Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
Sometimes, I wonder if we should send in the clowns or call the circus and have them know a clown is in town.
Earlier today, man-who-fumbles -like-chihuahua-having-constipation, Lim Guan Eng, told Bernama that Tun Daim Zainuddin was the right man to lead negotiations with China regarding the Multi-Product Pipeline (MPP) and Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) projects.
A Malay Mail Online report read:
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said the discussions have been going on for the past one year.
“I do not think we can get a better negotiator than Tun Daim. He has the discretion and freedom because even though he is the chief negotiator, he is not part of the government.
“So he is able to manoeuvre as well as have the freedom to make suggestions that can allow both parties to reach amicable and agreeable solutions,” he told Bernama.
According to Lim, the negotiations were to retrieve the RM8.3 billion that was already paid to contractors for the project.
Lim said Daim managed to pull off the ECRL renegotiations without affecting the important bilateral relationship between China and Malaysia, while at the same time able to get Beijing to purchase more palm oil, put in more investments in Malaysia and assume half of the ECRL operating cost.
“This is the best deal we can get,” he said.
So let me get this straight – when the Government of Malaysia (GoM) needs to negotiate or renegotiate an important deal with a foreign country, it should send someone who isn’t in government to conduct the negotiation so that “important bilateral relations” will not be affected?
Let me rephrase that – when the GoM needs to discuss something of grave importance that involves critical decision making and knowledge of information privy only to government ministers with foreign dignitaries, we send gardeners, milkmen and (or) even retirees?
So what are we taxpayers paying Lim to do? Lay eggs?
I suppose the next time Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants to negotiate a bilateral deal with India, he should send Lutong – I’m sorry, RSN Rayer – or even Ramasamy.
After all, the two do have something in common with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the three don’t seem to have the ‘hots’ for Dr Zakir Naik.
Perhaps that would help with bilateral relations, no?
And while we’re on the topic, why not send Lim Kit Siang to North Korea to negotiate bilateral relations between our two nations?
I’m sure the Incumbent Supreme Leader of the DAP, known also as Lim Dim-Sum, would get along just fine with the Incumbent Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jon-Un, as the duo compare the sizes of their “nuke missiles” and ‘enter’ deals.
And don’t get me started on Rafizi Ramli…