Cutting out dodgy lawmakers - The Malaysian Insider
AUG 24 - Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has to lose his Umno ways. So does his party PKR.
Not really for allowing miscreants and dubious characters to contest under its colours in the last general elections. Times were bad and faith in his party, like others, was lacking.
And no one could predict the “political tsunami” that swept out Barisan Nasional from four more states and washed in 82 opposition lawmakers into the parliament and broke the ruling coalition's customary two-third majority.
But Anwar has to get rid of the Umno habit of scoring own goals. The same habit that does not discipline and sack elected representatives who have strayed from the straight and narrow while in public office.
Lunas assemblyman Mohammad Radzhi Salleh is one of them. The Kedah executive councillor is under investigation for padding claims and has four wives, not unusual for a Muslim but with one of the marriages was solemnised in Thailand and subject to court proceedings. And, he apparently never took care of his constituency.
But the PKR leadership knew about this months ago and just wished that it would go away.
That was how they they treated Behrang assemblyman Jamaluddin Mat Radzi and Changkat Jering assemblyman Osman Jailu when the pair were charged with corruption. They kept them on and prayed it would go away.
What happened instead was both went away and brought along a DAP lawmaker to topple the Pakatan Rakyat government in Perak.
Similarly, there is one elected representative in Selangor who has not been in his constituency regularly and is now hawking his political allegiance to highest bidder. He is ostensibly getting medical treatment and all the Selangor mentri besar has done is to advise him to quit if he can't serve the people.
Anwar and PKR have to realise they cannot expect sympathy if these characters are not sacked. Keeping them on is a greater disservice to the new politics that they espouse.
Otherwise they will just be like Umno, providing shelter to those seen as corrupt and chauvinistic and defending the indefensible similar to their current campaign in Permatang Pasir.
Perhaps Anwar has to take a leaf out of his former mentor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's book. Cut off the infested parts of his party before the disease spreads.
DESIDERATA: Just add one-para-remark -- Many of the current crop of PKR Wakil Rakyat came with UMNO-trademarked baggage; time is required to wean them off the olde spots, if at all possible. Many already have "files" under DISCIPLINE opened up on them, so cometh the 13th GE, their names would likely NOT be on the PKR lists, methinks. Anyway, those who jumped ship like the Three Stooges in Perak are just reaffirming what they are in politics for -- FOR THEMSELVES. Remember my olde spaghetti cowboy movie with great fondness/fondNURSE -- FOR A FEW DOLLARS MORE/aMORE!:)