Monday, December 9, 2013

In Praise of Rosmah Mansor

At the UMNO general assembly, Najib Razak publicly paid tribute to his wife Rosmah Mansor and thanking her profusely for her “good deeds” to the country. 

In his winding up speech at the said event, Najib highlighted two instances where Rosmah helped the country.  

"I have never shared this before. When one of our students was arrested in Egypt after being accused of being a spy, my wife made a call to the president's wife and within two hours the student was released. 

Not just that, during Ops Pyramid, when our students were stranded in Egypt during the Arab uprising, my wife used her good relations with the (Saudi) royal family to allow the students to return home without visas. In a normal situation, this is impossible but with the relationship she has with the royal family, we managed to bring the students home," he explained. "Through her networking, the Saudi government prepared two Jumbo jets and brought our students to Riyadh, although they did not have a visa to enter Saudi Arabia." 

And according to the mainstream press, the UMNO crowd went wild and the venue was filled with euphoria. 

If she was so adroit in handling international crises and helping Malaysian students, then perhaps Najib should really consider appointing his wife as Minister of Special Affairs as she had demonstrated capability in carrying out the duties of at least four cabinet ministers – including Anifah Aman (Foreign Affairs), Mustapa Mohamed (International Trade and Industry), Muhyiddin Yassin (Education) and Rohani Abdul Karim (Women, Family and Community Development). 

Shouldn't Najib dismiss these ministers since they are not as effective as Rosmah?

Liverpool went second in the EPL table with a 4-1 victory over West Ham in a match that featured three own goals. 

The Reds’ first goal came on 42 minutes when, after West Ham squandered possession on the edge of their own box, Luis Suarez's low drive was parried by Jussi Jaaskelainen only to rebound in off Hammers defender Guy Demel. And two minutes after the restart, Mamadou Sakho met Steven Gerrard's free-kick with a toe-poke at the far post and the ball bounced into the ground and over the line to give Liverpool their second goal. 

Martin Skrtel's own goal in the sixty-sixth minute briefly gave the Hammers hope, but Luis Suarez's nodded home Glen Johnson's superb cross (81) and it restored Liverpool's cushion. 

Then Joey O'Brien added to the own goal count as he inadvertently deflected Suarez's shot beyond the West Ham goalie (84).

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