Behrang assemblyman Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi and Changkat Jering assemblyman Osman Jailu are PKR state executive councillors in Perak and yet their decision to go AWOL in the last week exposes their guilty conscious.
Today, Jamaluddin Mohd Radzi has resigned from PKR over Pakatan Rakyat’s move to declare his seat vacant, saying he will remain an independent in the 59-seat Perak state assembly. It is mind boggling for Jamaluddin not to respond to the relentless phone calls from his party's leaders even if he is nursing his backache.
He pleaded his innocence and yet fully knowing that the whole nation is looking for him. As state excos, both Jamaluddin and Osman are supposed to act responsibly.
Jamal said he did not contact anyone to defect but one is curious to find out how did the Prime Minister came up with the idea that some PR assemblymen are defecting to his party soon?
As a top leader of the country, the prime minister should spend his waking hours on the nation's economic challenges than to speculate about who is defecting or not.
We should not be surprised if the duo will defect to UMNO in the near future. However, UMNO is accepting the duo at its own detriment. The mood and reception for UMNO and the controversial assemblymen is not positive.
UMNO may win a battle but lose the war in the future. The party should prove to Malaysians that it is willing to change its way. By accepting the two - who are facing corruption charges - into its fold only shows UMNO's grit to keep its old habits.
This episode should serve as a good lesson for PR component parties to focus on good governance instead of wresting power via the backdoor. They should be mindful of their own "little Napoleons". It is time for DAP's Ngeh and Nga cousins to reassess their leadership style in Perak.
For both Jamal and Osman, it is the end of their political journey. As an ancient Chinese proverb puts it, "To test a man's character, give him either wealth or power."
Amazing, our political scene is beginning to look like English Premier League. Our politicians and elected politicians can be bought over like footballers. They cost millions too. No wonder we suck at sports and good at politicking.