Monday, December 22, 2008

Rocky Insinuations

Over the past few years numerous lies and half-truths laced with negative insinuations about me have been paraded around in cyberspace. Initially, I chose to ignore much of this bad press. However, with the smear campaign against me being stepped up in recent months especially by those with close ties to one of my fellow candidates for the UMNO Youth leadership, I have learnt that it is only apt for me to respond to these matters periodically.

The most recent of these insinuations was about my visit to the National Heart Institute (IJN). For the record, I was there to meet the Minister of Youth and Sports, YB Dato' Sri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. I was instructed by Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) President, KDYMM Sultan Ahmad Shah, to brief Dato' Sri Ismail about the state of national football, and the role that the government can play in improving standards of the game, beginning at grassroots level. It so happened that Dato' Sri Ismail had admitted himself into IJN for a check-up yet kept our appointment which resulted in me being spotted there. I also happened to visit Dato' Sri Ismail at the same time the Health Minister, YB Dato' Liow Tiong Lai, was making a working visit to IJN and the latter came up to visit Dato' Sri Ismail as a courtesy to a fellow Cabinet colleague.

But to respond specifically to the insinuation posted in the blog that has long had a personal axe to grind against me, I was not subsequently at the Health Minister's press conference since I was there to call on Dato' Sri Ismail. I left IJN after my meeting. The blog also asks why Dato' Seri Shahrizat Jalil's husband was present for the Health Minister's press conference. I don't want to speak on his behalf but my guess is that Dato' Dr Mohamad Salleh Ismail (Dato' Seri Shahrizat's husband) was present because he is Chairman of the Board of Directors of IJN. A simple search on IJN's website would confirm his position. 

My views on the substantive matter regarding the speculation that IJN was to be privatized are clear – any plans for IJN cannot come at the expense of its role in serving the needs of civil servants, low-income individuals and families. Unfortunately, the blogger in question, who also disagreed with the proposed Sime Darby deal, found it fit to imply that my presence at IJN meant that I was somehow involved in all of this.

As a public figure, I always understand that such speculative reporting is unavoidable, but the nature and scale of the accusations thrown at me suggest that certain individuals have a personal vendetta against me, and no amount of explanation on my part can halt this absurdity. I am neither expecting sympathy nor suggesting that I am flawless, only exposing the hypocrisy of these individuals who, in attempting to destroy my integrity shred every inch of what's left of theirs.

Source: Rembau Dot Net

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