No there was no rumble, nobody tumbled, nobody got humbled, though some might grumble that someone fumbled! Zaid just needed to be away from the thick of things for the next 6 months to do his thing – “to provide a cohesive foundation for the coalition and this involves meeting various leaders” ……”and with the Pakatan Rakyat Convention due to take place in December, I need time to finalise the policy framework which hopefully will be approved by the leadership of the respective parties.”
Before the start of the PC I asked Datuk Zaid if he was going to
East Malaysia tomorrow. I was given a very spontaneous YES. Any significance to my query? Remember he was called away from his open house Tuesday night? Reports have it that some in PKR was against his going to the Eastern States. Period.
Today he reaffirmed what he told me at Tengku Vic’s dinner party in PD even before he officially joined PKR: “I have no interest in the internal politics of PKR, nor of any of the other parties in Pakatan Rakyat. Neither do I aspire to assume a leadership role in PKR. I made this very clear to Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim when I joined the party. I only want to be a facilitator to bring about the realization of a strong, credible and united opposition – an opposition with a strong leadership, sound common policies and structures to be a meaningful alternative to Barisan Nasional. Only a strong united opposition can restore democracy to this country…..”
On the sideline of this Press Conference, he made reference to jibes by PM Najib on his being found guilty by the UMNO Disciplinary Tribunal. “I believe I was framed by UMNO and found the findings of the Tribunal flawed, where basic rules of evidence were ignored.”……”When I was made a Minister, one of the first things I did was to ask the then Anti-Corruption Agency to investigate the findings of money politics against me by the UMNO Disciplinary Tribunal……The Prime Minister should not take jibes at me when it suits him. He should be more interested in the truth. I therefore wish to appeal to him, to instruct the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to complete its investigation and the findings disclosed to the public. I am prepared to face the charges if there is evidence of corrupt practice. BUT IF I AM INNOCENT, THEN THE PRIME MINISTER SHOULD HOLD HIS PEACE AND REFRAIN FROM MAKING SUCH STATEMENTS IN THE FUTURE.
HOW NOW MR PRIME MINISTER? CARE TO RESPOND? LET YOUR MACC DO SOME SNIFFING!