What happened to Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin? Is he going for some sort of records? For today, he had surpassed the "pup of Puchong" Gobind Singh Deo. Few minutes after being officially sworn in as Member of parliament, Nizar was booted off the house and suspended for 2 days by Speaker Pandikar Amin. Nizar is guilty of wearing the black headgear "Bubar DUN" in reference to Perak's DUN.
I am not going to talk about the Ngeh, Nga, Gobalakrishnan, Mahfuz, Dr Zul and Hatta Ramli who join Nizar in donning the black headgear. This posting is not about them. This posting is about Nizar.
Frankly, Nizar's action today is unwarranted. Nizar can claimed that he has been illegally and morally ousted from his seat as Perak MB. He can even claimed that his request for Perak's HRH to dissolve the state assembly is a valid cause.
But what Nizar failed to realise is that today is the all important parliament seating where he can use that avenue to explain his position. By getting himself suspended, albeit for 2 days, he is giving up his rights to be heard and recorded in the parliament.
Nizar starts his tenure as Bukit Gantang on a wrong footing. Nizar should use this occassion to display his "coolness" and responsibility by raising it as an issue in the august house. When Nizar got himself suspended, it is fortunate that Pandikar suspended him for 2 days, meaning that he can still deliver his first parliamentary speech during this seating.
Looking on, this is not Nizar of old. Nizar has been shaped by events surrounding him that he now sees everythings as tools of the BN. He sees the court as BN's tool, he sees the judges as BN's stooges, he sees the parliament as the epitone of injustice. Is he wrong? No, he is not wrong. Circumstances has played a cruel joke on Nizar.
BN has played a morally wrong move to oust Nizar. And Nizar must be patient. Patience is the virtue of wise men. We don't get mad, we get even....
Maybe it is still not too late to map out what Nizar should be aiming for before the weekend, ie once his 2 day suspension is over. First, he must get the attention of speaker to get his chance to present his case to the floor. There, he can "attack" Najib's "People first, performance now" slogan by challenging Najib to prove that Najib live by that slogan. And how do Najib prove it? By getting Najib to arrange for the dissolution of Perak DUN.
Nizar can also use this occassion to again attack Najib and the idea of separation of power by getting the Government's commitment on the written judgement against Nizar which is now 2 weeks overdue. Challenge Najib to prove Rakyat wrong by getting the judges to give their written judgement on MB Nizar vs MB Zambry's case. The last appeal date is 22nd June. See how Najib responds...For sure, Najib will fall back to the normal BN defense that the judiiary system is freebut how free is the judiciary system if the puppetmasters are pulling the strings?
Nizar must realise that the rakyat supported him. Whether Najib will do what Nizar wants him to do or Najib hides behind the maze of bureaucratic red tape is immaterial. Let Najib step on his own landmines.
Nizar must show to the rakyat why he is the "peoples' champion". Nizar must raise issues in parliament and let BN reply. Nizar needs to understand that the onus is on BN now. Getting oneself suspended on Monday and on the occassion of his first parliament seating is not "cool".
Nizar may need some basic crash courses. He can learn fast from Khalid Samad, Karpal and Anwar whilst watching and learning how WJ's idol shoots himself on the foot.
Malaysia is watching. Nizar must play his part well. He is (in my eyes he is still Perak's legal MB), first time Parliamentarian, PAS's CWC...Nizar is the victim not Zambry. Nizar have all the symphathy and he must exploit it to the fullest.
For the time being, Nizar fails miserably on his first day in parliament. 2 days from now, hopefully, we will see Nizar, at his best...
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Back then, Jack Killian @ nighthawk goes on the air nightly to talk about issues in USA whilst this scribe reach out to the netizens with apolitical views on issues that interest him inclusive of global issues. In commenting to other blogs, he goes by the nick nightcaller with the callsign "Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are..."