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What’s the tit-for-tat for RM40m?

October 18, 2012

CT Ali (FMT)| October 18, 2012

It is simply no longer funny when you see what they are doing to our country, its economy and its future.

“Every political party has the right to receive political donations” so said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. I agree that it is the right of any political party and any Barisan Nasional politicians (you must not forget to say that) to accept donations.

You received RM4,000? Okay lah! 

What about RM40,000? Still okay.

And RM400,000 is very okay… the generous donor must at least get a “thank-you” letter from Najib himself.

How about RM4 million? Wow! Must at least have lunch and/or dinner with the prime minister.

And RM40 million? Mi Casa. Su Casa! (My house is your house or make yourself at home!)

Granted that there would be more than one or two businessmen donors who would willingly part with their hard-earned RM40 million, then take all of them to dinner. Though, of course, if you have given them more than billions in business profits, then it is they who must take you out to dinner.

While chewing on that Wagyu beef (tender, tasteful and wonderfully wrapped in rice paper and tripled seared on an iron grill at RM100 an ounce), they might even ask you respectfully if they can give you more… money, that is.

That Wagyu beef is too expensive. Of course, there is that small matter of the Wagyu cows being given beer to give them that special “oomph” but you don’t think about these minor religious transgression when dining with millionaires.

This is the thing with Najib – he knows how to behave in social circles and he knows just what to say.

You can fault his wife, his handling of the Defence Ministry, Perak, Sibu, National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) and a host of other “Najib expletive deleted debacles” but not his family pedigree.

But he sure has to come down to earth as we approach the 13th general election – tyres for taxi drivers and now RM9 million in “gifts” for the Sikh community.

I wonder how that RM40 million donation to Sabah Umno (not to Chief Minister Musa Aman) is going to be spent. I guess keeping the Umno’s “jentera” (machinery) happy is more important than the Sikhs.

Did the MACC probe this matter?

Now, prime minister, no matter what you say about a political party’s right to give or take donations, if you have any common sense, what would be the quid pro quo for such a generous donation?

Quid pro quo means a more or less equal exchange or substitution of goods or services: “a favour for a favour” and the phrases with almost identical meaning include “give and take”, “tit for tat”, “this for that”, and “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours”.

It is almost beyond belief that you can dismiss this matter with a one-liner “every political party has the right to receive political donations”.

No wonder your deputy, Muhyiddin Yassin’s friends are already staking out their preferred rooms on the fourth floor of the prime minister’s office.

Whether they get into government or not is another matter. They can dream, can they not? If the voters do not kick you out, Muhyiddin will. Then the people will kick both of you out.

Where does it say that RM40 million worth of political donation is okay?

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz said that Musa and timber tycoon Michael Chia have both been cleared of corruption after the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) found that the funds were for the use of Sabah Umno.

Now, pray, tell me, Nazri, did the MACC investigate this matter?

This comedy of errors from Umno and its supporters will continue. I know that we are done laughing at their antics because it is simply no longer funny when you see what they are doing to our country, its economy and its future, unless you think that it is hilarious that there are still businessmen around who will donate to Najib because they still think that Najib will be prime minister after the 13th general election.

For now let us take solace in these thoughts. The NFC scandal got Pakatan at least hundred thousands extra votes. This RM40 million donation debacle will get Pakatan another hundred thousand votes.

CT Ali is a reformist who believes in Pakatan Rakyat’s ideologies. He is a FMT columnist.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Joe Black permalink
    October 19, 2012 12:59 am

    Najib’s Mantra has always been simply “Lu Tolong Gua, Gua Tolong Lu”.

    This is whilst making his Departmental Staff and Colleagues Read the intricacies of “The Blue Ocean Strategy”

    Those perfect and some not so perfect speeches are typed by his think tank living in their ivory towers for the benefit of the mainstream media.

    In the end those speeches ended up portraying him as a person having a principle of “Do not Follow what I Do But Follow What I Say”

    All in All we end up having a Schizophrenic Leader whose life is being torn between his wife and UMNO’s Warlords.

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