Former UMNO minister Zaid Ibrahim joined DAP on Tuesday saying he chose the opposition party because of their proven track record. He cited the Penang government as evidence that DAP was consistent with their aspiration for a corruption-free Malaysia.
Former PM Mahathir Mohamad, in turn, expressed his hope that Zaid’s membership with DAP would last longer than his stint with other Opposition parties. He pointed out that the culture of party-hopping must cease.
Zaid was with UMNO before he switched to PKR, and afterward formed his own party KITA (Parti Kesejahteraan Insan Tanah Air) – he later stepped down as KITA president in 2012 amid internal squabbles.
So to Mahathir, Zaid is a frog. Like many Malaysian politicians, irrespective of their party affiliation.
Still, the frog, I mean, Zaid considered himself “a serious politician”. He put on a straight face before telling us that party positions mean little to him. He even claimed to be the only Malaysian minister to have resigned on principle.
Under UMNO, Zaid was the law minister during the administration of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2008 – and he quit from the post the same year as a protest against a spate of arrests under the Internal Security Act, resulting in his suspension from the governing party and his eventual exit.
On Tuesday, I attended the Allianz Toastmasters meeting on Level 29, Menara Allianz Sentral in KL where I was the General Evaluator as well as a project speaker.