9 Dis 2011

Isu Lembu: Mahathir Sepatutnya Desak Najib Supaya Pecat Shahrizat

NFC: Shahrizat patut undur sebelum dihalau, kata Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, 9 Dis — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad berkata Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil sewajarnya berundur daripada politik berhubung kontroversi projek ternakan lembu Pusat Fidlot Kebangsaan (NFC), yang dikaitkan dengan keluarganya, jika ia perlu bagi membantu partinya.

Bekas perdana menteri berkata, Ketua Wanita Umno itu perlu meninggalkan sebelum “dihalau” keluar oleh partinya.

“Jika kita merasakan ia adalah penting demi parti, kita berundur. Ketika saya hendak berundur, saya tidak bertanya sesiapa.

“Saya berharap yang lain akan berbuat begitu. Jangan tunggu orang menghalau anda keluar. Ya, ukur baju di badan sendiri,” kata beliau ketika ditanya sama ada menteri bertaraf senator itu wajar berundur ekoran isu berkenaan. -TMI

Najib should not protect a fallen woman

It is doubtful that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak believed a word of what he said, in the closing ceremony of Umno’s 2011 general assembly last week.

He claimed to have achieved his four objectives for the party conference: Umno was united, the party was geared up for the 13th general election, delegates fully supported the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) and Umno can be relied upon to provide a better future for the rakyat.

If Najib wants to earn the respect of the rakyat, he should assume leadership and address the financial irregularities which have embroiled members of his Cabinet.

The government website claims that the GTP would address “priorities that matter most to the rakyat”. With “1Malaysia” in mind, it is said to focus on “People First, Performance Now”.

Family, Women, and Community Development Minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil defended her role in the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) scandal, where RM250 million of taxpayers’ money was alleged to have been misappropriated by her husband and three children.

Shahrizat’s denials and her cries of having “nothing to do with it”, will have cost Najib votes. Her arrogance has dented public confidence in Najib, despite the outward show of support by delegates.

The rakyat has been told to tighten their belts. However, it is the taxpayer who has subsidised Shahrizat and her family’s luxurious lifestyle – the RM800,000 on overseas holidays, two luxury apartments costing RM14 million, a RM534,000 Mercedes and RM30,000 for her husband and son to perform the haj.

Perhaps, at the end of this debacle, the taxpayer will have to bail her and the government out. Again.

Najib and his ministers rallied around Shahrizat at the party conference. Despite his claim of a united front, his avoidance of the issue may precipitate his own downfall. The drip-drip exposures of large-scale corruption, involving Umno-BN politicians is like a dam with large cracks in it.

“People First, Performance Now” has been replaced by “Cover-ups in corruption”.
The irresponsible Shahrizat used the Wanita Umno platform to defend herself. She said, “I am being patient, as a woman I have to be calm… they (Pakatan Rakyat) are doing this because they are afraid of Wanita Umno’s strength.”

This project is not Wanita Umno’s doing but had all the fingerprints of Shahrizat and her family’s greed. She even tried to drag the integrity of women, into this scandal.

Covering up the mess

Shahrizat accused the opposition of scheming to undermine Umno. She forgot that it was the Auditor-General’s Report on the national audit which alerted us to the abuse of funds in the NFC.

Senior politicians – from Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, and former premier, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, right down to Umno Youth leader, Khairy Jamaluddin – were prepared to sink into the mire, to cover up the mess.

Even the police had a part in this drama. They claimed that there was no criminal breach of trust in the NFC scandal. Haven’t they jumped the gun by being investigator, judge and jury?

Umno is in a bind. Shahrizat must be protected at all costs. Najib knows that if one minister were to fall, the other ministers would be at risk, too. His own position is precarious.

Najib realises that his authority over the more recalcitrant Umno members, grows weaker by the day. However, as long as they stick together, their corrupt deeds need never be revealed. Najib knows that he cannot sacrifice anyone, just yet, because he has no control over them once they are out of his inner circle.

At best, Najib can only hope that the whole thing will blow over. But it won’t.
PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar charged Umno with scaring the Malays into believing that the DAP would erase Malay rights.

He said, “Don’t come to a point where we (Malays) become fearful of DAP, and then RM250 million disappears from National Feedlot Corporation.

“Afraid of DAP, RM52 billion worth of Bumiputera shares shrinks to RM2 billion… afraid of DAP, RM1.8 billion given to (former MAS CEO) Tajuddin Ramli goes missing… afraid of DAP, RM32 billion vanishes from the Hardcore Poverty Development programme (PPRT).”

In contrast, Ahmad Maslan, a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, warned delegates about the DAP. He said: “The Malay language will be lost, say goodbye to the Malay Sultans… say goodbye to Islam.”

