Loonies in Parliament – “a date that will live in infamy.”

 |Oct 22, 2016
It was a sight enough to reduce grown men to tears - of sorrow, puzzlement and anger - Tunku Abdul Aziz
It was a sight enough to reduce grown men to tears – of sorrow, puzzlement and anger – Tunku Abdul Aziz

“Quite simply, the opposition is unfit to govern”

What they did in the Dewan Rakyat on Oct 21 will be long be remembered by all decent men and women, to borrow Franklin Roosevelt’s memorable quote, as “a date that will live in infamy.”

It was a sight enough to reduce grown men to tears – of sorrow, puzzlement and anger.

The staged walkout by the utterly treacherous and dishonourable opposition members of parliament, long a DAP speciality, as the nation watched and listened intently to the 2017 Budget presentation by the prime minister, could not be justified on any ground, political, moral or spiritual.

If they thought, by their behaviour, they were making an important point of principle, they obviously had misjudged public opinion.

A Budget Day is the most important event in the parliamentary calendar of a nation, and one that we look forward to with great anticipation each year.

I, like many others, wonder what contribution they thought their gangland, imbecilic and irresponsible behaviour was making to our wider understanding of the vitally important national budget that affects us as individuals?

By disrupting the proceedings, they showed complete disdain and utter contempt for the dignity of parliament, in itself an affront to accepted civilised behaviour.

Worse still, in my humble opinion, they showed us ordinary people of Malaysia they could not care less about our feelings.

In a word, the only charitable description that comes to mind is the Malay expression “biadap” (rude) which defies translation but you know it when you see it.

And yesterday we were treated to that pathetic display of lunacy that we shall never forget when they come begging for our only priceless asset – the vote.

Yesterday’s was the performance of their lives. We all pray and hope it was their swansong. Enough is enough.

You have done your damnedest to convince the simple minded among us that the country is “bankrupt.”

The country, contrary to your rceived wisdom, is in robust economic health under BN. Cry your hearts out.

You have more than convinced us, thank you, that you are quite simply totally unfit to govern us.

You are bankrupt of ideas, honesty, honour, integrity, and self-worth; and bereft of a sense of duty in the public interest.

We are the best judge of you. And my personal verdict, and that again being as charitable as I know how, is you are a gaggle of charlatans operating under false pretences.

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Tunku Abdul Aziz is the former Special Adviser to former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Establishment of the UN Ethics Office and former Adviser to Bank Negara Malaysia.