Mariam Mokhtar: Perak MB starts battle he cannot win (Malaysiakini, Opinion)…

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Perak MB starts a battle he cannot win

Mariam Mokhtar

15 Nov 2019, 7:45 am
Updated a year ago

COMMENThttps://www.facebook.com/v2.10/plugins/quote.php?app_id=217374841612391&channel=https%3A%2F%2Fstaticxx.facebook.com%2Fx%2Fconnect%2Fxd_arbiter%2F%3Fversion%3D46%23cb%3Df37472e53b36e2%26domain%3Dm.malaysiakini.com%26origin%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fm.malaysiakini.com%252Ff3b0872b68e91f4%26relation%3Dparent.parent&container_width=0&href=https%3A%2F%2Fm.malaysiakini.com%2Fcolumns%2F499878&locale=en_US&sdk=joey | One of Sun Tzu’s golden rules of warfare was, “Do not start a battle in which there is no chance of winning.”

Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu should take heed of this rule because he may live to regret the comments about his “lone battle”. which he made in a video. He told a small gathering that he was fighting “a desperate battle alone, against DAP”.

In his lone battle, Ahmad Faizal probably imagines that his enemy is the DAP. He is wrong because his enemy is the people of Perak, whom he betrayed with his incompetence and arrogance.

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One of Sun Tzu’s golden rules of warfare was, “Do not start a battle in which there is no chance of winning.”

Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu should take heed of this rule because he may live to regret the comments about his “lone battle”. which he made in a video. He told a small gathering that he was fighting “a desperate battle alone, against DAP”.

In his lone battle, Ahmad Faizal probably imagines that his enemy is the DAP. He is wrong because his enemy is the people of Perak, whom he betrayed with his incompetence and arrogance.

In the video which went viral, Ahmad Faizal said, “In Perak, I am fighting a desperate battle alone against ‘puak-puak‘ (factions) DAP.

He needs to tell us from whom or what he has to defend the Malays and Islam. For the past 62 years, Umno touted the same line, but what have they done to improve the lives of the Malays?

The same goes for Ahmad Faizal. What has he done in the past 19 months, to improve the lot of the Malays?

Is Ahmad Faizal still trapped under his tempurung? Malays occupy positions of power in GLCs, in ministries, in the police, customs, immigration, Mara, Felda, Tabung Haji, Khazanah, Bank Negara and Jakim.
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What does Ahmad Faizal mean by wanting to “champion our religion”? Is it through might and right? What has he done to push the IGP to find Indira Gandhi’s daughter, who was kidnapped by her convert husband? Will he stop the alleged forced conversions of Orang Asli?

For the past 19 months, he has wasted time doing very little, apart from lurching from one blunder to the next.

Ahmad Faizal has thwarted the wishes of the rakyat who wanted the new Pakatan Harapan administration to clean-up the mess left by the previous state government.

More importantly, he has done nothing to entice the hundreds of thousands of young Perakians, and experienced professionals, who have migrated to Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Singapore and overseas in search of better pastures, to return, and help to rebuild Perak.

In short, the Perak MB lacks both charisma and vision.

He has lost the trust of the people of Perak, who voted for Harapan. He abused his position by dismissing the need for transparency in awarding some contracts. He appointed an RM2 company to do reforestation. Without open tenders, contracts worth several hundreds of millions of ringgit were awarded to companies. He belittled the rights of the Orang Asli and dismissed claims that Orang Asli children were malnourished.
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DAP is the biggest party in the Perak Pakatan Harapan coalition, with 18 seats. Bersatu is the smallest with two, but it is Bersatu which calls the shots.

Melayu mudah lupa” (Malays easily forget)  and Ahmad Faizal has betrayed the DAP, in the same manner he betrayed the Orang Asli, with his “lone battle” remark.

Like most people from his former party, Umno Baru, Ahmad Faizal probably thinks that he has a right to rule. He has put his former party, Umno Baru, before the interests of the state. The Perak taxpayer is forced to bail out the Movie Animation Park Studios (above), the Umno Baru white elephant. He wants to resurrect other Umno Baru white elephants, like a new airport and a space centre. These vanity projects will only benefit the cronies.

The Perak MB has also put himself before the interests of the rakyat. He once said that his best achievement was to continue to be MB.
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So, who is the real Ahmad Faizal Azumu? He fancies himself as the hero of the Malays and Muslims, but claims to be MB of a multi-racial state. He is the proverbial Umno-Baru wolf in Bersatu sheep’s clothing, and acts like a member of the fifth column.

He and his family have roots which are firmly grounded in Umno-Baru. They hopped into Bersatu in a tactical move which was motivated by greed and selfish political reasons.

Ahmad Faizal knows that he was not the people’s choice for MB. The rakyat wanted an MB who was not corruptible.

For now, Ahmad Faizal’s position is safe, because he has the protection of his Godfather, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad. But no-one lasts forever.


MARIAM MOKHTAR is a defender of the truth, the admiral-general of the Green Bean Army and president of the Perak Liberation Organisation (PLO). Blog, Twitter.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

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