Ahmad also claimed that should the opposition triumph in the 13th geneal election, the DAP would “not respect the royal institution” and that these “agents of Christianisation” would result in “Malays losing power”. He painted a portrait of a country where the Chinese monopolised the country’s politics and economy.

No jobs in kampungs

A village elder, who was asked to comment about the developments in the general assembly, said, “Despite being in power for over 54 years, Umno made only a few Malays rich beyond their wildest deams. But not the majority. Look around you. Look at this village, or what is left of it.

“This kampung was once a thriving community. Our smallholdings and agricultural produce sustained us. But it saw a decline in the past two decades.

“Homes are abandoned, there are no jobs in the kampungs. The old moved to the towns and cities to be with their children. This is a ghost village. Even politicians stopped turning up before elections.

“The leaders ripped up our communities. First, they took away our lands and gave concessions to the big companies. These big businesses expected us to be their cheap labourers. When we refused, they brought in the foreign workers. We are priced out of our own lands, our own heritage and our livelihood.

“We continue to give Umno our support. Why, I wonder?”

At the party conference, Najib claimed that the rakyat should entrust their future to Umno. Shahrizat said that the opposition was “jealous” of Umno. And Ahmad claimed DAP was racist while Muhyiddin said Umno was not.

Despite the assurances of Najib and the Umno high command, the party appears troubled and insecure.

Ahmad, the Umno information chief, referred to a “hung Parliament”. He sounds insecure and appears to lack confidence in his party.

Perhaps, when things really slide and his own position becomes untenable, Najib may want to save his own skin and only then discard some of the old baggage.

Mariam Mokhtar is an FMT columnist.

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Tanpa Nama berkata...

tak payahlah desak shahrizat tu letak jawatan...buang masa je,.Biarkan dia pegang jawatan tu sampai bila-bila,makin lama dia pegang jawatan ,makin orang tak suka,makin busuklah umno/bn...lepas tu barulah semua orang akan sedar begitu rupanya parti umno dan akhirnya orang akan menolak umno (A.B.U).,dan jangan suka sangat(besorak bertepuk tangan) bila ada diantara geng umno/bn mendesak shahrizat letak jawatan..itu bertujuan meyelamatkan umno/bn agar boleh kekal lama...

Tanpa Nama berkata...

kapal dah nak karam ,masing-masing nak cari pelampong untuk meyelamatkan diri....biarkan kapal tu karam ...biar karam sampai tenggelam ke dasarnya.

Waris berkata...

Apa lagi tunggu? Bila nak selak kain?

Tanpa Nama berkata...

Mahathir Kutty tak berani nak buka mulut kutuk Shahrizat sebab masa dia jadi PM dulu,dia pun buat kerja kotor ni,selamatkan syarikat perkapalan anaknya.Dibandingkan antara Shahrizat dengan Mahathir Kutty,apa yang Shahrizat buat kacang putih aje.

1 Malaysia berkata...

Nak salahkan siapa? DAP dan PAS juga yang jadi mangsa. Tengok muka depa ni, MELAYUkah? Awat yang Melayu la ni dah tak kenal keturunan depa sendirikah? Awat Melayu dah jadi seperti yang disebut oleh Tok Jib waktu pergulungan dulu? Awat "Melayu" Penang yang dok ganggu Lim Guan Eng tu Melayukah? Aku rasa bukan Melayu tak kenal Melayu, yang tak kenal Melayu ialah UMNO saja. Yang bangang tu Melayu dalam UMNO saja. Yang bodoh piun ialah Melayu dalam UMNO saja. Yang rasuah dan mentekedarah barang haram ialah Melayu dalam UMNO saja. Tapi sayang dok tengok Melayu UMNO yang dok bawah pun seronok diperbodohkan dan diperbangangkan oleh Tok Jib and the Geng? Cuba siasat Ahmad Maslan tu, Melayu semenanjung atau Jawakah?
Awat yang Melayu ni nak tunggu sampai harta negara dah habis baru nak ubahkah?
Ya Allah swt yang Tuhanku, selamatlah umat Islam di Malaysia dari ditipu puak munafikun dan musyrikun. Turunkan bala kepada mereka. Tunjukkanlah dan pertontonkanlah "belang-belang" mereka agar rakyat Malaysia terselamat daripada angkara jahat depa tu.

Tanpa Nama berkata...

1. Tapi nampaknya Mahathir terhegeh-hegeh masuk semula UMNO. Kalau dah berhenti duduk senyap-senyap, jangan buat heboh sana heboh sini.

2. Sharizat patut berhenti bermain politik kerana sudah ditolak oleh pengundi dalam PRU ke 12. Dia patut tahu situasi ini. Jawatan Senatorpun patut dia tolak.

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