IPOH, Sept 28 - Veteran opposition leader Lim Kit Siang last night outlined several options for Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to end uncertainty over his political future, asking him to either call for snap polls or cooperate with the Pakatan Rakyat to change the federal government.
The DAP supremo said the Prime Minister has less than 12 days to mull the current options available to him to either get 58 nominations for the Umno polls, not contest the party elections or announce his retirement from the country's top post by Oct 9.
"It is important that his decision must hinge on the primary consideration of what is in the best interest for the nation and Malaysians at this hour of national crisis and need rather than on what would be in his own best interest and that of his family," Kit Siang said at a Perak DAP solidarity dinner here.
He said this September had given birth to two momentous dates, first "916" that represented a political sky-change while "926" referred to the Umno supreme council decision to throw away the power transition deal between Abdullah and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak.
"Six months ago, the Barisan Nasional was so monolithic and impregnable that it was unthinkable and impossible to envisage that it could be toppled from the federal government level.
"In the past six months however, the dream and possibility of change of federal power have spread like a prairie fire among Malaysians that it is no exaggeration to say that today the overwhelmingly majority of Malaysians believe that change of federal power is possible while a clear majority would want such a change to take effect immediately," Kit Siang said.
"This is what is most important about the "916" magic - not whether the "skychange" took place on September 16, 2008 (which it did not) but that the political moment in Malaysia has arrived when change of federal power is no more an impossible dream but has become a practical possibility and it is only a matter of time when this "skychange" transforms the political landscape in the country," he added.
He said "926" was another momentous date.
"For a coup d'etat was staged on September 26 in the Umno Supreme Council emergency meeting where Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was given the ultimatum to abandon his mid-June 2010 power-transition plan and to agree to relinquish his posts as Umno President and Prime Minister in March next year or he would be packed off from the Putrajaya corridors of power summarily and ignominiously," Kit Siang told the 5,000 dinner crowd.
He suggested two further options apart from Abdullah's current options.
"Advise the Yang di Pertuan Agong for a dissolution of Parliament for the holding of fresh general election to end the seven-month political uncertainty in the country in the past seven months since the 12th general election on March 8, so as to give the Malaysian electorate an opportunity to decide whether they want a continuation of the Barisan Nasional government or a new Pakatan Rakyat federal government.
"Or co-operate with Pakatan Rakyat to bring about a change of federal government so that the country can end seven months of drift and lack of direction, which have compounded the multiple crisis of confidence afflicting the country," he said.