Sex and sleaze politics — Sam Peh
JULY 3 — Sex and sleaze is never far away from the mind of the Umno/BN politician.
Tasteless jokes are the norm at every Umno assembly with even Najib Razak joining in and the grapevine is rife with talk that the people who brought us the highly dubious Anwar Ibrahim video tapes are also trying to hawk another tape, this time involving another member of Anwar’s family.
But apparently the snag in this endeavour is that the Umno politicians want a princely sum (in the millions) and the Umno hierarchy is unsure whether another fake video will have any impact.
See, day and night, sex occupies the mind of the Umno/BN politician. Should he get another wife or a mistress? Can he go away to Shanghai or Jakarta for a weekend fling without the wife or wives finding out?
Can he pinch the bottom of a staff member at a cigar divan and get away with it? Can a minister surround himself with a coterie of young male staffers without tongues wagging?
And aware that the public is making an assessment of the likes of Chua Soi Lek, Bung Mokhtar Radin against Lim Guan Eng and Nurul Izzah Anwar, there is a bit of a panic going on in Umno/BN circles.
They want to “attack” opposition politicians and show them to be “similar in character” to the BN chaps. At least to plant in the minds of the public that the so-called clean Guan Eng is also tainted.
And how do they do it — by innuendo and rumour. They dare not raise the issue in public for fear that they will be sued for defamation and will lose the case. So the MCA rep tries to insinuate that Guan Eng has not been faithful to his wife.
But Guan Eng’s wife did not take the bait. Instead she asked the MCA rep to repeat the question outside the assembly.
By all means, if there is evidence against Guan Eng, share it. But cowardice should be rejected and punished by all of us.
Umno/BN believes that we are like them: dishonourable people. We are not.
* Sam Peh reads The Malaysian Insider.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.