Nazri calls PPP “beggars”Posted: December 13, 2008
I read this piece of news on Malaysiakini HERE:
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz launched a verbal tirade against PPP, calling the Barisan Nasional component party, among others, as ‘beggars’.
So I was left wondering, what else did Nazri say? Later in the same article, it states:
Mstar today quoted Nazri…
So off I went to Mstar, and the related article is HERE. Excerpts below:
Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz berkata, Menteri Dalam Negeri dan Perdana Menteri baru-baru ini sekali menegaskan bahawa ISA tidak akan dipinda atau dimansuhkan.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said, the Minister of Home Affairs and the Prime Minister recently stated that the ISA will not be amended or repealed.
“Ini bermakna sama ada hari ini atau sebelum pilihan raya akan datang, kita tidak akan pinda.
“This means that whether today or before the next general elections, we are not going to amend.
“Jadi saya nak tanya PPP, apa tunggu lagi? Keluarlah… jangan nak mengugut.
“So I want to ask PPP, what are you waiting for? Leave [Barisan Nasional]… don’t threaten.
“Kalau kita ni nyamuk, jangan nak mengugut gajah. Jadi jangan cakap banyak, keluar sahaja,” kata beliau ketika ditemui di lobi Parlimen di sini, hari ini.
“If we are mosquitoes, don’t threaten the elephant. So don’t talk so much, just leave,” he said when met at the Parliament lobby today.
Nazri berkata, kehadiran PPP dalam BN tidak menguntungkan memandangkan parti itu kalah satu kerusi yang diperuntukkan kepada mereka di Perak pada pilihan raya umum lalu.
Nazri said, PPP’s existence in BN is not beneficial as the party lost the one seat that was allocated to them in Perak during the last general elections.
“Kehadiran mereka dalam BN menyusahkan kita. Umno terpaksa mengorbankan satu kerusi untuk mereka iaitu di Bukit Gantang untuk memberi peluang PPP bertanding di Taiping.
“Their existence in BN is cumbersome to us. Umno had to sacrifice one seat for them, which is the Bukit Gantang seat to give PPP a chance to contest in Taiping.
“Baru ni kita buat lagi, mereka kalah kerusi. Jadi, apa untungnya kehadiran mereka dalam BN kerana mereka hadir atas simpati kita saja.
“Recently we did this again, and they lost the seat. So what is the benefit of having them in BN, because they are only here out of our sympathy.
“Jadi peminta sedekah, jangan nak mengugut,” katanya.
“When a beggar, don’t try to threaten,” he said.
I find this highly amusing. Really. Funny, even.
I mean, to say that the ISA won’t be amended while BN is federal government, so PPP can leave if they want to, is one thing. But to call PPP mosquitoes and beggars, and say that their existence in BN is menyusahkan is quite something else.
I was talking to my dad that day about PPP and Kavyeas threatening to leave the BN coalition if the government does not amend the ISA before the next general elections. And I was telling my dad about how Pak Lah said that there would be no amendment, so PPP can leave if they want to.
My dad said, Kavyeas won’t leave BN so easily. It took him forever to get PPP into BN, so he definitely won’t go out now.
Well, I don’t know about that, but I too have my doubts about whether PPP would really leave BN.
But I think Nazri has really upped the ante here. His words are definitely not the sweetest things to hear, and won’t go down well. But will this be enough to give that final push? Will PPP really really leave the BN coalition?
I think not. The Malaysiakini article above also carried some of PPP’s reactions to what Nazri said:
Murugiah [PPP Youth Chief] said it was best for parties in the ruling coalition to resolve their differences in the spirit of brotherhood and concentrate on battling the ‘real enemy’ – Pakatan Rakyat.
“We admit that BN has done a lot for the people and the PPP as well. But I think it is wrong for Nazri to describe us as beggars,” he told Malaysiakini when contacted this afternoon.
Murugiah said PPP did not intend to threaten anyone and claimed that the issue could have been misinterpreted by certain quarters.
“Maybe our intention was misinterpreted. Among BN members, there should not be any misunderstanding. We in BN are like brothers,” he said.
Looks like nothing is going to come out of this “threat” after all.