Malaysia’s missing member for ‘New Zealand North’, Edmund Santhara MP, has reportedly cut a rescue deal with his new mates at PN, specifically Hamzah Zainuddin, Annuar Musa and Azmin Ali.
After a panicked series of calls from Auckland by the party hopping, country swapping Azmin ‘loyalist’ (following our expose of his ‘gone missing’ status) the party has agreed to release a bogus statement on Monday to suggest the ‘frog’ MP has taken a ministerial salary cut during his period of absence since last year.
Constituents should request a copy of Santhara’s bank statements to prove that claim – if come Monday he is still making it.
Meanwhile, the backdoor coup conspirators have been counting on their own weekend distractions to smooth the situation.
Swinging Azmin Ali has been pulling out all stops to combat his deficiencies when it comes to working members, splashing money like Viagra to bring the situation up.
Today he put on his latest show of young trophies – a couple of new MPs bought, bullied and blackmailed into deserting their colleagues and their electors and switching sides. Larry Sng and Steven Choong claim to have gone independent, but posed for photos in a line-up with the creepy political swingers from PN on Sunday evening.
The dirty old men are already zeroing in on their next targets using the PN signature sales pitch, comprising legal threats on the one hand and offers of cash injections on the other.
Take Larry Sng. Azmin had abused his office to direct the tax authorities to dredge up what they could to harass the businessman MP with bloated, trumped up demands that would cost him millions to fight. It’s an old BN trick designed to bring anyone with cash in the bank in line.
Consider Mr Sng’s tax worries to be over now. Instead, his businesses will flourish as projects come his way and rich flows of public money will be directed into his Julau constituency to charm and seduce the voters there as well.
Likewise, all the Sarawak MPs who jumped into PN during the earlier ‘recruitment drive’. They have been explaining openly to their constituents that now their hefty election expenses will be sorted out (from the public purse) and that their areas will now be blessed with ‘projects’ (paid for by the public) to pay off their retinues of hangers on, instead of being starved of funds.
Steven Choong will have his own issues, but the pattern repeats itself with an offer of becoming either the victim of a gross abuse of power (be it criminal charges or financial bullying) or to join the reconstituted political mafia that could not accept its rejection by the voters in 2018.
The remaining question is can this bunch of blatant villains afford to place their wares in front of Malaysia’s voting public ever again?
They may have the money to enrich themselves, which all are plainly doing, and to buy crucial votes to enable them to bring back Parliament. But does the economy they have crippled in the process have enough left in it to buy the angry public who have paid for this little party?
Or does Swinging Azmin Ali plan to abolish elections altogether and just pay his ‘proud boys’ to run the show?