This will be a short post and a challenge to Lim Kit Siang. Please read his article first:
I am disappointed over the UMNO betrayal of former Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Ghani Othman who was completely by-passed instead of being appointed Senator and Minister in the new Cabinet line-up announced by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday.
The UMNO leadership had praised Ghani sky-high during the 13th General Election campaign when fielding him as a parliamentary candidate for Gelang Patah against me, and it is most unfair and ungrateful for UMNO leaders to drop Ghani like a ton of bricks after Ghani failed to defeat me in Gelang Patah in the May 5 polls.
General elections should not be regarded as a zero-sum game, and in the case of Ghani, whom I had openly acknowledged as having made invaluable contribution to the development and progress in Johor, his talents and experience should be tapped by the Federal government as Ghani can have still many years of national service and contribution in him.
I am surprised that Ghani is facing so much resistance in UMNO as there are powerful forces who object to his return to national politics, to the extent that MUBARAK, the association of former Barisan Nasional wakil rakyats, have come out with a statement opposing any UMNO candidate who lost in the 13GE being appointed a Senator and a Minister – clearly targetting at Ghani.
It would be interesting to know who are the UMNO leaders behind the MUBARAK statement for it would throw an interesting light on the UMNO power tussle which has started escalating after the 13GE preparing for the “royal battle” in the UMNO party elections at the end of the year.
If Lim Kit Siang wants to portray himself as magnanimous as he wants us to believe, then we the people challenge him to vacate his seat immediately and let Ghani contest again in Gelang Patah uncontested so that Ghani can be appointed to the cabinet. Can you do that Kit Siang?
Because my heart cannot bear to see how heartbroken you are over the fact Ghani Othman didn’t get appointed to be in the cabinet. Kit Siang, this is the only way to alleviate your sadness.
Perhaps what is lacking in Lim Kit Siang is principles. Does he believe that we will swallow hook, line and sinker over such statement? Maybe in his mid-70s, Kit Siang is already getting more desperate thus, all this nonsense statements coming out from him. There is no resistance from Umno towards Ghani. It was determined way before the elections that those who lost, will not be appointed. Unlike DAP, Umno has systems that must be followed. DAP’s system changes according to the mood of Lim Kit Siang.
It is sad that what Lim Kit Siang just concocted above are just bedtime stories by a granddaddy. This is what happens when someone is in power for so long. He’ll believe his own made-up stories.
It is indeed as silly season.