Saturday, November 18, 2006

Senator: It's OK to Break Law

Yes, and everybody does it, so what's the big deal? That's exactly what Senator Tajul Urus Mohd Zain of Kedah implied when he defended his ayahanda the current scrouge and whipping boy of Selangor, Datuk Zakaria Mat Deros. Here's what he proudly declared during the UMNO General Assembly:

...Tajul Urus said the Selangor politician was merely doing the normal thing that everybody did — build any building first. If there’s a problem, just pay the fine.

So again, there you have it. A member of the Senate itself, a law-making and approving body for the laws of the country, telling you that it's ok for you to break the law, as long as you pay the fine for it later.

Go ahead, the laws of this country is just to enable the government to collect fines. Who cares about Visit Malaysia Year 2007, just litter all around town. If you get caught, just pay the fine. Who cares about the Malaysian rivers, just drain all your toxic waste into them. If you get caught, just pay the fine. Who cares about the safety of innocent lives, just speed along the highway (while drunk, if you like). If you get caught, just pay the fine. Everyone does it, so why not you?

And guess what? The members of this country's governing political party applauded his statement. Did the honourable leaders of this country reprimand Senator for his bringing the Parliament and the laws of this country to absolute disrepute? This unelected legislator deserves the strongest of reprimands by Pak Lah himself, and yet, we don't even hear a pin drop.

That's consensual leadership for you.

(Footnote: Ayahanda means "dearest father", but in Hokkien, it sounds rather rude ;-p)
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