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Tajuddin sacked: Good riddance to bad rubbish?


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The only good thing that the backdoor government did recently was giving the boot to Pasir Salak MP, Tajuddin Abdul Rahman. He was unceremoniously and deservedly removed as Prasarana chairman.

We are not sure whether this move was made to correct the wrongful appointment of a person who was totally unfit to occupy this responsible position; or if this was to punish him for his callous behaviour in the face of a horrific tragedy; or if it was because of the overwhelming groundswell for his removal. Whatever the reason for terminating him, the victims of the train tragedy perhaps might say it was good riddance to bad rubbish!

He is such an uncouth person that he could trivialise a tragedy into a silly joke. Two trains collided because those responsible for maintaining efficiency failed their duty miserably, resulting in this avoidable tragedy taking place. It was such an abhorrent accident that all 213 passengers on the train were hurt with various degrees of seriousness. There were crumpled LRT train cabins, shattered glass, injured passengers and blood on the floor of the cabins. 

Reportedly, 166 people sustained light injuries, with 47 seriously hurt. Three passengers underwent surgery at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) intensive care unit due to brain haemorrhage. One victim underwent cerebral resuscitation treatment. Three others were treated at the HKL regular ward for chest and liver fractures and injuries.

A total of 300 HKL staff were involved in treating the accident victims. These overworked doctors and staff were further burdened by having to treat the victims of this unfortunate accident.

How on earth could such a serious, tragic situation be treated so lightly by anybody? Is this a laughing matter?

Yet this moron of a man described this horrible tragedy as two trains “kissing”. How insensitive can one be not to realise that this wasn’t a trivial, laughing matter.

He gave a stupid excuse for not rushing to the accident scene, claiming he was attending a meeting. Was the meeting all that important for him to ignore the accident that involved human lives? Couldn’t his assistant or other officials have carried on with the meeting so that he could visit the accident scene?

He claimed he came to be aware of the train collision only very much later. Shouldn’t the standard operating procedure be that, as chairman, he should be constantly kept informed and immediately notified of any untoward incidents at all times?

How come the transport minister and Prasarana chief executive Norila Noah were there, along with other officials? They must have been informed. Did those who informed them not inform the Prasarana chairman as well? Were they under instructions not to disturb the chairman? If indeed he was notified, why didn’t he respond to the occasion in a responsible manner?

He justified his absence by saying, “Everybody was there” – meaning his presence was not necessary at that moment. This is tantamount to shirking his duty and responsibility.

But his claim that he had decided and was determined to go to the site first thing in the morning was proof of how seriously he took the matter.

“First thing in the morning” meaning after a good night’s sleep, after a good breakfast, he would turn up at his convenience? When he arrived, the tragic evidence of the horrible accident had been cleared, the injured passengers had been attended to and there was nothing visible to shock him into realising that the previous night’s incident was the worst LRT accident.

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At that point, it did not occur to him that his presence at the site was unnecessary. What help could he have rendered then; what direction would he have given to help the wounded? His presence was nothing but a farce!

Tajuddin is someone who is prone to lie and concoct stories that are untrue. We witnessed this on 3 August 2018, on the eve of the Sungai Kandis by-election. Speaking to an all-Malay crowd of about 100 people in Kampung Jawa, he blatantly lied through his teeth. (See my article below: Are you a good Muslim, Tajuddin?)

His track record is a shameful one. In a well-chronicled article, “What ability does Pasir Salak reflect?“, Andrew Sia enumerated his misdeeds:

He was sacked from Umno in 1995 for lavish money politics, gaining the nickname “Six Million Dollar Man”. (My comment: Money politics is corruption, and he was sacked for being corrupt.)

In 2010, DAP MP M Kula Segaran told the Dewan Rakyat that Tajuddin had threatened to “send people” to beat him up. This was because Kula Segaran had called him “uncivilised” in his blog. (My comment: This behaviour is like that of a thug.)

