The Importance of Being Earnest

Via Noni anak Pak Samad (no relation to Shahrir Abdul Samad kin) at "anak Pak Samad kata…":

"No… I am not disappointed with them, they will have to learn to be disappointed with themselves."
—Shahrir Abdul Samad. Script via The NST (May 6, 2006)

Read what Stingray has to say here.

And if you get bored with the socio-political mumbo-jumbo, you might want to lull yourself to sleep with Pok Ku's tale of the jungle.

A little more on Shahrir Samad political history:

To those not well-versed with the political scene – Datuk Shahrir Samad is the Member of Parliament for Johor Bahru. Just like some of the other UMNO greats like Tun Dr. Mahathir, Tengku Razaleigh, Tan Sri Musa Hitam, etc., his rise in politics began in the Tun Razak era, starting out as a young political secretary to Tun Razak in UMNO, back in the 1970's.

He was a member of the Cabinet in the Mahathir era and during the Team A and Team B split in UMNO, he left UMNO as an independent candidate and and eventually joined up with the Tengku Razaleigh-led Opposition party, Semangat 46. And as Semangat 46 rejoined UMNO, Shahrir returned to UMNO with it.

In the last general election, he won with one of the biggest majorities in Barisan Nasional – with about a 50,000 votes majority. The man is undoubtedly popular with the people, though not necessarily within UMNO.

[Source: Stingray – The Importance of Being Shahrir]

From my recent comment here:

For one Barisan Nasional BackBenchers Club (BNBBC) is not a political party per se. They serve as a platform for Members of Parliament and the rakyat to correspond in order to improve the quality of service provided by Members of Parliament to the people who they represent. Barisan National is coalition of the ruling party, and UMNO is part of it.

He, Shahrir Samad did quit from UMNO during Tun Mahathir reign. He was one of the youngest-cabinet ministers ever in 1982 but was dropped after the bitter 1987 party polls. He stepped down as Johor Bahru MP and won back the small election for Johor Baru parliamentary seat in August 1988 representing catch-all party (Parti Bebas berlogo Tiga Kunci) against BN candidate the late Cikgu Mas’ud Abdul Rahman. He won 63.57 votes, with 12,595 majorities. In 1986 when he won for BN, he only garnered 12,235 votes.

Remember Tun Haji Mohd. Salleh Abas? Read his book Kebebasan Kehakiman ~ Singa di bawah takhta dijerat (satu kezaliman) [1989]. In October 1988, Shahrir Samad objected to take the oath of office in front of Speaker Zahir Ismail because of his [the Speaker] role in the tribunal to remove of then the Lord President Tun Salleh Abas (Ketua Hakim Negara) by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. He’s in every bit a controversial figure in the political world in the 80’s.

The Importance of Being Earnest is a classic comedy of manners by Oscar Wilde.


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