Truth be told, I yawn. as a form of non-verbal communication, to transmit this message to whoever is the receiver, that I am close to being BORED to death. Into the third day and this by-election is boring me stiff! UMNO is still on the issue that its candidate despite being disbarred is a very enthusiastic character. Since when did enthusiasm become a top criterior in the choice of candidate. Me, I have encountered an a handful of enthusiastic serial-womaniser, an enthusiastic kleptomaniac, an enthusiast conman, an enthusiastic this and that, good and bad, ad infinitum.
Umno has repeatedly defended its candidate, stating that he was not involved in any fraudulent land transaction personally as a lawyer.
The party's information chief Ahmad Maslan said it was Rohaizat's legal partner who handled the matter on behalf of Koperasi Pekebun Getah Negeri Pulau Pinang Bhd.
However, this is contrary to a statement issued by the Malaysian Bar yesterday in which its secretary George Varughese said: "The finding of misconduct is personal to Rohaizat, as the (advocates and solicitors) disciplinary board would not hold a lawyer liable for the actions of his/her law partner(s)."
"Umno's legal advisers have run a check and found that he (Rohaizat) is still eligible to contest in Permatang Pasir.
"The Bar's decision must be respected by the lawyers registered under it. Legally, Rohaizat is probably innocent, but morally, it can be questioned by his opponents," Ku Li volunteered
Razaleigh noted that honesty is a minimal condition for public office.
"Whatever the other virtues of the candidate, he should not be considered if he fails this test," he said.
He said candidates fielded for election must have a clean record because the public are being asked to place their confidence in him as their leader, and a democratic government breaks down without public confidence.
Rohaizat had appealed against the decision of the board to the High Court and the appeal was dismissed on Aug 12 this year.
Out of its million members surely UMNO can select a candidate of caliber. It would be anarchy if the head of a family picks on a black sheep of the family to inherit his mantle. Chances are the whole family will disinherit the head of the family. Is this the scenario in UMNO…..an implosion? A dying man’s last gasp?