The mud and sludge in Lembah Pantai. I always believe that if an elected rep of the people has served her constituency to the best of her ability, she has nothing much to worry about comes re-election time.
|Nurul Izzah: Will LP constituents|
vote her in again?
In this context, I believe Nurul Izzah has quite a bit of worrying to do as we head for May 5, the polling day. The feeling on the ground is that as an MP, her performance has been dismal at best. She was never there. She was too focused on national politics. On the other hand, Raja Nong Chik, who was seen earlier on as too "plain" to make a rep for a constituency that boasts of Bangsar and the bourgeois, has of late become the people's favourite. The reason is simple: while Nurul Izzah was busy harnessing her political skills, RNC was busy serving the constituents. I don't vote in Lembah Pantai but I spend a lot of time there. Ask Bangsar Bala if you don't believe me.
And when an MP or an States Assemblyman hasn't been doing what she was elected by the people to do, she tends to resort to desperate measures. Like challenging the potential rival(s) to meaningless debates. Nurul Izzah has done exactly that - daring RNC to a debate. Everybody knows RNC is not half the orator that the daughter of Anwar Ibrahim has become: he just happens to be better at letting his work do the talking.
|RNC: Tireless, with Shahrizat, |
who lost to Nurul Izzah in 2008
Among the Press people, we all agreed that the FT Minister wasn't the most media savvy. Nurul Izzah, on the other hand, has sued journalists and wooed them (in the case of the now-forgotten ex-Utusan Malaysia's Hata Wahari to set up Harian Rakyat). RNC hardly complained when there's bad press about him.
So I was surprised to read that RNC has finally drawn the line. I hear he will be suing Malaysiakini for "manipulating" his response to the pro-Opposition news portal's queries on an offshore company set up by his father. Was Malaysiakini really twisting facts trying in order to help its favourite candidate in the coming GE?
If RNC asks me, I'd tell him NOT to waste time suing anyone. If he has served the people of Lembah Pantai to the best of his ability, he's got nothing to worry about come polling day. Let the other guy lose sleep over that.