In 2013, PKR MP Rafizi Ramli accused him of vastly over-inflating (up to RM1.3bn) the cost of building the Tapah UiTM campus, using a company with no record of construction work. (My comment: This is looting the country.)

In 2016, he sniggered that DAP MP Teresa Kok is the only woman in Parliament with a “Kok”. (My comment: How vulgar could one be in Parliament?)

MP Khalid Samad called him sial (cursed) in Parliament for the “Kok” stunt. As revenge, a few days later, Tajuddin’s son Firdaus and other ruffians tried to attack Khalid at the Parliament car park while shouting “Hidup Pasir Salak!” (Long live Pasir Salak!) (My comment: This is employing gangster-tactics to hit back at his opponents.)

This is not the only litany of abuses that Tajuddin had been guilty of. There is much more, as exposed by Ashman Adam in his article, “A man of much controversy: Here’s a list of the times Tajuddin made headlines for all the wrong reasons”.

He had threatened to “slap” ethnic Chinese who take their complaints outside Malaysia to seek help for their grouses. (My comment: He has no business to take the law into his hands and behave like a rowdy. Did any Chinese ever seek help from outside sources?)

Tajuddin had called Kula Segaran a “b*****d” and a “bloody b*****d” in Parliament, challenging the then Teluk Intan MP to “settle outside the House”. (My comment: He nonchalantly used unparliamentary language in the august body and was itching for a fight.)

Tajuddin, in responding to an article by the Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Report claiming that Najib and his family had spent $15m (RM62m) on holidays, shopping and jewellery, retorted, “The way they go on holidays is just normal,” he said. (My comment: For the vast majority, $15m is a sum beyond their reach over many, many lifetimes, but to this corrupt guy unbelievably, this is “just normal”!

On 1 December, heated arguments arose in the Dewan Rakyat after Tajuddin disrespectfully called Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman “budak” (kid): “Sit down, sit down first, child. Sit down, learn more, many more need to learn. Wasting your time, my time,” he said, before snickering. 

Insisting that nothing was wrong with his remark as he was older than Syed Saddiq, Tajuddin stood his ground, stating, “What do I need to explain? I’m 72, how old is he?”

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(My comment: Parliamentary standing orders must be respected. All MPs must be addressed as YB irrespective of their age and intelligence. The fact that one is 72 years old doesn’t give one the right to behave stupidly.)

In 2018, while campaigning at the Sungai Kandis by-election, Tajuddin warned voters that Christians in Pakatan have “taken over Putrajaya” and would eventually “abolish the monarchy”. But these fake claims seemed to have little impact, as PKR won the seat handsomely. 

He likened the Hindu holy ash on DAP MP RSN Rayer’s forehead to the cremated ashes of communist leader Chin Peng in 2019. (My comment: This was a deliberate, idiotic distortion to run down Rayer – Hindus don’t use the ash of a cremated person on their forehead.)

In January 2021, 17 contractors and consulting firms in the LRT3 project publicly appealed to the government because Prasarana had held back over RM700m of payments even though work had already been done. This was allegedly because Tajuddin wanted to “influence” the selection of subcontractors. (My comment: It is abuse of power to indulge in corruption.)

Yet despite that and all the allegations of violent threats and corruption, why was Tajuddin appointed head of Prasarana? (My comment: The backdoor government needs the corrupt to remain in power, that’s why!)

Tajuddin must be thinking he is indispensable; that is why he never apologised for his conduct; he did not show any remorse for his behaviour. There was no repentance, whatsoever. He remained defiant,  as can be seen when he was told of his termination: “Want to terminate, terminate then. What is the issue? What is the matter? Want to terminate, terminate lah. Thank you lah. I can do other work.”

Without doubt, he is ignorant and arrogant. He doesn’t accept responsibility or culpability.

An online petition calling for his resignation as Prasarana chairperson received over 130,000 signatures in just 24 hours. This shows how revolted Malaysians were, that we have such leaders lording over us! It’s all about themselves.

