Beseige with allegations of corruption by DAP excos in Selangor, Lim Kit Siang attempted to allay public attention by picking on Tan Sri Muhyiddin.
Unker Kit raised issue on use of TLDM Nuri helicopter to attend invitations to meet the rakyat. Opppss ... meeting UMNO members is not considered rakyat. He claimed it as abuse of Government facilities for party use.
The sad part is that there seemed to be a lack of sensitivity by LKS to the fact that the Nuri heli had to make an unscheduled stopover due to bad weather. It could have cause his life.
Puritanically, Unker Kit may have some basis but his accusation should not be limited to only TLDM Nuri helicopter but all facilities accorded to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.
As head of the nation and shouldering much responsibilities, they are important "asset" to nation. Thus, their security and safety is of paramount concern.
By picking on Muhyiddin's use of the TLDM Nuri helicopter, he should have an alternative solution for the DPM which fit the element of security and safety accorded for Deputy Prime Minister. As usual, our Unker Kit is only known to criticise but do not have any proposed solution.
Since he doesn't have an inkling on the safety and security aspect of DPM's logistic, he should ask the Ketua Umum Pakatan Rakyat. Perhaps he had a different arrangement during his time as DPM.
After all, he is so puritanically clean that he "never" abused his position and facilities for matters outside Government use. Off course, picking on the use of police to turnover Umi Hafilda and Azizan's police report is "unfair."
If Unker Kit doesn't mind answering, how does he differentiate his own Government paid travelling expenses to visit his constituency in Ipoh and the convenient stopovers for party purposes? Or did he return to Kuala Lumpur first before pursuing his trips to other places?
This is the deal.
As DPM, the safety and security of Muhyiddin is given much concern. He travels with Government bodyguards and security personnel. Although it was only a Nuri, but it is still safer than taking any other mode of transport. TLDM would provide extra care of the fleet of Nuri for our DPM.
Unless Unker Kit have a better alternative logistic plan that guarantee the safety and security of our DPM, their travelling plan is best be under the care of our security personnel and facilities.
Frankly, for Unker Kit to pick on Muhyiddin, is he absolutely sure all our elected officials do not abuse their entitlement? All our Member of Parliaments and Senate are entitled to travelling expenses to their constituencies. Do they abuse it for party purposes?
They will say no but bet my next month's pay that they all do abuse it. Some many years back, there was a former MP for Jeli by the name Affendi whose claim reached an astronomical figure of RM700,000? To refresh Unker Kit, he was an opposition MP from PAS.
Update: My last word on this. Read Aziz Hasan's here. His quote:
... should Pakatan Rakyat come into power, this is one change they cannot affect. If only these boys know how a government works, regardless the party in control. To be sure Muhyiddin was not the first DPM to be in such a situation. Neither would he be the last.