Zahid not afraid of censure motion against him? Then get PM’s agreement for one full day reserved in first week of new 13th Parliament to debate censure motion against him!

New Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi asked today “what is there to fear” and said he is ready to face a censure motion in Parliament against him over his statement in Utusan Malaysia urging those who are not happy with the current electoral system to “migrate elsewhere”.

Is Zahid really not afraid of the censure motion against him?

If so, I challenge Zahid to get the agreement of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak for one full day to be reserved in the first week of the new 13th Parliament for a full debate on the censure motion against him and to announce this decision at the end of the first new Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

I do not expect any such announcement as it is not only Zahid who is afraid of the censure motion against him, Najib and all the other Cabinet Ministers are also worried and mortally afraid of the censure motion against Zahid.

This is because if there is a division and a full vote taken on the censure motion against Zahid, I will not be surprised if several of the 133 Barisan Nasional MPs would absent themselves from the division to dissociate and repudiate Zahid’s call on Malaysians who vote against BN in the 13GE and not happy with the current electoral system to “migrate elsewhere”.

In fact, most of the Cabinet Ministers must be praying that the Zahid issue will die down and there would be no censure motion against Zahid, for they know that it is not possible to dismiss Zahid’s statement as a personal statement, as the new Sports and Youth Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin had tried to do.

After all, it was Najib himself who, at the two-hour briefing to the new Cabinet after the Ministerial and Deputy Ministerial swearing-in on Thursday, who “killed” Khairy’s weak attempt to distance himself from Zahid’s statement by claiming that it was merely Zahid’s “personal opinion” and does not reflect the government’s position.

This was totally against the clear and specific directive by Najib to the new Cabinet Ministers last Thursday, where the Prime Minister stressed the importance of trust and confidence the people have given to the government and laid down the law that “whatever raised by Cabinet members is not in the name of the individual but something that represents the government and is a common stand”.

Najib said: “Whatever do we, it must be in the name of the government, we do not move in compartments or our respective silos.”

Are you listening, Khairy? Unless the Cabinet on Wednesday publicly and collectively repudiates what Zahid had said in Utusan last Thursday, the new Home Minister’s call to Malaysians not happy with the current electoral system to “migrate elsewhere” IS the official stand of the Cabinet and government.
This is why the parliamentary censure motion against Zahid is also a censure motion against Najib and the entire Cabinet for not openly repudiating Zahid’s position.

In the 13GE, over 5.6 million voters, majority of whom are Malay voters, voted in support of Pakatan Rakyat against the Barisan Nasional.

What authority and right has Zahid or the Najib government to call on Malaysian citizens, comprising Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans and Ibans, who are not happy with the current electoral system, to “migrate elsewhere”?

Malaysians who do not like the current electoral system because it is unfair and undemocratic, where a leader of a political coalition with 51% popular vote is denied the Prime Ministership which goes to a leader of a political coalition with only 47% popular vote, is entitled to be unhappy, dissatisfied, outraged and angry and to want to change the government. If Zahid is not happy with this, he can “emigrate elsewhere”!

The pressure from the knowledge that he has committed a major faux pas must have caused Zahid to lose his emotional balance as to make him to react publicly in a very childish fashion.

For instance, he retorted to PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim’s “this is not your father’s country” jibe by aping a tit-for-tat response, viz:

“This country is also not (Anwar’s) father’s. It is neither my father’s country nor his father’s country.”

This is an utterly stupid and mindless response.

What Anwar or anyone who made such a remark meant is that “this is not only your father’s country” but also my father’s country, i.e. the country belongs to all!

It cannot be reduced to “This country is not your father’s. It is neither my father’s country nor his father’s country” which made no sense at all. It should be “This country is not only your father’s, neither is it only my father’s country – it is the country of all.”

It is sad and pathetic that Zahid has been reduced to such gibberish straits, and yet he says he is not afraid of the censure motion against him in Parliament!

  1. #1 by observer1234 on Monday, 20 May 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Over the years, there had been many instances where our Ministers reacted unfavorable criticisms in a childish manner. Zahid is no exception. But the main issue here is – What on earth has he got the authority to tell fellow unhappy citizens to leave this country? He does not own this country! In a democratic country, exercising voting rights is the prerogative of each citizen and one must learn to respect whatever choices they made. If a Home Minister does not understand and appreciate this fundamental rights of the citizens, what can you expect from him?

  2. #2 by tuahpekkong on Monday, 20 May 2013 - 6:30 pm

    I think Zahid had made a very arrogant statement. The message he was trying to convey to those opposed to the current electoral system was that he had more rights than them. Do we have to migrate elsewhere if we are opposed to the proposed purchase of armoured personnel carriers at over RM70 million each, including spares? If he could not conduct himself well in public, he should not have taken up a minister’s post.

  3. #3 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Monday, 20 May 2013 - 6:32 pm

    This is why I have always wondered about Zahid’s credentials. Which pondok did he study in? Sigh…

    Be careful. Zahid says he wants to drop the hammer.

    Now the question is on whose feet?

  4. #4 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Monday, 20 May 2013 - 6:40 pm

    Was Zahid removed from Defence Ministry becos of the APC purchase?

    Can Najib please answer?

    Zahid also talked about a coup? Where did that idea spring from? A coup?
    Did Anwar say a coup? No.
    Did Azmin say a coup? No.
    Did hadi say a coup? No.
    Did Guan Eng say a coup? No.
    Kit Siang is too old for any coup… He needs chicken soup for his old age.

    So, Zahid, where did you get the idea of a coup?

    All Pakatan said was BN won the election through electoral fraud. What is stolen has no valid title.
    SO Pakatan does not respect BN’s victory.
    Not a coup.
    The people should be only angry that the elections was stolen right from under their nose… and with impunity. I wouldn’t let anybody steal my mother’s penny purse let alone a nation have its mandate stolen.

  5. #5 by Cinapek on Monday, 20 May 2013 - 11:24 pm

    Zahid is not afraid to be censured because he knows he will hide behind the standard answer whenever they put their foot in their mouth i.e their speech was misconstrued or the media misreported them.

    However he might be worried if he is censured for making dumb statements or giving stupid answers. That he is emminently qualified.

  6. #6 by raven77 on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 - 7:31 am

    This is the problem when they put previous jailbirds who overnight turn into bootlickers as Ministers. Once an Anwar supporter..fellas like this will not bat an eye to stab their own mothers in the back just so they dont have to crawl back into that hole in Bagan Datok they came from.

    Its called dignity / marwah diri..which in UMNO currently is in scant supply..

  7. #7 by undertaker888 on Tuesday, 21 May 2013 - 8:04 am

    If this bird brain doesn’t like fair and free, he can migrate elsewhere. Back to java where they too don’t want him.

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