Given the vagaries of the political situation, Tan Sri Isa Samad looks like the most acceptable candidate for all in Bagan Pinang. This includes the Chinese, Indians, Orang Asli and the rest. Yes, believe it or not lots of Chinese and Indians in these parts give the thumbs up for Isa, as the most liked of the local boys who made it big. Beyond the boundaries of this constituency, it does not count. What matters in a by-election is for the folks to have their candidate of choice.Why should it matter elsewhere?
I do not for one condone corrupt politicians or anybody for that matter. This also goes to the electorates. SUHAKAM's expression of grave concern for the difficulty for prisoners to have an audience with the Pardons Board only tells us that the maxim 'once a thief always a thief' may not be true to the book. The culprit has done his penance and punishment, and who are we to stop him from redeeming his life as an exemplary citizen or leader? Ever read Victor Hugo's Les Miserables?
Perhaps, in the case of Bagan Pinang, Isa has come clean after he had undergone his suspension by UMNO's disciplinary board. This contrasts with Jean Valjean, the central character in Les Miserables, an ex-convict who assumed another identity and made good as a respectable mayor of a French town. The story expounds on the experience of redemption and examines the nature of law and grace. Such is the case with Isa Samad in Bagan Pinang, albeit his story is less dramatic and melancholy compared to that of Victor Hugo's.
UMNO was looking for a candidate with the most support. Isn't that the criteria in races,by-elections, notwithstanding? Forget the fantasy of holding high moral grounds - in politics, parties of all shades and colours are NEVER free of blemishes, no matter how hard they try. It is proven that Isa has tremendous goodwill and his relationship with the people in the area is beyond reproach. He will, no doubt, be given a resounding victory. In the real world it's almost always a choice between BAD and WORSE. Genuine Samaritans and angels do not get into politics.
Anwar was found guilty and went to prison, isn't that evil? Wouldn't that fail him as his people's choice of a political representative? And it is no secret that UMNO in Negeri Sembilan is facing quite a dilemma given the choices available. We want the people's choice and we get Isa, who fits the description and requirements. Some may squeak about personalities in the likes of Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan (although in reality it's not possible) as the 'suitable' candidate, but then again would you take chances, given that he was in the first place not the people's choice but a result of a top-down preference, which has since seen a lot of mending done by Dato' Seri Najib in the wake of his 1Malaysia, People First approach...And word has it that compared to Isa, Mohamad Hassan has proven to be much worse and downright incompetent as a leader in Negeri Sembilan. So much for his corporate experience.
As for the filth, muck and so on, lets turn our focus on the lot that is Pakatan.Do we still remember the extra-marital scandal involving PAS's Mat Sabu? Never mind that the scandal involved somebody else's wife, but the man is still among the chosen ones under Nik Aziz's patronage. What about the dark going ons allegedly involving clandestine dealings to siphon and channel public money into DAP's coffers in the Teoh Beng Hock case? What about the Elizabeth Wong scandal and Tian Chua, her ex-boyfriend? What about Ronnie Liu's stink that wafts from the alleged links with organised syndicates?Or even for that matter, what about the one about a PAS Youth Leader in Terengganu who was found guilty of rape?
The case that was Isa Samad pales in comparison to all these...
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Isa Samad & Victor Hugo's Les Miserables...
Posted by Lenggong Valley at 12:52 PM