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Saturday, October 8, 2016

People remember what you say


Salleh Said Keruak

The trouble with the Internet age or the era of the social media is that people remember what you said even decades ago -- and even if they cannot remember they can always research and find out. So you must not only be careful with what you say but you must also remember what you have said in the past. US Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has found this out the hard way and has now had to apologise for what he said in the past and which is now hurting his campaign.

Muhyiddin Yassin is going to find out that what he said in the past and what he says now is going to be picked up and the contradictions between ‘then and now’ are going to be very glaring. If Muhyiddin thinks people are going to forget what he said before and the contradictions to what he says now then he is grossly mistaken.

Of course, people will understand that what Muhyiddin said before was as an Umno leader while what he says now is as an enemy of Umno. For example, in just a few months, Mukhriz Mahathir has changed his tune from saying that whatever he is trying to do is for the love or Umno and today he says whatever he is trying to do is to make sure that Umno is buried for good.

No doubt Mukhriz is trying to justify his actions like what the Malays would say: menegakkan benang basah. But then if Mukhriz had not been sacked from Umno would he have changed his tune? So this means it has nothing to do with party loyalty but just about personal interests.

Muhyiddin, too, is more concerned with his own political needs than about the country. In the past he said he is Malay first and everything else second. Now he says that PAS should work with DAP to help destroy Umno. Muhyiddin also says that without the help of DAP, PAS would not win many seats.

How can Muhyiddin expect PAS and DAP to sleep in the same bed again when the issue that caused the divorce in the first place is still outstanding? Is Muhyiddin saying that PAS should drop the Syariah Courts Act amendment bill or is he saying that DAP should accept the Bill? It has to be one or the other for PAS and DAP to get back together 

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