25 March, 2009

Hishammuddin vows to fight agent provocateur

In his last speech as Umno Youth chief, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein went on the offensive against a power-crazy agent provocateur, saying the movement will fight to the end to defeat his dirty and cruel politicking.

Without naming the person, the outgoing Youth chief said this person was willing to “sow the seeds of hatred, collude with the enemy, insult the nation in various world forums, deny the rights of his own race, and mock the institution of rulers”.

He said whatever this person did or say will be forever etched in history as the work of a peson who wears different masks and is full of pretense and who is a liar and manipulator.

Hishammuddin said the movement would defend the rule of law, the rights and privileges of the Malays and bumiputera, the sanctity of Islam and the institution of the Malay rulers.

"We will not allow these pillars to be uprooted in this beloved homeland of ours," he told the 793 delegates to the Youth General Assembly here.

Hishammuddin is not defending his post as the movement's chief but is vying for a vice-president’s post at the main assembly.

At the opening of the assembly, Hishammuddin continued the tradition of carrying the keris called Panca Warisan into the Tun Hussein Onn Hall. He unsheated and kissed it and put it back in its case, avoiding the act of holding it aloft with an outstretched arm which had invited criticism.

The keris was later presented to him at the end of his speech. Hishammuddin was seen in tears as he was loudly cheered by delegates.

His 50-minute-long speech also reminded opposition parties not to abuse freedom of expression to stoke the fire of racism as this could destroy the nation.

"To these irresponsible people, don't ever attempt to take advantage of the situation to show off courage and to ramble under the immunity provided by the Dewan Rakyat and make wild allegations."

He said the opposition was engaging in organised attempts to undermine the country's pillars, which formed the basis of the nation's sovereignty.

"They are questioning the social contract and the special position of the Malays and bumiputera in a very arrogant manner. The social contract is deliberatly misinterpreted to fan racial sentiment," he said.

Hishammuddin also said he had never betrayed the Malays throughout his 11-year tenure as the movement's chief.

"I'm aware that there are all sorts of text messages and poison-pen letters being circulated to attack my character but I leave it to God to judge.

"I will never betray the struggle which we inherited from my grandfather (Datuk Onn Jaafar) and father (Tun Hussein Onn). I will never betray the Malay struggle," he said.

He called on the new Umno Youth leadership to woo the young to join the party and to get closer to the people. He also told the delegates to choose leaders who are honest and sincere and able to chart the movement's future.

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Meanwhile, Permodalan Negri Selangor Berhad (PNSB) chief executive officer Datin Khairiyah Abu Hassan testified before the legislature today that the state subsidiary was ‘instructed” to pick up the cost to Melbourne for the wife of former menteri besar Datin Zahrah Kechik to visit their son who was studying there.

Khairiyah told the Special Select Committee for Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) that she received the instructions directly from Zahrah and was “told” to accompany her on the three day visit, in 2007.

Over RM14,000 was spent to purchase return business class and economy class tickets sometime in December 2007.

Khairiyah says she remembers travelling in business class with Zahrah but could not explain the discrepancies in the invoices for travel which was provided to the committee.

She admitted that the trip was not an official visit and Zahrah used the time to visit her son and to buy souvenirs.

Selangor Speaker Teng Chang Khim, who is heading Selcat’s probe into the now defunct Wives of Selangor Elected Representatives Charity Organization (Balkis), remarked that the trip may have not been official but the cost was.

However Khairiyah said Zahrah paid for the hotel accommodation while in Australia.

The startling revelations could not come at a worse time for Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, who is contesting the Umno Youth chief’s in the party’s general assembly.

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