Malaysia faces a decision making crisis, not a succession crisis. The manner Badawi handling his 'succession plan' is ridiculous:
June 14, 2008- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak reaches an agreement on the right time for a leadership change, but no deadline announced. Badawi merely clarifies his 'great' working relationship with Najib, etc. This press release gave the impression that the PM is retiring very soon probably in a few weeks' time.
June15, 2008- headlines read 'Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has yet to set a precise date to transfer power to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.' Also on the same day, Badawi says he will defend his post in the UMNO December elections. In April he had told people that he'd hang on to the PM post till the year 2010.
On June 19, SAPP makes an admirable move- to table the vote of no-confidence on the start of the Parliament session on June 23.
Who would have confidence with this PM's display of flip-flop attitude. My advice is Badawi, if you don't mean it, don't say it in public otherwise it will continue to make you look stupid.