Malaysiakini Opinion

The faux outrage over Mara

R Nadeswaran  |  Published:  |  Modified:

COMMENT | The MPs for Pekan and Bagan Datuk have been behaving as if they both have a crystal ball in which they can see what the future holds for their kind. They are predicting the outcome of policies of the current government.

I will hereafter refer to them as ‘Pekan’ and ‘Bagan Datuk’. No names will be mentioned, as it is a case of an ordinary citizen taking on two MPs for their acts and omission of the past.

Both are enjoying freedom of expression which allows them to say their piece – truth or fiction. When they were in charge, such a right (not privilege) was never accorded to many individuals and the media. Never mind that the state media and those aligned to them silenced many an independent voice.

But the duo took it further by passing insolent, rude and impudent lies on the current prime minister and other leaders of the ruling coalition. In short, it was a well-drilled exercise aimed at demonising them.

Having given some background, I must insist that I have the same rights as the duo, but I will not resort to lies or attempts to demonise them. This column is not about them or the rights of indigenous people.

Before the rent-a-crowd mob organises a protest and declares me anti-national, let me make a solemn declaration: I am all for affirmative policies which help the poor and the down-trodden.

Betrayed trust

Majlis Amanah Rakyat or Mara has been on the lips of Pekan and Bagan Datuk over the past two days. As a citizen, I too have the same rights as the duo, and am perfectly entitled to express my views on the subject. I will merely put forth my thoughts and opinions. You, the discerning reader will have to make up your mind.

The operative word in Mara is amanah (trust), a scarce commodity when the duo ruled the roost. Many forgot that officials of Mara were holding whatever monies allocated or property bought in trust for the people.

But that trust was betrayed. Over the years, Mara was plundered and no one, including Pekan or Bagan Datuk raised a whimper. Their silence was deafening even when...

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