Media Statement (2) by Lim Kit Siang in Petaling
Jaya on Wednesday, 10th September 2008:
Abdullah should direct the 54 BN MPs to
cut short their “blur blur” agriculture study tour of Taiwan and return
immediately to demonstrate that the BN has nothing to fear about “916”
Malaysia’s image and international standing
are trampled upon and “rubbished” by the 54 Barisan Nasional MPs
currently on a “blur blur” agriculture study tour of Taiwan as they are
been tracked by the Taiwan print and electronic media as if they are
bizarre or exotic creatures from a strange land if not from another
Instead of conducting themselves as proud elected representatives of a
nation held in high esteem in international circles, the 54 BN MPs are
caught in a hide-and-seek with journalists as if they are fugitives from
justice or agents of rogue nations as they are unable to give a honest
and honourable explanation of the real purpose and reason for their
sudden trip to Taiwan.
A Guang Ming Daily columnist has rightly coined the phrase “mong
cha-cha” or “blur blur” tour to describe BN MPs junket to Taiwan, for
the BN MPs were in a “blur” when summoned by SMS to submit their
passports for the “trip to nowhere” as the country destination was not
known and undecided, “blur” when they boarded the flight and continue to
be “blur” when they landed in Taiwan.
The 54 BN MPs know that they have become a laughing stock in Taiwan and
a standing joke wherever they go in the island republic. As a result,
they cannot hold their heads high when appearing in public in Taiwan.
As MPs who should be Malaysian nationalists and patriots first and last,
shouldn’t they do what is right – cut short their “blur blur” Taiwan
trip so as not to prolong Malaysia’s shame and disgrace in Taiwan every
day they are in Taiwan?
They should abandon the “blur, blur” agricultural study tour of Taiwan
if they are not to be known as “blur blur” MPs not only for the rest of
their elected term but the remainder of their lives.
In fact, the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi should
issue an immediate directive to recall the 54 BN MPs to cut short their
“blur blur” agriculture study tour of Taiwan and return immediately to
demonstrate that the BN has nothing to fear about “916” since BN leaders
have repeatedly claimed that the BN MPs’ junket to Taiwan was not meant
to derail Anwar Ibrahim’s “916” plan.
Apart from sparing the nation from continuing infamy in Taiwan and
international shame as well as BN’s “fatal obsession”: with 916, there
are many other reasons why the BN MPs’ “blur blur” agricultural tour of
Taiwan should be truncated, such as the fasting month for Muslims, the
Moon-cake festival for Malaysian Chinese and most important of all,
September 16 as Malaysia Day not only for Sabahans and Sarawakians but
for all Malaysians as well!
Kit Siang, DAP
Parliamentary leader & MP for Ipoh Timor