Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Apa jadahnya dengan teksi Kuala Lumpur?



Artikel di bawah yang dipetik dari portal berita online Malaysiaaktif menarik perhatian ramai...

TEKSI KUALA LUMPUR KOTORKAN IMEJ NAJIB.

Untuk ke sekian kalinya akhbar Utusan Malaysia telah mendedahkan perkhidmatan teksi di ibu negara yang biadab, penipu, kotor, samseng,cekik darah dan sebagainya.

Pada keseluruhannya pemandu teksi di bandar raya ini melambangkan imej sebuah negara yang tidak berdisiplin, rasuah, tidak cekap ,tidak berundang-undang dan tidak bertamadun di sebalik kehebatan Perdana Menteri Malaysia Datuk Seri Najib mewarnakan Malaysia dengan segala peradaban dan pembangunannya.

Najib sendiri adalah English Gentleman tetapi pemandu pemandu teksi di negaranya tidak melambangkan peradaban pemandu London Teksi.

Orang yang bertanggungjawab membiarkan kerosakan Imej negara ini ialah Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz yang pernah diberikan tugas untuk menyelesaikan masalah ini tetapi memberikan berbagai alasan seolah-olah masalah ini tidak dapat diselesaikan buat selama lamanya. Kepandaiannya adalah menepis dengan menggunakan alasan undang-undang tetapi tidak pernah menyelesaikan masalah.

Bagaimanapun, suatu masa dahulu beliau bijak menyelesaikan masalah teksi di Kuala Lumpur apabila melibatkan tuduhan rasuah terhadap dirinya.

Silatnya dengan menggunakan alasan undang-undang telah banyak menutup kelemahan dirinya sebagai Menteri yang banyak membawa kerosakan kepada dasar dan imej negara kecuali kepada peningkatan popularitinya di dalam Parlimen dan juga di kawasannya.

Wartawan Utusan Malaysia melaporkan dari Jakarta bahawa perkhidmatan teksi di Jakarta sekarang adalah mengagumkan; teksi baru dan berkualiti, perkhidmatan cekap, pemandunya sopan serta terlatih hasil pengendalian sebuah syarikat yang dikenali sebagai Blue Bird.

Di Malaysia oleh kerana banyak masalah politik dan ramai pegawai JPJ dan Polis rasuah maka sekalipun khidmat teksi diswastakan, tidak ada keberanian mana-mana pihak untuk menunjukkan ketegasan bagi memperbaiki keadaan. Tepat sekali kepala berita Utusan Malaysia 29 November yang menganggap khidmat Teksi Kuala Lumpur telah menjadi BARAH.

Perkhidmatan teksi bandar raya Kuala Lumpur tidak melambangkan Perdana Menterinya yang kacak bersih dan sopan.

Thursday, November 25, 2010



Post terbaru Rocky Bru (di sini)yang bertanya sama ada anda pernah diminta memberi rasuah agak menarik disoroti...

Menurut Datuk blogger itu kita sering mengadu mudah diberi rasuah. Boss Suruhanjaya Pencegah Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) Datuk Abu Kassim Mohamad bertanya kepada para blogger pada satu dialog di sebuah hotel di Kuala Lumpur hari ini sekiranya terdapat sesiapa yang pernah diminta memberi rasuah tahun ini.

Reaksinya, hanya SEORANG blogger daripada 30 yang hadir pada forum tersebut mengaku dia pernah dipaksa membayar.

Menurut Abu Kassim ujiannya amat ringkas. Di sebuah negara yang korup, setengah daripada mereka yang berada di dewan dialog tersebut akan mengaku pernah diminta memberi suapan atau pun pernah memberi rasuah.

Sehubungan itu, Abu Kassim berkata, " Kita tidaklah se-korup seperti yang dianggap, "

Ye, ke...?

Can something be learned from this?


An interesting article on America’s first lady and her social traits which many see as not so politically-correct as published by Yahoo! News and Politico.

Can we learn something here?...


“She has glamorized kitchen gardening, spotlighted childhood obesity and invited thousands of students, many of them minorities, to official White House events.

Expectations were high for a different kind of first lady, and in many ways Michelle Obama has lived up to them, maintaining the kind of high public profile that was widely anticipated when she and her husband came to Washington.

At the same time, she has been a victim of those expectations, disappointing some in Washington who hoped she would be a more expansive social presence, and eliciting the familiar criticism of recent first ladies that she keeps too much to herself.

