Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Crystal Clear Focus

Muhyiddin Yassin made it to the forefront of politics, not by sheer intellect, a heart for the citizens or good looks.

He rose by barking suitably loudly at the grassroot levels and maintaining the appropriate silence at international levels.

It is thus unfortunate that at the national level, he has lost his ability to conceal his stupidity - thanks to the mainstream media:

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 24 (Bernama) -- The fickleness of Kelantan Menteri Besar and PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat in making decisions is proof that the party leadership is weak, says Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He observed that Nik Aziz was selective in making decisions, especially when it involved his personal interests, and was not firm, inconsistent and sometimes even contradictory on many matters.

"It is clear that the PAS leadership is inconsistent, vague and not transparent at all. To me, it shows a level of weakness in the PAS leadership," he told reporters after chairing the 7th meeting of the National Mineral Council, here, today.

Now I have gained the reputation for being a PAS basher.

If the truth be told, I have a low tolerance for people who dictate what women should wear, what people should or should not drink and where they can or cannot go.

But I have come to accept that Nik Aziz, the spiritual leader of PAS while eccentric (in my opinion), has one glaring characteristic - he is sincere to a fault.

I have the utmost respect and conviction that this old man is not swayed by money, popularity, pride or even family.

And direction?

Since he has nothing to distract him, his focus is crystal clear and he couldn't be more purposeful in his direction.

The mainstream media has attempted to cloud my opinion of Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat on the issue of his son-in-law's alleged misappropriation of funds. It has failed miserably.

For I am reminded that this man is:

1. Humble enough to admit that he made a mistake in appointing his son-in-law to the position of power.
2. Sincere enough to reverse that mistake (at the risk of offending family members).
3. Consistent and transparent enough to do what is right without being intimidated by UMNO politicians and the mainstream media, who naturally had a field day with this issue.

Muhyiddin Yassin can call him a "flip-flop". The mainstream media may attempt to ridicule him.

But I am not gullible enough to believe them.


Estrelita Soliano Grosse said...

Totally agree with you! Now I remember why I keep coming back to check you out. You always write intelligent stuff.

Good on ya!!!!! Way to go, girl!!!!!

Patricia said...


I couldn't agree more. He may have some quirky ideas about women, but like you pointed out, he's one strong man.

He'd have my vote any day!

Anonymous said...

Dear Ms Cranky

A social conservative.
But a principled man.

People whom liberals and progressives can work politically with (and disagree amicably with)

Phua Kai Lit

Earlybird said...

Tok Guru Nik Aziz is a man of strong principles and great intellect while Yassin possess neither intellect nor moral standing.For the latter to criticise the former is a prime example of what is wrong with Malaysian the hell can a man of Yassin,s calibre become DPM of any country...makes yer weep dont it?

Antares said...

This Muhyiddin fellow thinks and speaks exactly like he looks. The same goes for Nik Aziz. Never did like moldy potatoes - that's what Muhyiddin reminds me of.

Crankster said...

Thanks, Lita. :)

Pat - it's hard to find a politician who believes in doing the right thing, not the popular one.

Phua - yes, I think with Nik Aziz, you can agree to disagree.

Earlybird - the thing is, calibre is not an important factor to be a DPM. Not in Malaysia.

Antares - Muhyiddin is so little self-respect that it's astounding.