Mat Taib’s defection: Jahabar Sadiq’s cock-and-bull story

Mat Taib told Noh Omar and Azeez Rahim about the rampant and blatant corruption in Selangor. “Azmin teruk, lagi teruk dari aku,” said Mat Taib, which had Noh Omar and Azeez Rahim in stitches. Mat Taib said he cannot get state government approval to develop his Yayasan FAS land at Kelana Jaya unless he agrees to pay Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali a huge under-the-table ‘commission’.

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Raja Petra Kamarudin

Jahabar Sadiq of The Malaysian Insight is at it again. Today he came out with yet another cock-and-bull story, which you can read below. Jahabar must have had too many beers last night and is still suffering from a hangover because he is definitely imagining things.

According to Jahabar, his ‘sources’ told him that Muhammad Muhammad Taib’s a.k.a. Mat Taib’s defection yesterday was supposed to be together with eight Pakatan Harapan State Assemblypersons or ADUNs. That, however, did not happen, said Jahabar, and in the end Mat Taib defected alone.

Jahabar must have gone to Clare Rewcastle Brown’s School of Journalism. Who are these so-called sources? Name them. Don’t be like Sarawak Report that always talks about unnamed sources, those close to the investigation, according to documents they have sighted, and so on. That is classic Clare Rewcastle Brown type of reporting: which is to talk a lot but say nothing.

Don’t drink and drive write

More importantly, Jahabar says eight Selangor ADUNs were supposed to have defected together with Mat Taib. If you know there are eight ADUNs then, without a doubt, you would know who they are. Name them! Why report eight nameless ADUNs?

Malaysia Today challenges Jahabar Sadiq to name his so-called ‘sources’ and to also name those eight Pakatan Harapan ADUNs.

Anyway, let Malaysia Today be the first to reveal the untold story behind Mat Taib’s defection yesterday — the true story, not the dongeng (fairy tale) story from Jahabar Sadiq. In fact, Malaysiakini has already reported this story, which you can read here (Dr Mahathir surat khabar buruk, kata Noh Omar).

At least Malaysiakini got that part right.

Just over two weeks ago, Mat Taib bumped into Umno Selangor chief Noh Omar and Azeez Rahim in Mekah. Mat Taib and Noh Omar are old friends from school so their relationship is still very cordial notwithstanding their political differences.

In their conversation, Mat Taib grumbled about the problems he was facing. He said DAP practically calls the shots in Pakatan Harapan and the rest need to do whatever DAP wants. “Pakatan Harapan yang sebenarnya Pakatan Cina,” said Mat Taib. “Melayu hanya baruah Cina.”

Mat Taib then told Noh Omar and Azeez Rahim about the rampant and blatant corruption in Selangor. “Azmin teruk, lagi teruk dari aku,” said Mat Taib, which had Noh Omar and Azeez Rahim in stitches. At least Mat Taib is honest about his dishonesty.

Mat Taib said he cannot get state government approval to develop his Yayasan FAS land at Kelana Jaya unless he agrees to pay Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali a huge under-the-table ‘commission’.

Azmin nak ambik daging, tinggal aku tulang je,” said Mat Taib in disgust. Mat Taib explained that Azmin was building a war chest to take on Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for the PKR presidency. “Sebab tu dia makan keliling,” said Mat Taib. And Azmin will make sure that only his people are chosen as candidates in the coming general election to ‘isolate’ Wan Azizah and encircle her with his people.

Noh Omar and Azeez Rahim then asked Mat Taib why does he continue to waste his time in Pakatan Harapan. Why not just return to Umno? That was when, just two weeks ago, the idea for Mat Taib to return to Umno was mooted. And this happened in Mekah and has nothing to do with a ‘Selangor Move’ à la ‘Perak Move’, as Jahabar Sadiq insinuates. How could in just two weeks they negotiate Mat Taib’s defection together with eight Selangor ADUNs? That cannot be done between 31st August and yesterday.

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