What does ZAID IBRAHIM stand for? His political inclinations are somewhere else. His body is entrapped in UMNO. As to his political ideas- ideas about justice and social justice and all, I am sure these were formed a long time ago. They certainly don’t appear to be formed overnight. Certainly not as if he suddenly awakens after a whole night of drinking binge, with a massive hangover, comes upon an eureka moment. Suddenly he shouts- The BN sucks!
He is finally sacked. The question is, if he has the moral conviction to uphold his personalised democratic beliefs, surely he must also have the moral pluck to walk way from UMNO in the first place. Why didn’t he? Perhaps he wanted to leave as the martyr?. The wronged gadfly with the added badge of a willingness to risk everything. Actually he doesn’t risk anything. He got his 5 minutes blast of fame. He is a man of deep pockets and that friends, is made possible by his association with the very government he now so despises. He is a very big beneficiary of the government’s economic policies which he now eschews. His overstay can only suggest one thing: he wants to run with the hares and hunt with the hounds. Despite his misgivings about UMNO/BN he knows that its better to stay with the hounds.
UMNO now has a reason to celebrate. UMNO boys should put banners all over town, or perhaps have Dom Perignon sponsor a huge banner, proclaiming a big thank you to PKR. Please PKR- take Zaid. UMNO then should thank PKR for taking over UMNO’s problem.
The quick ingress and equally fast egress of Zaid proved that Pak Lah made a misjudgement of monumental proportions. Perhaps he was so taken in by Zaid’s activism in voicing UMNO’s many afflictions. Perhaps amidst the boring drone of blind acquiescence, Zaid’s off centre thinking must have been seen as sparks of brilliance by Pak Lah. In the end, even Pak Lah couldn’t cope with Zaid’s petulance.
Has the image of the judiciary improved after Zaid managed to hoodwink the government into paying millions to discredited judges? Social relations improved after Zaid gave his opinions on Malay dominance? In the end, we will realise that all those are Zaid’s political flirtations and many have been seduced by that. Except that the harrowingly long time taken by UMNO to expunge him, reaffirms Pak Lah’s dithering.