In a new book on the presidency, “Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House,” Richard Wolffe writes that because of the constant pressure of the past 22 months the president's circle of friends and confidants “shrank rather than expanded.”

Interviews with the spouses of administration officials and members of Congress as well as Washington social observers suggest that the same thing is true of his wife as well.

In many ways, Michelle Obama has emulated the president’s approach, relying on a close-knit group of friends and confidants from Chicago to help shape her agenda and find her way in a community that she has been wary of joining.

“There has been no attempt to reach out to people they don’t see as their people,” said the wife of a senior administration official, who doesn’t have Chicago ties. “They don’t reach out even to people in the administration who aren’t from their inner circle.”

“It’s extremely businesslike,” she added, before invoking a comparison with the early days of the Kennedy administration. “It’s not Camelot.”

And maybe that is the problem. The return to the White House of an attractive couple with two young children on a tide of idealism placed an impossible burden on both the president and his wife.

"Because of the campaign, people expected Obama and the first lady to revitalize some of the glamour of the White House and bring Camelot back to Washington," said Julian Zelizer, a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University who has studied recent presidencies.

"But the realities of Washington make that difficult. We're in an era where it's hard to recreate Camelot. People are increasingly cynical about politics, and it's really a partisan world. I don't think either party would allow the president of the opposite party and the first lady to enjoy that kind of existence."

One telling indication of that reality: In the first few months in the White House, the Obama’s hosted a half-dozen cocktail parties to get to know members of Congress. As the health care debate became more heated last spring and Obama became more of a Republican target, the cocktail parties were abruptly ended.

To be sure, the first lady has made a concerted effort to establish "the people's house" by inviting thousands of guests to cultural shows at the White House including jazz, classical and Broadway performances. She opened up "the backyard” to host a series of sports clinics and other outdoor activities to promote her "Let's Move!" initiative and held more than a dozen events in her kitchen garden, which has garnered worldwide attention and praise.

And she and her husband have hosted Super Bowl parties for administration officials and members of Congress (and their families) on both sides of the aisle.

In 2009, according to a White House aide, the visitors office delivered "record-breaking attendance and welcomed more guests than any year post-9/11" with more than 600,000 people. In 2010, the aide pointed out that the office has already exceeded 2009 numbers.

And now with advent of the holiday season, the first lady is ramping up the social calendar, hosting more than a dozen parties for Congress, administration officials, news media, military families and wounded troops as well as civic, faith and business leaders respectively.

"We plan on welcoming over 100,000 guests in December alone and our total guest count is projected to be slightly over 800,000," the aide said.

“She has opened up the White House to so many groups of different people,” said Debra Lee, CEO of BET Networks and a longtime Obama supporter. “I went over the week after they first moved in and it already felt different.”

Lee, one of the nation’s most prominent black businesswomen, is emblematic of one of the most historic changes the Obamas have brought to the White House — the presence of highly successful African-Americans.

Over popcorn and soda last week, for instance, the first lady screened Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” for about 50 guests, mostly black women.

“It was not political,” said E. Faye Williams, chairwoman of the National Congress of Black Women, who has known the president since his Senate days. But, Williams acknowledged, the guests were mostly “people [the first lady] has known through the campaign and others through the work that we do.”

Longtime friends continue to be her most intimate confidants. “Their closest friends are their friends from Chicago,” a White House aide said.



White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett — a friend from the first lady's days working in the Chicago mayor’s office — is a frequent dinner companion. Soon-to-depart chief of staff Susan Sher, another colleague from the mayor’s office, is her closest adviser. And Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, moved from Chicago to live at the White House.

Last summer, the first lady vacationed in Spain with her old pal Anita Blanchard, whose husband Marty Nesbitt is the president’s close friend. Chicago friends Eric and Cheryl Whitaker have joined the family on vacation in Hawaii and even at the president’s Nobel prize ceremony last year.

And when the Obamas have on the very rare occasion ventured out to private residences, it’s usually to Jarrett’s Georgetown condo, though they have made more-public outings to Five Guys, the International Spy Museum, the Kennedy Center and a host of restaurants across town.

One reason they don’t socialize more is familiar to all young parents — they either want or need to spend time with their kids. “It’s not like she can go out every night,” one friend of the first lady said.

