treatment sans-serif;”>PKR Secretary-General and MP for Pandan Rafizi Ramli created quite a stir when at a Kuala Kangsar by-election ceramah, check he said that if the AMANAH candidate, prostate Ahmad Termizi Ramli, who is a nuclear physicist, is elected, he would be asked to hurl an “atomic bomb” at the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak in Parliament.
Everybody had a good laugh as they knew that it was a figure of speech, meaning that Ahmad Termizi would be raising in Parliament mega Najib scandals and wrongdoings, as it would be physically impossible for any human being to “hurl” any atomic bomb at anyone in Parliament – as an atomic bomb will be too heavy for any human being to hurl it around as if Termizi is a superhuman weight-lifter. For example, the two atomic bombs, “Little Boy” and “Fat Man” dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki which ended the Second World War in Asia-Pacific in 1945, weighed more than 10,000 pounds each!
But there are cretins who took Rafizi literally as even to lodge police reports as if Rafizi was issuing a grave threat threatenning the life and limb of the Prime Minister (if so, even DAP leaders will be the first to deplore Rafizi’s speech) and what is even more shocking, the Police took the police reports of the cretins so seriously that Rafizi had been questioned by the police and there is even a possibility that Rafizi may be charged in court for an action which would be the first in the world – for issuing a threat through use of figurative language.
We will wait to see what the Police and the Attorney-General will do in this case, but there is no doubt that if Azhar Shukor and Ahmad Termizi Ramli are elected as MPs in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar respectively, they will be expected to raise issues and scandals of “atomic-bomb proportions” in Parliament.
I can off-hand think of five such “atomic bomb-proportion” issues to be raised in Parliament by Azhar and Termizi if they are elected as MPs, viz:
1. Malaysia’s first global financial scandals in history – Najib’s RM55 billion 1MDB and RM4.2 billion “donation” twin mega scandals.
At his briefing to civil servants on the 1MDB scandal as part of the UMNO/BN campaign in Sungai Besar by-election, the 1MDB Chief executive Arul Kanda said the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had “found no evidence which linked the RM2.6 billion donation to 1MDB”.
I do not want to call Arul a liar but his statement is downright untrue, as the PAC had never investigated into the RM2.6 billion (which later grew to RM4.2 billion) “donation” scandal, so how could the PAC “found no evidence which linked the RM2.6 billion donation to 1MDB”.
When Arul can so blatantly give such a false representation about the PAC report on 1MDB scandal as to claim that the PAC never found Najib’s RM2.6 billion (actually RM4.2 billion) “donation” in his personal banking accounts were not linked to the 1MDB, how can any statement by Arul on 1MDB be believed by Malaysians?
There has been endless attempts to downplay the magnitude of the RM55 billion 1MDB scandal.
If RM55 billion is divided among the 42,000 voters in Sungai Besar, every voter will get RM1.3 million.
What can RM1 billion do?
As RM1 billion can be used to build 100 schools, construct 6,600 km roads or 500 bridges, it boggles the mind as to what RM55 billion can do to improve the livelihood of the people of Sungai Besar.
2. National Security Council (NSC) Act. It is serious disrespect and contempt of the Conference of Rulers that the Najib government had totally ignored the advice of the Malay Rulers to “refine” the NSC Bill before it becomes law. The NSC Act is both undemocratic and unconstitutional, as it usurps the prerogative of the Yang di Pertuan Agong to declare a state of emergency in Malaysia, by unconstitutionally conferring on the Prime Minister the powers to declare “mini-emergency” by the simple expedient of declaring specific areas or states as “security areas”.
3. The unprecedented Ministerial motion in Parliament on May 26 to fast-track Hadi’s hudud bill, going against the 43-year Barisan Nasional stand and consensus that hudud is unconstitutional and not suitable for a plural nation like Malaysia.
4. The rise of the extreme politics of race, religion and hate to polarise Malaysians along racial and religious lines to the extent that the unity and very existence of the Malaysian Federation formed in 1963 could be under peril, with the people of Sabah and Sarawak more and more alienated by Putrajaya policies.
5. The failure of the BN Government to perform and deliber the basic functions of government, as ensuring the safety and security of Malaysians on Malaysian home-land and in Malaysian waters, highlighted by another kidnapping of four Malaysians by Abu Sayyap and the frequent arrest and hostage of Malaysian fishermen by Indonesian authorities.
All these five issues have become so big that they have assumed “atomic bomb” proportions, and only the AMANAH/Pakatan Rakyat candidates will highlight these issues in Parliament if they are elected as MPs in the two by-elections on Saturday.
Lim Kit Siang