Ex-gratia payment: Trying to make the PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah look good….?

He has done it again! For all intent and purpose, PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi flip-flopped when he announced ex-gratia payment to the sacked former Lord President Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas dan the five Supreme Court Judges, despite there was no Cabinet approval on this. What is PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah trying to achieve with this payment?

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad explained and elaborated in great details in “The Tun Salleh Saga” what transpired 20 years ago and all the events and thoughts leading towards the dismissal of the supremo of the bench and five of his esteemed subordinates.

Can the Prime Minister of Malaysia undo the decision of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong, after a Special Tribunal found Tun Salleh guilty of misconduct of duties and unbecoming as the Lord President, 20 years ago? By which powers would the Prime Minister of Malaysia now has to undo such action?

It was unprecedented what transpired 20 years ago and the dismissal of Tun Salleh and the five men attracted so much attention, especially the detractors of then Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Malaysia. However, the right thing had to be done. It was done in accordance to the provisions made under the Constitution; the ‘Supreme Law’ all these liberalite law practitioners and civil society advocates consistent turn to.

What is the decision of the ex-gratia payment all about then? Show that he is a compassionate man?

All of these mumbo-jumbo of giving ex-gratia payments to these six men and their families are about making PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah look good to some people, with the deception of him having a ‘big heart’ and nothing more!

Was this Zaid Ibrahim’s personal agenda? At least, he did write that this actually made him proud.

Furthermore, all these six men were given pension, all these 20 years. As the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Zaid Ibrahim, who himself was found by UMNO Disciplinary Board as a ‘political-felon’, personally handed over these checques, it was for “An undisclosed amount”. So how much exactly is that? Could it be RM millions each, at this junction where almost majority suffered with a meteoric increase in petrol price?

The rakyat have the right know, how much money that the Chief Executive unilaterally decided to dish out, without any real purpose but were given over kill media attention.

If so, this unprecedented and non Cabinet approval ‘bonus pay-out’ of “big money” ex-gratia payments to the six men or their kin is nothing more than making PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Abdullah look good!

Published in: on June 7, 2008 at 08:54  Comments (19)