Thursday, 12 March 2009

Who is the scapegoat of UMNO?

I am quite fond of her, she is strong and speaks from the heart. But is she the scapegoat of UMNO? At this point of time, diversion of such may come in handy for certain quarters. With Najib Razak taking over the government soon, little scapegoats like Azalina Othman and Khir Toyo played a distracting side line show for all. 

Yesterday, a team of MACC officers went to Azalina's office to remove a few documents, as part of the investigation into money politics leading up to UMNO party elections. Azalina was not in when MACC came knocking. 

As there are too much heat on Najib with the Mongolian model issue, he would want to start off with ministers with clean sheets. I will not be surprised if both Azalina and Khir Toyo sees their positions in UMNO go down the drain with the current allegations of money politics, unauthorized "loans" on the Saudi apartment deals, Disneyland and some "technical meeting" which ended up in a shopping spree in Hong Kong and Tokyo.

Who is Azalina Othman Said....

Dato' Sri Azalina binti Othman Said is the Tourism Minister in the Cabinet of Malaysia and the auntie to Raja Afiq. Before that, she was the Youth and Sports Minister. She is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the main component party of the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional.

Azalina is the Member of Parliament for PengerangJohor. She won her Pengerang parliamentary seat uncontested in the 2008 Malaysian general election. She also won theprevious election uncontested also due to last minute pulling out of opposition candidacy. Born in Johor Bahru on December 311963, Azalina started his tertiary education in Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) (or Institut Teknologi Mara (ITM) as it was known then) by taking her Diploma in Public Administration (DPA). Upon graduating with ITM, she read laws in Universiti Malaya and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours.) or LL.B Hons. After graduating in 1988, she went on to further her studies at theLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceUnited Kingdom and graduated with a Master of Laws (LLM) in 1990.

She first started her career in Malaysia as a legal assistant at Messr Raja Darryl & Loh law firm (1988-1989, 1991-1994). After gaining experience, she became an associate partner of Azalina Chan & Chia law firm (1994-2001) and with Messrs Skine (2001-2002).

In 2002, she formed a partnership with Messrs Zaid Ibrahim & Co [2002-2004], which is the largest law firm in Malaysia and later on with Zaid Ibrahim & Co. LLP, Singapore in 2003. Coincidentally, Zaid Ibrahim is now her cabinet colleague, having been appointed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in-charge of Legal Affairs at the same time as her appointment as Tourism Minister.

Before getting involved in politics, she was the host of various television talk shows, mainly discussing about political, economic and social issues, such as Dateline Malaysia and Lidah Pengarang on ntv7.

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