Monday, September 20, 2010
Nazri Aziz - PM's Chief Head Kicker
Nazri Abdul Aziz, Minister in Prime Minister's Department, is, to say the least, a most controversial character.
I used to call him the PM’s chief head kicker (during AAB’s reign). Nazri was like a Transformer unleashed when he attacked Dr Mahathir. He has done it again to protect Najib and the PM’s 1Malaysia.
Even Sakmongkol (Dr Mahathir’s supporter) grudgingly conceded his admiration for Nazri’s head kicking style, though he (Sakmongkol) couldn't resist sneaking in a shot at Najib at the same time .
Nazri is disliked for many pronouncements e.g. calling Dr Pornthip a liar.
Today, coincidentally after I published Hats & responsibilities, which discusses Dr Mahathir’s lamentable final reversion to his Malay Dilemma’s days and attitudes, and through that, his continuous undermining of Najib’s various attempts to win back the support of the nons, Nazri wrote an open letter to Awang Selamat, shooting down one of Utusan’s foremost bigoted demagogues. I admire what he wrote.
Nazri said in his parting shot at Awang Selamat: “And yes I am a Malaysian first and Malay next. Does any bigot have a problem with that?”
I wonder whether Nazri had also intended a non too subtle message for DPM Muhyiddin, the one who’s 'a Malay first and then only a Malaysian'.
Muhyiddin has also been perceived as dodgy in his support of the PM’s policy, and more aligned with Dr Mahathir, the patron saint of Perkasa.
As I said, Nazri is not known as the PM’s head kicker for nothing.
Now, many of you may not remember there’s also a decent side to Nazri Aziz. For a start, he is against capital punishment when most in his party including Sakmongkol support the death sentence.
Really, I can never fathom the mentality of educated people who supports state murder ... yup, because that’s what capital punishment is, murder sanctified by man-made laws. This is where Asians (e.g. China, Singapore, Malaysia, and even Buddhist Thailand) and some states in the USA are zillions of civilised miles behind (western) Europe, Australia and Kiwi-land.
Then at a time when Eli Wong of PKR was running through a rough patch because of an unconscionable, unethical and unscrupulous bastard, Nazri had actually stood up to console and support Eli while the weaselling spineless PKR leadership was still vacillating. Even MCA’s Chew Mei Fun spoke up for Eli.
Nazri had then said: I sympathise with the executive councillor, this thing should have not happened as she is the people's representative and she had been performing her duties.
Therefore, to foil what she has done for the community in this manner is not good. But I hope her spirits (remain strong) and she will not bother about what has happened.
For more of the story, read my post UMNO's Nazri supports Elizabeth Wong, PKR's Khalid Ibrahim equivocates.
I had then lambasted Khalid Ibrahim, writing: For f* sake, just look at what Nazri Abdul Aziz of UMNO had said, in stark contrast to your beating around the bush and preparing the grounds for Eli's dismissal (or forced resignation).
May I remind you again that Nazri is UMNO, you are PKR and Eli is PKR!
Gawd, gasp, omigosh (Eli's lovely expressions), what a f*up party PKR is!
To echo Sakmongkol’s words, Looks like "... Najib needs more people like him [Nazri] in the Cabinet after all. If Najib is wimpish he needs others to provide him with the sinews to his bones."
We may not like Nazri for some of his statements, but I have to salute him for standing up to bigoted demagogues like Jabba the Hutt and Awang Selamat.