I find it perplexing and weird that Deputy IGP Khalid Bakar should come out with a comment that the investigation into the NFC fiasco has not revealed any element of corruption; worse still at a time to coincide with the UMNO’s General Assembly. Why has Khalid to make such a comment now when the issue is being debated profusely within and outside UMNO? What right has he to make that comment when investigation is still ongoing? Is he preempting a decision that the case will eventually be thrown out of the window? Pardon me for saying this i.e. that Khalid’s comment stinks and I think that’s generally the perception of the rakyat.
I am quite sure by now public perception towards Khalid and the comment he made isn’t going to be favourable. I am already beginning to hear all kind of negative remarks about Khalid with some calling him a stooge (kuda tunggangan) of UMNO. Certainly, his action points to that and the public cannot be blamed for this. What Khalid did, I am certain will further erode the confidence and support of the rakyat towards the police force that is already in tatters, blamed in part to the previous police leadership.
Being a professional police officer, Khalid should have known when and when not to make a comment or statement that has generated so much of public interest, concern and even anger. Shahrizat had demonstrated her anger at the UMNO general assembly (that isn’t the right forum), but she also ought to know that public anger and distaste towards her may be even worse. Set aside how UMNO views the case, but when it is of public interest, Khalid ought to be extremely careful not to further arouse public anger.
NFC involves RM250 million of tax payers money and this is no small amount, given to the family of a minister. This can be construed as cronyism, and if it isn’t cronyism, what else can it be called. It would have been different if the project was funded by a commercial bank. And I don’t think anyone would have bothered if the project fails or otherwise.
Now, how is UMNO going to defend such an act and say that the party does not condone cronyism, when the very act is so obviously done under their very noses? You know, if a similar case were to occur in Japan or Korea, and regardless of whosoever is involved, the answer is suicide. And in China, the person would have been executed. Of course, I am not telling Shahrizat or anyone of her family to hang themselves, but at least be modest enough not react in a way that she did during the assembly……...it was unnecessary and shameful. Shahrizat ought to remember too that the accolades and support she received does not reflect a similar sentiment, that of all Malaysian women. The proof of her support can only be determined during the upcoming elections i.e. if she still aspires to contest in her previous constituency.
Finally to Deputy IGP Khalid Bakar please be more careful in what you do or say. Remain professional and apolitical, and never for once be perceived to support an ‘ailing politician’ like the way you did. This is what the rakyat wants of you.
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