Although Umno/Barisan Nasional is not contesting in the Penanti by-elections that will be held on 31 May 2009, it does not mean that BN does not have a proxy candidate to give PKR’s deputy chairman Dr Mansor Othman, my friend, a free ride.
BN’s proxy candidate is no other than Independent candidate Aminah Abdullah who is one of the three independent candidates in the by-election.
Aminah Abdullah, 56, is the former Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Penang Wanita chief and what better candidate to fight PKR in Penanti as ther BN/Umno proxy.
The proxy-war starts today.
Today at a press conference in Penang’s mainland, in Kubang Ulu near Bukit Mertajam, Aminah alleged that the Anwar Ibrahim’s boys in Penang had offered her RM80,000 as an inducement to withdraw from contesting the Penanti by-election. Not only that, she also said she was also offered the post of President of the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) if she agrees to withdraw. On top of it, she also alleged, she was even offered the post of Deputy Chief Minister 1 (DCM1) if she manages to win the by-election.
According to Aminah, all these offers were made by Anwar’s boys during two or three meetings that were held before Nomination Day in her house in Jelutong in Penang Island.
Claiming she had as evidence, audio on CD and a video-clip on a handphone, Aminah, said she would be lodging a report with the Election Commission on Tuesday at 11am.
Does anyone smell a rat here? It has that distinctive and all-too-familiar odor. Look at the timing Aminah is coming out with all these allegations.
No, by these allegations our faith in Pakatan Rakyat is not shattered. In fact, our faith in Anwar is growing and our faith in Najib is nosediving.
It seems more and more to me, Najib has not led the nation to unity since taking over from Pak Lah, but ruled through fear and division. Dishonesty and deceit in areas critical to the public interest have been the hallmark of his Administration. I state this not to throw gratuitous insults at Najib, BN and Umno but to place the rakyats feelings over these things in the proper context.
Aminah, the BN/Umno proxy, to claim now all these allegations and that we the rakyat must take anything on faith is pure fantasy. It does not even merit discussion lah.