Classic case of “鬼打鬼” (UPDATED)Posted: May 28, 2008
I have to say that Malaysian politics can seriously not be any funnier than it is already.
KUALA LUMPUR, May 27 — Something rare happened in Parliament today. A Barisan Nasional MP asked the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to drop a minister from his Cabinet, barely three months after the general election.
The proposer was Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman and his target was de facto Law Minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, the prominent lawyer who has incurred the wrath of some Umno politicians for pushing the envelope on judicial reforms.
Today’s outburst by Tajuddin was a continuation of a spat which began on Thursday when Zaid was giving the House an update on the Judicial Appointments Commission and other reforms in the judiciary. The minister was interrupted by BN backbencher Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir who sarcastically congratulated him for doing the biding of the Opposition. A few other Umno MPs joined in and heckled Zaid, including Tajudin.
The next day, the minister said that Umno and the Barisan Nasional need to take stern action against their members and MPs who openly criticise government policies and the prime minister. His comments were carried in several newspapers and this caught the attention of Tajudin.
Hitting back, he said that Abdullah should “reconsider” Zaid’s appointment as a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. His offence: running down MPs.
Full article here.
So let me get this straight. Tajudin is unhappy with Zaid, and so are other people, as I am to understand it, because Zaid is pushing too much for judicial reforms. WHAT?
OK. In layman’s language. Tajudin wants PM to get rid of Zaid. Why? Because Zaid wants reforms. What’s wrong with that? That’s what the Opposition is supposed to do. So that means that BN people cannot ask for reforms? Yes. BN people must do what BN people do. Not do what the Opposition wants you to do. What the Opposition wants, we DON’T do.
Seems like it’s running along those lines, doesn’t it?
I mean, I was amused enough when Mukhriz said something like this the other day in Parliament, when he said that Zaid was doing the Opposition’s bidding more than UMNO’s bidding. Well, the young man’s upset about his father quitting UMNO, and nobody else daring enough to follow his dad. The man’s upset because so many people have openly criticised him about asking Pak Lah to step down.
But if we look into what he said, then I have a question for Mr Mukhriz here. He said that Zaid was doing Opposition’s bidding more than UMNO’s bidding. So then, my question: What exactly is UMNO’s bidding?
Is Mukhriz saying that UMNO doesn’t want reforms? Is Mukhriz saying that UMNO thinks the judiciary is fine?
And then Zaid just HAD to respond to that by making a statement about taking stern action against MPs of the same party (BN-UMNO) who openly criticise BN policies. So Zaid is also saying that Mukhriz is taking the role of the Opposition rather than the role of a comrade. So, is Mukhriz doing exactly what Opposition MPs would do? Run down BN MPs?
So then, was Mukhriz doing Opposition’s bidding?
Well then, back to this Tajudin issue. Now, he’s asking for Pak Lah to reshuffle the Cabinet. But that’s not all, he wants Pak Lah to leave Zaid Ibrahim out of this new Cabinet line-up. And he said it in Parliament too!
Let me think now. This thing that Tajudin is doing, is it the Opposition bidding, or UMNO bidding? Is Tajudin playing the role of loyal UMNO fellow, or is he BN-Opposition?
And all this while, I wonder what Wan Azizah, Lim Kit Siang, Nik Aziz and the other Opposition (REAL Opposition) are thinking. Their roles are being snatched away! They don’t even have to go to Parliament anymore to have their voices heard! BN, in fact, UMNO is doing that for them perfectly fine!
If this is not “鬼打鬼”, I don’t know what is.
Wahahaha! I cannot believe that this “鬼打鬼” is still on-going! Come on-lah Zaid. Stop responding already. The more you respond, the more noise coming from BN-UMNO camp. All for what?
The de facto law minister denied that he had ever said that Barisan Nasional and Umno MPs should not criticise government policies or the Prime Minister.
“However, these criticisms must be constructive and be based on facts and policies, and not done in a humiliating way.
Zaid said that these two MPs (Mukhriz and Tajudin) had made “serious allegations” against him with their statements.
Zaid said he had been a far longer critic of the Government than both Jerlun and Pasir Salak MPs and that “he had never changed his colour.
“If the PM feels that I should be replaced, it’s up to him. Similarly if he feels Pasir Salak should be replaced, it’s up to him,“ he added.
Full article here.
Joke! All of this is a big, fat JOKE!
Just look at what Zaid said in the end! It’s almost like “Nah, ambik ni!”
But wait a bit, Zaid. Isn’t MP of Pasir Salah ELECTED by the people? So how in the world is the PM supposed to “replace” him?
Cacat-lah all this!