01 January 2010
Mohammad Hasan with his RM10 million ordeal
In my e-mail I received from a number of my regular readers asking me about the widely talked about issue of my MB Mohamad Hasan’s 10 million ringgit affair with the money changer Ali Slamath which is under investigation by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) for illegal practices.
I was trying to avoid writing on this issue but after a while I decided to chip in some opinions as the readers encourage me to do so.
To my mind many people do use money changers to transfer funds abroad or to receive monies from abroad as it is the quickest and is the safe heaven for hiding money especially the ill-gotten ones.
In the case of Mohammad Hasan I am not quite keen to deliberate whether the money he transferred through the dubious money changer is an ill-gotten money.
Outwardly Mohammad has been a wealthy boy while he was in the corporate sector and 10million is just a dust to him.
What I wonder is,why was he acting too negligently knowing very well he is in a high public office and committing this kind of offence is a gravely irresponsible and reckless act.
He can’t be blaming his officers for failing to smuggle the RM10 million to London to escape investigation.
By ethic he has done disservice to himself and this incident magnifies his already mistiness in NS politics.
By acting in this manner Mohammad is not helping UMNO, but instead he is aggravating the seriousness of problems currently the party is facing.
He used to shamelessly tell his audience in one of his speeches that he has wealth that can last for 4 generations and he did not need to be corrupted.
The 10 million ringgit may be from the long time money that has been with him before he became the weak MB of the state.
I used to be quite a friend of him before he became the MB and I know that it is wrong to allege him with corruption as he has been rich ever since he was in the Cycle & Carriage Bhd where he was the Managing Director.
As I am now not in his wave-length to even standing near to him, and I have not sat even once over coffee or tea with him. He has unceremoniously deserted many of his close friends and the ones who prayed for his successes before.
He is now the MB and friends close to him are no more friends except those who are still in the category of rich and famous and with elaborate decorations are still in his invitation list.
What I am concerned in this issue is the credibility of this MB. He has committed serious offence in the eyes of written law and morally his credibility and standing as a high up public servant is severely and unremittingly scratched.
He has no more reasons to loiter around in high public office as he is perceived by voting public to be going against law when he is a Law-Maker in the state.
He should voluntarily disclaim and renounce all party and government positions he holds to upkeep the integrity of the democratic government of the state.
This issue has been around for already 2 months and one wonders why UMNO is not lifting its fingers to take actions against this misdeed.
All the talks and tales about rejuvenating UMNO remains a rhetoric in the party’s convention and the leadership is going to blame the people if they take actions against Law Falters like this wealthy MB in General Elections.
What is Najib’s apprehension to execute his power to address the problems? I am just like the rest who hails from Negri to see some moves by the party for some kind of proper actions against Mohammad.
Najib should be taking cue from the public and I hope he does not take directives from the kitchen as we are talking about the state and the country’s future.
We are managing a nation; not managing ‘Persatuan Sepak Takraw Kuala Sawah’. UMNO has never learned anything out of passed mistakes and misadventures.
Issue of this heinous kind has been the norm for UMNO and taking action on one left loads of other issues unattended and that may be the reason for the party not taking Mohammad Hasan’s issue as urgent.
If UMNO is serious in its attempt to regain support of the Malays and its members in particular the party should be taking urgent and swift step towards this issue as the NS State Assembly has only 4 seats majority in hand.
In conclusion, I am joining others on the street to hope for better UMNO with clear attitude towards the feelings and wants of the voting public in order to remain of consequence.
To Mohamad Hasan the party needs a sacrifice on his part; If his resignation can strengthen UMNO in the State, that is just what he ought to do……to walk his talk.
I hope he (Mohamad Hasan) would not continue on leaving the State party members in despair unendingly.
Do not treat the public as silly bunch and continue on the shenanigans of poor conduct leaders like the person now in issue.
To the PM, don’t allow the irritated public to continue on feeling the pain of UMNO’s misconducts, delinquency and transgressions as it is too hard for them to stomach.
Do not continue on taking peoples' friendliness and kindness as weaknesses, and do observe the wish of the public.
Happy New Year. Let’s look forward for some real and organic changes.