IS AN NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) person more influential than a wakil rakyat? I pondered over this when I saw a picture of an elected politician handing over a memorandum to a representative of the Selangor Palace yesterday.
The picture showed the politician, Abdul Rahman Palil, State Assemblyman (UMNO) for Sementa, handing over the memorandum to the Selangor Sultan ADC, Komander Ahmad Ramli Kardi.
Abdul Rahman was there in his capacity as the deputy president of the Malay Students Union of Selangor. The memorandum was to highlight to the Sultan of Selangor of what Abdul Rahman described as "political interferences in Islamic affairs in Selangor."
Abdul Rahman, who claimed that he represented 100 NGOs in the effort, only managed to pass the memorandum outside the gate of Istana Kayangan in Shah Alam. As far as I can recall, Abdul Rahman is more recognised as a politician than an NGO person.
Then why the NGO hat? Could it be that an NGO taking up the issue has a better chance of being heard? And make a difference? Or the politician in him feels that he won't get far with the effort?
I often wonder why would an elected politician want to go round declaring himself an NGO person and suppress his political persona? Anyone knows?