Reading the Sunday papers has never been this interesting before. Lately, the main stream media is bolder and wiser after years of being discarded by the public. A new Star columnist, Zainah Anwar, thinks that reading the morning papers could become a habit again. I agree with her. The MSM is heading towards the right direction. But they have a lot to catch up with those journo-bloggers and their flaming blogs.
A day after Khir Toyo’s faux pas being made public as he came to his wife’s defense in justifying the ridiculous amount of money pumped into Balkis – a society presides over by the Selangor assemblymen & MPs – another bomb blasted right in front of Balkis’s door. This time the public raised an eyebrow over the transfer of RM9.9 million from Balkis account to Bakti – an association of the wives of minister & deputy ministers – days after Selangor fell to the Pakatan Rakyat. Balkis’ president, Zaharah Kechik, argued that they have legal rights to do so because Khir was still the caretaker Selangor Mentri Besar at that time.
She assured that they consulted their bright lawyers every step of the way to ensure the legality of the money transfer and the dissolution of the society. Balkis’s office bearers decided to dissolve the society on March 11 after they felt that they would no longer be “effective” under the new state government.
As a practising lawyer myself – albeit reluctantly – I am of the view that lawyers will cook up anything to steer their clients away from the technicality of the law. But Zaharah must ask herself whether such move was done bone fide (in a good faith) or was the move mercenary?
Bukit Lanjan MP and a friend, Eli Wong, thinks that the move tantamount to breach of trust and flight of funds. The new mentri besar of Selangor, Khaled Ibrahim, requests Zaharah to return the money and to hold the dissolution or they will pursue with the legal action against the office bearers.
And Balkis plunges deeper into misery…
Me? I don’t want to be one of those bright-conniving-overpriced legal eagles.🙂