The ugly faces of 'Umno Baru'

Mariam Mokhtar

Modified 6 Dec 2019, 8:47 am

COMMENT | Was Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, the MP for Pasir Salak, under instruction to cause an uproar in Parliament and divert our attention from Zahid Hamidi's trial for Criminal Breach of Trust (CBT), money laundering and bribery?

On Dec 3, Tajuddin asked if the holy ash on Jelutong MP, RSN Rayer's forehead, came from the late Chin Peng's ashes. When he was accused of insulting the Hindus, Tajuddin back-tracked and denied the charge. Police reports were lodged and social media went into overdrive.

Tajuddin must protect the "Umno Baru" president's reputation at all costs, and Malays must be distracted from reading the many exposes in his trial.

The insult towards Hindus has had the desired effect. These racial/religious slurs have been used many times before when Umno Baru has bad news to bury.

The distraction probably made some of us ignore the alleged corruption and excesses of Zahid and his wife, Hamidah Khamis, their millionaire lifestyle, their overseas spending sprees and those in Malaysia, and the RM35,000 on road tax for their fleet of luxury cars and motorbikes.

More importantly, not one sen of the money donated to the charity organisation, Yayasan Akalbudi, which had been set-up ostensibly to help the poor, had been given to any needy Malaysians...

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