'We know why Raja Nong Chik is chickening out'
YOURSAY 'Let's not forget that you're a multi-millionaire businessman who transacts businesses through family members.'
Nong Chik shies away from Nurul debate
Changeagent: That's right, Federal Territories Minister Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin. There's no need to debate.
Debates are only for immoral and corrupt politicians, and that's why BN cabinet members are not encouraged to do so. Voters must just accept that all BN candidates are clean because they have already been vetted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Even in the extremely rare cases where the previous candidate was implicated in a national corruption scandal, for example, Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil vis-a-vis the RM250 million National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) project, voters must just listen to you and move on. No other reasons or explanations will be provided.
In addition, they will vote for you simply based on the fact that you have repainted a few apartments and given out a few more oranges. Raja Nong Chik, you are so winnable that it is not funny anymore.
Giudice: "We cabinet members are not encouraged to debate...," said Raja Nong Chik.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry. That's probably what happens during cabinet meetings - everybody just nods and have ‘kuih' (cake) and then go off and think of how to rob the nation even more.
What a farce of a government. And yet there are people hell-bent on supporting BN. The mind boggles.
Victor Johan: As you have chicken out to a debate with a young woman MP, help us understand dear Mr Federal Territories Minister, what have you done in your capacity as a federal ruling party nominated two-term senator and what have you done as a minister with the specific portfolio.
Your asking for comparisons of your accomplishments against those of an opposition MP, who has no federal allocations, is not just absurd but a stupid challenge.
Let's not forget that you are also a multi-millionaire businessman who transacts businesses through family members, including your young wet-behind-the-ears daughter.
It's public knowledge that these businesses are those allocated to Umno politicians cronies and associates. Just who do you want to fool?
Faz: This is not about what Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar or Raja Nong Chik has done to solve the 'problems' faced by the constituents since 2008. If getting allocation to paint the public housing flats is the trump card, then Raja Nong Chik wins hand down with the federal government's cash at his disposal.
But MPs' jobs are not those menial works that we are attaching to them since GE1 in 1955. They are supposed to make laws for the benefit of their constituents, including proposing allocations for the constituency. The menial works are for the government officers and workers to carry out.
Umno-BN has made this bogus modus operandi as a prime criteria for their candidates. We, the voters, should not be suckers anymore over such a definition and focus on winning the majority of the parliamentary seats to elect Pakatan Rakyat lawmakers and not 'drain cleaners'. Then, we will be better off.
Multi Racial: Raja Nong Chik is a coward. Why is he so afraid of debating with his opponent? Has he got so many things to hide and dare not face Nurul Izzah?
In the first place, Raja Nong does not deserve to be the FT minister. Firstly, he is not even an elected MP. Secondly, the FT minister - an equivalent to a state chief minister - should be given to whichever party which won the most seats in the federal territories.
Pakatan won hands down in 2008 and the FT minister should be appointed among the MPs of the winning party.
Starr: Raja Nong Chik has chickened out, this is to be expected from a Umno leader, who is following the examples of his leaders.
The voters in Lembah Pantai should take cognisance of his decline for a public debate with Nurul Izzah and reject politicians of such calibre.
Pemerhati: I was wondering where Raja Nong Chik gets all his money to give lavish gifts such as mandarin oranges to a lot of Lembah Pantai voters.
Part of the answer is given by the fact that his daughter's company, Istijuara Sdn Bhd, received a direct tender award worth RM30 million from the Youth and Sports Ministry. Can you imagine how many other overpriced direct tender awards his daughter and his other family members will get if he wins in the next elections?
Then imagine the amount of the people's money that will end up in his and his family's coffers and show up as illegal money flows leaving the country.
So chances are that Raja Nong Chik will be able to steal legally thousands of times more money than he invested in bribing the electorate with oranges and other things. No business in the world gives such returns.
Opah: In the mid-1980s, Raja Nong Chik's business was in deep trouble. So the Selangor government gave him the project to build the arch across the Federal Highway on the border of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.
When the cost was announced, the people were shocked and there were many complaints.
Raja Nong Chik justified the incredible price by saying he was going to build a beautiful marble arch, like the one in London, to honour the Sultan of Selangor who had generously agreed to give away Selangor's land to allow KL to become a federal territory.
Judge for yourself the truth of Raja Nong Chik's promises. The only marble on the arch are the little plaques on the sides.
Clearwater: I queued up to greet Nurul Izzah at Bangsar and received two mandarin oranges from her gracious self.
As for the Raja Nong Chik, I declined his box of oranges despite his flashing teeth. By the way, how much did he spend on aesthetic dentistry to get those sparklers?
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