Malaysian Circus With Fifty Clowns Goes To Taiwan
Some 50 MPs out of a total of 78 are expected to take part in the programme, which was organised to explore Taiwan’s agricultural and industrial technology.
BBC chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said they decided to go to Taiwan, and not China, as they were short of time.
“Initially, we wanted to go to China but as we did not have enough time to process our visas, we decided on Taiwan instead,” he told The Star’s Malay news portal mStar.
He said the initial plan was to have a 12-day trip, but it was shortened due to the Ramadan.
Deputy BBC chairman Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin said the delegation would depart from the KL International Airport at 11.15am today.
He said their trip was self-funded, while their itinerary would be handled by the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre in Taipei.
The trip had been widely speculated by some quarters as a move to thwart Pakatan Rakyat’s efforts to form the Federal Government by Sept 16.
However, this was dismissed by Bung Mokhtar, who said that no Government in Malaysian history had been formed by MPs from the ruling coalition being bought over.
Asked about Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s comments that he would meet with BBC members after they return from Taiwan, Bung said it was typical of Anwar to seek attention.
“It is only empty talk. Anwar likes to cause a commotion. Until now, we have not gone anywhere (switched parties),” he said. (The Star)
***** For all of the government's denial and dismissal of a mass defection from the ruling party, this one trip is sure proof that many of our Umno pemimpin are shaking in their shoes and under their sarung. This 'lawatan sambil belajar' is nothing but a desperate attempt to postpone the inevitable.
The ruling party is living testimony to that saying, 'power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely'. And the people have had enough. We simply can't wait another five years to boot out those who have led our country into disunity and impending economic ruin. Let Anwar Ibrahim do all of us a favour by showing the racists the door and then perhaps we can get down to governing properly in this once fair land of ours.