Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Man Who Bought Perak

This is the man that is representing Big Mama Najib in going around Perak with a trunkload of cash and offering these state assemblymen to crossover to Barisan Nasional and the four did. And yes, after this the next target state is Kedah.

Hamzah Zainuddin or Mr. Felcra is a partner of Najib since 1987 when Najib was the UMNO Youth leader. On Anwar, he fingered Anwar in 1998 on having an affair with his trophy wife (he actually divorced the first to marry the trophy to gain contracts). In the recent week prior to today's event, he had been running around Perak and offering the range of $10-$15 million for at least three assemblymen from Pakatan Rakyat to defect to Barisan Nasional.

It is very tempting for a PR assemblyman to take the $10-$15 million offer and join the camp.

According to Malaysiakini, Najib has repeatedly denied that he "offered money" to the four assemblymen to crossover to Barisan Nasional. But he is doing indirectly. Hamzah did most of the job.

Nasarudin Hashim is more of a wait and see approach thing. Just like when he rejoins Barisan Nasional because of the politcal uncertainty surrounding Perak. But some people claimed that he was assured of the next Menteri Besar post if he rejoins UMNO. Another candidate Zambry is also considered for the next post.

What Now?
Sultan Azlan Shah is having a tough choice to consider whether to hand the platter to Najib and Barisan Nasional or considering dissolving the state assembly for snap elections.

Typically base on the Westminister system or the state constitution:

When parliament votes no confidence, or where it fails to vote confidence, a government must respond in one of two ways:

* resign

* seek a parliamentary dissolution and request a general election

As the wise Sultan, it is good to give a snap election. Almost 80 percent of people in Perak want fresh snap elections. And Raja Nazrin has said of a ruler being neutral and non-partisan, right?

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