I like this man!
I am talking about Mohamad Nizar Jamaluddin of PAS, who is the current MB of Perak. From the most junior of the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) ‘loose’ coalition (in terms of numbers of ADUNs, only 6 from PAS), he was propelled unexpectedly into the State No 1 political seat by ‘royal interference’ in the political process, but I have to concede, thus far, the royal interference seems to be bearing some good fruits.
Mind you, that doesn’t let the royalty off the hook yet, for I have a few things to say about them – but that’ll be in another post.
Anyway, back to Nizar.
In Malaysiakini article a few day ago, which discussed Nizar's tight balancing act in Perak during his first 100 days as MB, I find his candour refreshing when he asserted he isn’t a stooge of the PR Taiko in Perak, namely the DAP.
Even though I am a supporter (but not a member) of the DAP, I can’t stand sycophants or obsequious lapdogs, whether political or otherwise.
The other variety of creature that I can’t stand, though I am more kind to them, would be the blinded-by-faith (or idol worship, and sometimes fanatical) political lemmings.
Nizar is also politically dexterous, handling the issue of religion cleverly, where currently the PAS Youth has been an embarrassment to their own party, by ayatollah-ingly loud-mouthing their Islamic morality laws for the PR controlled states and their misogynistic but aborted campaign against female entertainers.
In the latter, HRH the Sultan of Selangor gave the right royal reaction by slapping them down hard (and it wasn’t political interference but his royal prerogative on a State socio-religious matter).
Nizar correctly stressed that the affairs of the state comes first ahead his obligations to his party, that he was not a MB of PAS, but a MB representing PR and the people of Perak.
Isn’t he brilliant? Wish AAB would act correctly as not a PM of his family, UMNO or Malays, but a PM representing the people of Malaysia. And, of course I wish too ;-) that the de facto leader would act as not a leader for himself, but a leader representing PKR, PR and the people of Malaysia.
Nizar told Malaysiakini that he wasn’t going to introduce any new laws on morality, stating: “I understand that the composition of Perak is different from other states. That is the reason for me to be more tolerant and considerate ... I have to review certain policies, particularly those from PAS-ruled states. It has to be modified when it comes to Perak.”
Well said Datuk, bukan kah orang Melayu katakan “Lain padang, lain belalang”?
… as opposed to “lain padang, main katak”!
Then Nizar said something which was rather interesting. While relating to Malaysiakini his experience as the new MB travelling around the traps in Perak, he revealed that some UMNO people had approached him to express their appreciation of his State leadership and the work performed thus far.
Probably Malaysiakini must have asked him how would he know they were UMNO member, which made him reply with a smile: “I can tell if a Malay belongs to Umno, PAS or PKR”.
Hmmm, let me see …
An UMNO Melayu would be …….., whilst a PAS Melayu ………, and those from PKR would be …….. ;-)