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I am more disappointed rather than surprised at the allegations against the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development Shahrizat Jalil and her family. Joining politics does open doors to getting such a massive loan of RM250 million at 2% interest. Who would have been able to secure that amount of loan and at that ridiculously low interest rate if not through political connection?

Shahrizat Abdul Jalil - Poor winnability is staring at her face.

The Auditor General’s 2010 report on National Feedlot Corporation (NFC), the company run by Shahrizat’s family, has also lent a relative credence to the status of the venture and the implicit goings on in the project. This is what cronyism is all about, using tax payers’ money to make political cronies instant multi-millionaires!

Isn’t this a form of corrupt practice? Sure it is when a cabinet Minister’s family is granted a massive low-interest loan for a project. This doesn’t happen in mature democracies like Great Britain, Canada, US and Australia. If it does happen, the Minister would gracefully resign. In Malaysia, the rogue minister except for Chua Soi Lek, will not leave the post and would chug along unashamedly… imagine the Malays are usually quite concerned with “malu” (shame) and they have such a saying as “menconteng arang di muka ” literally means ” painting with coal on the face” and figuratively means bringing shame to oneself and one’s family.

If you really think about it, it is not so much the family’s fault in conducting business on government’s loan rather than bank’s loan (like the rest of us!). It is the system which allows this kind of practice. It is the system which is flawed and permits bad business and festers abuse of government loan/grants. The system stinks.

I shudder to think of the number of such practices, failed business/projects that would be unearthed should the opposition won the next 13th general election!

It was some time before the Minister’s husband comes forward to explain the allegations of loan’s misuse and the status of the family project with all their children appointed as Chief Executive and directors of the company. You can read his “explanations” here and here. That is also after Muhyiddin Yasin, the Deputy Prime Minister has asked them in public to do so.

For Khairy Jamaludin to come to the quick defense of Shahrizat and her family is also disconcerting. Could he also have been the beneficiary of such BN government practice? The ex-Prime Minister’s once powerful son- in-law is also a jobless Oxford graduate who is,nevertheless able to fund his political activities. Remember how he was involved in money politics during the last UMNO youth election in 2010? I will not speculate further instead will let you, intelligent people, ponder over it.

Back to our chameleon-like lady Shahrizat, with all these allegations, I think her chances in the next general election with the urban,internet-savvy voters are almost nil. She could perhaps be nominated in some rural areas but the PKR and PAS machines will demolish her there. As it is, she is, after all a nominated cabinet Minister having lost the last election to political novice, Nurul Izzah, daughter of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader, Anwar Ibrahim.

Is Shahrizat Jalil still a winnable candidate? I doubt it.

Just too many blood-sucking mosquitoes!

The problem with Barisan Nasional is they have been in power for far too long and corrupt practices are endemic and their politicians take all these for granted. Just like the Arab Spring, please don’t take the “rakyat” (citizens) for granted as they will rise up and burn the mosquito nets.

The last sentence refers to BN’s stalwarts complaining why should the people get angry over a few incidents and choose an opposition government in the next general election. The proverb goes like this “kerana nyamuk seekor, kelambu di bakar” (literally, because of one mosquito, you burn the whole mosquito net). The mosquito net here is an euphemism for the current government.

The problem is we have just too many mosquitoes!


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