The Four Gentlemen’s Agreement Broken By Pak Lah April 2, 2009Posted by malaysianstory in A New Chapter, Najib Tun Razak, Pak Lah.
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I read with great interest and curiosity an article written by NST columnist Rehman Rashid to tribute Pak Lah published in the newspapers on Thursday (April 2).
I met Rehman back in 1985 but we did not really know each other as he left several years after that.
What caught my attention most about the article is on the part about the now mythical “gentlemen’s agreement” ostensibly accompanying the final transfer of power from Dr Mahathir to his successor Pak Lah on Nov 1, 2003, and apparently broken by Pak Lah weeks with the repeal of mega-projects initiated under his predecessor.
The cancellation of the “half-bridge” across the Johor Strait, the decision to rescind the double-tracking rail project, AND the sale of Proton’s Italian motorcycle subsidiary for One Euro were more than enough for Dr Mahathir to begin the implacable opposition to Abdullah he has maintained to this day, said Rehman.
I believe Rehman is hiding something and attempt to be polite and courteous to Pak Lah when he mentioned about the gentlemen’s agreement in the article.
He only mentioned THREE of the FOUR elements in the agreement which were all breached by Pak Lah immediately when he took office as Prime Minister.
I truly believe Rehman knows for sure the other constituent of the agreement, which if I could presume to be the main cause for BN’s miserable showing in the last general election, but he either purposely renounce to mention it or fear for any backlash if he mentioned it..
They are not made up stories but factual statements.
Let me tell you that the FOURTH element in the agreement that Pak Lah also broke was to free Anwar Ibrahim from jail.
Many were aware that Pak Lah’s son-in-law, KJ, was instrumental in helping Anwar out of the Sungai Buluh Prisons.
I wonder why Rehman is so afraid to state the truth about this.
If Najib is bold and courageous enough to make reforms and changes in Umno and the Government, I don’t see any reason why NST and a senior and seasoned writer like Rehman should still “kowtaw” to Pak Lah and KJ.