TTF: Rafidah, stop contradicting yourself.
1. On the one hand, you claim it to be the right of all Malaysians and companies to support whichever political party they choose (see news item below).
2. But on the other, you decide to punish Supermax Corporation Bhd Group Director Dato’ Seri Stanley Thai for apologising over his decision to support Pakatan in 2013.
3. So how could it be that you support one’s right to a choice when it is you who’s punishing Stanley for making that choice?
4. Stanley’s apology was tantamount to a show of support for Barisan Nasional, given that he felt it necessary to direct that apology at the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Seri Najib tun Razak.
5. What this means, is that Stanly has more or less declared that Supermax made a mistake by choosing to support Pakatan in 2013 instead of sticking with the ruling coalition.
7. Back then, you were yet to be appointed Supermax Chairperson, meaning, what Stanley or Supermax did or did not do in 2013 is really none of your business.
8. In other words, your decision to resign from Supermax is an exercise in futility, particularly if it was meant to garner sympathy from your supporters.
9. Did it not occur to you that your position in Supermax was more titular than it was anything else, that it is quite normal for large corporations to offer chairmanships to persons of your stature to reap benefits from their networks of associations?
10. Do you honestly think Supermax gives a hoot you left?
11. The fact that you yourself are leaning towards the very opposition Stanley regrets having anything to do with is an indicator that the group director isn’t happy with your presence.
12.Don’t believe me? Did he consult you before issuing the apology?
13. No? I rest my case.
KUALA LUMPUR: Former minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz has resigned as chairman and director of Supermax Corp Bhd, saying she disagreed with convicted managing director Datuk Seri Stanley Thai’s apology for supporting Malaysia’s Opposition in 2013.
According to news portal Malaysiakini, Rafidah said it was the right of all Malaysians and companies to support whichever political party they choose.
“Pursuant to the ‘apology’ by Stanley Thai to the (incumbent) prime minister for whatever he did during the 13th general election, I have resigned from serving as a director of Supermax Corporation and as the chairperson, with effect from April 14.
“While it is his (Thai’s) right to do what he feels he needed to do, I do not share the same sentiments,” she was quoted saying.
The former international trade and industry minister said she was a strong proponent of integrity and honesty as well as a believer in the individual’s prerogative to back the political party of his choice without fear of repercussions.
Rafidah was appointed chairman of Supermax, the world’s second-largest glove manufacturer, in 2015.
Thai, who was convicted of insider trading in 2014 and is currently appealing against his five-year sentence, called a press conference last Saturday where he formally apologised to Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
He expressed regret for allowing himself to be influenced by the local Opposition in 2013, and said he has since formed the belief that businesspeople “should not be involved in politics under any circumstances”.
In a 2013 interview with Bloomberg, Thai said he was joining the local Chinese community in withdrawing its support from the ruling Barisan Nasional “to protect the future of his children”.
Source: The Malay Mail Online