Thursday, May 29, 2008

Why Has Ezam Re-joined Umno?

I am so curious because the former Parti Keadilan Rakyat Youth leader has been so critical of Umno, the government and Pak Lah.

In fact, Ezam Mohd Nor founded the Civil Movement Against Corruption (GERAK) in 2005, and as its chair had, (in his own words in February 2007) said:
".... I have been repeatedly lodging police reports against the Umno president [...] how can he accept me as a member? I think the speculation of me joining Umno should not arise at all."

Rumours of him re-joining Umno surfaced last year when there was talk that he had met with Umno Youth deputy chief and the Prime Minister's son-in-law Khairy Jamaluddin.

Ezam - Anwar Ibrahim's one-time confidant and right-hand man - swiftly denied these rumours and speculations which came about following his reported fall-out with Anwar's other right-hand man, Azmin Ali.

So, does it mean that he is distancing himself from those GERAK reports about corruption in Umno, the government as well as about the PM et al?
What do those reports now mean?

Yesterday when he re-joined Umno, Ezam quit as GERAK chairman though I am not sure whether he is still with the movement.

GERAK's new chairman Nazri Yunus will be holding a Press conference at its office in Kelana Jaya tomorrow.

So, what is GERAK all about then? Who did it exist for?

Ezam -- politician turned member of a civil movement, and back to being a politician.

I can't blame anyone for being suspicious of his intentions in re-joining the party he has been so utterly critical of.

An Umno leader, when asked about Ezam's re-entry, said: "I think he is up to no good alongside his buddy, KJ".

Heavy stuff that. I'm not sure whether this sentiment is his alone.
But clearly, Pak Lah and other Umno leaders are more forgiving, and welcoming. No?

What they say about Ezam's return to Umno:

"He wants to come back to Umno and he will continue with the struggles of Umno according to the party’s goal and direction, and not Parti Keadilan.
"So I accepted him." - Umno president Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

"We cannot be choosing who we want in the party. If we do so, we will lose many people. There have been others who also bitterly attacked the party when they left, but after they realised Umno was the best platform to serve, they returned.
"It is up to Ezam to win back the confidence of the other Umno members." -- Umno deputy president Najib Razak.

"What is the benefit for Umno? Is he willing to struggle alongside Umno? What is his role?" - Umno Youth chief Hishammudin Hussein.

The stories here, here and here.

41 comments:

outkhai said...

there's hope.

Jeffry said...

Inilah politik.
Kadang-kala kita terfikir adakah mereka benar-benar ingin memperjuangkan nasib bangsa, agama dan negara atau hanya ingin menjaga kepentingan diri demi kedudukan dan jawatan hinggakan sanggup menjilat ludah sendiri.

Hambali ® said...

bila maruah, harga diri dan juga dosa pahala berada di tapak kaki maka inilah hasilnya ...

Samagagah said...

Mungkin kerana ada kepincangan pada kepimpinan terdahulu yang kita sendiri tidak nampak dan alami...wallahualam.

pipitart said...

Some good points that you brought up there Kak. I'm also reading somewhere else that Ezam brings along with him 7 other AMK members who were one of the big shots in Keadilan into UMNO too? This gets me thinking, is there something wrong going on in Keadilan that their strong pioneer men are leaving and joining umno instead? What is DSAI doing wrong, he is certain he can get new members, but can he sustain their involvement for the party?

crower said...

"What is the benefit for Umno?"
Answer :- None. The question should be rephrased "What is the benefit for Ezam?"

"Is he willing to struggle alongside Umno?"
Answer :- He was "in", he went "out" and now he's "in" again. Nuff said ?

"What is his role?"
Answer :-

(a) obtain as much mileage or profit as possible for himself;
(b) cause havoc in UMNO;
(c) leave UMNO; and
(d) repeat process (a) to (d)

Anonymous said...

............well..it's all about the mullah...$$$$.....what else, practically a no brainer

laimun said...

When the foot is in the other shoe nobody talks about party hopping. What we blatantly get is a lot of crowding around the 'hopper alias katak' so that free publicity in showing off their mugs are maximized. Then followed by pats on the back and the usual cakap-cakap politik. When asked about the guy's defection, AAB replied with a grin and a wink, "I was simply bluffing you guys about penalties."
What a jerk!!!

Anonymous said...

