What countdown, you ask?
Here's the lead -- page 10, the NST (Print), and following is extract from the NST Online reprised in full:
Anifah: No harm in crossing over
By : V. Vasudevan, B. Suresh Ram, Eileen Ng, R.S. Kamini and Ili Liyana Mokhtar
THERE is no harm in Barisan Nasional MPs in Sabah defecting to the opposition, a backbencher from the state told the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.
"If there is no more space in the existing bungalow, what is the harm in them moving to a smaller house?" asked Datuk Anifah Aman, the member for Kimanis, to cheers from the opposition and nods from backbenchers from Sabah.
Anifah, who was speaking during the debate on the Royal Address, drew on this analogy after Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (BN-Bagan Datok) asked him if Sabah backbenchers were tempted to cross over to the opposition."Is this not an act of a desperado? Why would 140 members occupying bungalows want to move to smaller terrace houses?" Ahmad Zahid asked.
However, Anifah's reply stumped him, and a whole lot of backbenchers from the peninsula as well.
"I am not saying I am crossing over. There may be a handful who may want to move," he said.
"This matter of crossing over is not a serious matter. What is serious is the millions in five states in Malaysia who crossed over to the opposition," he said to laughter from opposition members.
This led Datuk Puad Zarkashi (BN-Batu Pahat) to ask Anifah if he would support an anti-hopping law.Anifah replied that he was against any law that would stop members from crossing over or changing parties.
"That would be like a police state. What is the point of persisting with leaders who have deviated from the right path? Do we stick with them? What good is a leader if the people are no longer with him?"
Anifah then pondered about the price of blind loyalty to leaders and the price people would have to pay for this."What is the use of being loyal to leaders and, in the process, sacrificing our people's future?" he asked.
To a question from Datuk Ghapur Salleh (BN-Kalabakan), who lamented about the poor infrastructural facilities in Sabah, Anifah said independence would be meaningless if the people could not enjoy clean running water or if children had to walk miles to get an education.
Anifah said the most important thing that the government should work on now was to prevent Sabah from going the way of the five states ruled by the Pakatan Rakyat. "Even if we speak harshly it does not mean we are defecting. The important thing now is for Sabah people not to jump like the Peninsular Malaysians did in the five states," he said.
DESIDERATA: Hear, hear! The deaf can hear again. Even the blind can see. And the dumb can speak. Except for many in the Barisan Nasional, especially from UMNO, oh no!
And one aMore from the sidewalk of Furong as RPK weighs heavy steal on Desi's mind,
I ponder what'son most Malaysians' minds today. MalaysaiaToday...
From The Star, page 3 (print); below is extracting from one mind who may have four eyes (C4, anyone?) still does not see, The Star Online:)
Thursday May 8, 2008
Bloggers not immune to the law, says Najib
MERSING: The Government has always been liberal towards bloggers and has no plans to clamp down on them, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
However, he reminded bloggers and Internet users that there were laws pertaining to sedition, defamation and libel.
“Just because you operate in cyberspace does not mean that you are absolved from having to comply with the nation’s laws,” he said when asked to comment on the recent case involving Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin.
Asked about the timing of the arrest and charging, which made the Government look unpopular, he said: “I do not think so. We have to draw the line of what is right or wrong”.
“This is not politically motivated,” he said to reporters after accompanying Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah during a one-day working visit to the Special Forces base yesterday.
Ya-lah, Bloggers Know-lah, No Need to Remind-lah!
Just Mind Your Official Duties-lah! Maybe also Mind Pak-lah!