Pure Puppetry in Parliament

By Martin Jalleh

See how well the Speaker of Parliament in Bolehland performs to every pull and push by the hideous hands of the Umno political Masters in parliament.

So pliantly and passionately Pandikar Amin plays and dances to their every tug and tune, much to Umno’s great delight, pleasure and purpose.

So pleasingly the former Kota Marudu Umno division chief mouths and moves at every prompting, with perfect poise and pace, assisted by his deputies and political props in Parliament.

So slavishly he parrots and faithfully acts out the self-serving script of his political Masters (who believe they are superior beings) and whom he knows could at any time pull the plug on him!

See how he panders to Umno without question or pause. Parliamentary principles, procedures and processes are pooh-poohed. Policies and amendments are pushed through by brute majority.

Alas, with each passing day, the Speaker’s great pretence at being independent and impartial in the country’s supreme law-making body increasingly protrudes and becomes glaringly prominent!

As Speaker of Parliament, Pandikar Amin has become so painfully predictable! But apparently he is a stranger to the sense of shame!

He has allowed himself to be reduced to a pygmy Speaker, one who easily loses his cool and control and who is intelligent enough only at sending out and suspending Opposition MPs, especially those who refuse to bow and bend at his bidding and behest.

His reputation plummets as he ensures that Umno’s agenda takes precedence over Parliament. The people elected their political representatives. He has made it his primary role to throw them out on Umno’s orders!

Such is the sad story of a man who pathetically allows a government which for the past 53 years has shamelessly perfected and practised the art of political manipulation or puppetry, to bulldoze its way through sheer majoritism!

Such was the tragedy that the Speaker was willingly led by the nose by the Minister in the PM’s Department who is also the overseer of parliamentary affairs and the de facto (read as “defective”) Law Minister, one who has no equal in his contemptuous behaviour in parliament.

The suspending of Anwar and the three prominent MPs from Parliament can only be seen as the pinnacle of Umno’s arrogance. It also reflects very poorly on the PM who has been promising radical and relevant changes in the country.

Umno has not changed at all. It still makes use of the nation’s key democratic institutions in their dirty and desperate political game to cling on to power and to contain, cripple and crush legitimate dissent and/or to hinder genuine change advocated by the Opposition.

Najib’s purported change and his attempts to portray the BN as an agent of change is only but hypocrisy par excellence! He is in fact the chief puppeteer!

  1. #1 by monsterball on Friday, 17 December 2010 - 3:17 pm

    Great observations by Martin Jalleh.
    And MCLM Secretary Ms.Yolanda Augustine said at an MCLM Forum..that it was formed 6 years ago…as Civil Rights movement to prove how uncilvized our Govt. is behaving…and not as repairmen explained by Raja Petra nor a “third force” hinting by Haris …flip flopping..his nonsense to fool Malaysians.
    Somehow near…13th GE all sorts of frogs and weird creatures seem to come out from no where.
    And as for the Mr. Speaker…what can anyone say better than Martin Jalleh…the loud speaker of Najib in motion.
    Great actor too…and so are many in BN.
    Malaysians call them… hypocrites with no shame.

  2. #2 by monsterball on Friday, 17 December 2010 - 3:19 pm

    You want to listen to the MCLM Forum…click to “Black and White” blog.

  3. #3 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Friday, 17 December 2010 - 7:49 pm

    Pygmy Speaker?

    Like I have said, not all the expletives in the world could put this Parliament together again.

    Maybe, pygmy Speaker is an understatement.

    Think of all the expletives possible in the world.
    Then think of the Speaker.
    Then you sorta feel all the expletives in the world is also an understatement.

    And then you conclude you wouldn’t cast pearls before swine. So you just feel all he deserves is just two economic letters: f.o.

  4. #4 by yhsiew on Friday, 17 December 2010 - 8:04 pm

    The Speaker should quit his job to save face!

  5. #5 by johnnypok on Saturday, 18 December 2010 - 5:45 am

    He acts like an obedient dog to BN/UMNO … well-trained to attack the opposition.
    This kind of animal should be sent to rot in hell.

  6. #6 by tak tahan on Saturday, 18 December 2010 - 7:39 am

    How can a speaker also be the chairman for parliamentary rights and privileges commitee.And yet he is not the elected one.Real Joker.Zunar cartoon must have this joker feature on its coming edition.Kangaroo!Kangaroo!

  7. #7 by k1980 on Saturday, 18 December 2010 - 11:43 am

    the speaker is going to be promoted to Superscale in his salary scheme, the same way Augustine Paul was rewarded for his role in sentencing Anwar to rot in jail

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