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Newsman’s allegations against Muhyiddin, uncalled for

Veteran journalist Datuk A. Kadir Jasin has been tethered to former prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed as his staunchest disciple. He was Dr Mahathir’s media and communications adviser when the former became prime minister for the second time after the collapse of Barisan Nasional coalition in the 14th General Election.

So, it’s not surprising at all if his writings and Facebook postings on Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who replaced Dr Mahathir as the 8th prime minister after a political infighting and upheaval early last year, were hardwired for negativity.

Anything that this Dr Mahathir’s aide writes about the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia President who was recently appointed as chairman of the National Recovery Council, will be, without doubt, full of negative bias as Kadir’s fixation is to discredit Muhyiddin to fulfil his vengeance over the fall of his boss.

Too bad that even until today, Kadir seems still could not accept the very fact that it was Dr Mahathir who resigned voluntarily, causing the collapse of Pakatan Harapan who came to power after defeating the BN in the general election.

In one of his latest facebook postings yesterday, the former Bersatu supreme council member claimed Umno will not entertain Muhyiddin further since he was no longer the prime minister. Kadir went on to say that “Muhyiddin must realize that if Umno never respected him while he was PM, what makes you think they will entertain him now?”
He ended his posting by writing that now that Muhyiddin, who is Pagoh Member of Parliament, was no longer the premier, Bersatu was becoming weaker and may split with Islamist party, Pas, before the 15th general election.

His jottings clearly smacked of guilelessness and his lexical repertoire of naivety. Who is Kadir to make such a political assessment on Bersatu and Pas’ future cooperation, or even with other political parties for that matter? Does he know what he is talking about or not in the first place? Remember when Kadir accused Malaysia of a failed state in the middle of this year? His measurement of a failed state was when previously the people could feed themselves easily but now due to Covid-19 pandemic, they had to rely on charity and the government’s aid.

How silly his yardstick or measurement of a failed state could be! As we are now witnessing, Malaysia is presently achieving impressive wins against the pandemic through the roadmap outlined during Muhyiddin’s tenure as prime minister. The scale and efficiency of the nationwide vaccination rollout has become a model for the region and has protected the country’s population against the most severe manifestations of the virus.

More than 86 percent of adult population have been vaccinated. This means that inter-state travel can resume once 90 percent of adult population have been jabbed as announced by Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob recently. Thanks to Muhyiddin’s meticulous and prudent approaches – this country is poised to emerge from the crisis stronger and better than ever before.

Muhyiddin is that rare breed of leader who cares little for fanfare and hype but one who, instead, focuses all his energy on achieving practical improvement in the lives of the rakyat. He had proven that his decisions made during his premiership, were not politically motivated but solely made for speedy recovery of the rakyat’s lives and the country’s economy.

To Kadir, his one and only boss, the 96-year-old Dr Mahathir, is simply irreplaceable. Muhyiddin aside, Ismail is also going to fail us, too. That was what Kadir had said of the present prime minister.

Kadir said it was obvious that Ismail has no capability to administer this country. Not only did Ismail “recycled” the cabinet team, he also retained the same redundant special envoys. Kadir also took a swipe at Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and other Pas representatives in the government whom he described their actions as “chaotic, mindless and desperate” and their performances, far from stellar.

Looks like he would not stop at nothing to run down Muhyiddin and other leaders, too. Kadir has also been embroiled in controversies – one of which where it was claimed that he had used his position during PH’s administration in criticizing the Malay Rulers, particularly the former King Sultan Muhammad V.

Of course, his writings and opinions expressed on his blog or on other social media platforms, are entirely his but as a seasoned writer, once known as a gem of journalism, Kadir should provide inspiration and guidance to his readers, not continuously making disparaging remarks in his tirade of allegations and condemnations against whom you know who, friends and foes alike.

Honestly speaking, much of his writings today strikes me as deprecating, destructive and of madness. Clearly, he is losing whatever little value that is left of him as a responsible, sensible newsman.

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