With her out of the country for a much needed rest after a tumultuous period of relentless character smearing aimed at demolishing her political career, Elizabeth Wong is not alone in her time of distraught. Voices of support from various quarters are still being heard, and her supporters have called for her to remain the assemblywomen for Bukit Lanjan. This has also been the stand of her party which sees her an exemplary politician that had served her electorates well.
The Sultan of Selangor was correct in his decision to allow the wisdom of the Menteri Besar to decide on the fate of Elizabeth Wong over the photo scandal, and whatever action needed to be taken must bare into account the wishes of the people. The Sultan sympathized with Elizabeth Wong and hope that she remain calm despite her excruciating ordeal. These are indeed soothing words by the Sultan who wished not to indulge in state politics. As a Selangorean, I pay my deepest respect, loyalty, honour and gratitude for the Sultan’s royal wisdom and advice to the state government.
The person that had triggered the shameful act to demean Elizabeth Wong must have by now felt the extreme public backlash over the episode, which he may have least expected. Even Khir Toyo who was quick to demand the resignation of Elizabeth Wong must have felt how sorry he was to have opened his big mouth too early in making the demand.
And for speaking out loud against Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim alleged corruption, Khir Toyo is now facing a much larger problem involving irregularities in the financial management of Permodalan Negeri Selangor Berhad (PNSB) over the purchase of properties in Saudi Arabia while the latter was the Menteri Besar. This is just one of the many allegations of corrupt practice by the former Menteri Besar who has denied all allegations against him. We are constantly reminded of a saying ‘that if you point a finger at someone, there will be four other fingers pointing at you’. This is exactly what is happening to Khir Toyo today.
I wonder why has it been Khir Toyo alone that has been at the throat of Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim since the latter’s appointment as Menteri Besar? What about the former Selangor UMNO/BN exco’s. Not a word is being uttered by a single one of them in support of their former boss. Why this sudden abandonment? Or are they too afraid to open their big mouth too and to be caught for alleged corruption as well? I am quite sure they all have something to hide; hence the deep silence.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORUPTION
Posted at 12.00 pm on Feb 26, 2009