Posted by: Gurindam Jiwa | Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The New Cabinet Welcomes You

This is a little mind boggling. Another of those flip-flop, ding-dong, ping-pong, ba-da-bing ba-da-bung.

During nomination and election, some candidates were dropped for all kinds of reasons. Never mind that. New, better, etc. were actually fielded, and some won. OK with that.

You would think that when an incumbent was not fielded in a general election, that person was no longer seen qualified to represent the people. You would think that when a candidate lost in an election, that person didn’t win the trust of the people to represent them.

You could say that the thinking is not quite correct with Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, among a few others. I myself was surprised with her loss. I don’t think the people were actually voting against her.

We were told that losers won’t get selected to be part of the Cabinet. Now that the line-up was finally announced, it was a little puzzling, to say the least.

And then you see names like Datuk Zaid Ibrahim. Wasn’t he suspended for money politics? Why wasn’t he fielded in the election? Now he is tasked to reform the judiciary. Say what!?

Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim: some have called her “ustazah palsu” (fake female Muslim scholar). You don’t have to wonder. What is she in charge of now as Deputy Minister? What did Datuk Dr. Abdullah Zin do wrong?

Datuk Seri Zulhasnan Rafique didn’t work for the people. He worked for SOME people.

Datuk Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi goes with the flow. He goes where the money is. Okay, so he went to Sekolah Agama Izzuddin Shah. But that was a long time ago. And even Ayah Pin’s wife went to al-Azhar!

I remember Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor during our days vacuuming cars at the New Haven Jiffy Lube at Whalley Avenue in the late eighties. If he could become a Minister in charge of Energy, Water, and Communication … well, perhaps he was a late bloomer.

I wonder how Datuk Shapie Apdal is going to argue about Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage after seeing him argue about the prices of basic human needs.

I heard that Senator Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib had good PR with the rural folks. But why not contest in the election then?

Datuk Amirsham A. Aziz has raised his status quo, with a reduction in salary. The price you pay for the good things in life 🙂

This post can go on and on and on…

Now Datuk Radzi Sheikh Ahmad who got a 13,671-vote majority has resigned as Barisan Nasional and Umno secretary-general. Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Abu Bakar and Datuk Anifah Aman declined to take up their appointments. May be Anwar will really become PM in April, after all.

This coming UMNO’s General Assembly should really be exciting, if the members really have the guts.

The Prime Minister seemed to take on a new image now. Less smiling, more stoic, stern, and terse. Perhaps to give the impression that now he is serious in running the country.

When asked about the new line-up, he took the easy way out: It was the prerogative of the Prime Minister.

Yeah, right.


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