It was a Monday full of “twists and turns”in Malaysia. I remembered Boomtown Rats song in July 1979 when I was in England doing my ‘A’ levels” I Don’t Like Mondays” was a UK number one single .When we went back to school after the summer holidays the tune will be sung or whistled at the schools corridors especially on Mondays. 

Today the 9th of February 2009 “CHAP GOH MEI” for the Chinese community turn up to be a day full of surprises. Firstly news filtered from Malaysiakini http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/97917 that the PAS MP for Bukit Gantang ,Perak has passed away due to a heart attack.

A call was made to PKR Sarawak legal advisor See Chee How who was indeed saddened by the passing of the PAS MP. Anyway he said this was a referendum for both Pakatan and BN. He echoed the same as per an internet portal,”Having a by-election so soon after the dramatic events of the past few days will be a referendum, of some sort, of how public feels about the continuing political drama and impasse.

Meanwhile SUPP/BN MP  for Serian Datuk Richard Riot while talking to audie61 said he was indeed saddened with the news of the death of MP Roslan. On the imminent by elections he said just after PP,KT we are now again facing another Parliamentary elections which is too soon.What to do as the seats have to be filled. But MP Richard said his thoughts and prayers are with the family of the late MP  through their testing times.   

V.Arumugum must have hated today as he had to make the decision of  sending his resignation letter to Sultan Kedah Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah. This latest Malaysiakini report in full which can be seen by clicking  http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/97930 today MB Kedah Azizan announced that exco member V Arumugam has stepped down as the state assemblyperson for Bukit Selambau, necessitating in a by-election in next 60 days.

I dont like Mondays especially this 15th day of Chinese New Year also sees the following,”1000 people gathering in Ipoh City Hall field declaring their support for the Malay rulers. There was also calls by GPMS Vice President saying “Elements like Karpal Singh who do not respect the sultans should disappear from the face of the earth.”The crowd also held banners, one of which read ‘Nizar penderhaka Melayu Zaman moden’

Besides the above,Mukhriz, who is also the Member of Parliament for Jerlun, said Pas should consider this alternative as the combined seats of the BN, PAS and Independents in the Perak legislature would enable a strong government to be formed in the state.“If the Malays are united, all Malaysians stand to benefit.

Also there was an emergency meeting on this eventful Monday when Perak DAP said it will campaign for Black Tuesday by getting the public to wear black apart from distributing black armbands to mourn “the death of democracy” in the state. It will also organise gatherings after office hours to protest the government switch.

So can you call this CHAP GOH MEI Monday a rather sad,interesting,  eventful and extraordinary Monday or would you say,”I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS“. BN and Pakatan has their hands full now with by elections in Kedah and Perak scheduled in the next 60 days. Have we forgotten Pensiangan,Sabah ?

PAS MP Passes Away – Malaysiakini

This Malaysiakini http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/97917 reports that PAS member of Parliament for Bukit Gantang Roslan Shaharum passed away this morning.

On behalf of audie 61 our deepest condolences and sympathy goes to the family. We say,”May the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God Rests in Peace” We have lighted candles in memory of him. 

The 50-year-old was cycling near his home in Changkat Lallang near here when he collapsed and fell off his bike.He leaves behind 10 children. His body is now here.

He was formerly the human resource director of Perak Economic Development Corporation, and last July was named chairman of Perak’s education foundation, Yayasan Perak.

In the three-corner fight for the Bukit Gantang parliamentary seat in Perak in the March 8 general election, Roslan Shaharum emerged victorious in what was essentially a two-party race.

Roslan of PAS polled 20,015 votes against Barisan Nasional man Abdul Azim Mohd Zabidi’s 18,449 votes. The third contestant – independent candidate M. Morgan – garnered a mere 872 votes.

It seems that now there will be another parliamentary by-elections besides another state by-elections in this report “PKR sources have informed Malaysiakini that the party’s elected representative in Kedah V Arumugam has submitted his resignation, necessitating a by-election soon for the Bukit Selambau state seat” The full report here. 

By-elections must be called within 60 days.