Sunday, September 27, 2009


At any cost – Tan Sri Isa Samad should not be the (National Front) Barisan Nasional’s candidate for the Bagan Pinang bye-election, so says the former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

But, during the recently concluded MIC’s 63rd General Assembly, the prime minister – YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib bin Tun Razak said ‘its no use being popular within the party, but it is very important to be popular amongst the people’. Well said and I agree with him in total.

Now, where does Tan Sri Isa Samad come in?

It is indeed true Tan Sri Isa Samad was found guilty of money politics during an UMNO assembly in 2004 - despite winning the Vice-President’s position and holding a minister’s portfolio – he stepped down from all responsibility and fulfilled the sentence which was given to him (his suspension was from 2005 till 2008)

During the suspension, Tan Sri Isa Samad did not dump UMNO, did not join an opposition party, neither did he form another political party – He remained loyal to UMNO, Barisan Nasional and the most important thing he did was - he remained very much in touch with the people.

The most important thing for Barisan Nasional now is to win the bye-election in Bagan Pinang and everyone in the coalition must ensure that support the candidate who can win the election and not a candidate who is popular in the party.

Tan Sri Isa Samad is a popular choice in Bagan Pinang, this is not based on hear-say, but after carrying out my own survey – out of 53 people I met, 45 of them want Tan Sri Isa Samad.

Now the only person who is so against Tan Sri Isa Samad in Tun Mahathir – Why?

While we are willing to forgive a drug addict and we are even willing to give him a 2nd chance, we are willing to forgive back-stabbers and take them back in a political party, we are willing to take in a person who formed political party with a sole intention to over throw Barisan Nasional – Why cant we give Tan Sri Isa Samad a chance?

He may have made mistakes – should we not give him a chance – even a prisoner will be given pardon – why not Tan Sri Isa Samad?

I just wonder if there are any other reasons why Tun Mahathir is so against him – to an extent that he was willing to visit YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd. Hassan the Chief Minister of Negeri Sembilan (mind you I was informed that this is the first time Tun Mahathir visited him at his residence from the time he became the Chief Minister since 2004).

My View is that, we need to win Bagan Pinang - We have to put our differences behind us and make sure we win this.

As the YAB Prime Minister have said 'we need to be popular with the people', 'we should listen to the voices of the people'.

This is the month of Syawal - lets forgive and forget.

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