The irony of Ku Nan’s present situation

On Nov 14, three people were arrested at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters and told they would be charged in court the following day. It was perhaps a coincidence that all three shared the same surname: Mansor.

Rosmah Mansor, her former aide Rizal Mansor, and former federal territories minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor are not related except in that charges have been made against them.

Tengku Adnan, who goes by the nickname Ku Nan, was charged with graft in relation to the sale of Kuala Lumpur City Hall land. He is no stranger to the Malaysian political scene.

In 2007, when he was tourism minister, Sin Chew reported that he had accused female bloggers of spreading rumours.

He said: “Bloggers are liars. They use all sorts of ways to cheat others. From what I know, out of 10,000 unemployed bloggers, 8,000 are women.

“Bloggers like to spread rumours. They don’t like national unity.”

In May 2017, when he was federal territories minister, he suggested that women dress shabbily to avoid being harassed in public. His remark was prompted by a Puteri Umno member who said she was worried about her safety whenever she left her house.

“It’s because you’re so beautiful,” he said. “The next time you go out, wear more comot (shabby) clothes.”

In 2015, meanwhile, he accused seven Umno politicians of bringing the party into disrepute. As the party’s secretary-general at the time, he initiated an internal investigation after the seven publicly denounced then-prime minister Najib Razak, who was also Umno president.

“If you don’t believe in the party’s struggle, then leave the party,” he said. “It’s okay.”

Today, the seven to whom Ku Nan referred have not been charged with anything. He, on the other hand, along with Najib and current Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, have all been charged with graft, abuse of power or money laundering.

It is perhaps doubtful that Ku Nan realises the irony of the situation. It is at times like this that he and many other big names in Umno will discover their true friends. In their hey-day, they enjoyed the support of several hundred people who turned up to show solidarity with them. When faced with a slew of allegations, though, only family members and a few others appear to show their support.

It is also ironic that Ku Nan now holds the post of Umno treasurer. If Umno is to move forward, it must sack him and find someone from the lower ranks who has an unblemished record. After all, its leaders don’t want the party’s reputation to be tarnished, do they?

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