Instead of finding the best solution or solutions to resolve the Rohingya refugees issue, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi tries to turn it into a polemic with the Penang government.
Yes Penang, when mass graves - reeking of possible foul play with the direct or indirect knowledge of the authorities - were found in a totally different state - the Umno-BN governed state of PERLIS.
Ahmad Zahid said, "We want to see the sincerity of the Penang government, led by DAP that are partners with PKR and PAS, that claims to champion human rights and is always asking the government to adopt humanitarian policies”.
"They should accept the migrants into Penang," he continued.
Helping or killing inept Najib?
Well, we all know Prime Minister Najib Razak is under tremendous pressure and may soon be toppled by former premier Mahathir Mohamad, who wants a new leader for the debt-riddled and scandal-tainted country.
We also know Zahid has pledged his loyalty to Najib but to indulge in political opportunism at the expense of innocent lives is way out of line.
Mass graves - yes more than one - are being dug up and the Najib administration can no longer deny their existence. Najib must face up to the questions Malaysians and the rest of the world has for him - was his government complicit in the matter?
So when his lieutenant Zahid pulls a stunt, like trying to flip the issue onto the Opposition state government of Penang, no wonder Team Najib comes off looking 'guilty as charged'.
Is this Malaysia? Mass graves a national shame
Clarity of policy & leadership needed, NOT double-talking
The Rohingya issue has been around for decades. Malaysia has been giving the Rohingyas so much assistance and has been very lenient in dealing with them. Many have settled in Malaysia and able to find their own livelihood competing with both the locals and immigrants from other countries.
Malaysia has also be tolerant to them when many of their women and children become beggars all over the country instead of asking their husbands to feed them. Surely when there are small children, they must have fathers.
Malaysia has also provided help to the Vietnamese refugees or the ‘boat people’ in the 70s and early 80s. Malaysia had allocated an island ‘Pulau Bidong’ for their temporary stay before being sent to third countries in Europe, America and Australia based on their own choice.
Malaysia has got the experience, thus it all depends on which Umno/BN administration is in power and what is its policy and what to do.
When Tun Dr. Mahathir was the prime minister, he had asked the security forces to ‘shoo’ the boat people away but others claimed that he asked to ‘shoot’ them away instead. So we have pushed them away before, but Dr. Mahathir was clear in his policy and in getting the help from the United Nations for funds, manpower and other relevant resources to assist Malaysia in helping the refugees.