BN will win Kelantan
Ku Li has been on a vocal mode since he spoke on a PAS stage.
Since yesterday, he has upped it further to claim that Kelantan has the right to RM9.7 billion royalty at the border with Terengganu. He claimed Compassionate payment is not constitutional.
The old UMNO, thus far expressed by Syed Ali, Division Chief from Cheras, had called on Ku Li to leave for Pakatan Rakyat. There would be the expected demand for disciplinary action.
This is where UMNO must change.
UMNO must learn to cherish and celebrate diversity in views. Ku Li has been expressing himself on the Kelantan royalty issue for a while. As someone who can be described as the founder of Petronas, UMNO should have seek for his opinion and views.
This is one perennial problem of UMNO. They only respect power and people in power. They talk of knowledge economy, budaya ilmu, and etc but they rather hear from an idiot with position and power than a man of knowledge and experiance.
On this matter, even Dr Mahathir refrained from talking on the Kelantan royalty issue. His only commnet was to wish Ku Li had not spoken on a PAS platform.
Dr M refrains from criticising Ku LiThe idiocracy in UMNO's reaction is to the extent of expecting Ku Li to leave for Pakatan Rakyat.
KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has refrained from criticising Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah for using an Opposition platform to voice his opinion on the Kelantan oil royalty issue.
He said that he had also been critical of the Government in the past.
“I do not think it is acceptable to use the platform of the Opposition but I have also spoken out using smaller groups critical to the Government.
“I am not in a position to condemn,” he said when asked for his reaction to Tengku Razaleigh’s comment that the PAS-led Kelan-tan government was entitled to a 5% royalty for petroleum extracted off its waters.
Last Thursday, Tengku Raza-leigh, who is a former Finance Minister and founding chairman of Petronas, told a gathering in Kota Baru that Kelantan was entitled to the royalty.
Speaking to reporters yesterday after giving a talk at the Asean Logics Conference at International Islamic University, Dr Mahathir said he had been very vocal against some of the moves made during the administration of Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Dr Mahathir said he was of the view that Tengku Razaleigh was placing greater importance to Kelantan compared to the Federal Government.
“I suppose as a Kelantanese, he wants to see Kelantan get money. I am only guessing,” he said.
Kelantan Umno Youth was upset that Tengku Razaleigh chose to make his stand at a gathering organised by the PAS-led government, where he shared the stage with Mentri Besar and PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat at the Sultan Mohammed IV Stadium in Kota Baru.
Asked if Tengku Razaleigh’s ac-tions would affect the voters confidence towards Umno, Dr Maha-thir said: “Maybe, maybe. But whatever we do, we cannot win back Kelantan. Kelantanese have their own way of thinking.”
In his speech, Dr Mahathir said that Asean countries, together with China, Japan and South Korea, should have a common trading currency in place of the US dollar.
He also renewed his calls for the formation of the East Asia Economic Group (EAEG) , which would boost economic solidarity among the 10-member Asean group with the three north-east Asian countries.
Source: The Star February 3rd, 2010
Many are speculating that Pakatan Rakyat needs a new leader with expectation for Anwar to be found guilty in the second sodomy charge rising by the day as evidences presented in court. Many within Pakatan Rakyat feel Ku Li would suit that role.
But Ku Li is not leaving UMNO. He has mentioned it so many times. Independent MP and Perkasa President, Dato Ibrahim Ali, who was believed to advised him against speaking on PAS platform, said he does not have intention to leave UMNO.
Other than problem with financial constraints, the Government should consider giving the royalty to Kelantan and the states.
They way this blogger see it politically benefit UMNO.
The last time Kelantan was given oil royalty was in 1976. The next two years, the PAS leaders governing the state then went into a hyenic chase for money and by 1978 was right for the picking by Barisan Nasional.
The lyric from the ole musical, Cabaret sings like this, "Money makes the world go round, the world go round, the world go round."
It will make Kelantan PAS Government round. as it is, it is already swarmed with internal political issues.
By giving that royalty and stop the compasionate fund which is disbursed through UMNO Divisional head, it will stop the money flow to them. As has been for decades, the Chiefs stand to benefit more from the Compassionate fund with Kelantan under PAS.
There is no incentive for them to win and that is the reason they continue to cah keting among themselves.
Once the royalty fund is given, PAS has no more basis to accuse UMNO of not fighting for the Malay by showcasing Kelantan being dominantly Malay.
Let's assume the worse that BN lose the Federal Government in the next GE but still retain few states. Those states will still have money flowing in.