Wednesday, February 15, 2012

When will we moo-ve on from Cowgate?

When will Malaysians moo-ve on away from the so-called 'Cowgate' issue?

Not in the near future. This scandal is too juicy as it involves a Minister in the Barisan Nasional government - Women, Families and Communities Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil - and her family members.

It also involves lots of public money - the family of Datuk Seri Shahrizat is alleged to have used some of the RM250 million in soft government loans meant to develop a cattle project to pay for luxury condos in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, expensive overseas trips and a Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.

Though Shahrizat's husband Datuk Seri Dr Mohamed Salleh Ismail who heads National Feedlot Corp, the company at the centre of the controversy, has defended the investments in the condos in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, as being 'cash cows' that bring in rental income and Shahrizat has filed a defamation suit against her enemies, more (cow) shit has emerged to hit the fan.

To be expected, Pakatan Rakyat leaders have exploited the Cowgate issue to the maximum. Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been using the Cowgate issue in his ceramahs and his sodomy case has been conveniently forgotten.

Barisan Nasional leaders seem unable to find a way to stop all the mud (or is it cow dung?) flung by Pakatan Rakyat leaders from smearing them.

At the moment, Pakatan Rakyat seems to be having the moral highground and Barisan is ineffectively fighting fires in the cow shed.

The only way for the Barisan government to clean up the shit is for someone to resign and for someone to be charged (and convicted; otherwise Pakatan will say it was a show trial).

Then Malaysians can finally moo-ve on....till some other whistleblower leaks out another scandal.

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