If you see his press conference today, he kept off why he quit PKR except for few rants like it has deviated from the original cause. (Fighting for Anwar). He said he believed in an Islamic State but other races should be respected. Oh, why not join PAS then? Then he kept of all other reasons and never touched on Anwar. Another Anwar confidant who fell with Azmin Ali too joined AMNO today. So, I think there is eloborate plan to checkmate the Mahathir/Najib axis and that's why Najib is not happy. He said that in the Star (N4) today. Something is fishy.

Anonymous said...

So Ezam is the founder of GERAK. Then, according to rumours, he met SIL some time last year. Now he is red-carpeted into UMNO. Well folks, that's the reality of Malaysian politics. Memang betul cakap Jeffry and Hambali tu ... Wali Kota.

Anonymous said...

This is what happen when you abandon your principles

Anonymous said...

Maybe he's a plant by Anwar?

James Bond Malaysia. said...

Dear Kak Eja.

UMNO dah terdesak .Pak Lah dah hilang akal.Najib dah bingong akibat tekanan kuat si isteri tersayang.

Anwar amat pandai.Dia hantar Ezam dan tujok orang lagi orang kuatnya,untok menghancorkan UMNO dari dalam.

UMNO dari dalam kena hentam dan dari dalam pun kena.

Kalau umor panjang kita sama sama tengok apa akan terjadi pada UMNO.

A Voice said...

I am pre-empting with some basis.

Take a peek at this article from Pemuda Pejuang on my blog ... Hishamddin: Ura-ura mahu kekal jawatan Ketua pemuda

Ydiana said...

I think..... Moeney Talks!

MMcrossings said...

TDM keluar, Ezam masuk, AAB step down, TDM masuk balik. what's going on????

mie said...

susah untuk ditafsirkan...

Samuel Goh Kim Eng said...

People are ultimately selfish
Whatever be their real motive
When they think of bigger dish
They'll change their locomotive

(C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng - 290508
http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
Thur. 29th May 2008.

Kerajaan Rakyat said...

Kepada Ezam,

Dinasihatkan tolong jelaskan pertanyaan seorang peguam (sahabat beliau di shah alam) apa sudah jadi dengan tanah puan Rokiah di Bukit Kuda, Kelang?

Angka RM1 juta terkait dalam isu tanah ini.

Ezam, sila berhubung dengan wan razali, itu pesanannya.

Soal kamu nak kembali ke UMNO atau ke mana sahaja, itu hak kamu.

Prinsip kamu sama harga dengan sekilo 'paper lama'.

http://kerajaanrakyat.blogspot.com/

Anis Ahmad Abdul Rahman said...

This is a grand design by abdullah-anwar to take over Malaysia..Starting with Ezam..and to end with glorious entry of Anwar in not so distant future..just wait and see..

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malaysianlover said...

Ezam is the "wooden horse"...why else?

Dhahran Sea said...

Ezam is RUNNING OUT OF MONEY... and he thought AAB, SIL&CO. still have it... money talks as they say... talking about GERAK & corruption... another fine example of politician ready to "melacurkan" diri kononya for "ugama, bangsa & negara", whereas in reality it is for "sendiri, sendiri & sendiri"...

azad282 said...

Your blog is worth reading. A well-penned post, i'd say. well done!

Anonymous said...

Most people in politics who have positions and followers swing from one opposite party to another mainly for power and money...does it surprise us anymore???

WorriedMalaysian

Frank said...

Nuraina

I thought the article by Mohd Rashidi Hassan on Harakah which was reposted on Malaysians Unplugged was intriguing:

http://malaysianunplug.blogspot.com/2008/05/ezam-mohd-nor-lied-to-pas-leaders-was.html

It was written in Bahasa, so those who want to know what's written in English, need to get someone to translate.

tajudin said...

sebenarnya, apakah ciri utama seorang pemimpin masadepan yng unggul?

yazs said...

pada saya dia ni tiada pendirian..samada dia diperguna atau nak ambil kesempatan..

mana pergi sumpah dia.. :-(
http://youtube.com/watch?v=wGf6w_1Rljo&feature=related

terry said...

selamat di datang diucapkan kepada gunting dalam lipatan akak saudara ezam ke dalam UMNO.

jamal_trex said...

memang UMNO takde anak muda yang berpotensi untuk teruskan perjuangan UMNO hingga sanggup ambil balik haprak macam ezam yang terang2 ke luar negara dan burukkan negara dengan fitnah-fitnah kotak kasut dia.. sapa yang akan lupa janji dia untuk buka kotak kasut dulu...

sekarang, kotak kasut di mana.. GERAK di mana... apa jasa GERAK pada negara? dari mana datang dana GERAK? inilah duri dalam daging yang keluar tapi masuk balik.. baguslah dia berkawan dengan KJ.. sama-sama lingkup laaa lepas nie..

