KUALA LUMPUR: Ahli Parlimen Kuala Krai, Hatta Ramli hari ini membawakan kisah Nabi Yusof a.s yang dituduh mencabul Siti Zulaikha dengan mengaitkannya dengan isu pembuktian dalam kes Fitnah II.
Pada sesi perbahasan Dewan Rakyat, Hatta menceritakan kembali kisah yang terkandung dalam al-Quran mengenai Nabi Yusuf yang dituduh cuba mencabul Siti Zulaikha dengan membawa bukti bahagian belakang baju Yusuf, terkoyak.
Kisah itu dianalogi untuk menjelaskan persamaan dalam kes Fitnah II terhadap Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
“Kalau isunya m**n belakang, kenapa belah depan (seluar Saiful Bukhari Azlan) ada air mani, itu yang pelik,” katanya dipetik dari Harakah Daily sambil mengingatkan semua pihak, sebarang bukti yang dibawa ke mahkamah harus diteliti supaya tidak tersalah membuat keputusan.
Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur baru-baru ini, mendengar keterangan seorang pakar dari Jabatan Kimia Malaysia, Dr Seah Lay Hong yang mengakui menemui kesan air mani di bahagian depan seluar panjang hitam milik Saiful Bukhari Azlan, pengadu yang mendakwa diliwat.
Dalam perbahasan itu, Hatta juga menyelar tindakan pihak yang mengadakan demonstrasi menuntut Anwar menyerahkan DNA kepada mahkamah.
“Riuh satu negara demonstrasi sana-sini. Itu menghina mahkamah. Dulu waktu kita demonstrasi isu rakyat, pemimpin Umno dari Rembau (Khairy Jamaluddin) kata beruk-beruk di jalanan.
“Sekarang siapa beruk dan monyet ini…oh DNA, DNA,” katanya.
Perbahasan Hatta juga hangat apabila beliau menyentuh kempen KEADILAN sebagai respons kepada isu kes Fitnah II bertemakan DNA: Datuk-Najib-Altantuya.
“Kita kena teliti perkara ini, kalau nak tengok DNA Altantuya ke macamana. Kalau boleh isu menteri dituduh (rogol amah) pun kita nak mintak DNA, tapi tak adalah sampai ke situ.
“Sampai sekarang timbul makna baru DNA, tapi saya tak nak sebut,” katanya.
Azan Ismail (KEADILAN-Indera Mahkota) kemudian bangun mencelah dan bertanya, “Saya bukan bidang perubatan, saya nak tahu DNA yang disebut Ini, DNA yang baru Ini makna apa?”
Lalu dijawab Hatta: “Saya pun tak tahu, tapi ada orang kata ‘Datuk Najib Altantuya’.
Jawapan itu mengundang kemarahan beberapa Ahli Parlimen Barisan Nasional (BN).
If MCA is not a subsidiary of Umno, why should the MCA President bring his letter of resignation from his party to see Umno President cum Prime Minister in the first instant?
This is exactly what happened when MCA President Chua Soi Lek held a meeting with Premier Najib Razak on Mar 15 Tuesday morning. Chua told reporters that he took his resignation letter with him with intention to submit his immediate resignation as MCA President if a certain outstanding issue faced by Chinese independent school graduates could not be resolved with Najib.
The outstanding issue surrounds the entry requirement of these graduates to government teachers’ training colleges. The problem arose when education ministry advertised on its website on Monday that Chinese school graduates may apply for admission to the teaching colleges provided they possess 4 credit passes in the government SPM. This caused alarm to the Chinese community which was earlier assured by the MCA President that the United Examination Certificate (UEC) held by the Chinese school graduates was also acceptable for admission, provided the students scored at least 4 credit passes which should include one subject of Bahasa Malaysia from SPM.
This ministry announcement which ran contrary to Chua’s announcement, was therefore a slap on the face of Chua Soi Lek.
To redeem his credibility, Chua took a high-power team to meet Premier Najib. Apart from the Deputy President Liow Tiong Lai (health minister), Vice President Ng Yen Yen (tourism minister) and Youth Chief Wee Ka Sion (deputy education minister) also tagged along.
