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Umno’s empty think tank


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Umno talks as if it is awash with rich talent in its ranks. So Tota takes a look at the Who’s Who in the cabinet and government agencies.

When Pakatan Harapan (PH) elected Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its prime minister-in-waiting, Umno’s leaders mocked the coalition, saying that it lacked intelligent talent and so was compelled to select a 93-year-old as its leader.

Umno talks as if it is awash with rich talent in its ranks. Let us look at the rejects in the cabinet and government agencies.

Najib Razak, apart from his alleged implication in the Altantuya murder case, carries much baggage. It was during his watch as defence minister (2000-2008) that the Scorpene submarine corruption scandal exploded. Also two jet engines went missing in 2007-2008. He has also been accused of being a kleptocrat after RM2.6bn ended up in his personal account.

Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi was once sued by a businessman who accused him of assault. The businessman claimed Zahid punched him at a recreational club in 2006, causing a broken nose and swollen eye. The case dragged on for six years before it was finally settled out of court.

What Nazri Abdul Aziz said about the Allah issue (‘Nazri justifies one country, two rules’), Bersih 2.0 (‘Bersih supporters legally stupid’) and why cabinet ministers cannot declare their income and assets in a public register (‘Nazri: Cabinet ministers, kin not duty bound to declare assets to MACC’) seemingly reveals his short-circuited thinking.

His questionable statement that Malaysia cannot afford the luxury of the separation of powers among the executive, legislature and judiciary shows his rotten thinking.  He continues to be a minister.

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Keris-kisser Hishammuddin Hussein did tremendous damage to inter-ethnic relations. By kissing and raising the keris at the 2008 Umno assembly while delegates made threatening and provocative remarks, he showed he was not above using the ethnic card and playing to the gallery. When MH370 disappeared, he did not distinguish himself in front of the global media with his remarks. Just imagine if such a guy aspires to be prime minister.

Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, defeated, discarded and disgraced, continues as Wanita Umno chief and cabinet minister.

Muhammad Muhammad Taib, despite being caught for currency smuggling in Australia, was appointed to the cabinet by Abdullah Badawi.

Azalina Othman, despite the Champions Youth Cup mess in 2007 and the Brickendonbury controversy (the plan to turn the rubber research centre in Brickendonbury, England, into a high-performance sports centre for Malaysian athletes), continues as a cabinet member.

Khir Toyo, despite his widespread corruption, was kept as Menteri Besar of Selangor. When the Selangor electorate kicked him out in the 2008 election, the hero became zero and spent time in prison for corruption.

Rahim Tamby Chik, despite his controversial past, was appointed chairman of the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda).

Isa Samad was suspended by Umno for indulging in money politics and barred from elections. He was reinstated and became a Negeri Semibilan State Assembly member. He was later appointed chairman of Felda. Now you can understand the mess Felda is in.

Ghani Othman, ex-Menteri Besar of Johor, was implicated in a controversy over a gold coin. He lost his menteri besar’s post when Kit Siang scalped him in Gelang Patah in 2013. Months later, he picked up a cushy position as chairman of a government-linked company, Sime Darby.

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Koh Tsu Koon, kicked out of Penang in 2008, vowed that he would not accept any government post. But a large pay and perks must have made him swallow his pride as he was appointed to the cabinet in 2009.

The controversial Samy Vellu, kicked out of Sungai Siput in 2008, is now enjoying ministerial status plus all the perks that come with it. As an envoy, he is supposed to attract investments from India and the rest of South Asia.

When Najib was asked why he was not interested in attracting intelligent talent into the government, he replied that there were many intelligent and gifted people around but he was looking for loyal people (aka bootlickers). Now you can understand why the country is in such a mess.

Now look at the wealth of talent Pakatan Rakyat has: Anwar Ibrahim, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Lim Kit Siang, Lim Guan Eng, Rafizi Ramli, Tian Chua, Tony Pua, Nurul Izzah Anwar, Abdul Aziz Bari, Azmin Ali, Muhyiddin Yassin, etc. These people are anytime streets ahead in every way compared to the Umno folk listed above.

If the people of Malaysia want to be governed by intelligent and talented people, then they have to elect Pakatan Harapan in the general election.

Tota, short for Theatre Of The Absurd, is the pseudonym of a regular contributor to our Thinking Allowed section – aliran.com

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10 May 2018 11.33pm

the dust had settle, mr Najib and his marauders no longer lord of the castle…his destiny is no longer in his hands

8 May 2018 4.38pm

If you love your country and nation then Go for Change.
Change is Good for your Home, Health and Happiness.

8 May 2018 1.30pm

Grand Council of Thieves …

Tengku JW
7 May 2018 3.19pm

Corrupted group

Lihao Yeong
7 May 2018 2.52pm

Best featured photo ever

Lihao Yeong
7 May 2018 2.52pm


raymund turner
7 May 2018 2.41pm

The whole cabinet would go into the”Book of … Morons” administering a nation. The most astounding part is that some or many of them have no qualms about making inane statements, after which they’d look like a comical fool. Their only recourse is to blame the press for being misquoted, or that others twisted the contents of the speech.

Dr Razali
Dr Razali
7 May 2018 10.53pm
Reply to  raymund turner

U r sickening citizen.

Frank Meeng
7 May 2018 1.14pm

They are laugfhing their heart out after successfully bull… us for 60 years odd years.However enough is enough…we gonna change for the better…there is always light at the end of the tunnel…

Tan Wooibee
7 May 2018 12.42pm

Think tank or Septic tank from the beginning?lol

Teik Lee
7 May 2018 11.14am

This picture is worth a thousand words. Umno do not realise that they are parading so many clowns to the whole world. And they think this foto makes them so smart by showing their stupid loyalty to the circus boss. Malaysians must get rid of these useless n ineffectual people from managing our beautiful Malaysia.

Keat Lee
7 May 2018 7.35am

UMNO is awash with hypocritical and greedy self-serving bootlickers!!! No?

7 May 2018 5.30am

Sembang mcm bagus. Empty think tank? Mcmlah pakatan full of Einstein. Kutuk kaw2 UMNO, at on time Mahathir was called all sorts of names, in the end all ex-UMNO jugak among your highest leadership. A 93 year old ex-UMNO leader whom you used to hate and demand resignation as your PM-in-waiting….

11 May 2018 3.17am
Reply to  You'refull

Good remark…remind them on their bad words comment…mcm bagus they all ni, finally depend on ex-umno juga….the so called MAHA ZALIM they used to call him.

Chin Tu Lan
7 May 2018 12.52am

This pic is … hilarious. 😂

Clifford Kong
7 May 2018 12.29am

Booth lickers

Yap Bin Chun
6 May 2018 11.49pm

The last salute?

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