Mantao said...

Ezam ialah seorang lagi in the making of Anwar Ibrahim. Dia nampak ada kekosongan jawatan ketua pemuda UMNO dan seperti harimau yang lapar terus menyambar peluang itu tanpa melihat keadaan sekeliling. UMNO memang sudah jadi Sarkis.

MMcrossings said...

The invisible hand is at it again

KJ is losing clout in Pemuda and this is the step prior to next UMNO election.

He's adding his proxy in UMNO.

There will be some real big money politics in the pipeline. filthy big i guess.

Mukhriz will have to start campaigning hard now.

The ex PKR need to be watched.

Perhaps DSAI beginning to see it will be much easier to become PM under UMNO. There is no way he's putting his neck out on behalf on the opposites of DAP and PAS while running a government.

He only has to buy his way into UMNO and in the mean time plant his people to make that in-roads.

UMNO members has the history of being bought.

It's time to draw a line between the hardcore and the spineless.

I'm not surprised if AAB suddenly accepts DSAI into UMNO, PKR dissolved, and a new election to be called.

AAB will use this excuse for the malays as uniting the malay to strengthened his position and thus obtaining stronger mandate.

This is his political survival and to collaborate with DSAI seems more viable for him to stay in power for at least another term.

Then DSAI will step in as PM and later followed by KJ. How long will KJ wait? Another karma?

How's that?

nstman said...

Let me draw an analogy. It's just like asking Che Gueverra to join the Batista regime, the monster he had been fighting against. Ezam has sold his principles, his soul and his belief to the devil. Ezam, all your struggle, your incarceration under the ISA, count for nothing. You should be ashamed.

eddy said...

Saudara Ezam is a true blue follower of his master Saudara Anwar Ibrahim both of them share one crucial similiarity in that both of them has got NO set principle, their principle is whatever suits them for their own self interest at a particular time. This kind of people can be bought and sold to the highest bidder.

How do you classify a guy with no principle and memang muka tak tahu malu ini and then dengan tangan terbuka dia diterima masuk UMNO, I give uplah with this UMNO lead by Dollah, memang betullah UMNO sekarang dibawah si Dollah ini dah Jauuuuhhhh tersimpang dari landasan perjuangan sebenar.

artchan said...

money..money...money.

If Ezam had gotten some action on his 600 page report to AAB..and the culprits taken to court..then if he joins UMNO...it is ok by me. He claims massive corruption..and yet the report remains a report kept by AAB...all his claims abt AAB going all out to fight corruption is bullshit.

Maybe AAB and Ezam "pakat" to kick out a threat from within. And Najib is awfully quiet and cool about Ezam's return.

Takkan UMNO tak ada modal lagi...main cerita lama?

tamlaer said...

Why has Ezam re-joined UMNO? Sebab nya mudah, bukan pasal politik tapi pasal kes maruah dan kes perempuan. Mungkin ramai yang lupa Ezam adalah bakal menantu Anwar yang tak jadi. Bercinta dgn Izzah kemudian lari ke Indonesia tapi akhirnya tak jadi kahwin (Sama lah macam kes dulu, Anwar bawak lari azizah ke Siam untuk kawin, tapi akhirnya mereka kawin juga). Itulah sebab utama Ezam quit PKR. Bukan sebab politik.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

i know why. because malaysia is now completely free of corruption...kahkahhhhh...

syed syahrul zarizi said...

Semalam lawan, harini kawan

syed

Anonymous said...

Gerak says at the press conference that it is supportive of Ezam's move to rejoin Umno.

We will have to watch this Gerak closely, and with suspicion and reservantion, from now.

I mean, can anyone trust this body to be anti-corruption now?

Anonymous said...

Oi tak malunya muka.... mcm ni lah kalau hidup tak ada prinsip. Sesuailah dia dalam UMNO parti tak ada pegangan. Semoga berjaya Ezam!

Anonymous said...

for RM2,000,000.00 !!?? true or false !? sweet aina.

Anonymous said...

eja = aina = nurain. but why eja !? eja = spell !?
what spell !?