The following quotation aptly describes Tajuddin: “The most miserable people are those who care only about themselves, understand only their own troubles and see only their own perspective.”

Are you a good Muslim, Tajuddin?

22 September 2018

‘Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.” – so said Lord Byron.

Pasir Salak MP, Tajuddin Abdul Rahman seems to fit all three descriptions! He is all rolled into one: three in one: a bigot, a fool and a slave.

On the eve of the Sungai Kandis by-election, Tajuddin had urged the voters not to support a “Christian-led” Pakatan government.

He is not only a bigot for saying this but a fool as well to label the Pakatan Harapan government as “Christian-led”. Only a fool would say foolish things without adducing any evidence to support his claim.

Speaking to an all-Malay crowd of about 100 people in Kampung Jawa on the eve of the Sungai Kandis by-election, he referred to an apparent viral video featuring Christian pastors celebrating Pakatan Harapan’s victory during the 9 May general election.

In the so-called viral video, the pastors were purported to have said, “Christians have taken over Putrajaya and other states.”

To emphasise this atrocious claim, he reiterated, “Memang betul!” (This is true.)

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This liar did not produce the non-existent video to convince his listeners. How could he? Like the rest of his brainless brethren in Umno who like to shoot off their mouths without thinking, Tajuddin recklessly lied.

Lim Kit Siang, the MP for Iskandar Puteri, in responding to this preposterous claim, stated. “I am not aware that there is such a video.”

He further questioned, “Did Tajuddin concoct such an irresponsible story out of thin air?

“I challenge Tajuddin to produce such a video, or he must be condemned and repudiated by all Malaysians, including all Umno-BN leaders, as utterly irresponsible and disreputable.”

The trouble with liars is that they are not content with one lie. They go on a lying spree. Tajuddin is no different.

He further added, “Look at our ministers now – Lim Guan Eng is Christian, Anthony Loke is Christian, Tony Pua is Christian, Hannah Yeoh is Christian.”

A responsible MP would ensure that he had got his facts correct before stating a point. Not Tajuddin!

Again, Kit Siang exposed his blatant lie: “… let me educate Tajuddin that although Pua and Loke have Christian first names, they are not Christians.”

What else did this liar say?

“These names which I have mentioned are people spreading Christianity.

“We need to be wary, they will use their politics as a platform to spread Christianity,” he said.

This blabbermouth seems to speak with authority and in full knowledge when he stated, “These names which I have mentioned are people spreading Christianity.”

Tajuddin states this as a matter of fact. He doesn’t speculate or postulate. He states it as if it is a proven fact.

Spreading Christianity among the Malays, as we all know, is against the Constitution. That being the case, would the so-called spreading of Christianity have taken place right under the nose of Jawi, unknown and unpunished in a Malaysia that is controlled by the authorities who are gung-ho in these matters? Did he make a police report against these MPs? If not, why not? As a good Muslim wasn’t he obliged to make a report and alert the authorities?

Like an Umno slave, he repeats the worn out Umno lie that the DAP is out to abolish the monarchy. If that was the DAP’s declared intention, why was no action taken against them? There is a simple answer to it. There has to be a basis for taking action without which you will make a fool of yourself.

“In the long term, ladies and gentlemen, if they can they will abolish the monarchy system,” he lied.

Tajuddin’s preposterous claims

The DAP has been around for 53 years. Has there been any evidence that they wanted to get rid of the monarchy? If such a call was made, they would have been deregistered and buried for good – something the Barisan Nasional would love to do. But the DAP never gave them any excuse simply because they respect and honour the Constitution.

In view of his atrocious lies and preposterous claims, we are obliged to ask Tajuddin, “Are you a good Muslim?”

As far as we are concerned, a pious Muslim will not lie. He will not distort facts. He will not wilfully incite hatred against fellow Malaysians. His conduct will be beyond reproach. He will be a shining example of integrity. These are the attributes of a good Muslim.

We ask once again, “Are you a good Muslim, Tajuddin?”

8 August 2018

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