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TJ MT MGG: Mulut Tabuh Dapat Disumbat, Mulut Orang?
By M.G.G. Pillai
9/4/2001 1:11 am Mon
[Umno cuba memerap salahlaku dengan mengadakan siasatan dalaman
sedangkan itu tidak perlu kerana polis dan BPR memang ditubuhkan
untuk hal itu dan harta rakyat seperti balak memang menjadi mangsanya
di situ. Umno sebenarnya tidak mampu mencuci dirinya tetapi mahu
menyembunyikan kejijikkannya tetapi baunya tetap ada dan akan merosakkan
imej Umno juga.
Umno dilanda kemelut akibat membiarkan penyakit bermaharaja gila dalam
dirinya tanpa merawatnya atau membedahnya kerana bimbang pecah tembelang
seseorang yang amat berkuasa di dalamnya. Ia menjaga populariti individu
lebih dari populariti parti. Inilah dilema Melayu yang mencekik sendiri Umno.
Akhirnya ia akan menjahanamkan semua termasuk yang sihat dan buncit-buncit
belaka kerana mulut manusia sukar untuk menutupnya dan penyakit kronik
sudah jauh merebak di dalam dirinya.
(For Whom The Bells Toll)
Ketua UMNO Bahagian Kuantan, Dato Fauzi Abdul Rahman, telah
menyindir para pemimpin UMNO begitu hebat sekali sehinggakan BPR
melawat pejabat syarikat kerjasama yang dipengerusikan oleh
timbalan pengerusi UMNO Kuantan, Dato' Faizal Abdullah dan
mengambil beberapa dokumen yang ada kaitan dengan lapuran tahunan
yang terkini. Tidak ada sebarang petanda yang akan mengaitkannya
kepada sebarang salahlaku, tetapi ia tentunya bertujuan kepada
sesuatu. Dokumen yang selalu diambil oleh BPR memang jarang sangat
dipulangkan dan kerap menyebabkan sesuatu organisasi itu menjadi
pincang. Mungkin ini bertujuan memesongkan perhatian daripada
masalah utama: tuduhan Dato Fauzi bahawa Setiausaha Agong UMNO,
merangkap menteri penerangan telah menyalahgunakan kekayaan negara.
Inilah yang membuatkan para pemimpin UMNO gelabah kini dan perkara
itu tidak dibincangkan lagi secara terbuka. Satu siasatan dalaman
sudah pun direncana, pihak polis dan BPR pula bertindak secara sambil
For Whom The Bells Toll
The UMNO Kuantan division chief, Dato' Fauzi Abdul Rahman,
nettles UMNO leaders so badly that the ACA visits a
cooperative which Dato' Faizal Abdullah chairs, [- typo
correction by Editor] and takes away documents relating to
its latest annual reports. No hint of wrongdoing is hurled
at him, but it is to unnerve him. The documents taken away,
in any ACA visit, is returned rarely or not at all, and
throws any organisation into confusion. This is to divert
attention from the main problem: his allegation that the
UMNO secretary-general, information minister and former
mentri besar of Pahang, Tan Sri Khalil Yaakob, had misused
the state's wealth. It threw UMNO leaders into a tailspin
and the matter is not discussed in public any more. An
internal investigation is ordered, the police and the ACA
react with total unconcern.
This one has come to expect. Look at the tens of
police reports filed against the cabinet by the jailed
former deputy prime minister, Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim, and
his supporters. Not one is seriously looked into. It is
not, in the government's considered view, the cabinet
ministers who ought to be destroyed but Dato' Seri Anwar.
But the inaction is more from fear of political
consequences. Those in the cabinet privately agree that if
investigations are allowed to proceed to its logical
conclusion, there would be a queue outside Sungei Buloh
prison to rub shoulders for a few years with the VIP
prisoner there. The police reports of ministerial and
official corruption helps keep Dato' Seri Anwar on the high
moral ground culturally; and Dato' Fauzi's report questions
UMNO moral standing. That Dato' Fauzi is still close to
Dato' Seri Anwar makes it even more so.
The Prime Minister clearly was caught offside when the
crisis blew into his face. Tan Sri Khalil and Dato' Fauzi
married step-sisters. They were close. One supported the
other. Both mounted a solid front to maintain their hold on
Kelantan UMNO. But the Anwar affair unscrambled it. Dato'
Fauzi did not hide his ties with Dato' Seri Anwar, was one
of the first at the house in Bukit Damansara after the
latter was sacked from UMNO and the government in September
1998. But, in the view of UMNO leaders', pro-Anwar backers
in the party, especially in government, must be
systematically rooted out. This is one such. It has blown
into their collective faces. It does not matter here what
happens to Dato' Fauzi, as it does not matter, in the larger
political and cultural context, what happens to his jailed
UMNO tells the world it follows rules no one else does.
The law is not to investigate their misdoings, but its
leaders' enemies. The home mininster, Dato' Seri Abdullah
Ahmad Badawi, should have asked the police, not the UMNO
disciplinary committee, to investigate Dato' Fauzi's
charges. For what is at stake is UMNO's, and the
government's, credibility. It is taken in panic, in the
belief that if the mainstream media does not report what
happens, it is all right. But UMNO's right to lead the
Malays is challenged politically and culturally. Every
action its leaders take enhances this Malay belief that
UMNO's time is past. It has descended from the national
movement it once was to another political party. The
political mistakes of its leaders in the past come to haunt
Indeed, the greater threat to UMNO now is what happens
when the next prime minister, whoever he is, takes office.
Yes, in the UMNO musical chairs heirarchial chart, it should
be Dato' Seri Abdullah. But he cannot, in the current
political climate, repair the Malay ground view against
UMNO. He has become, as deputy prime minister, too
confrontational to unite the disparate groups. The
infighting amongst the UMNO leaders comes out into the open.
The relationship between the Prime Minister and his finance
minister is so bad that one should expect a public explosion
soon. What made it worse is the EPF and KWAP bailout of
TimeDotCom share fiasco and the the government purchase of
MAS shares to bailout Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli.
I am told of one top secret meeting, in the presence of
others, at which Dr Mahathir questioned Tun Daim about both,
and wanted to know EPF exposure in "this private company" --
TimeDotCom. Tun Daim did not have the figures, one of those
irrelevant figures that slipped off his mind, and Dr
Mahathir wanted the answers within a week. That deadline is
past, and the figures remain unknown. This could well be
how the two men discuss matters of state, and there is
nothing unusual about it. But then I hear of Tun Daim
telling his acolytes: that whereas once he saw his boss six
or seven times a day, it is now once in six or seven days.
The Prime Minister has come to his senses, realises a lot
done in his name now sinks him. He had had his waking hours
spent on how to destroy his nemesis, when others on his side
spent time and effort on how to destroy him. That is Dr
Mahathir Mohamed's Malay Dilemma.