A LAVISH LIFESTYLE OF THE OPPOSITION LEADER IN AN OPPOSITION RULED STATE

By – Hesmel Faznee Faisal

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Before you jump to any conclusion, kindly have a second look at the title above numerous times as possible!

This writer had just found out from here that a former Menteri Besar for “a now Opposition ruled state” will be called to be present at the MACC office to assist on an investigation in view of his palatial mansion, which was said to be bigger than the former Prime Minister's house in Seri Kembangan. We pray and hope that we won't found the former MB lying dead on the ground floor of the Plaza Masalam building shortly after that (It was a poor attempted joke, Jose!)!

Apparently, the cost of his house was nearly the same as the price of 2-4 blocks of shop houses in Bangsar and this has raised eyebrows for many.

Even the former Prime Minister (Stop making reference to the recent retired Prime Minister, Jose!) feels skeptical after the  MB claimed the cost  of building his mansion was only RM3 million!

Surely any wise guy "or a prick" can tell and differentiate between a good nasi kandar and a phony one just by tasting it! And this issue has indeed raised doubt for the public towards the many aspect of this MB's previous administration and credibility as a leader for one of the wealthiest states in Malaysia!

How on earth could an assemblyman let alone an opposition leader, whose income is solely based on a monthly provide allowances (Depending on whether he has a side income or not, Jose!) can afford to have that kind of house in that fashion?

This writer remembers vividly when as a child, his late grandfather will often  share with him stories on the sacrifice that have been done by our forefathers in their struggle for independence. This involves politicians who had to sell or mortgage their piece of land (or lands, in some cases Jose!) to merchants (in those days, it’s either the Orang-Orang Kaya Daerah or the chettiar!) and to use the money to support the party they belonged to.

The spirit of sacrifice, compared to those politicians from the pre-Independence era has long gone amongst our politicians. But this is not to say that politicians are all the same. We do have a number of good ones who are willing to sacrifice and to ensure that voters who had voted for him deserved every single of it!

According to the former MB, he had purchased the house after having successfully secured a bank loan. Whatever reason being given, it is obvious that a person who supposed to be the slave of the rakyat should live a modest lifestyle.

Without doubt, this writer shares the same sentiment with what John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton had written about power and corruption, in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton more than a centuries ago;

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.

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