And at least some of their informal socializing revolves around their daughters, Sasha and Malia.

“I talk to parents in their grade level who say the first lady is very accessible,” said Lee, whose daughter attends Sidwell Friends School with the Obamas' daughters. “She’s not standoffish just because she has Secret Service. It’s not a barrier. She takes time to get to know parents and their kids.”

The first lady, who had never really forged strong bonds with congressional wives when her husband was a senator, is now involved in school potlucks, award banquets and soccer games for her daughters, said people who run in the same social circles.
“She is very focused on being there for the kids,” one source said. “That’s her No. 1 goal.”

“They’ve made it clear they're not going to run back to Chicago every week,” Lee said. “This is their home. They’re going to be a part of it.”

Still, when the first couple arrived in Washington, there was an expectation that the Obamas — especially the first lady — would be more of a public presence.

Washingtonians had high hopes of rubbing shoulders with the first lady, as hairdressers lobbied to do her hair, women rushed to buy J. Crew cardigans and Good Stuff Eatery named a turkey burger the “Michelle Melt.”

"I think when they came in, there was this expectation that they would be this young hot couple and they would be out on the town and would pump some new blood into the social scene and that just hasn’t happened,” said Sally Quinn, journalist and Georgetown hostess. “They've kept very much to themselves.”

The first lady, Quinn added, has been all about "community outreach, not social outreach."

The Obama’s are “very funny people socially,” said the wife of one high-ranking Democrat. “The first lady is not inclusive at all,” she said. “It's one of the complaints people have, especially a lot of the congressional spouses."

In fact, spouses were miffed last year when the first lady didn’t host a traditional luncheon for them. Then-social secretary Desiree Rogers received a string of complaints, according to the wife of one Republican member.

Friends and associates of the Obamas dismiss such criticism with barely disguised contempt, as did people who were close to first ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton,.

"It's not surprising that Washington socialites are unhappy that some of their tickets have been given to people that the first lady preferred to invite to White House — like wounded warriors, military families and community leaders from across the country,” said one Democrat close to the White House.

"But this criticism from Washington insiders is a small price to pay for opening the doors of the White House to more Americans than ever."

But Catherine Allgor, a history professor at the University of California at Riverside, who studies the "parlor politics" of first ladies, said it would be a mistake to dismiss the Washington social scene. “When it comes to politics, parties are never frivolous," she said.

And Allgor has some advice for Michelle Obama: “Get out there and start making friends.”

Anita McBride, who served as chief of staff to Laura Bush, said Obama is doing what other first ladies have done: establishing a “sanctuary” at home. “Creating a family life when you live above the store is an important thing to do,” she said.

But on the heels of the “shellacking” the Democrats received in the midterm election, “This is not a time to hunker down and retreat,” McBride said. “This is a time to use all the tools at your disposal to foster relationships. This is an opportunity where she can help her husband stay engaged and forge relationships, even with those who may not agree with you.”

Tuesday, November 23, 2010




Malaysiakini melaporkan:

“Naib presiden PKR yang baru dilantik Azmin Ali telah berikrar menghapuskan semua “penderhaka” dalam parti tersebut berikutan proses pemilihan parti selama dua bulan yang dipenuhi pelbagai kepincangan hinggakan mencalarkan imej parti di mata ramai.

Bercakap kepada pemberita di lobi parlimen kelmarin, Azmin berkata proses “pembersihan” akan bermula serta merta selepas kongres kebangsaan parti Ahad depan.”

Dia menggesa seluruh ahli parti membina “prinsip-prinsip kesetiaan” bagi memelihara semangat reformasi dan memastikan tiada lagi terdapat sebarang pengkhianatan dalam PKR.”


Kenyataan Azmin itu dianggap penyokong kuat Pakatan Rakyat di alam siber blogger “Zorro Unmasked” sebagai terlalu angkuh dan takbur. Pendapat yang sama juga dikongsi oleh penyandang timbalan presiden Dr Syed Husin Ali.

Pada hakikatnya, “Zorro Unmasked,” seperti ramai pemerhati PKR dan penganalisis politik kesal dengan sikap bongkak Azmin yang seolah-olah sengaja dibenarkan oleh ketua de facto PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berdasarkan sebab-sebab yang bukan sekadar terhad di gelanggang politik.

