Malaysia Dateline

Tajuddin isn’t the only embarrassment

1. The swift sacking of Tajuddin Abdul Rahman as Chairman of Prasarana Malaysia Berhad is the government’s way of pacifying the people following Monday’s LRT train crash that injured more than 200 passengers.

2. Tajuddin’s insensitive, amateurish comments at yesterday’s press conference had added insults to injuries for the victims and riled up the social media.

3. The Umno warlord was widely criticised with many blaming the Prime Minister, Mahiaddin Md. Yasin, for appointing him to the job.

4. The firing was done by Finance Minister, Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz, via a one-paragraph letter dated today. Prasarana is under the purview of the Finance Ministry.

5. There was a choras of condemnation against the Prime Minister when Tajuddin’s appointment was announced on last May 13. Mahiaddin was accused of committing political corruption for using Government-linked companies to buy support of Members of Parliament.

6. Tajuddin might have made an absolute ass (as in donkey) of himself at the PC but the joke is on the person who appointed him.

7. Alas, Tajuddin isn’t the only embarrassment to the Perikatan Nasional Government. Many among Mahiaddin’s hundred odd appointees to the Cabinet, the GLCs and as deputy ministers are as bad or even worse than the Pasir Salak MP.

8. That is to be expected because the appointments were not based so much on merits but rather to have as many MPs as possible on the government’s side.