Saturday, December 31, 2011

MCA Members Resign En Bloc

Anti-BN campaigners and supporters should be elated because about one thousand MCA members from Penang and Johor have resigned en bloc. It seems that their resignations are only the tip of the iceberg and it signals the beginning of the imploding of BN’s second largest component party.

If you still read the mainstream newspapers, especially MCA’s mouthpiece, The Star – you will realize soon enough that they will have downplayed the news – it is not something you want to share with the Malaysian public! A retired journalist, Jackson Ng cited one former member as saying: “Just watch how MCA implodes in the run-up to the 13th General Election. At least 30 percent of its members will eventually abandon the party by polling day” (Webpage http://www.malaysia-today.net/mtcolumns/letterssurat/46191-mca-implodes-a-blow-to-bn
, published December 30, 2011).

I was just reminiscing about Kota Kinabalu because sometime last year – in December – I went there and I did enjoy myself immensely. Anyway, thinking about Sabah brings two news items to mind – they have been sitting quietly in a cobwebbed corner in my mind for quite awhile. The simmering issue that concerns the unique wooden Atkinson Clock Tower in Kota Kinabalu is pretty much dormant because there have been scant developments on this. [To understand this matter of contention, kindly check out my posting dated November 30, 2010 titled “The Clock Tower”].

Anyway, so far all I know is that two ordinary citizens, i.e. homemaker Lim Swee Geck and social activist Jeffery Chang gained wide support after they had filed a suit against the city’s authorities – the Sabah Housing and Town Development Authority (SHTDA) and City Hall or Dewan Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu (DBKK) – for allegedly approving the project. The case is on-going while the authorities say no decision has been made yet whether the project will be allowed to go ahead. Until today, nothing so far. If you must knoiw, Malaysian courts move at a snail’s pace.

The other on-going case plodding through the courts is a civil suit filed by former Sabah CM Harris Mohd Salleh against another former chief minister Yong Teck Lee for allegedly defaming him when he called for a re-investigation of the plane crash that took the lives of CM Fuad Stephens and 11 others some 35 years ago on June 6, 1976. The man who replaced Stephens was Harris, and this story took an intriguing twist when Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah revealed last year that he was asked to disembark the flight by Harris just before the doomed craft was about to take off.

The issue is that Harris is claiming that Yong, a lawyer by training, and his party, SAPP, slandered him by calling for the re-opening of the crash files based on Razaleigh’s revelation as by doing so allegedly insinuates he was involved in the crash.

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