Wednesday, January 02, 2008
posted by PabloPabla at 4:00 pm

It has been an eventful 3 months in Malaysian politics with the Barisan Nasional led government getting a couple of blows which threaten to shake their confidence in the coming General Election.

The first massive blow was arguably the lawyer's march for justice in Putrajaya calling for an end to the rot in the judiciary. This was followed by the Bersih rally attended by tens of thousands of people in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur which called for a free and independent election process, the Hindraf march near the British Embassy to submit a memorandum to Her Majesty the Queen, the refusal by the police to grant a permit for the Human Rights Day Walk, the apparent boos on the leader of the MIC culminating with prayers for the "late" Samy Vellu (which I think is definitely out of the line) and now, the resignation of the No. 2 man (as reported in Malaysiakini) in MCA - the Health Minister, for an extra-marital scandal which has come out in DVDs.

The MIC and the MCA have now taken a big beating. That is not all. Over in Sabah, Former Deputy CM-cum-Tourism, Culture & Environment Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat has brought a legal suit against the Kudat Town Board (meaning the State Government indirectly) over a dispute on the building of the world’s tallest Mazu (Goddess of the Sea) statue in Kudat.

I wonder if UMNO would be next to feel a heat. The indications from Perlis where Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Radzi Sheikh Ahmad (who is from Perlis but does not hold any post in UMNO Perlis) openly asked for the replacement of Perlis Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim seems to show that the show has just begun. It would be a very interesting General Elections indeed.



At 4:46 pm, Blogger

Talking about the Mazu (goddess of the sea) statue, I first read about it in The Herald and I really salute Tan Sri Chong for standing up for the cause and forego his position. If only we have more individuals like him who serves with their principles.