Wednesday 4 February 2009

How Perak's GANG OF FOUR Fooled Malaysians and Voters in their Constituencies

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Whatever the outcome of the political imbroglio in Perak, Malaysians should remember these names ( and their faces) forever.

  1. Datuk Nasharudin Hashim,

  2. Mohd Osman Jailu,

  3. Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and

  4. Hee Yit Foong
They represent the worst species of politicians:

  • self-serving;

  • greedy;

  • unprincipled;

  • cowardly and

  • dishonest.

How else would you describe politicians who go begging for votes wrapped in the colours of their political party, who rattle off reasons why Umno, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and DAP deserve to win, only to repudiate everything they told the voters less than 12 months later?

They are as despicable as Barclays Premier League footballers who kiss the badge of their club before adoring thousands only to demand a transfer 24 hours later for a bigger pay packet.

  1. Datuk Nasharudin Hashim

    According to Nasharudin, he took the decision to switch from Umno to PKR after serious consideration of the country’s political situation and in the interest of his supporters and voters in Bota. Sure he did.

    The fact that he had been forced to give up his parliamentary seat and the chairmanship of Felcra to Datuk Tajudin Rahman did not factor at all in his thinking to switch camps.

    Why he did a pirouette today is anybody’s guess?

    But rest assured it was not because he had a higher calling.

    At a press conference in Putrajaya today, he rambled on: ”The situation in the state is critical. I have to make sacrifices.’’

    Sure he did.

  2. Mohd Osman Jailu,
  3. Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi

    Then there is the case of Mohd Osman and Jamaluddin.

    Hard to believe that two individuals as slippery as these two managed to persuade the voters of Changkat Jering and Behrang that they were worthy of support in March.

    That’s what happens when the political wave comes in, it brings in deadwood, sludge and flotsam.

    The fact is that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and PKR were challenged to field a decent crop of candidates in Election 2008. So they left the bar low. The result: a motley crew of elected representatives.

    For months Mohd Osman and Jamaluddin have been planning and scheming to leave PKR, no doubt prodded by Umno/BN officials who were seeking to narrow the three-seat majority which Pakatan Rakyat enjoyed in the state assembly.

    Those who believe in conspiracy theories say that the duo are hoping that by going independent and backing the BN, the corruption charges against them will disappear.

    No one knows their motivation except that they put their interest above everybody else’s.

    Worse yet, they behaved like fugitives, hiding from their families, friends and constituents like common criminals and then offering insulting excuses.

    Jamaluddin said that he was incommunicado because he was having back problems and was seeking treatment in Pahang.

    He also said that he is loyal to PKR. A day later, he resigned from PKR.

    Should anyone trust a lawmaker like him? Should any voter trust him or Hee the next time they stump for votes?

    In life, we usually treat the unprincipled and dishonest people shabbily. Why should politicians be given a free pass?

  4. Hee Yit Foong

    She was made the Deputy House Speaker or the Perak State Assembly by the Pakatan Rakyat.

    When she was found missing by DAP leadership, Hee had said she had merely been visiting her supporters and had turned her handphone off after being continuously harassed by reporters.

    She has continued to be elusive, missing a DAP meeting called at the state headquarters as well as the royal function. And she finally turn up in Putrajaya press conference with DPM Najib.

    Although reiterating that she has never entertained any intention to defect to BN or to leave the DAP, she expressed doubt over her future.

    I intend to stay, but will they eliminate me? This is not my first day in DAP, and I would be heavy-hearted about leaving the party, she said.

    She has been a DAP member for 22 years.

    According to Tony Pua,“It’s clear now that despite claims of not crossing over, Hee was just buying time for BN to get other people on board. She was not able to be reached but only surfaced when her position was threatened by the DAP leadership.”


Anonymous said...

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Yap Chong Yee said...

There is nno question about morals in politics, and if the situation were reversed DSAI too will grab the opportunity. We have to forgive these unscrupulous opportunists but just let us not forget them and what they have done. The two Malays and what they have done is understandable because it is natural to save your own skin and joining BN will let them off the hook and at least give them a couple million ringgits for their retirement. This does not mean that what they did was acceptable, not by a mile. I just cannot get myself to condemn their actions because it is just human nature.

On the other hand we can condemn Hee (MP) because her actions are motivated by sheer greed and she was unprincipled, On the other hand we can only understand that her personality is shaped by her her stigma of having Polio and the feeling of rejection. Can we blame her for accepting a few million ringgit for her retirement as well, because after this performance she may as well leave politics. However, I am sadened by so many of our Chinese people who succomed to their weakness, and are indifferent to the marginalisstion of our people and that in this situation HEE could have been more caring of our community's difficulties and acted with more responsibility. I suppose a few millions is hard to resist.

However, the politics of Perak is begining to swing towards Pakatan and the people are the ones who count the most, and if an election were called tomorrow, Pakatan will win handsomely. There is still hope and the mood of the people are for Pakatan and that is more permanent than these cross overs and the damage that has been caused.

That the BN shy away from having any confidence in any outcome from any election this is BN perception that they will not win the hearts and mind of the voters and that will carry into the next general election that may be called; at least this time Pakatan has the time to find more reliable candidates.