COMMENT Newly-minted minister Paul Low must be having mixed feelings these days.
Surely, it must have been a great honour to be appointed a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. Low must feel proud to be recognised for his past contributions to the nation, both as a business and civil society leader. Rightly, he should.
On the other hand, the barrage of criticisms against Low could have weighed him down and dampened his spirit considerably.
It must be particularly uncomfortable when people in Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M), the very organisation he served as chairperson, started casting aspersions on some of his decisions.
Then, some Pakatan Rakyat leaders unleashed some harsh words on him immediately after he gave his first press conference as a minister.
I thought that was a bit premature and unfair to the man who has just started work (at a ripe age of 66, mind you) and in an unfamiliar setting.
Yesterday, former MACC adviser Robert Phang dropped another bombshell when he said that Low had violated Transparency International’s code of ethics by accepting his appointment as a minister.
Referring to Low’s statement that he has no enforcement powers, Phang said it was an admission by Low that he is a lame duck.
Not very uplifting words from people whom Low would gladly call friends, I’m sure. Continue reading