KUALA LUMPUR – February 16, 2016: A donation drive by Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) has raised quite a lot of eyebrows.
Announced yesterday, the donation drive was to save party president Mohamad Sabu from bankruptcy and to sustain his political career.
It was reported that Mohamad, also known as ‘Mat Sabu’ will face bankruptcy if he fails to settle the RM200,000 compensation he was ordered to pay by the court for defaming former Election Commission deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Omar.
Mat Sabu, along with former Pas secretary-general Datuk Mustafa Ali were ordered by the High Court to pay the amount before August this year.
According to Amanah secretary-general Anuar Tahir, if Mat Sabu failed to pay the compensation, he will be declared a bankrupt and inevitably forced to resign from his posts in the party and any other establishment.
Many Malaysians, however, felt that it was “absurd” for Amanah and Mat Sabu to conduct the donation drive.
“I honestly sympathise with him (Mat Sabu) but Amanah had yet to do anything in helping the people and as it is, there are others who had it worse than him,” wrote Facebooker Hamdan Sutin.
Rahim Obiwan deemed that the donation drive to help Mat Sabu was “ridiculous” because Mat Sabu is not poor to begin with.
“He’s not even poor and there are others who needed donation money more than he does.
“There is no need to donate money to our politicians because at the end of the day all they do is pit the people against each other for their own political mileage,” he wrote.
“So the people have to carry your (Mat Sabu’s) burden too? You accused Barisan Nasional (BN) of using the people’s money to serve their own interests and here you are doing the exact same thing,” wrote Mohammad Ali Mohd Isa.
He pointed out that Mat Sabu’s donation drive was rather confusing because it is a politician’s job to help the people, not the other way around.
Some also proposed that instead of asking for the people to donate to him, Mat Sabu should just sell some of his assets to raise the money he needed.
“Sell one of your houses and start your way up from the bottom,” wrote Riq Cruz.
“You can’t keep clinging to the people when you are the one who’s supposed to be fighting for their sake,” he wrote.
Mohamad Noor Mohd Zain deemed that it was “utterly shameful” for the president of a party called ‘Amanah’ (trustworthy) to be on the verge of bankruptcy and is now “kneeling for help”.
Zaiton Mohamad viewed that given Mat Sabu’s penchant in making outrageous and baseless accusations, it was “only a matter of time” that he’d be plunged into such a mess.
“Well this is what happens when he spouts political rhetoric so freely without even bothering to get his facts checked.
“I guess he finally understood the phrase ‘even wall has ears’,” she wrote
Nevertheless, there were also those who claimed that they were willing to lend Mat Sabu a helping hand.
“Mat Sabu, God’s willing, I will definitely do my best to help you so that you can continue to do your part in striving for the people’s cause,” Feizal Lasim wrote.
He added that though it would not seem like it, Mat Sabu has a lot of supporters that will gladly spare some of their money to save his political carreer.
“We love not only him (Mat Sabu) but all of our current opposition leaders because they are the only one who has been fighting for our cause despite being pressured by the ruling government,” he wrote.
Another, Yusof Hussein wrote that Amanah supporters should not fret too much on how much they should donate adding that even a mere RM1 each would suffice.
He holds the opinion that if all 200,000 Pakatan Harapan (PH) supporters were to each donate RM1 to the cause then Mat Sabu will be saved in no time.
In fact, he went as far as proposing that they should collect the RM1 in the form of 50, 10 or 5 cent coins so that it will be inconvenient for Wan Ahmad when he gets the money.