Storm Brewing In Sabah?

dr jeffrey kitinganThere was a hive of activity in Sabah today and a lot of cars were seen making their way to Musa Aman’s house. Is there a storm? There are also indications that SAPP are moving a gear forward.  In an earlier report on 24th of May Jeffrey who is also Sabah PKR deputy chief, said that the first batch of Barisan MPs to join Pakatan will take place either at the end of May or early next month. Abdullah will be in KK today and all eyes will be on Sabah. Happy Kaamatan(harvest) festival to all Kadazandusuns of Sabah.  

Foreign Storms hold up Cabinet reshuffle.

The need to have a calm political climate in Sarawak is the most probable reason why Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud is putting on hold the much anticipated minor reshuffle of the state cabinet.

Taib gave an indication of this yesterday when asked by reporters about the reshuffle.

“Sarawak is a very calm, nice place. (But) I see some foreign storms trying to be very funny, so you know we’ve got to keep our calm,” he said after chairing a cabinet meeting at Wisma Bapa Malaysia here.

Taib, who is also the state BN chairman, did not explain what he meant by ‘foreign storms’, so reporters could only deduce that he was referring to the political developments happening outside Sarawak.

 Read our earlier report :-

New Kuching City Mayor-Not from SUPP


James Chan Khay Syn (picture)is the new mayor of Kuching City South Council (MBKS). It was decided at yesterdays cabinet meeting the seat which was vacant since August 23rd 2007 following the untimely demise of the former mayor. 

Environment and Public Health Minister Datuk Michael Manyin told reporters after the meeting that the cabinet had decided to appoint a non-politician due to the “political circumstances”.

“I think if SUPP (Sarawak United People’s Party) wants its candidate as mayor, it better work hard to regain the four seats in Kuching so as to have stronger and better bargaining power,” he said.

He pointed out that SUPP had made its case before the cabinet arrived at its decision, but at the moment, the cabinet feels it is better to have a non-politician to run the city to avoid controversy.

Reporters waited more than three hours in Wisma Bapa Malaysia’s lobby to ask Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud if the cabinet had appointed the new mayor, but when he stepped out of the lift, he told them to direct their questions at Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan, who is also SUPP president.

However, Dr Chan, when met at his office on the building’s 20th floor, told the reporters to ask Manyin, the minister in charge of local government. Incidentally, Manyin happened to be with him at that time.

It seems that SUPP had it coming for them again this time.  

Grand Saga EGM-Solutions..

Khalid: Grand Saga EGM in 2 weeks (From MalaysiaKini)

Excerpts from the report:-The Selangor government – through its state-owned company – will call for an emergency general meeting of toll operator Grand Saga within the next two weeks to settle the on-going Cheras toll saga.
Selangor CPO Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar who visited the spot, told the residents that he had advised Grand Saga to stop any construction of barricades in the area and said that the public would be inconvenienced each time the barricade is erected.
DCP Khalid also urged the Malaysian Highway Authority and the Public Works Department to settle the matter and come up with an amicable solution. There should also be a stop to further politicised the situation by any legislative or electied representative.
The barricades has caused much displeasure to the 38000 residents of Bandar Mahkoto Cheras.We feel that there are ways in dealing with problems and nobody should resort to any violence just to have it their way.Solutions solve problems and Violence only instigates more hatred. We do feel sorry for the residents but any grievances should be tackled and aired through the proper channels. Do you have any other solutions….?

PM’s anti-graft agenda won Ezam over. Whats next?

Malaysiakini In the follow up on the subject of Ezam joining back to UMNO Syed Jaymal Zahiid and Soon Li Tsin reported that the anti-corruption agenda was the main attraction for former PKR leader Ezam Mohd Nor to rejoin the party that once expelled him for being overly critical. Ezam also mentioned that the Prime Minister has given him the mandate to pursue his reform agenda as long as it benefitted the country. The full report can be read in Malaysikini

Meanwhile seven former PKR Youth leaders have submitted their applications to join Umno to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. They are Annuar Shaari (former PKR Youth chief for Permatang Pauh and private secretary to party de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim), SD Johari Mohd Yasin (former Selangor PKR Youth chief), Mohd Nazmi Rosli (former Selangor PKR Youth secretary), Ahmad Daud Che Ghani (former PKR Perlis Youth chief), Azwan Din Hamzah (former PKR Youth executive council member), Khairul Annuar Ramli (former PKR Kedah Youth chief) and Abdul Ghani Haron (former PKR Youth executive councillor member).

It is understandable that with the latest developments there would be more changes in the political landscape. The situation on the ground remains volatile and the “FEEL” of the people has not been helped by the switching of parties of elected representatives,change of government and the impending realities of “Snap Federal Elections.”  Raja Petra  Kamarudin wrote on Wednesday:

What is next? Food and oil prices are increasing and this has also not helped the mood of the people. A number of political party members when interviewed from PRS,PBB,SAPP,Gerakan,UMNO,Keadilan,MIC and DAP agreed that it would indeed help to restore the countrys foreign investors to Malaysia if it was called. This will also help our lacklustre economy.This is in the only way forward as the talk of the pendulum swinging would be put at rests and the Government of the day can carry on administrating the country without anymore hindrance or fear. If Thailand,Taiwan or Japan can do that it why can’t we? Even if it is history to be created it doesn’t matter.

History is after all analysis of past events of importance to the human race. Of course Abdullah would be the creator of this historical Snap Elections if it was called but it will remain unclear who will come up tops. The people will have time to weigh the options of the Political Parties open to them and it is up to the aspiring candidates/incumbents to prove their worth to the people. Abdullah is the most powerful and influential man in the country and he has the rare oppurtunity to prove all his critics wrong. The talk of Crossovers/Hopping would be a thing of the past and to me it will be History. Read my earlier article “Midstream Political changes The ball has already been rolled…..