There is a saying that “a liar will try to undo a lie by concocting another lie, and this will go on until he can no longer lie”. This is exactly the case of UMNO/BN Permatang Pasir by-election candidate Rohaizat Othman, who claimed that he was debarred by the Bar Council because of his partner's wrong doing, and surprisingly DPM Muhyiddin Yasin believed in him.
Now the facts of the case is out in a revelation made by Yusri Ishak, the legal partner of Rohaizat who claimed that it was the latter who had drawn out the money that was entrusted to their company, belonging to the Penang Rubber Smallholders Cooperative. And if the Disciplinary Board of the Bar Council having deliberated the case finds that Rohaizat is guilty of misconduct and was subsequently debarred, what other recourse can Rohaizat take to nullify the decision of the Bar Council. Drag the stakeholders of the cooperative and his legal partner to court? This I think will be silly of him to do.
Rohaizat is deemed fortunate that there was no complain being launched to the police by the stakeholders of the cooperative. And he is doubly lucky that his legal partner did not launched an official complain too. I now believe that Rohaizat knew that he was wrong and he was forced to concoct a lie in the hope of covering up his wrong doing What other lies will he now concoct to pacify the UMNO/BN leadership and to ease the embarrassment he had caused to the party.
I sense that there is a total failure in the UMNO/BN machinery to perform a thorough vetting of their candidate. How could they merely take the words of Rohaizat and his supporters. How could Rohaizat being a lawyer that he is, accepts the nomination knowing fully well that his case will be blown out, thus jeopardising his candidacy. Was there any effort to seek a legal opinion from among the many lawyers that UMNO has? I suppose Rohaizat was trying his luck hoping that his case will not be known, and should he wins, surely his case will be suppressed and silence. But unfortunately, luck was not in his favour.
I was talking to a lawyer friend a few days ago regarding this case, and he fully concurred with me that UMNO had missed a golden opportunity to rid the party of unsavoury candidates. It is pointless for UMNO to continue defending a 'lame duck' in the person called Rohaizat. Any amount of justification will not redeem Rohaizat's honour as a clean, honest and worthy candidate, and should he win, the party will continue to be burdened by Rohaizat's unsavoury past.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION