Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Fast, furious and stupid in KL
Updates: SAPP to get showcause letter from BN
Media barricade removed by BN Backbenchers
Editors speak up against lobby restriction
It's fast and furious in KL. The Barisan Nasional has called for an emergency supreme council meeting at Parliament House at noon. It is almost certain that the SAPP issue would top the agenda. SAPP president Yong Teck Lee was served notice to turn up at the ACA office in Kota Kinabalu at 3pm for investigations only to get a call just minutes ago that it has been postponed. ACA officers from KL would be flying there to question him instead over allegations that RM5mil was paid to his agents. The press corp at Parliament is threatening to boycott all conferences at the lobby after reporters were barred from the place.
The lobby has now been condoned off, like some emergency area, a stupid act which has infuriated the media. It is unprecedented. The decision has left reporters stunned and certainly insulted. Media organisations have already been restricted to five representatives each. The Star and Malaysiakini have their updates here. In Shah Alam, PKR secretary Mohd Yahya Mat Sabri has quit his post. Mohd Yahya, an aide to the Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, has been suspended from duties following allegations that he "fixed" cleaning and garbage collection contracts. The talk in Shah Alam is that Mohd Yahya is a victim of power play in PKR. He has gone off to see Anwar Ibrahim. Another day in Malaysian politics. It's fast, furious and stupid in KL.