The "new" Zaid Ibrahim. When he was in Umno, Zaid was the "maverick". He dared to speak out against the leadership, he was critical of his own colleagues, and he'd make mincemeat of the Opposition members whenever he had the chance. The Malay-Muslim Kelantanese became a big-time lawyer and headed one of the biggest legal firms in the region.
One of the first things I did when I became the president of the National Press Club was to invite him to address my members at Jalan Tangsi. Shamsul Akmar, now a columnist with NST, moderated the session. Then at the former Blog House, we got him to address the Bangsa Malaysia forum. He was frank and he didn't mince words. In short, he believed in the freedom of expression. He believed in the freedom of the press.
I prefer Zaid the outspoken ex-Umno politician. The new Zahid is somewhat "less". His skin isn't as thick as it used to be. The threshold, once great, is now not so. His patience with criticisms against him is wafer-thin. He has taken a lawsuit against A. Kadir Jasin, a veteran journalist and an outspoken blogger. Now he is suing another seasoned journalist, or that's what I heard.
If that's true, I think Zaid is sending a message that my fellow journalists should heed. Do exercise great caution when writing anything against Zaid. That goes to bloggers to. A Voice, it's not too late to take down your latest posting on Zaid!