Home Minister and UMNO Vice President Hishamuddin Hussein in response to Shahrizat’s alleged involvement in the NFC affair and the demand by some UMNO quarters that she ought to resign, said that it is the rakyat that will decide whether Shahrizat is a liability to UMNO or otherwise. Now, what sort of a statement is this? Please Hishamuddin, this issue is a creation by an UMNO senior minister, and isn’t it logical that it should be resolved by UMNO?
Surely, it has to be UMNO that has to decide whether Shahrizat is a liablilty or not? Don’t Hishamuddin already know that the rakyat has made a stand i.e. that Shahrizat ought to resign regardless of whether she is involved or not? I think Hishamuddin is trying to deflect responsibility and is in constant fear of being unpopular if he says that it is UMNO that has to decide whether Shahrizat is a liability to the party. Do you see any wisdom in the statement or has Hishamuddin simply lost confidence in his own party to make a right decision that he now requires the rakyat to make the decision for the party? I sense Hishamuddin is already in a confused state of mind for not being able to distinguish party responsibility with that of the rakyat’s responsibility. Surely, the term rakyat is not synonymous with UMNO.
Now, UMNO has accused the opposition as PONDAN, and I think Hishamuddin has himself proven to be a PONDAN by playing to the gallery and not wanting to confront head on, the NFC mess and Shahrizat by saying that this issue has dragged the party to disrepute. As I have said in my earlier writings that the cheering and clapping of Wanita UMNO during the speech by Shahrizat do not represent an approval by the entire women population of Malaysia. To prove my point, I challenge Hishamuddin to nominate Shahrizat to stand as a candidate in the Lembah Pantai constituency once again against PKR Nurul Izzah. If Shahrizat isn’t confident, send her back to contest in any constituency in her own native state of Pulau Pinang. Still, if she isn’t comfortable in her native state, than just place her anywhere; preferably Putrajaya.
Now, let me offer UMNO a solution as to how I would have handled the NFC issue if I were Hishamuddin or PM Najib.
First, assuming that I were Hishamuddin, I would have told Shahrizat that the NFC fiasco is a private matter involving her (although she insist that she has nothing to do with NFC) and her family members. This being so, Shahrizat shouldn’t drag the issue along with UMNO, although she is an UMNO minister. Hence, she should have been barred from raising the issue during her speech to Wanita UMNO. By dragging UMNO into the melee, Shahrizat has placed the burden upon the party. In other words, the burden now lies upon the shoulders of the party leadership, particularly PM Najib to respond to the wrong doing of his minister’s family members, while Shahrizat awaits the outcome.
Second, if I were the PM, I would just ask Shahrizat to take leave from the General Assembly to solve her private problem with her family. I would have told her not to involve UMNO, although it was the UMNO government that had approved the soft loan. The burden lies solely upon Shahrizat and her family. I would then call Shahrizat to the office and quietly tell her to resign, giving the excuse that her period of Senatorship has run out of date. By doing this, I would have save UMNO from the embarrassment of having to deal with a problematic matter involving an UMNO minister, and to allow time and space for Shahrizat to solve the problem. This being a public funded project, I would instruct the MACC and the police to act speedily, and to refrain anyone from making any statement until the entire investigation process is over. At the end of the investigation, I will explain to the rakyat (not to UMNO) the position of the government with regards to the findings and the courses of action to take.
I am quite sure that the UMNO leadership has been jolted by the NFC fiasco, and worse still appearing at a time when the election is near. I think it is now too late for UMNO to retract its support for Shahrizat and to deny any claim that UMNO is involved because this issue has sunk deep into the heart of the party. I blame it on the entire UMNO leadership for the lack of due thought and their refusal to acknowledge that the NFC was indeed a mess.
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