Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Malaysiakini today reports, here, that former deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department and ex-Kuantan member of parliament Fauzi Abdul Rahman (photo) has left UMNO to join Anwar Ibrahim's PKR.
Like Anwar, Fauzi was one of my MCKK contemporaries. He is also the son of the late Abdul Rahman Talib, a former minister of education during the early years. At a packed press conference organised by Anwar today, he said he quit politics in 2003 but decided to make a comeback after witnessing recent events in the local political scenario. "I think it is time that Malaysians wake up and form a tangible two-party system where UMNO and Barisan Nasional's loss is the people's gain. So I thought I wanted to be a part of it," he said.
Fauzi was also instrumental is exposing improprieties in the issuance of logging permits during the tenure of former Pahang mentri besar Khalil Yaakob between 1986 to 1999. For reasons which passeth all understanding, Khalil, who was also an UMNO secretary general, is now governor of Melaka.
Logged by The Ancient Mariner at 21:21