Blogger “Zorro Unmasked” berpendapat tindakan pembersihan tidak patut dilaksanakan sewenang-wenangnya sehingga punca sebenar masalah dalam PKR dikenal pasti.

Umum diketahui satu-satunya punca masalah tersebut ialah proses pemilihan yang begitu sangsi hinggakan lebih 160 aduan diterima.

Tanda-tanda masalah yang menghantui parti itu tidak lain persaingan sengit, perbalahan dan tindakan ‘tikam belakang’ sesama sendiri.

Dalam pada itu sebahagian besar ahli PKR berpendapat ketara sekali proses pemilihan seperti yang berlaku telah menyuburkan lapangan untuk membiakkan “penderhaka” dalam barisan kepimpinan PKR.

Di puncak segala-galanya ahli-ahli parti melihat hakikat bahawa kemenangan Azmin bukan kemenangan dalam erti kata sebenar kerana hanya 8 – 10% daripada hampir 400,000 ahli mengundi.

Berdasarkan fakta itu timbul persoalan samada sesuai dilakukan proses pembersihan “pengkhianat” dalam PKR hanya dengan berpandukan statistik itu seperti yang diinginkan oleh Azmin.

Bagi pemerhati dari sebelah sana jurang politik, segala yang berlaku pada PKR sejak kebelakangan ini membuktikan ketidakmatangan parti dan barisan pemimpin yang lebih mementingkan diri sendiri daripada perjuangan parti – itu pun jika benar ada landasan nyata dan rasional yang diperjuangkan sejak penubuhan PKR.

Apa yang terdedah sekarang ialah kegampangan dan bukan kemerosotan parti berikutan pendedahan segala penipuan.

Ramai dalam PKR dan Pakatan Rakyat kini melaungkan ‘sudah tiba masanya untuk diubati penyakit yang menular, dan bukan masa untuk “MEMBUNUH.”

Apa jua tindakan yang diambil pada peringkat ini, realitinya krisis berpanjangan dalam PKR baru bermula dan pasti akan menjadi lebih meruncing di waktu terdekat.

Maka disebabkan sentimen inilah kelmarin terdengar suara-suara daripada aktivis dan penyokong PKR menasihatkan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yang mengetuai kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) supaya tidak tergopoh-gapah memanggil pilihanraya umum dalam masa yang terdekat kerana kononnya pelbagai masalah negara perlu ditangani terlebih dahulu.

“Nasihat” mereka itu sebenarnya bukan ikhlas kerana masalah sebenarnya yang dihadapi ialah dalam pihak pembangkang sendiri, terutama PKR.

Mereka mahukan supaya dunia berhenti berpusing sementara Anwar dan Azmin merumuskan strategi licik yang lebih ganas untuk seluruh ahli PKR dan Pakatan Rakyat.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Zaid guna taktik Anwar - gempaq!


Persoalan sama ada Datuk Zaid Ibrahim akan keluar dari PKR terjawab pagi tadi apabila beliau mengesahkan spekulasi tersebut.

Bercakap kepada pemberita pada satu sidang akhbar di rumahnya di Tropicana Golf Resort, Petaling Jaya, beliau berkata surat penarikan diri telah dikemukakan kepada parti berkenaan, dan seterusnya beliau berkemungkinan menubuhkan parti baru untuk menjadi calon pada pilihan raya umum akan datang.

Menurut Zaid keputusan tersebut dibuat kerana kecewa dengan PKR dan barisan kepimpinannya. Katanya, segala kepincangan dan ketidaktelusan kepimpinan dalam parti tersebut menghalangnya untuk meneruskan misi berdasarkan komitmennya untuk menjana transformasi politik yang sebenar untuk negara.

Bagaimana pun, beliau berkata penarikan dirinya itu hanya akan berkuatkuasa pada 16 Disember depan, tanpa menjelaskan apa hakikat disebalik tarikh tersebut selain berseloroh berkata ketua de facto PKR Datuk Anwar Ibrahim juga pernah mensasarkan tarikh sama untuk mencantas kesinambungan Barisan Nasional (BN) melalui rancangan lompat parti beramai-ramai oleh ahli-ahli parlimen BN.

Tarikh yang ditetapkan Zaid itu nampaknya bukan melenyapkan isu tersebut, malahan mencetuskan persoalan samada beliau akan turut bersandiwara seperti mana dilakukan oleh Anwar.

