The NFC controversy has now taken a new turn despite denials by Shahrizat and lambasting the opposition for spreading insinuations that she was also involved in the project, and calling for her resignation. I have never seen Shahrizat more angry, and her gestures and facial expressions during her speech in disclaiming her involvement in the NFC affairs makes good caricatures’ by cartoonist Zanur and Lat. Actually, she does not need to do what she did during the speech if she isn’t involved, but to await the findings by the police in their investigation on the project. I do not know how long the investigation will take.
Now, soon after the speech, more revelations concerning the financial irregularities and mismanagement of the NFC were exposed by the opposition. This time it is the purchase of a Mercedes Benz CLS350 costing RM534,622, a plot of land in Putrajaya (no value mentioned) and a cash disbursement of RM588,585 to a company in Singapore that is said to belong to the Shahrizat’s family. If such revelations and allegations are true, the spending pattern of Shahrizat’s family equals that of those personalities found in the Forbes rich list. Out of sheer curiosity, I goggled Frobes for names of Shahrizat family members, but found none. Had I found a name, then I would believe that all the spending incurred by the Shahrizat family were their own, and not taken from the NFC soft loan.
I now believe that the opposition has many more revelations to make, and I think it is for this very reason that UMNO, especially the youth wing, is hell bent in defending Shahrizat, and what better time than during the UMNO General Assembly. The delegates has to be convinced now that Shahrizat is innocent and that it is all lies by the opposition, and not after the delegates have all returned and to be influenced by others into believing the allegations. Actually, it is not difficult to convince the delegates because there are all feted with gifts, free hotel accommodation, food and most probably some cash to go shopping. As the Malays would say, “Kalau orang berbudi, kita harus berterima kasih”. And I think, this is the very reason why everything that is being said during the assembly will get a resounding response “KAMI BERSETUJU” from the delegates.
While browsing the net, I read a statement made by UMNO Youth Information Chief Rezal Merican when he said “UMNO has reached a critical level in light of the upcoming polls and that its members had a duty to defend ‘family’”. Rezal had used the words ‘critical level’ and this words conjures a state of heightened fear and uncertainties that something may go wrong during the election. He also used the word ‘family’ and I suppose he is referring it to UMNO, and probably, this includes the Shahrizat family.
UMNO has gone through many challenges and survived. But I think this time around and with a strong and determined opposition, UMNO has been made to go on the defensive. The state within UMNO today isn’t what it was 20 years ago and as Tun Mahathir has lamented recently, UMNO is now void of good and able leaders. I suppose what UMNO has today are left over’s, meek, lacking in intellectualism, arrogant and can be silence the moment their masters waves its wand. Wasn’t this a comment made by UMNO veteran Tengku Razaleigh himself when he said that UMNO members today cannot make their voices heard and in requires approval from the leadership first?
For Shahrizat, please remain in your defensive mode, until your defence is breached and that you can no longer defend the indefensible. It will only be then, that you may decide to quit or otherwise. Or do you now think, after all that has been revealed by the opposition that you deserve to go?
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION