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Open letter to Sharizat

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Tota takes to task the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Sharizat Abdul Jalil, for her comments mocking the payment of RM100 to senior citizens in Penang.


Many senior citizens are outraged by your uncalled for comments about the RM100 given to them by the Penang state government in appreciation of their contributions to the development of Penang.

Your comments indicate how uncultured you are, totally unbefitting of a cabinet minister.  You said you are ashamed and offered your sympathies to Penang’s senior citizens because they are worth – according to your absurd calculation – less than RM10 a month in the eyes of the state government.

Can I ask you how much a senior citizen was worth when the BN ruled Penang?  Absolutely nothing.

You went on to say that you thank God that there is a federal government and a Barisan Nasional government to take care of the people’s welfare without which the poor in Penang will be starving.  Yes, the BN government looked after the people of Penang so well that on 8 March 2008, they kicked the BN out of Penang!

As a senior citizen, let me tell you this.  It is not the money that matters.  It is the thought, the appreciation and the caring attitude of the state government that senior citizens value most.

Did you say that the BN government looks after the people’s welfare?  Let us examine the BN’s track record.  The NEP has been in existence for almost 40 years and during this period about 1 trillion ringgit was allocated supposedly to help Malays through ASN, ASB and numerous other government programmes involving many government agencies.

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Umnoputras hijacked the NEP and by masquerading as champions of the Malays siphoned off a sizeable amount of the funds to enrich themselves, their families and their cronies.  These Umnoputras live in palatial houses and live opulent lifestyles.  Look at the posh cars they and their cronies drive and the designer clothes they wear while the poor Malays continue to languish in poverty, even after 52 years of Umno’s total dominance in Malaysian politics. How much have these Umnoputras, their families and cronies invested in high-end properties overseas? How much of the loot is stashed away in overseas banks?

A Morgan Stanley analyst estimated that between 1984 and 2003, RM360 billion was siphoned off by Umnoputras and their cronies. The Auditor-General’s Report bears ample testimony to the plunder of the nation’s wealth.

After more than 52 years of Merdeka, many kampungs do not have basic amenities like piped water and electricity while Umnoputras are wallowing in wealth and luxury.  No wonder the income differential in the Malay community is the highest among all ethnic groups in Asia.

You were defeated in the last elections and came into the cabinet through the backdoor.  We are ashamed of you.  No wonder Rafidah poured scorn on you.  As minister of Women, Family and Community Development, you did little to genuinely empower Malaysian women, especially Muslim women whose problems – marriage, divorce, custody of children, alimony, property rights etc,etc have remained unresolved.  Your failures in this regard are well documented by women NGOs and Sisters in Islam.

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You had the audacity to offer your sympathies to the senior citizens of Penang.  Let me tell you this:

    Shut your face, honey
    Guan Eng is making money (for Penang, of course)

My advice to you is this:

    Don’t open your mouth to make a fool of yourself,
    Do us a favour; disappear from the political scene.

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