Sunday, March 2, 2014

Taib Mahmud's Promotion

Taib Mahmud was sworn in as Sarawak governor on Saturday.

Padungan state assemblyperson DAP’s Wong King Wei on Wednesday had filed a writ of summons to prevent Taib from becoming governor. The former had maintained that his appointment violates Article 2 (2) of the Sarawak constitution, in which the State Governor “shall not hold any office of profit and shall not actively engage in any commercial enterprise.” And not unsurprisingly, he failed because the Kuching High Court ruled the next day that it had no jurisdiction over the appointment.

DAP Sarawak is naïve because Taib is untouchable.

According to Article 6 (5) of the Sarawak constitution, the same applies to the office of Chief Minister: “The Chief Minister shall not hold any office of profit and shall not actively engage in any commercial enterprise” – and yet that has never stopped Taib.

We all know that Taib Mahmud is engaged in illegal business activities both in Malaysia and overseas. We might as well throw away the said state document since Prime Minister Najib Razak had consented to Taib becoming Governor. This means Najib is himself endorsing the rampant corruption in the timber and palm oil sectors in Sarawak.

Leigh Griffiths (above) scored his first hat-trick for Celtic since joining in January when they thrashed Inverness Caledonian Thistle 5-0 in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Griffiths grabbed his first ever goal at Celtic Park in the twelfth minute when he volleyed in a great delivery from Emilio Izaguirre and then ten minutes later, set up a corner for Charlie Mulgrew to flick home. The former Wolves striker sent a fierce shot past Dean Brill in the 57th minute before the over-worked Inverness goalkeeper let a long-range effort from substitute Kris Commons slipped into the net in the 78th minute. Griffiths rounded off the scoring in the 85th minute when he calmly converted a bouncing pass from Commons to seal his hat-trick.

Indeed, Celtic was on a rampage and the margin of victory could have been much bigger.

On the same day too, Liverpool continued their impressive title challenge with Luis Suarez (above) inspiring a 3-0 victory over Southampton.

On his 100th Premier League appearance, Suarez broke his five-game goal drought when Daniel Sturridge’s ball took a fortuitous touch off Jose Fonte into Suarez’s path and the Uruguay striker steered it past goalkeeper Artur Boruc in the 16th minute. He was the architect of the second in the 58th when he cut the ball back for Raheem Sterling to slot home. And Suarez was caught by a Fonte flailing leg, and Steven Gerrard stepped up to score from the penalty spot in the 90th minute.

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