I’m very aware that HTNet is apolotical. What I’m going to write about can be misperceived as being political in nature, but let me assure you it’s very much on the contrary. This post is undoubtedly going to be totally opinionated. I’ll make no excuse to say that I’m going to be impartial. In fact, I’m going to pick a side and am glad to make known this fact.
The topic of choice for today is: Datuk Shahrir’s resignation from the position of BBC Chairman.
First, an overview of the chronology of events leading to this unexpected incident:
- The NST published a front page news yesterday (4th May 2006) titled Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink… Customs ignored MP’s request.
- On a Parliamentary session yesterday, a motion was brought up by Opposition Leader, Mr. Lim Kit Siang for the then unnamed MP to be referred to the Parliament Rights and Privileges Committee.
- Datuk Shahrir voiced support for the motion, stating that it involves the integrity of Parliament.
- Consequentially, when votes were called for the abovementioned issue, the votes received from BN MPs was a resounding “No”.
- Datuk Shahrir then walked out of the session in disgust, declaring that he is quitting the BBC chairmanship in the Parliament lobby.
- It was later made known that the then unnamed MP was in fact Datuk Mohd Said Yusof, MP for Jasin.
Some of you might be wondering why I’m writing about this when I self-admittedly said that I am apolitical. The reasons are as follows:
- Datuk Shahrir is the MP for the constituent where I live in. Ultimately, this makes him the elected representative tasked with duties which makes him accountable to members of his constituency, including me.
- I have long admired Datuk Shahrir as a man of principles. He’s one of the MPs that actually walk the talk and I’m honoured to have him as my MP.
- Personally, I too want to find out who the unnamed MP was in the NST article and believe that it is also in the best interest of the nation to have this information.
- The BN and the government in general, are in dire need to see the other side of issues. Without this insight, what’s discussed in Parliament will never be “the big picture”. I undoubtedly feel that Datuk Shahrir has contributed to this numerous times during his tenure.
- Blind groupthink is evil and leads to a society with a sheep mentality. Alternative thoughts and voices are not something to be frowned upon, but should be cherished as it provides us with more humanity.
Out of all the comments by MPs and ministers in the aftermath of Datuk Shahrir’s resignation announcement, I feel that I absolutely have to quote this statement by Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (emphasis mine):
“It is not that we disagree with Shahrir but itâ€™s an opposition motion and we usually reject their motions.
“I hope Shahrir does not take this as a slap as there was no question about his leadership.”
With that sort of illogical groupthinking mindset, I fear for the future of Malaysia. The only silver lining that I can foresee in all this is that hopefully, just hopefully, this will result in Datuk Shahrir spending more time in his constituency. God knows that us JBians will definitely welcome having him nearby. If the Parliament can’t appreciate his integrity and character, it’s definitely their loss… and frankly, I don’t mind gaining from this.