Walaupun pengumuman oleh Zaid itu seolah-olah ingin memberi impak kepada kedudukannya dalam kontroversi terbaru yang tercetus dalam pemilihan kepimpinan PKR, namun ia dilihat beberapa penganalisis sebagai satu cubaan kejutan yang tiris.

Ketirisan pendiriannya itu terserlah apabila beliau menegaskan tidak akan memutuskan pertalian dengan Pakatan Rakyat dan terus memelihara persahabatan dengan semua kawan, walaupun sedar betapa parti-parti pembangkang dalam ikatan pembangkang itu mudah mengorbankan prinsip dan ideologi masing-masing hanya untuk ‘menggulingkan’ BN dan menguasai Putrajaya.

Strategi tokoh yang dianggap seperti duri dalam daging dalam persekongkolan Pakatan Rakyat itu tidak banyak memberi kredibiliti kepada langkah terkininya.

Nampaknya apa yang dilakukan oleh Zaid sejak kebelakangan ini akan lebih memberikan impak negatif kepada persona politiknya. Dengan cara memegang kepada strategi ‘populis’ yang kononnya berpaut pada pendirian luhur, apakah beliau merasakan dapat mendaki ke puncak?

Politik partisan yang penuh dengan budaya gelap dan licik dalam bukan saja PKR, malahan juga dalam Pakatan Rakyat tidak memungkinkannya mampu berjuang secara bersendirian.

Ramai bekas tentera hidup melarat

Sebahagian bekas perajurit yang menghadiri perhimpunan
raksasa PBTM di Bukit Jalil

Blogger ini terasa benar apa yang dipaparkan oleh bloggger Bujai "Just Read" mengenai nasib ayahnya, seorang bekas perajurit yang pernah berkhidmat di Congo di bawah panji Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB)pada tahun 60an.

Walaupun saya sendiri bukan bekas tentera, tidak kurang juga bilangan saudara mara yang pernah berkhidmat dalam tentera.

Awal bulan lalu, saya turut menghadiri perhimpunan bekas tentera dalam pertemuan dengan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak di Stadium Bukit Jalil.

Sewaktu di sana saya berkesempatan mendengar pelbagai rungutan mereka yang dipilih ke perhimpunan tersebut.

Ramai yang terkilan kerana mereka ke sana dengan harapan diselitkan sesi bersemuka dengan PM bagi meluahkan secara empat mata apa yang terbuku di hati tanpa perlu melalui orang tengah, iaitu bekas pegawai-pegawai tinggi yang memegang kedudukan eksklusif dalam Persatuan Bekas Tentera Malaysia, PBTM.

Tanpa mengulangi apa yang ditulis oleh Bujai, saya dengan ringkas mengingatkan pucuk pimpinan supaya lebih proaktif menangani jurang komunikasi di antara mereka dan bekas tentera.

Banyak manfaat yang boleh diperolehi sekiranya saranan blogger ini diterima, dan banyak himpunan rasa syukur dan terima kasih daripada wira-wira yang tersisih ini.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

UMNO don't want Zaid, says Ku Nan



"Zaid, We have expelled him. Why should we take him back?"

That was the reply given by UMNO secretary-general Tengku Adnan Mansor when asked if the party would re-admit Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.

Stressing that Zaid would only give problems, Tengku Adnan added that Barisan Nasional (BN) did not want individuals who only wanted to pursue their own interests.

Last Monday, Zaid abruptly withdrew from the race for the Parti Keadilan Rakyat(PKR) deputy president's post amid claims that there had been irregularities in the election.

Following the decision, which he made through his blog, the former minister in the Prime Minister's Department went on to attack PKR top guns Anwar Ibrahim and Azmin Ali as the root cause of the party’s problems and that they must go to ensure the continued survival of the party.

Following Zaid's obvious fall out with PKR, allegations and counter allegations were thrown in both directions, including a desperate spin from Anwar and Azmin's camp spiced with allegations that Zaid was a "mole" - a claim that brought to the forefront Anwar's warning earlier about there now being some "Trojan Horses" in PKR.

The fiasco had even boiled over to drag non-PKR member lawyer Haris Ibrahim, who some claimed as carrying out a hatchet job for Zaid and Jeffrey Kitingan of Sabah, as well as former MCA millionaire John Soh Chee Wen.

