It makes me uneasy when I think of Chua Jui Meng (CJM) who was the MCA-BN Minister of Health for 10 years during Mahathir’s and part of Abdullah Badawi’s time as the Prime Minister and Deputy PM respectively. The man was “action” ( colloquial for narcissistically arrogant) to say the least. My encounters with him are forgettable. I remember one Chief Minister of an East Malaysian State describing CJM as “sombong” (arrogant) and had refused to entertain him by delegating one of his deputies to greet CJM instead.
He may have changed, I don’t really know for sure, but his early whinings at not being given a “house” (a constituency) by his party PKR was pathetic. And now that he is contesting in Segamat, he seems to be back in theatrical mode. He must have been very relieved when Anwar came to campaign for him and apparently 20,000 people turned up to listen to the Titan here.
And for those Segamat people voting for him, I wish them good luck and hope that this old guy is not the same one when he was on the pedestal years ago. One thing about “recycled” politicians, they may change their clothes but their set minds are likely to be the same. CJM joined PKR because he needs the political ladder to climb back to power: having been discarded by MCA in 2009, and do you all really believe that the old leopard will change its spots?
Between CJM and CSL (Chua Soi Lek), I prefer the latter anytime with his warts and all. CSL is more humble and action-oriented. CJM is both arrogant and an empty vessel-politician. In fact Anwar and Jui Meng are essentially the same based on my casual encounters with each of them. Both are narcissistic,arrogant ,devious and good at talking.
Jui Meng’s 35-year record as an MCA politician and Minister has not been remarkable in fact there are hints of corruption attributed to him at the Health Ministry ( the ministry with a lot of contracts’ dealings). He is certainly past his time but still hoping to make it now that DAP is in Pakatan Rakyat family. Those DAP voters will have no choice but to vote for him… Hobson’s choice!
The titanic support might not be enough for him to pull through as that alleged 20,000-strong crowd is only a fraction of the number of people in the parliamentary constituency and are not necessarily supporters.
Chua Jui Meng’s place is in the proverbial cupboard and he should have remained there as part of Malaysian political history.
Like Mat Tyson (Muhammad Muhammad Taib) the ex-BN Menteri Besar of Selangor who last week joined the opposition PAS out of bitterness, people have got to think deeply about getting this kind of politician back into power.
Their sincerity, loyalty, commitment, principle and passion to serve are all, to quote Shakespeare, sound and fury signifying nothing!