Friday, May 9, 2008

Is Bung Mokhtar a Bigger Man Than Ibrahim Ali?

From The Star:

KUALA LUMPUR: A commotion broke out in the Parliament lobby Thursday when Datuk Ibrahim Ali (Independent - Pasir Mas) stormed out of a meeting with a group of disabled people demanding for his apology to Karpal Singh at the Parliament lobby at noon.

The group, known as Malaysians Against the Discrimination of the Disabled (MADD), urged Ibrahim to retract insulting statements he made against Karpal recently when he asked the latter to stand when speaking in Dewan Rakyat.

Ibrahim had apologised to the group initially for hurting their feelings over the remarks he made in the Dewan Rakyat to Karpal.

However, he refused to say sorry to Karpal.

"My problem was with Karpal Singh and never with all of you. I have never offended you and I love disabled people from the bottom of my heart.

"But if you all have misinterpreted my meaning, I extend my sincerest apologies.

Bung Mokhtar was able to apologise to the disabled community and defuse tensions with Karpal.

Ibrahim Ali was also able to apologise but his vendetta against Karpal still rages within.

Karpal Singh? He's too busy shooting himself in the foot.

Out of these three people, who do you think is the victorious one? Surpringly it's the Kinabatangan MP, Bung Mokhtar.

As much as I appreciate Karpal Singh's bold and brazen talk, I believe that his "bull in a china shop" tactics won't work anymore. Just like Mahathir's iron-fisted rule, these tactics are now confined to the history books. Any attempt to revive it will result in more shit hitting the fan, just like Karpal's outbursts have given Barisan Nasional ammunition to use against them. And unlike Karpal, another DAP stalwart, Lim Kit Siang seems to have adapted to the post-election scenario quite well.

As for Ibrahim Ali, this guy prides himself for not being Barisan Nasional and neither Pakatan Rakyat. I can't see any reason to keep this explosive personality around if his only intention is to sit in parliament and stir up trouble.

No matter if an MP comes from BN or PR or even an independent, the same message applies for each and every single one of you: Let your MP status go to your head, and the rakyat will kick you out in the next election. The rakyat believes in giving second chances if they are sincere and honest about redeeming themselves. Use it or lose it, there's nothing else to say.

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