Dirty politics are becoming the rules rather than the exception. There are no rules of engagement for both sides.It's open season.Both sides made no apology for the litany of lies and half-truths.
Malaysian politics have gone wild and woolly and getting duplicitous, slanderous and way down dirty.
UMNO must have scrapped the bottom of the barrel and have tied an albatross around its necks for choosing someone tainted to a fault.Not only was he disbarred as a lawyer (officially confirmed by the Bar Council) his appeal to the High Court was also thrown out.Next, he says it was his partner who absconded with the money which his partner has came out and publicly denied that he was the culprit.Rohaizat had not responded to his ex-partner's strong denial.
Did his partner threaten to sue him for defamation? No mate ! Instead, he says he would vote for his former mate. That's the kind of comradeship that exists in UMNO that you don't find in Pakatan Rakyat.A true flocking of the birds.
I am a BN supporter yet I find it difficult to swallow such avoidable mistake and pathetic reasoning given by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in defending his choice of candidate.Can you blame the oppositions for having a field day trying to tear Rohaizat Othman's character to pieces? Not a shred of evidence has been put forth by UMNO to counter the allegation of misconduct.
I do believe a man must not be condemned for life and should be given a second chance and Rohaizat should be accorded the same.Unfortunately, in politics things don't work that way.Digging into opponent's past, dishing the dirt against opponent and outright falsehood, can in the political survival game, be the rules rather than the exception. That's why a clean slate is essential prerequisite for candidates who run for public office.
Rohizat's misdemeanour is on record and is indefensible in trying to paint a picture of innocence.Saying, he is victim of circumstances is beating the proverbial dead horse.Saying, he should be given a second chance is a better alternative and may even call the dogs off.
Sometimes, those who have made serious mistakes in life, traumatised and are filled with remorse, came out a better person than those who haven't gone through the trails and tribulations of life.
For UMNO to maintain that PAS or Pakatan Rakyat were all out to assassinate their victimised candidate leaves a bad taste in the mouth.It is the lack of perspicacity on the part of the Deputy Prime Minister and those responsible for selecting the candidate that gave the oppositions the ammunition to shoot down the undesirable character of the candidate.
Now Muhyiddin is caught between the rock and a hard place and bearding the lion in its own den.
The lion's den is in Anwar Ibrahim's stronghold.
In politics anything can happen.