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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Spell Found Underneath Pak Lah's DeskKUALA LUMPUR: The last UMNO Supreme Council meeting before party elections will be held on 25 March. And at the height of tension over the party elections, two small pieces of paper which look like a spell have been found stuck underneath the desk of party president at the 38th floor meeting room in UMNO headquarters.
When the bomb squad from Kuala Lumpur police conducted a routine carpet search in the meeting room a few days ago, two small pieces of paper with Jawi script as well as a small piece of wood wrapped up in a piece of white cloth, were accidentally discovered underneath the desk of Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
The police have so far not detained any suspicious person for investigation, but it is understood that they have taken the statements of three individuals with electronic card access into the meeting room: two policemen and the assistant of a politician with Datukship.
No CCTV has been installed in the meeting room. Besides politicians, cleaners may occasionally be allowed to enter the room for cleaning.
The police conducted the search two weeks ahead of the Supreme Council meeting to ensure that the meeting will run smoothly.
These two objects have since been sent to the chemical department for analysis but no reports have yet to be received.
The police have sent the questionable objects for chemical analysis after failing to ascertain the actual content of the spell. (Translated by DOMINIC LOH/Sin Chew Daily)
The below is nothing to do with the above story. It is about relating to the same individual.
This is Ooi Kee Beng’s third collection of commentaries on Abdullah Badawi’s five years in power. The first (Era of Transition: Malaysia after Mahathir, 2006 ISEAS) described a hopeful period following Mahathir’s retirement, while the second (Lost in Transition: Malaysia under Abdullah, 2008 ISEAS & SIRD) argued that Abdullah’s administration had gone astray, and had lost contact with the aspirations of the common Malaysian.
The forty-odd opinion pieces included in this third volume were written between November 2007, when the Hindraf demonstration took place, and December 2008, when Abdullah pushed through his swan-song reform Bills. These commentaries do not only collectively illustrate the downfall of Abdullah Badawi, but demonstrate how voters punished the country’s leaders for supposing that the fortune of the country did not extend beyond the fate and fortune of the dominant party, UMNO, and its allies.
After suffering its worst electoral results ever on March 8, 2008, the ruling coalition now has difficulty deciding the pace and the extent of political change in Malaysia.
Title: ARRESTED REFORMS: The Undoing of Abdullah Badawi
Author: Ooi Kee Beng
Publisher: Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)
Soft cover: 978-983-43722-5-5
Hard Cover: 978-983-43722-6-2
Price : RM30 (soft cover)
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