TO politicians, civil servants and businessmen who are being investigated or are already in the docks, this is what I have to say to them. You harvest what you sowed.
If you sowed good seeds and you tended to your garden well you will harvest a good crop. But if you sowed bad seeds and you sold the subsidized fertilizers, your crop will wither and all that you have to harvest is weed.
And if you sow the wind and you must be prepared to harvest the storm and the roiling seas.
So much for being philosophical. Now for the hard stuff.
I would like to ask the Menteri Besar of Johor, Datuk Osman Sapian, if he was telling me the truth when he told me before the start of the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Supreme Leadership Council meeting on November 28 that the Palace did not interfere with the administration of the state.
I asked him if there is truth to the rumours that the Palace was taking state lands – even those measuring as little as half an acre.
He said no. But said he wouldn’t know if such a thing happened during the last (Barisan Nasional) state government.
I reminded him that he was a member of the BN state government for three terms – from 1999 to 2013. It was only in the May 9 general elections that he contested as a candidate of Pakatan Harapan.
So I am surprised to read media reports that quoted the Crown Prince of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, as saying that the Kukup Island had been taken over and is now the sultanate land – tanah raja.
There is no need to beat around the bush. I would like to ask Osman and his PH colleagues if this is true and legal.
If the PH state government under Osman approved this deal then it is no better than the last BN government.
If Osman can’t explain to the satisfaction of the people who voted him and the PH in seven months ago then he should consider resigning.
Paid to Protest
As for the Kelantan “Islamic” government declaring a public holiday this Sunday so that the people of the “Serambi Makkah” can participate in the anti-ICERD demonstration in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, I have already stated in my Facebook that the federal government should deduct it financial assistance to the state by one day.
The weekend in Kelantan is Friday and Saturday. The action by the Pas government amounts to paying its civil servants to participate in the demonstration.
The federal government should not be a party to it. The taxpayers must not be made to waste money on the Kelantan state civil servants.
According to reports, without subsidy from the federal government, the Pas government of Kelantan can’t even pay the salary of its civil servants fully or on time.
In Islam there isn’t such a thing as weekly holiday or Sabbath (like in Christianity and Judaism). Muslims are supposed to work hard, pay the zakat and be thankful to Allah.
But in the growingly “Arabic” Malaysia it seems that the people work very little and have more holidays than most non-Muslim countries.
Finally, no matter who you are and what station you occupy in life, if you play with fire sooner or later you will get burnt.