The sms I received today at 10.30 am was” 34 MPs Flying.” I was at the Malaysia day rally at Padang Merdeka Kuching,Sarawak which was attended by over 200 PKR members,supporters and the whole press fraternity in Kuching. The presence of Tian Chua (PKR information chief) added an extra spice to the event. Malaysiakini portal carried this report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/89807 which was headlined: Anwar: We have more than 31 defectors. So the sms which was circulated must have had an impact.
We know that the whole of Malaysia including the international community expected “A NEW DAWN” after 2 pm. Excitement throughout the morning and thumbs up were the order of the day. Dark clouds started hovering in Kuching while we were waiting for the LIVE PC. However when Anwar, did not reveal the list, at about 2.20pm the skies just opened up with rain lashing down followed by a thunderstorm, blistering winds and even some trees were uprooted. A PKR member said to me in a jest,”Even the sky is crying.” To me the the faces and the body language of those in the office at PKR Stampin were one filled with a “tinge of sadness” and it was also an “inexpressible atmosphere”
What to do says another member and he says that we just have to keep our Chins up and hopes Anwar pulls it off. It’s Clear, 916 to me has captivated and affected too many Malaysians and I called it earlier in my AFTERMATH report a,” cleverly thought out “POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT” like COCA COLA’S 1969 slogan inplanted in ones brain “IT’S THE REAL THING”
Just then an UMNO Sarawak member called me just to tell me what I already know but he put it nicely,”SAYAP SUDAH PATAH.” Why..? It’s because of the sms that the 34 Mps who were flying this morning. Where are they..? Which airport they land..?
He related an incident where a foreign U.S. helicopter pilot who was engaged during the elections in Sarawak failed to find his destination. He was ordered by the operations room personnel to pick up a ADUN Assemblyman from Sri Aman to Serian. Right on..!OK.!No problems..! One and half hour later the YB was no where to be seen.
Sensing something amissed,the pilot said cannot find Sri Aman and requests to return to base. Obviously the pilot made straight to the operations room. He opened up the map and you know what,”SIMANGGANG” was on the map. Simanggang was the old name for Sri Aman.
Whose fault..? Miscommunications and no one specifically told the poor US helicopter pilot the name change. Todays 34 MPs two from Parti Rakyat Sarawak, the UMNO boy said,”Masir and Nyallau” and their navigator from PKR (hope not from US)must have taken a wrong turn and instead of picking them both from Sri Aman he must have been given the map which also states ‘SIMANGGANG”. So that’s why Anwar said he has more than 31 defectors..hehehehe and then the conversation was cut off.
We know that,’Politics is afterall the ”ART OF INFLUENCING OTHERS.” Anwar at the press conference said
this “We want a peaceful transition. We hope that Barisan (Nasional) will not put up emergency rule to stop MPs from going to Parliament or arrest (government) MPs or stop them from joining Pakatan Rakyat,” he said.
“That’s why we have taken a very soft, conciliatory option. I am not making excuses. We have the numbers. We can and are prepared to move. If after a few days there is no response, Pakatan leaders will meet and see what is the next course of action.”
Well, Anwar to us the Flight 916 did not land but you have managed to shake the administration of the country eventhough today your concept did not materialise like you envisage. The “high stakes poker” game has just got more interesting. A classmate of mine who is now a lecturer in a local university said to me,”IT CAN”T BE LIKE BOLLYWOOD.” THIS IS AFTER ALL A SCRIPT IN MALAYBOLEHLAND.” Flight 916 will forever be eched in the minds of all Malaysians.