There is still no end in sight as to which direction Zaid is taking for now, but the outlook will definitely be interesting.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hwa Beng: God commands Christians to fight Islamic state



MCA's datuk Lee Hwa Beng said, "God commands Christians to fight Islamic state..."

Yup, ain't that a bigoted stance?

But then again Muslims, too, could say the same and no one beyond the parameters of that faith have the right credentials to oppose that notion. However, in Islam moderation is an honour.

Whatever extremism or fundamentalism - words coined, invariably, by detractors have never been part and parcel of the faith.

So, how do we manage such an outlook? Doesn't it give credence to the mindset of the person who made the statement?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Nik Aziz terduduk diasak soalan mengapungkan DAP


Adegan benar dalam video yang tersiar dalam blog 'Angin Perubahan' hari ini, menyerlahkan lagi kebingungan dan misi pincang PAS dan Nik Aziz untuk kononnya memperjuangkan Islam.

Hayati peristiwa tersebut di sini.

Anwar dan Azmin punca masalah PKR


Penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dan Naib Presiden Azmin Ali punca masalah dalam parti tersebut.

Disebabkan itu, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim meminta kedua-duanya meletakkan jawatan.

Disebabkan faktor tersebut juga Zaid kelmarin mengumumkan perletakan semua jawatan dalam PKR selain menarik diri daripada pertandingan jawatan Timbalan Presiden PKR.

Sambil menegaskan Pakatan Rakyat memerlukan kepimpinan baru, Zaid berkata, “Mereka perlu menarik diri.”

Apabila ditanya pemberita siapa yang sesuai menggantikan kedua-duanya, Zaid berkata, “Saya boleh menjadi pemimpin yang baik.”

Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, naib presiden parti Mustaffa kamil Ayub berkata beliau telah menyiapkan memorandum supaya pemilihan parti dibatalkan dalam masa 48 jam, dan sekiranya gagal tindakan lanjutan akan diambil.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Batu Sapi: Opposition campaigners barred from entering Kg Istimewa



Folks at Kampung Istimewa in Batu Sapi, Sandakan found it more convenient to ban opposition party campaigners from entering the village.

This surely had upset the Pakatan Rakyat coalition camp as well as SAPP.

If it's people power, why are they complaining? Isn't it so obvious they are only happy when the rakyat blindly follow THEM? Are they not condescending now?

Their philosophy that the majority is always right stinks though. As a God fearing person, we know God has from the time of Adam been passing the message of religious knowledge to Mankind, but the majority has always chosen to deny it or ignore it.

So much for the righteousness of the Majority. In this country, our Rukun Negara tells us to first accept that we all must accept and believe in a God Creator. This is the first statement in Rukun negara.

All Divine religions advocate social justice, though not necessarily in the way their perverted minds interpret that. Its mainly those who support the likes of Kit Siang and Karpal who don't believe in Divine Revelation.

Anyway, who are they to pass moral judgment? Like someone said, going by their advocation of meting out justice by Meritocracy, were the US universities to now faithfully implement that, U.S. universities would not have any place for U.S. students and instead they would be full of ONLY those from Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Israel , Germany etc.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What a gas! Plans for debates fizzle out



At first no one believed that the debate between SAPP president Yong Teck Lee and Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman would materialise.

However, when the press kept being informed and 'updated' about it, the notion began to take root and the corps of reporters in Batu Sapi took notice.

The tip-off became all the more credible when Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) candidate for P185 Bukit Sapi parliamentary by-election Ansari Abdullah was said to have announced a three-cornered debate of his own, comprising his detractors Yong and Barisan Nasional candidate Linda Tsen Thau Lin.

But at the end it turned out that all the debates did not take place. No one turned up.

Although knowing that their opponents would just ignore their challenge, they still went about it for publicity sake.

While Linda Tsen turned down Ansari's invite, Musa on the other hand was of the opinion that a debate with Yong would be a futile effort. Similarly, Yong, too, turned down Ansari's challenge for a debate at Sandakan's Dewan Hakka,and said that it would be more worthwhile to take on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, instead.

Left alone, Yong, nevertheless proceeded to turn the non-event at Dewan Hakka into a ceramah, during which Ansari actually turned up but was instead told that it would not happen as Musa had rejected it.

Meanwhile, at Sandakan's Sanbay Hotel where Ansari was supposed to have another debate with Tsen and Yong, the event turned out to be a campaign speech by Anwar.