Emerging from the meeting with Najib, Chua said he was pleased that Najib had promptly assured that for these graduates, 4 UEC credit passes and 1 SPM credit pass in Bahasa Malaysia were sufficient qualification for entry to the teaching colleges.
Chua also disclosed that he, together with Wee Ka Siong (who also brought along his resignation letter), would have immediately resigned as MCA President and deputy education minister respectively, if Najib were to renege on the earlier promise to accept the UEC for entry to the colleges. He added that Najib’s assurance was so prompt that they didn’t need to inform him about their resignation letters.
Following the meeting, Najib immediately instructed the education ministry head to discuss with Wee to work out the details, according to Chua.
MCA'S BOSS IS NAJIB?
Chua mighty have felt mighty proud in making these statements to reporters – that he had fought and won "concessions" for his community, for which he had prepared to make the greatest personal sacrifice, the presidency of the party. But in reality, this incident laid bare once again MCA’s servile existence under Umno, and the untenability of the communal system of governance of Barisan Nasional.
MCA’s subsidiary status is confirmed when Chua took his resignation letter to see Najib. If Chua wanted to resign his party presidency, shouldn’t he have tendered his resignation to his party? Why approached Najib instead? Chua’s mindset reveals that he looks upon Najib as his boss, and by bringing his resignation letter to Najib, he seems to say: “Sorry boss, either you let me have this, or I have to quit, since I can’t be useful any more”. Presumably, Najib would be so concerned about losing Chua or MCA’s service that he would relent. Such must be Chua’s thinking.
As further indication that MCA is playing roles of minions in the Cabinet, Najib had to order the education ministry officer concerned to talk to the same ministry’s deputy minister Wee Ka Siong to sort out the problem. If it is just a matter of miscommunication that resulted in an advertisement that did not reflect agreement reached at the political leadership level as claimed by Chua, why couldn’t the deputy minister just call up the officer concerned and have the error corrected? Why must he go with chief of his party to see the PM, before he could get his subordinate officer to do what he wanted? Isn’t it obvious that deputy minister Wee had no authority whatsoever over his subordinate civil servants?
In fact, the mindset of the entire leadership of MCA has been so attuned to this master-servant relationship that they have already lost the sensibility that such conduct could raise eyebrow among not only the Chinese community but also among all Malaysians.
If MCA is an equal partner of Umno – as it was the case at the time of founding of the nation and as it should be now or in the future – such outstanding issue between the communities should be settled between the bosses of component parties on an equal footing. For the MCA president to throw into tantrum in the presence of Umno president with threats to quit his own party, it would have been considered a totally unthinkable act at the time the political alliance was cemented.
With such miserable failure to live up to its self-proclaimed role as champion and protector of the interests of its community, one never ceases to marvel how MCA leaders could still weather the sense of shame to fight their political cause (or no-cause) with such stubbornness.
If the second largest component party MCA within the Barisan Nasional coalition (BN) could not hold up its head in the presence of Umno, what can we expect from other component members, all of whom dwarf in size to MCA?
BN'S ARCHAIC RULE NUMBERED?
Such is the sad song of Barisan Nasional that though the coalition professes power sharing and consensus and mutual respect among its numerous component members, it is in effect a camouflage for Umno hegemony, with Ketuanan Melayu (Malay the master race) as its unflinching guiding principles.
Perhaps few Malaysians realize that Malaysia is the only country governed by a coalition (BN) of more than a dozen racial parties, each representing the interests of its own communal group. Such a system of governance might have been justified at the time of gaining independence when the sense of nationhood was at its budding stage. That this archaic formula of rule have persisted half a century on under the same anachronistic coalition until today has undoubtedly made Malaysia a museum piece in this modern age.
Imagine the immeasurable energy of our people dissipated in endless racial squabblings over all these decades. If only the time and human resources wasted over these frictions and conflicts have been harnessed for productive nation building, Malaysia would have made immensely greater strides, rather than slipping badly against our regional neighbours as has been the case in recent years.
It is still not too late to make the changes now. Malaysia has no choice but to discard the defunct, if it wants to keep pace with the modern world.
- Kim Quek is a well-known political writer and the author of the banned "March to Putrajaya"