Malaysiakini reports http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/89257
headlines: Kurup’s Pensiangan seat declared vacant. It’s 1 less 29 to go and many PKR members are rubbing their hands with glee. Shouts of Keadilan echoed through the High Courts in Kota Kinabalu. Has it rained down on Kurup and BN..? Cindy said from KK we will have the latest updates later and we will cover the by elections if there is one.
Meanwhile Bugi Wijaya filed this report in. The weatherman in his warning of strong winds and rain in Penang, Kedah, Perlis and Perak forgo about Sabah. In the Sunday late evening at the township of Foh Sang Luyang, Kota Kinabalu, it was pouring rain! The annual SAPP’s Foh Sang Mid Autumn Festival was heading for a washout. Who would turn up for a washout event?
“This must be a sign of things to come from Heaven”, I overheard an onlooker exclaiming to his friend. Yes, it was a sign of thiing to come. As the more and more people came and took shether on the “kaki lima”, those with umbrellas braved the rain. No, the event was not a washout even as SAPP President Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee arrive with his umbrella. The festival were not a washout after all.
(SAPP is the only political party which celebrate different cultural festivals and among the various cultural celebrations organised are Hari Raya Aidilfitri Open House, Pesta Kaamatan, Chinese New Year, Mid Autumn (Moon Cake) Festival, Chinese Glutinous Rice Festival, Christmas Open House. They had even had Deepavali Open House at one time)
This reminds us of the historical date 18 June 2008 where a small party in Barisan Nasional (BN), SAPP announced their loss in confidence in the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. SAPP move was condemned by all component parties of BN with some immediately calling for SAPP to be sacked. Those who are in the right government positions were the ones that was the most vicious with some calling SAPP a political bitch.
At that time, everyone had said SAPP by being the thorn in PM flesh, had done the wrong thing and the timing was not right. With only 2 MPs and 4 ADUNs, how could a mosquito party do any harm to the STRONG and MIGHTY BN?
Its like the rain today, who would come to the Mid Autumn Festival celebrations in Foh Sang, the heartland of SAPP HQ? But despite the rain, a huge crowd turn out. Whether they support SAPP or just spectators for the show, it does’nt matter. It shows that the people will turn up when they have the interest, rain or shine.
Like in the current political scenario, we are beginning to hear grouses from other component parties. UPKO were the early bird to support SAPP but it was a real shocker that even in MCA and Gerakan we have heard ‘hints’ of them reviewing their position in BN. Looks like MCA and Gerakan will have to defend SAPP when the BN meets on Tuesday to deliberate their fate.
So back to the question again. Will 916 ‘jadi’?
Yong’s reply is that Anwar’s 916 is not a simple matter. This has been asked to him by a lot of people in the street. He believes the incumbent government in their desperation to protect their vested interests and individuals, will try to cling on to power using whatever means. The excitement is there but it is not a simple matter.
Yong also added that the window of opportunity for Sabah has closed. The PM budget 2009 has completely ignored the 8 points raised by SAPP.
In May this year, Yong had said,
“If nothing happens, we (Sabah) will either return to our status-quo of being subservient or, it will explode i.e. some other forces including the opposition may come into play and things may no longer be within our control anymore.”The problem with the national media is that they are only interested in the cross-over as it affects . They should instead look at the issues affecting Sabah and its people.”
For those who had voted for the BN and am now disappointed, you will have to wait for the next GE 13. Don’t blame the government because you elected them, just live with it. For those who brag that the opposition should go through the ballot box to seize power, would you dare call for an election now and face the people?
Either way, 916 is getting nearer. Have you book your ticket for the Malaysia Boleh Land show? Hopefully there will be no last minute protest bu certain party and cancellation of the permit by the relevant authority to the Malaysia Boleh land show!!!!
Happy Malaysia Day in Advance!