"His failure to tackle corruption, inefficiency and the abuse of power made a mockery out of the great mandate the Malaysian people gave him in 2004," a quote from an article taken from the latest issue of Off the Edge.
Him referred to above is Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister, who will pass the baton of national leadership to his anointed successor, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak.
In an article written by Keith Leong under the headline 'You can't trust old people," Leong listed five main arguments which led to Abdullah's imminent departure from high office.
Another quote: "All leaders need their advisers. Abdullah allowed his team to be dragged to the spotlight, until they were as well-known as he was...the perception that Abdullah was beholden to his officers caused incalculable damage to his credibility and image. The back office should never be on the front-pages."
The two-page report concludes: "If Malaysia is to land on the side of compassion, justice and freedom, then its future leaders must do what the man we call Pak Lah did not."
It's painful reading to some, but one that summed up the general views that have been prevalent for quite a while.
In another article by contributor Abdullah Ahmad, DKL to many, the former diplomat said: " He (Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak) must do the needful without fear or favour or...be recorded as the second most-incompetent Malaysian Prime Minister with the shortest stint in office."
NOTE: The Off the Edge is avilable at newsstands at RM6 an issue. The cover story is an interview with Kelantan MB Nik Aziz. Should be a good buy anytime!