Monday, May 26, 2008

On different paths but sharing a common bond

The Star (6/4/2008): With a number of family (father and son, mother and daughter, father and son-in-law) teams in Parliament, Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad could not resist a cute joke when asked about his MP brother Khalid.

“Hey, it’s not nepotism,” he joked.

After all, Shahrir is from Umno while his kid brother is from PAS.

In the recent general election, Khalid defeated Umno’s Datuk Aziz Shamsuddin to win the Shah Alam parliamentary seat.

So the august house will see the unusual case of two brothers on opposing sides.

“That would be interesting, wouldn’t it?” he said.

Shahrir said he and his brother know each other very well but noted that they are very different people.

“Our difference is simple. He went to the UK in the 1970s during the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. And I am a graduate from a local university.

“I was in MU (Universiti Malaya) during the 1969 racial riots. So it was a time of more (Malay) nationalism and the NEP and deliberations of the economic policies. So we were on very different paths,” he said.

Shahrir went on to become political secretary to Tun Musa Hitam when his mentor (Musa) was a deputy minister (1973-1975).

Then he rose to become political secretary to two Prime Ministers, first Tun Razak and then Tun Hussein Onn, before becoming an MP himself.

At the age of 34, Shahrir was one of the youngest to be appointed a minister (1983).

But he was chucked into political wilderness after the 1987 team A and team B fight and has only recently been brought back from cold storage.

Now, at the age of 59, he is the new Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister.

Shahrir said this would be his last term as MP, adding that he has no regrets because his journey has been a life-learning process.

“Life is the best school,” he said philosophically.

And as minister of a rather difficult ministry, he said, he is acutely aware of what people feel, and doing something about it is the reason he is in politics in the first place.

This is where Shahrir and Khalid – who are on different paths – share a common bond.

“We both have the same sense of concern for the common ordinary man and the same sense of public service,” said Shahrir, who believes that both he and his brother may see the same problems but “because we are different, our diagnosis and prescription will be different”.


Posted by bakaq a.k.a. ~penarik beca at 6:11 PM

8 comments:

kulaan said...

Salam..

Kita terlalu mudah dipercayai dan pemurah sehingga maruah pun tergadai.kerana itulah apa yang jadi kepada umat Islam sekarang menyebabkan kita makin lemah dan ditindas.
Teressa kok dan geng kafir ini walaupun bagus sekali pun memberitahu bahawa mereka menolong kita demi menegak keadilan bukan tentu kita tahu apa yang ada didalam hati mereka.
Kita boleh berkawan tetapi kena berhati-hati sebab kita tidak tahu isi hati mereka terutama golongan kafir ini..
Benar sabda Rasul Junjungan kita bahawa akhir zaman ini berbagai rupa yang mengaku arif tentang agama akan menyesatkan kita apabila kealpaan dan kebodohan kita

kulaan said...

سلام..

كيت ترلالو موده دڤرچايأي دان ڤموره سهيڠڬ مرواه ڤون ترڬاداي.كران ايتله اڤ يڠ جادي كڤد اومت اسلام سكارڠ مڽببكن كيت ماكين لمه دان دتينداس.
ترايسسا كوق دان ڬيڠ كافير اين والاوڤون باڬوس سكالي ڤون ممبريتاهو بهاوا مريك منولوڠ كيت دمي منڬق كعاديلن بوكن تنتو كيت تاهو اڤ يڠ اد ددالم هاتي مريك.
كيت بوليه بركاون تتاڤي كنا برهاتي-هاتي سبب كيت تيدق تاهو ايسي هاتي مريك تراوتما ڬولوڠن كافير اين..
بنر سبدا رسول جونجوڠن كيت بهاوا اخير زمان اين برباڬاي روڤا يڠ مڠاكو عارف تنتڠ اڬام اكن مڽستكن كيت اڤابيلا كالڤأن دان كبودوهن كيت.
كيت سڠڬوڤ برسكوڠكوڠ دڠن موسوه كيت سوڤاي اورڠ اسلام سنديري برڤچه-ڤچه دمي ماهو كواس سرتا ككايأن

kulaan said...

سلام..

باءيق اورڠ امنو اتاو ڤاس سام ساج كران دأڠڬوتاي اوليه اورڠ ملايو دان اين تله ترچاتيت دالم سجاره باڬايمانا كالاو ماهو كواس اتاو ككايأن مريك سڠڬوڤ برڤراڠ ،حسد دڠكي دان مراچوني.اخيرڽ مريك لايو دباوا اوليه اڠن-اڠن يڠ دأمبيل كسمڤتن اورڠ لاين.
اهلي ڤوليتيك سموا سام ساج مستي منيڤو،ملاڬ-لاڬ فيكيرن رعيت جنجي دي بركواس .والاوڤون اديق براديق لاين ڤوليتيك تتاڤي ككايأن دراسا برسام.بوكنكه دالم اسلام تيدق بوليه ڤوتوسكن ڤرسااودارأن سسام اسلام.سڤرتي ڤڤته ملايو كمانا ڤرڬيڽ كواه كالاو تيدق ك ناسي

~PakKaramu~ said...

aSSALAMU'ALAIKUM wR,wB

sATU KETIKA DULU SAYA INGATKAN KHALID DAH TIDAK BERSAMA PAS KERANA SUNYI JE, MASA TU SAYA JADI SETIAUSHA PAS BG DATUK SEMASA MESYUARAT KAT TAMAN MELEWAR ADA ORANG KATA YOU DAH JOINT ABANG YOU

AL HAMDULILLAH SEMUANYA BERJALAN DENGAN BAIK

TAKBIR !!!!

cakapaje said...

Salam YB,

Minta tolong tandatangan menentang kekejaman laknatullah di blog saya: http://talkonly.blogspot.com/2009/01/malaysian-voice-for-gaza.html , dan tolong warwarkan. Begitulah juga diharap kepada semua sahabat di sini.
Syukran.

Maharoms light & deco pte.ltd said...

salam bro ir khalid seem like i know u , i been transfer to jb , then i brought an issue to mp jb dato shahrir about 7 eleven selling arak at kawasan penduduk melayu islam kg dato onn jaafar that cc latter to him actually i wrote to dato ss mufti, also cc to ajk masjid.seen this karat people bising about this issue in selangor just want to know what the respond. dont worry bro i pun orang muar. mt blog sh anuar

Cili Padi said...

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