|Ku Li, a long time ago|
I join Apanama [Rafidah a fine example. Who next?] in taking our hats off to Rafidah Aziz for having the good sense of giving way, voluntarily, to new faces to represent us during the next general election. She's not the first in Umno to heed to Najib Razak's call for the changing of guards; Idris Jusoh, the former Terengganu Menteri Besar, offered not to stand for re-election in December last year. Since then, every old guard in the house has been quiet like a mouse. Until Rafidah ...
|Johari, old and tired|
Rafidah was easily one of the best - if the not the best - ministers in Mahathir Mohamad's Cabinet. As Minister of International Trade and Industry, she wooed foreign investors with her famous charms and defended our interests with fury and no fear. She is today still active and alert. Her decision has nothing to do with being winnable or not. If Rafidah decides to contest in PRU13, she could still win. Easily. She's winnable. But this is about overstaying, about having the good sense to know that it's time to go and let the new/young blood take over.
|Nor Mohamed, reluctant politician|
reluctant to go
|Syed Hamid, Outsider|
|Ku Nan, Orang Lama|
|Mohamad Aziz, 5 (or 8) terms!|
Multiple-term Members of Parliament are no longer something that Malaysians hold with awe. It's about giving way when you know that there is nothing you can offer that you've not already offered years and years ago. And that is true not just for Umno or BN politicians. There are many in Pakatan Rakyat who should follow Rafidah's example and give us voting Malaysians a break.