Anwar’s millionaire gatekeepers

 |May 1, 2017
The New Gen Party president Kumaar Aaman (right) has reproved Ezam Md Noor (left) for stealing his party.

Last week, the real party president of New Gen Party G. Kumaar Aaman told Ezam Mohd Nor to contest for the post of party president instead of stealing the party.

It appears like Ezam is the self-appointed party leader just like Mahathir Mohamad, Muhyiddin Yassin, Mukhriz Mahathir, Shafie Apdal, etc., are also self-appointed party leaders.

The only thing is the others formed their own parties so that they can become party leaders while Ezam did not even bother to do that.

He just went and stole someone else’s party.

He stole this party not long after he joined Pribumi, which he joined after he resigned from Umno, which he joined after he left PKR, which he joined after he left Umno.

The Nurul affair

The talk amongst Ezam’s circle is that he left PKR after Nurul Izzah Anwar turned down his offer for marriage (or because she got married).

Those close to Ezam, such as his close friends and confidantes – such as Azmin Ali and Lokman Noor Adam – say he just wanted Nurul as his mistress and not as his wife.

The other story is that Anwar Ibrahim screwed Ezam kau-kau for having an affair with this daughter — so Ezam sulked and left PKR to join Umno.

Anyway, whichever might be the real story, the matter became ‘hot news’ again when it was rumoured that Ezam was going to leave Umno.

The story was since Nurul was now divorced, Ezam was going back to PKR to continue his affair with Nurul.

Luckily, a few months later, Ezam did not return to PKR but instead joined PPBM.

If not then everyone would say the story about Ezam’s and Nurul’s affair is true after all (actually Lokman and Azmin both say it was true that they were having an affair).

When the 12 PKR leaders joined Umno in February 2004, Ezam did not follow them because he wanted his terms to first be met, which was a cabinet post.

When the prime minister would not give him that cabinet post he stayed back in PKR.

It was not until four years later in May 2008 that Ezam finally joined Umno when they agreed to give him a senatorship and a sizeable ‘budget’ – all this was during Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s time, of course.

But then that was Ezam.

Anwar Ibrahim’s former gatekeeper Ezam Mohd Noor and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah.

Gatekeepers

He and Azmin were notorious back when Anwar was the deputy prime minister (DPM) cum finance minister from 1993 to 1998.

At that time Ezam and Azmin were known as gatekeeper 1 and gatekeeper 2.

One gatekeeper controlled the gate in the Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) while the other controlled the gate in the Finance Ministry (MoF).

Those in the banking and corporate world in the 1990s knew about this and it was commonly discussed whenever businessmen met to talk shop and compare notes.

Those who were in the Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (MCCM) – and even those in the Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) – will know the story of the 1990s when Anwar had the power of life and death over businessmen.

Of course, Anwar will feign ignorance and will say he did not know what was happening around him or what mischief his people were getting up to.

But all those who are anybody in the banking and the corporate world know about Anwar’s gatekeepers, Ezam and Azmin included but not confined to only those two (many would remember Nasaruddin Jalil, Sarit Jusoh, Ibrahim Saad, etc., who were also Anwar’s gatekeepers).

In fact, Edmund Terence Gomez and ‎K.S. Jomo wrote about Nasaruddin in their book – Malaysia’s Political Economy: Politics, Patronage and Profits.

Anwar was fully aware of the deals Nasaruddin was doing plus his link to Yahya Ahmad (mentioned in the excerpt from the book below).

Anyway, we are straying from the subject.

The point is everyone who is anyone knew about Anwar’s gatekeepers (and if you did not know that means you are nobody and not worth wasting time with).

Costly toll

The office of the DPM cum finance minister was a very lucrative office.

You never got to meet Anwar unless you first get past his gatekeepers.

To get past the gatekeepers, there was a toll charge, and not cheap, mind you.

If you succeed in getting Anwar to approve what you want then there was another commission to be paid.

As Edmund Terence Gomez and ‎K.S. Jomo revealed, if the project was very, very lucrative, then it may also involve shares and a directorship in the company.

That was why all Anwar’s gatekeepers ended up as millionaires after only one or two years.

Ezam is no less a millionaire himself.

He is still collecting money left, right and centre.

Yet he wants to save a few thousand by stealing other people’s party and then faking the EGM and forging the signatures of the attendees to the EGM.

What a bloody cheapskate.

This is called penny wise pound foolish. – Malaysia Today

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Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.