When politicians don’t watch what they say

…this is what happens:

ALOR STAR: Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob was left speechless at a dinner meeting after several leaders started questioning him on his call for Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir to step down as Sepang International Circuit (SIC) chairman.

Jalan Badlishah Umno Youth branch chief Ridzuan Omar questioned Ismail’s authority for making such a call.

Who are you (Ismail) to ask Datuk Mokhzani to step down? We, the 4B Youth members, had benefited tremendously from the motoring activities mooted by Datuk Mokhzani.

What have you (Ismail) done for the youth? We have hardly heard your name until two months ago,” he said.

Why don’t you all listen to their constructive criticism?” he said.

Ismail left the dinner without responding to the questions.

Full article here.


Three very valid questions. And I’m not surprised that Ismail was left speechless. After all, that’s what happens when politicians open their mouths before the gears in their brains shift. That’s why talking always comes AFTER thinking.

I wrote about Ismail and Azalina’s call for Mokhzani to resign as SIC Chairman here. To quote Azalina on this topic: “SIC does not belong to him (Mokhzani)”

And to quote myself: “Since when did SIC belong to UMNO?”

I’m glad to know that there are still people of rational minds in UMNO, and in UMNO Youth especially. They may be making these comments based on loyalty to Mahathir and his son, but the points they raised are valid nonetheless.

Politicians, and the rest of us, should really watch what we say. Otherwise, it would most certainly come back and bite us on the behind, as Ismail has so explicitly demonstrated.

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