Mat Sabu December 6, 2008Posted by malaysianstory in Uncategorized.
As expected, PAS spiritual leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat has chosen an “imported candidate” Mohamad Sabu to contest in the coming Kuala Terengganu by-election following the death of BN’s Datuk Razali Ismail, who was Deputy Education Minister.
Nik Aziz may have forgotten the true colors of Mohamad Sabu due to his old age but many who have been observing Mat Sabu’s political career closely can still vividly remember the 1995 incident at Hotel Perdana in Jalan Mahmood, Kota Baru, and Room 121 when he was the Nilam Puri MP.
Mat Sabu, now 54, who is PAS vice-president, was caught committing khalwat with a woman named Norma, at the hotel on Jan 31 that year.
Mat Sabu was later freed of the charge by the Kelantan Chief’s Kadi court but then Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad expressed surprise as to how the former PAS Youth deputy chief could be freed by court.
“I did not understand how the court could free Mat Sabu when he has admitted that he was in a room together with his partner (Norma Abdul Halim) who is not his muhrim (blood relation).
He said there was a possibility Mohamed Sabu was freed based on some technicalities.
Mat Sabu was wakil rakyat in three different parliamentary constituencies – Nilam Puri in 1990 and Kubang Kerian in 1995 (both in Kelantan) and Kuala Kedah in 1999.
He, however, failed to get re-elected in 2004, blaming the Election Commission for “moving the goal post” (after a re-delineation exercise), resulting in his failure to “score.”
Apart from his infamous khalwat case, Mat Sabu has been ‘in and out’ of courts’ for his involvement in illegal gatherings and assemblies nationwide, many of which had not been settled.
Many people consider Mat Sabu a ‘has been’ and likened him an empty vessel.
He has done nothing as a true wakil rakyat except trying to dig up cheap publicity in each illegal gathering.
Except for his hectic schedule to attend court cases, he has never been seen helping or close to the rakyat.
Name callings were his famous trademark and even Anwar Ibrahim, who is now his boss in Pakatan Rakyat, was not exempted from Mat Sabu’s ruckus politicking.
Mat Sabu also lost in terms of the number of votes to a 63-year-old grandmother in a three-corner fight during the last general election won by Razali.
If he could not even beat a grandmother, are we willing to gamble our future and hope anything from Mat Sabu?