The person who was involved in the dvd scandal is going to appear before a disciplinary board of his party.
I have written about him when the dvd scandal broke and i have praised him , not for the act of cheating his wife (that act must be condemned) , but for admitting that he was the actor in the dvd. I also thought he did the honourable thing to resign as minister of Health( refer to my post : Chua did the honourable thing) .He was, i was told, one of the best Ministers of “Hell”, and one of the better ministers in the cabinet.
I also thought he should retire after that episode and that one with such a blemish should not seek public office again. But I was surprised when he went for the no 2 post, and won.
Being the no 2. of the no 2 party, i thought he would be given a government position, and I thought , alas, a person with such a blemish should not be in public office again, even though we must admire his courage for owning up his role in the dvd. He could have said that ” it looks like me, sounds like me, moves like me, but not me!” and that would have saved him like the “correct-correct-correct” character.
He was not given a government position of course, and i thought that was the correct decision. That however, sown the seeds of a party fight, especially in a party known for factionalism and infighting.
This dvd actor has tremendous grassroots support. It is natural that the no. 1 man would feel threatened. So it came as no surprise that the NO.2 man is now being hauled up before the disciplinary board to answer charges regarding the scandal.
What surprises me is this: How could a person be charged for the same offence twice? He has already faced the disciplinary board for the same offence last year, and the board recommended no action be taken, since he had already resigned from all positions in the party and government at that time.
How come he is now being hauled up to face the disciplinary board again for the same offense? It is like a teacher who had punished a student for talking in the class 2 weeks ago suddenly punished him again for the same offence , even though he did not talk in class now. IT is like a thief having his right hand being chopped off for stealing now suddenly facing the prospect of his left hand being chopped off , for the same offence after a lapse of time. This sort of punishment, i thought, was not usual in most democratic countries.
BUt when it comes to power struggle here, it seems that anything can be done to consolidate one’s power. Welcome to Malaysia, the Land of the Possible !!