Is This A 'Face Saving' Move For Zakaria By Bernama?
At 2.55 pm Bernama came out with the story of the Sultan's demand that palace builder Zakaria Md Deros resign as Councillor with this headline: Selangor Sultan Orders Zakaria To Resign As MPK Councillor.
But surprise surprise, by 4.28 pm someone had a change of heart perhaps at Bernama and the headline was watered down to this: Selangor Sultan Advises Zakaria To Resign As Councillor.
Maybe it was a genuine mistake the first time around and the Sultan didn't actually order the resignation but merely adviced it. How such a mistake can be made beats me especially since the word "ordered" is mentioned again in the first report as in - "Asked on Zakaria's reaction to the Sultan's order to resign as councillor, Mohd Munir said: "It's up to Zakaria to consider and he may discuss with the Menteri Besar." This key sentence and a few others are conveniently omitted in the second report, such as this one - Asked on the people's complaints about Zakaria's behaviours, Mohd Munir said the Sultan had received numerous complaints about him but an official complaint was forwarded to the Ruler recently.
Also in a related report by Bernama at 3.46 pm, Zakaria Must Quit As Councillor, Says Dr Khir, this sentence was there - Earlier, the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, ordered Zakaria to resign from the councillor's post to put an end to the controversies surrounding him, including the appointments of his family members as councillors in the same council.
What is all this? Damage control on behalf of Zakaria? And which wise guy thought it up or ordered/adviced it? Can we expect more changes to this news by tomorrow? For example - Sultan hints at resignation. Zakaria may consider.
And later - Statesman Zakaria makes supreme sacrifice for party and nation. PM lauds noble gesture.
Or maybe - "Emulate Zakaria's graciousness, Semuanya OK" says a grateful Khir Toyo.
The possibilities dear readers, are endless!!!