6 May 2019
Frustrated, former prime minister and Godfather Mahathir Mohamad said – “Pandikar memalukan saya (Pandikar has embarrassed me)”. If it was veteran minister Samy Vellu, he would probably have said – “Pandikar buat kemaluan saya sangat besar (Pandikar made my d*ck very huge)”. Of course, we’re referring to Pandikar Amin Mulia, the present Speaker of Dewan Rakyat, the lower house of the Parliament of Malaysia.
And of course, there’s a huge difference between “memalukan” and “kemaluan”, both of which comes from the Malay word “malu”, which translates into “shame” or “embarrass”. Obviously, Samy Vellu couldn’t differentiate between “embarrassment” and his “penis”, the same way former Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin couldn’t differentiate between “election” and “erection” (*tongue-in-cheek*).
The story goes that Pandikar went to see Mahathir to express his unhappiness with the present government, so much so that the Speaker of Dewan Rakyat told the influential Mahathir he wanted to resign. Mahathir, who is having an open war with PM Najib Razak gladly consented to Pandikar’s desire, as if the old man was still the prime minister. Mahathir then went ahead and told all and sundry that the Speaker had resigned.
Boom!! After the breaking news, the supposedly highly regarded Mr Speaker denied about his resignation, although he admitted he had met and told Mahathir about his so-called disappointment with Dewan Rakyat procedings. Then *Boom!!* again, the honourable Mr Speaker made another U-turn and admitted he had indeed tendered his resignation, but retracted it after claiming PM Najib “listened” to his complaints.
Mahathir claims Pandikar probably changed his mind about resigning after his office was “refurbished”. The comical stunt went further when Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) chairman Shahrir Samad suggested that Mr Speaker felt “not respected” because his office didn’t have a “toilet”. From the lack of new furniture to private toilet, that was how badly Speaker Pandikar was being treated (*grin*).
However, Pandikar explained that he wanted to uphold the concept of separation of powers between the legislative and the executive branches of government. He was also upset because of the perception that the Malaysian Parliament was seen as a rubber stamp. He wanted to restore dignity to Parliament and make it a first-class parliament in the world. That was why he wanted to quit. He spoke as if he was Abraham Lincoln or Nelson Mandela, was he not?
The problem is – nobody in their right mind believes him. Let’s see – after decades as politicians and 7th-year as the Speaker, Pandikar woke up one fine day and suddenly realised he didn’t get the respect he deserves and miraculously figured the country’s Parliament was actually a pariah taking only orders from Najib administration? And he found no place to confess his unhappiness but to whine, cry and bitch about it to Mahathir?
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