Saturday, 4 February 2012

Rafidah Serang Shahrizat Agar Berundur

Rafidah dalam wawancara dengan The Malay Mail semalam dilapor melancarkan serangan pedas pada penggantinya Shahrizat dengan berkata seorang pemimpin patut berundur sekiranya mendatangkan masalah kepada parti.

Walaupun tidak menamakan Shahrizat, harian berbahasa Inggeris itu melaporkan, ia jelas merujuk kepada isteri pengerusi syarikat pengendali NFC Datuk Seri Mohamad Salleh Ismail itu.

"Ini untuk (kebaikan) semua, sama ada berkenaan isu lembu atau tidak. Itu tindakan paling matang untuk berdepan dengan masalah kamu," beliau dilapor sebagai berkata.

Beliau juga mempersoalkan tindakan menteri itu mengambil cuti tiga minggu kerana beliau patut membuat keputusan dan tidak harus meninggalkan isu itu kepada perdana menteri.

Sementara itu UMNO Cheras hari ini sekali lagi menggesa Menteri Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil berundur daripada kabinet kerana isu Pusat Fidlot Kebangsaan (NFC) sedikti sebanyak memberi masalah kepada Umno.

Ketuanya Datuk Syed Ali Alhabshee berkata,desakan itu bukan atas alasan ‘kebencian peribadi' tetapi demi kebaikan parti dan kerajaan.

"Dalam isu ini, Shahrizat harus buktikan keikhlasan perjuangan beliau, sama ada untuk parti dan kerajaan atau pun lebih mengutamakan kepentingan keluarga," tegasnya.

Sebelum ini, Syed Ali pernah mendesak supaya Shahrizat meletakkan jawatan sebagai menteri kabinet kerana tidak mahu isu NFC menjadi beban kepada Umno dalam pilihan raya umum ke-13 akan datang.

Dalam tulisan terbaru di blog Umno bahagian itu, Syed Ali yang juga setiausaha Umno Wilayah Persekutuan dilapor berkata, di sesetengah tempat, isu itu menjadi bahan sindiran pelbagai pihak.

"Di sesetengah tempat, saya diberitahu isu NFC kini menjadi bahan sindiran kononnya mana-mana kawasan yang terbiar ditumbuhi rumput dan lalang, tak perlu lagi guna mesin pemotong rumput, sebab Umno dah ada lembu di Gemas," katanya.

Beliau juga menyokong saranan bekas ketua Wanita Umno dan menteri kabinet Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz yang dilapor berkata, pemimpin yang membawa masalah kepada Umno dan kerajaan perlu segera meletakkan jawatan.



Rafidah: Leave if you are a burden!

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz has launched a scathing, thinly-veiled attack on her successor Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, suggesting that the latter should vacate all posts in Umno and the government.

In a candid interview with The Malay Mail recently, Rafidah stopped short of naming Shahrizat but the references were clearly pointed at the Women, Family and Community Development Minister.

“If you are a problem to the party and government, please move out!

“That’s it (for) everyone, whether it’s got to do with cows or anything (else). That’s the most matured way of dealing with your problems,” said Rafidah.

“Why are you so hung up about the three-week decision (to take a break)? You’re missing the point!

“The point is: damn it, decide, don’t leave it (the decision to go) to the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak). Don’t leave the onus on the Prime Minister to decide for you.”

Rafidah’s remarks are bound to re-ignite talks of hostility between the two Umno heavyweights. Shahrizat had toppled Rafidah from her Wanita chief post in 2009.

The Kuala Kangsar MP said a chain was only as strong as its weakest link.

“If your toe has gangrene, you don’t chop off the whole leg, you just amputate the toe!”

Hence, she said leaders who have become a liability to their respective political parties should take the right step and leave the party or at least resign from their posts rather than passing the burden to party leadership as they do not fit Najib’s definition of a “winnable candidate”.

The Prime Minister had on several occassions stressed that the Barisan Nasional would only field what he termed as “winnable candidates” in the next general elections.

“Whoever is in the wrong, please do the needful. But do not use the same brush stroke to tarnish the government.That’s why I say if you’re a bother to the government, you are a liability to the government and to the party, (and should) make the decision to move away,” she said.

Known as the Iron Lady, Rafidah was also quick to slam anyone who intends to open old wounds such as the allegations of the awarding of Approved Permit (APs) that was used against her during her time in government.

She said it was unfair to equate the two incidents.

“There was no evidence and there was no link to any family member,” she said.

“You think I’m not a God-fearing woman and do all these things? It’s a sin, you know!”
Shahrizat, who is currently abroad, did not respond to calls and text messages.

• Look out for Rafidah’s interview next week -mm

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