.... THE CRIME OF YB FONG PO KUAN
By Martin Jalleh

The crime of Fong Po Kuan was not that she had brought down the dignity of the House. Can there be any dignity left of a Parliament that has been reduced to a mere rubber-stamp by the all-Supreme Executive?

The crime of Fong Po Kuan was not that she had insulted Parliament. Can there be a greater insult to Parliament than by those who play truant and treat the House so lightly to the point of making it "irrelevant"?

The crime of Fong Po Kuan was not that she had tarnished the good name of the House. Can there be any good name left of a Parliament tainted by the lewd comments of MPs such as the Minister in the PM's Department?

The crime of Fong Po Kuan was not that she had disparaged the Speaker of the House. Can anyone do it better than Rais Yatim, who publicly ridiculed the Speaker and now insults him further by being so patronising to him?

The crime of Fong Po Kuan was not that she had shown contempt. Can there be anything more contemptuous than the abuse of BN majoritism -- thereby rendering Parliament subservient to the Executive?

The crime of Fong Po Kuan is that she is young, a woman, and an opposition MP -- and the old man in Putrajaya  who perpetuates his power through his many parrots and puppets, cannot tolerate such independence.

The crime of Fong Po Kuan is that she is dedicated, determined and daring and the sedated and the serviled of the Executive together with the spent and overly-sensitive Speaker -- cannot stomach such a free spirit

The crime of Fong Po Kuan is that there is no "file" on her, no skeleton in the cupboard that would make her indebted to the old man  -- unlike the "grateful" who have to beg, to bow and to bend at the bidding.

The crime of Fong Po Kuan is that she has convictions and the courage to carry them out without compromise -- unlike the office-boy in the PM's Department, who abandoned his convictions in the University of London.

The crime of Fong Po Kuan is that she is principled enough not to apologise for  political expediency's sake, and in spite of a majority, who, in reality, do not really care about Parliament or its dignity.

Martin Jalleh, 12 Dec 2001
 


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