It's no secret that Umno secretary-general Radzi Sheikh Ahmad wants Shahidan Kassim to be replaced as Perlis MB as he is no longer effective in bringing progress to the state. He has overstayed. Besides, Radzi says that Shahidan is the cause of serious factionalism in Perlis Umno.
Radzi who is also Home Minister, is himself a son of Perlis. So he can talk. But he holds no post in the State Umno.
Shahidan who has been MB since 1995, is a little hurt by Radzi's remarks and criticisms but is not bothered (by them). He thinks Radzi should take care of the Umno headquarters and all that, and let him take care of the state. Shahidan has got a lot of things to say about Radzi too.
That's politics. And in teeny weeny state of Perlis.
But all that aside, NST journalist Farrah Naz Karim, had a brief Q&A with Radzi about his very public feud with his fellow state-mate (in the New Sunday Times today).
Radzi has no intention of becoming the next Perlis MB. Of course.
In the interview, he names (Natural Resources and Environment Minister) Azmi Khalid as the (right) man for the job.
Now, this is what irks me -- his remarks as to why he thinks Azmi is so.
Here's an excerpt of Farrah's interview:
F: It is obvious that you feel that Shahidan should be out. Who would you want to be the replacement?
R: (Datuk Seri) Azmi Khalid. He's got a young wife.
F: What has that got to do with anything?
R: She can promote Perlis well.
Hmmm. What can I, or do I, make of that statement?
Is he serious? If he was, he should have explained further.
Yeah, I wish he'd explain why he thinks so.
I am tempted to take the statement at face value which means that it is an inane statement.
Or, am I supposed to read deeper into that? More inane, maybe.
"She can promote Perlis well" because she is.... young?
So, pray tell us -- how being a young wife -- and in this case, Azmi's "young" wife* -- can help in promoting the state well.
Because I'd like to know. I'd like to learn.
That statement is as fatuous and tired as any sexist remark.
(The "young" wife is 43 year-old former TV3 personality Normala Shamsuddin. Azmi, 66, married her in August 2005. His first wife, Yasmin Abdullah died that same year in March after a two year battle with cancer.)