Arumugam is no hero – The Malaysian Insider

FEB 10 – Let’s cut through the fog and spin. V Arumugam is not a
victim, a martyr or a hero. He is a politician who was forced to resign as
the Bukit Selambau state assemblyman because his wife lodged a report
accusing him of bigamy.

He is no different from any other politician around the globe who has been
forced to put his political career on hold in the light of allegations.

Tom Daschle and Bill Richardson had to withdraw their names from the Obama
Cabinet because they were being investigated for tax evasion and alleged
misconduct in the award of contracts respectively.

President Barack Obama accepted responsibility and said that he screwed up
in not vetting the candidates more thoroughly.

Daschle was eminently qualified to become the Health Secretary but his
position became untenable the minute he admitted that he was a tax evader.
There were no ifs or buts.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his comrades in Pakatan Rakyat claim that
Arumugam resigned as the Bukit Selambau state assemblymen because undue
pressure was being exerted on him to defect to Barisan Nasional. This
allegation could be true.

PKR officials say that the authorities were threatening to expose Arumugam’s
legal problem if he did not switch political camps. This allegation also
could be true.

But it does not alter the root of the problem – that Arumugam messed up.

It is perfectly understandable why Pakatan Rakyat wants to portray the
assemblyman as the victim of a dastardly act by BN. They want the voters of
Bukit Selambau to burn with rage and punish the BN during the by-election.

But forget the spin and fog. The only issue before the voters in the
constituency is which political party or candidate can serve their best
interest.

If Arumugam has been a standout state assemblyman for the past 10 months,
then perhaps the candidate fielded by Pakatan Rakyat in the by-election
deserves the continued support of the Bukit Selambau electorate.

If Arumugam was a slouch, then the voters have every right to send a
stinging message to Pakatan Rakyat.

That’s democracy.

FEB 10 – Let’s cut through the fog and spin. V Arumugam is not a
victim, a martyr or a hero. He is a politician who was forced to resign as
the Bukit Selambau state assemblyman because his wife lodged a report
accusing him of bigamy.

He is no different from any other politician around the globe who has been
forced to put his political career on hold in the light of allegations.

Tom Daschle and Bill Richardson had to withdraw their names from the Obama
Cabinet because they were being investigated for tax evasion and alleged
misconduct in the award of contracts respectively.

President Barack Obama accepted responsibility and said that he screwed up
in not vetting the candidates more thoroughly.

Daschle was eminently qualified to become the Health Secretary but his
position became untenable the minute he admitted that he was a tax evader.
There were no ifs or buts.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his comrades in Pakatan Rakyat claim that
Arumugam resigned as the Bukit Selambau state assemblymen because undue
pressure was being exerted on him to defect to Barisan Nasional. This
allegation could be true.

PKR officials say that the authorities were threatening to expose Arumugam’s
legal problem if he did not switch political camps. This allegation also
could be true.

But it does not alter the root of the problem – that Arumugam messed up.

It is perfectly understandable why Pakatan Rakyat wants to portray the
assemblyman as the victim of a dastardly act by BN. They want the voters of
Bukit Selambau to burn with rage and punish the BN during the by-election.

But forget the spin and fog. The only issue before the voters in the
constituency is which political party or candidate can serve their best
interest.

If Arumugam has been a standout state assemblyman for the past 10 months,
then perhaps the candidate fielded by Pakatan Rakyat in the by-election
deserves the continued support of the Bukit Selambau electorate.

If Arumugam was a slouch, then the voters have every right to send a
stinging message to Pakatan Rakyat.

That’s democracy.

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