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Zahid Hamidi should be immediately suspended as Deputy Information Minister for blatant violation of the National Integrity Plan when he destroyed the important distinctions of government, political party and personal interests by declaring that the Information Ministry will counter all issues, whether national, state, local or personal, raised by the Opposition in the Machap by-election?
My first reaction to the
Bernama report yesterday, “Info Ministry To Counter All Issues
Raised In Machap Polls”, quoting the Deputy Information Minister
Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi that the Information Ministry will counter all
issues, including personal matters of national, state and local leaders,
raised by the Opposition in the run-up to the Machap by-election was
whether it was an April Fool’s joke.
For the first time, a deputy information minister had openly confessed that the Information Ministry is part of the election or by-election machinery of the Barisan Nasional, with the entire resources of the Information Ministry commandeered in the campaign of misinformation and disinformation against the Opposition candidate.
This is most shocking, for it marks another low point in the deterioration of public integrity and morality of the Abdullah premiership – where the distinctions between government, political party and personal interests are completely blurred and destroyed, which is the root cause of the galloping corruption and power abuses in the country.
I challenge the Election Commission Chairman, Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman to declare whether he is prepared to condemn such a gross abuse of power and serious electoral malpractice which has continued to tarnish the Malaysian electoral system preventing it from being a free, fair and honest process for voters to meaningfully choose their elected representative, whether State or Parliament.
The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should repudiate the statement by Zahid that the Information Ministry will be partisanly involved in the Machap by-election to secure votes for the Barisan Nasional candidate as Parliament had never approved any budget for the Information Ministry to be spent to campaign for Barisan Nasional candidates, whether in a general election or by-election.
Zahid has in fact publicly gone against Abdullah’s pledge to promote integrity in governance and the National Integrity Plan – for which Zahid should be immediately suspended as Deputy Information Minister to demonstrate Abdullah’s serious commitment about the National Integrity Plan.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman