisis, we are fully exposed to the collapse of the flow of global manufacturing. The value of the retirement savings of America’s Baby Boom generation has been halved. Their demand for Asia’s manufactured goods will be drastically reduced.

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Feb232009
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I was recently asked to answer some questions for an Australian news programme:

1. Barisan Nasional has won several apparent victories over the Opposition in the last few weeks, but you have been critical of some of these. Could you explain why?

It depends what you mean by victory, and victory for whom. What happened in Perak recently has all the appearance of a desperate and ill-conceived grab for power, with constitutional consequences that are still being played out.

 

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Feb162009
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This is not the first constitutional crisis in which the rights of the Rulers has been touched upon. Today’s crisis in Perak is about the legitimacy of the process by which a new state government has been formed in Perak. It’s not about the status of the Rulers. In comparison, the constitutional crisis of 1993 arose from an ugly confrontation between Umno and the Rulers over a question that had direct and profound implications on their sovereignty and that of the Yang Dipertuan Agong. For good reason, the Head of State in most countries may not be prosecuted in an ordinary court of law. In 1993, the government campaigned to remove this immunity through amendments to the Constitution.

I opposed these amendments.

 
Feb132009
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(English Translation below)

Umno sebuah parti yang telah sekian lama berjasa.

Umno ditubuhkan pada tahun 1946 untuk membela hak orang-orang dan Raja-raja Melayu. Ia telah membentuk pakatan untuk menyatukan rakyat Malaya demi mencapai kemerdekaan pada tahun 1957.  Pada tahun 1963, pemimpin Umno, Al-marhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, menyuarakan visi yang lagi berani, iaitu penubuhan Malaysia di mana, pada 16 September, beliau mengisytiharkan adalah hasil “perbincangan, perbahasan, pertanyaan dan pemilihan yang melahirkan keizinan bersama” dan yang “diputuskan setelah difikirkan secara mendalam”.

Beliau menyuarakan rasa bangganya bagaimana “kita telah membentuk Malaysia melalui perdebatan secara terbuka dan bertolak ansur.  Semangat kerjasama ini membuktikan keinginan kita hidup bersama.”  Semangat inilah yang beliau namakan “asas Malaysia” yang bagaikan “petanda masa depan kita”.

Malaya dan Malaysia merupakan hasil visi yang dilaksanakan dengan pertimbangan yang penuh kesabaran.

   

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