So we waited till the cows came home and they did!
Today (March 12), Woman Minister Sharizat Abdul Jalil’s hubby is facing four charges of criminal breach of trust (Malaysiakini.com).
People are saying this IS still a sandiwara, as the case would take its time, though hearing is set for April 13. RM500k was set for bail…sap-sap-sui, as in no sweats, coz 1/4billion ringgit of the people’s money has been thrown out with the cowdang.
Yesterday, in a much expected move, Sharizat “tendered” her resignation as a cabinet minister…next month, in April. While quietly writing her obituary, from rising star to fallen mama, we shall also shout praises of her courage and her willingness to take responsibility for her failures.
Bull! The truth is, this is NO resignation. When one leaves a post when one’s work term expires, in Sharizat’s case, her senatorship ends in April, it is called, “not being renewed”. In other words, she is being “kick-out”. In other words, one is condemned, or rendered too obsolete to contribute anymore.
Najib does not view her in this manner, however, because she still retains her posts in Wanita BN and Umno. Politically, she is still there. How Wanita Umno fares after this is another story.
I guess you can’t fault her for this. With a chief like Najib in Umno and Chua Soi Lek in MCA (I do not have to go at great lengths to explain what I mean), Sharizat’s “sins” are no more than a “childish prank”.
It is appropriate ( for her to leave), as Prime Minister Najib Razak says, I agree, but she is certainly no sacrificial cow. If this is not election year (should be called by May 2013, why the delay?), would we see this great performance by Sharizat and Najib? It is anyone’s guess.
The deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin is awfully silent on this, and what is his stake, being the Agriculture Minister at that point of time, to oversee the issue when it happened?
So the real question remains, and we should not allow ourselves to be distracted by all the cowing and bulling over this ‘Bollywood drama” (as deemed by certain quarters), for we must continue to ask: how do we recover the RM250 million wasted in the “cow-in-condos” scandal?
As social activist – Organic/Electronic and now Election Ong Boon Keong says in my facebook post on Kak Jat:
“The real issue is, if there were corruption involved-thus the settlement should be on getting back the corrupted money! Her resignation is merely a PR damage control, no substitute for a proper, legal settlement of the original issue. If people forget the issue after this it is an indictment of how politicised the atmosphere in Malaysia had become!!!
What do you think? Read Malaysiakini.com for more details:
Shahrizat to step down next month