The ‘Malaysian Maverick’ has finally spoken. Tun Dr Mahathir was reported to have suggested that Women Minister Shahrizat Jalil, whose family members are embroiled in the NFC fiasco “should leave before being chased out by her party”. Those words can be summed up as being in agreement that the NFC fiasco has burdened the party and its leadership to the extent that it is beginning to threaten the very survival of the government itself. If this is still not understood by Shahrizat and all those within the party that had supported her, then UMNO is in very serious problem. I think, it is not only Shahrizat that has to go, but including her staunch supporters i.e. Khairy Jamaluddin, Noh Omar and including Muhyiddin Yasin himself, for misleading the party with poor reasoning and wrongful judgment.
As I have said in some previous postings, this issue was badly handled by the party and government. It was the Agriculture Minister Nor Omar who beat them all by coming to the defence of the project, when he himself isn’t quite sure what the project was all about. Then came Khairy Jamaluddin, who for whatever reason, chipped in with his own version of the project of which he wasn’t part off. Or was he directly involved, since he was the powerful 28 years old in full reign at Level 4 of the Prime Minister’s Department then? In the case of Muhyiddin Yasin who was then the Agriculture Minister when the project was approved, he was in his quiet self contemplating what all to say if being questioned. Even PM Najib dipped his hand into the issue by issuing a statement, while he was abroad.
So you see, while the NFC was deemed a mess by the Auditor General, UMNO and its ministers thinks otherwise, and has made the mess into a bigger mess. It is similar to what most people would say – “if you want to defend a lie, you need to defend it with a bigger lie”. Now the NFC fiasco has become so indefensible that the only way out of the predicament for the party is to ask Shahrizat to leave.
Now, since the NFC issue has been blown up to untold proportion, it would be better for Sharizat to leave and to spare her colleagues in the party and government the agony of defending her personal and private matter. But Shahrizat has said that she will not leave because she thinks that this is a ploy by the opposition to get at her. Now that Tun Dr Mahathir has said his piece, we will have to leave it to Shahrizat to decide herself; not the party or for Najib to make the official announcement.
As for her supporters, I think it would also be best that they too consider leaving for it was because of them that had boosted the morale and spirit of Shahrizat to act like a Hindustani heroine during the UMNO General Assembly, which became so popular on You Tube. I simply could not believe my eyes upon seeing her act.
To Khairy Jamaluddin, the challenge to a debate with PKR’s Rafizi Ramli over the NFC is long awaited. Surely, Khairy being in the know about the origins of the NFC should stand a better chance at defeating Rafizi in the debate.
Finally, my brotherly advice to Shahrizat is this – “It’s over to you now. The problem is your family’s own creation that has to be resolved by your own family members. Dragging the party into the mess isn’t right. So have the courage to do what is right for yourself and the family”.
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