When I woke up yesterday at around 6 am, Julia Gillard was Prime Minister of Australia. As I went to sleep last night at around 11 pm, she has resigned her commission and Kevin Rudd became Prime Minister of Australia. In the seven hours, from the time Julia Gillard announced her intentions to put her position as leader of the Labor party against Kevin Rudd to a vote by her peers, I was witness, in real time, to the process of how political change was affected in Australia. How it was all done reflected the maturity of a nation that has all the checks and balances and the structures necessary to ensure that when change needs to be effected within the political system, it is done in the most economical manner. No waiting for a year for an outgoing Prime Minister to leave at a time of his own choosing! By this morning at 9.30 am, Australia had a new Prime Minister, a new Deputy Prime Minister and a new Treasurer – and the new leader of the Senate is Penny Wong, a Malaysian born in Kota Kinabalu, a lesbian and now an Australian. That is Australia for you.
Just over a month in office as Prime Minister of Malaysia where is Najib now? For starters I see that he has appointed Shahidan Kassim as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s department! WHY?
And today I see that Shahidan has been selected as the 2012 Sports For All (Asus) Personality winning a RM$20,000 cash award , trophy and appreciation plaque presented by KJ –the Youth and Sports Minister. WHY?
This is the same KJ whose father in law was once Prime Minister – the same Prime Minister under whose tenure Shahidan lost his Perlis Menteri Bersar’s post. (Read my previous article to know why Shahidan lost the MB’s post).
To be blunt, Shahidan is a corrupt, womanizing politician with at least one child conceived out of wedlock and is responsible for at least two aborted pregnancies with young, Malay girls barely out of their teens and many many dalliances with other young Malay girls outside his marriage.
So pray tell us Najib why you choose to overlook his sordid past?