Thursday, August 31, 2006

A Dubious Record For Jasin MP.

In what is probably a record of sorts, the Honourable Member of Parliament for Jasin, Datuk Mohd Said Yusof had a police report lodged against him by a civil servant for criminal intimidation under Section 506 of the Penal Code.

While most politicians aspire to have their names recorded in history for the good deeds they have done, our man from Jasin keeps accumulating more and more dirt, ever since this hitherto unknown lawmaker hit the headlines with the now infamous 'close one eye' episode. From then on it has been a long downhill trip for this 'Yang Berhormat.' He however seems unfazed by it all and remains as cocky and confident as ever. It's as if he has some secret weapon or backer whom he is sure will see him through any adversity.

What I can't understand however is the blind support afforded him by his rakan-rakan in the Dewan Rakyat. How can they demand that the public have respect for them if they have no respect for the law? When one of their kind has proven to be no good, what is the point of continuing to shield him? The shameful episode of the Back Benchers Club hoo-haa is still fresh in our minds. Instead of reprimanding him and ensuring that he at least stays on the right side of the law vis a vis the Customs Department, what did our esteemed parliamentarians do? They went on a fault-finding and threatening spree while the whole time cowering behind the immunity their office entitles them to. The Jasin MP further made allegations against the Customs Department regarding RM48 million spent on uniforms. And the other MPs castigated civil servants including the Chief Secretary, while brandishing their power of contempt of parliament as a deadly weapon.

Unfortunately these empty threats and their pathetic attempts at bravado did not impress the Customs Department, who apart from filing the police report against our Jasin man also hit back at the RM48 million allegation.

In the process of these skirmishes, errors of omission and commission and attempts at bullying and browbeating others, the biggest victim has been the hallowed institution of Parliament itself. In all honesty can any MP today expect the public to accord them the respect that was theirs say even ten years ago? Very unlikely. And who is to blame for this state of affairs? The list is indeed very long!

***** Read here the view of Kota Baru MP, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim: Privilege does not offer total immunity.

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Blogger ali allah ditta said...

The police will "close one eye" on this case so he will still be a YB.


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