Barisan reps asked to hand in passports for study trip

Barisan reps asked to hand in passports for study trip

PUTRAJAYA: Barisan Nasional MPs have been asked to submit their passports for an overseas study trip ahead of Sept 16, the date that is being bandied about for supposed defections to take place.

Backbenchers Club chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said the trip was the brainchild of the club but rejected suggestions that it was organised because of the Sept 16 claim.

The trip came about after a few of our members got talking. We wanted MPs to update themselves with the latest information about agriculture and high-tech food production so that we can debate better on the Budget when Parliament sits again in October.

This is the best time for the trip although it is the fasting month because after that, Hari Raya celebrations begin and Parliament will meet again, he told The Star here yesterday.

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been claiming that his plan to topple the Barisan

government by Sept 16 was on track. He claimed that some 30 Barisan MPs, particularly from Sabah and Sarawak, were ready to defect.

It is understood that the trip, said to take place between Sept 7 and Sept 19, will be open to all MPs, especially those whose constituencies have agricultural concerns, and not just MPs from Sabah and Sarawak, said to be targets of PKR.

Tiong, the Bintulu MP, maintained that the trip had nothing to do with Sept 16, saying it was only natural to ask MPs to submit their passports for the purpose of visa applications and ticket bookings.

He said the club had not finalised how many MPs would be going on the trip or the actual date.

We havent also decided on the destination country. You know me, I only like to announce something when all the details have been confirmed, he said.

He stressed that it was not an overseas retreat but a study trip for MPs.

Deputy Backbenchers Club chairman Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin also confirmed there was such a trip to explore agricultural technology.

Probably, the trip will be over this weekend. But we have not decided how many MPs will be participating, the Kinabatangan MP said.

Kapit MP Alexander Nanta Linggi said he had been asked by fellow MPs from Sarawak if he was available.

I told them that I was going on a trip with (Plantation Industries and Commodities) Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui on his palm oil campaign mission overseas to London and Belgium. They left it at that.

Kimanis MP Datuk Anifah Aman and Muar MP Razali Ibrahim said they had not been contacted by anybody on the proposed trip.

I dont know anything. Ive been in my constituency the whole day and Parliament has not asked for my passport, said Anifah, who is known for his vocal views during debate in Dewan Rakyat.

Pasik Salak MP Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman also denied being asked to go for the trip.

What trip? I was not approached for this, he added.


run, hide, coincidence

wot happen to ubah gaya hidup, bjimat cermat?
but BN MPs can go makan angin?

Pak Blah ask the rakyat to be thrifty and economical but these bunch of idiots spend the money freely… as though it is not their money.
Even though they said Anwar wouldn’t be able to form a government by Sept 16th, they still so scared and chicken out by asking these politicians to leave the country supposely on a study trip… what the hell !!! :evil: :evil: :evil:
Wht must be the MPs going for the agriculture trip? Why not the Ministry of Agriculture staffs?

crusaders, cuz BN got no balls…BN>>>Ball less Ness :mrgreen:

i used to have respects for tiong king sing, now it seems he too is just a poodle with one thumb up his backside another up his nose… blah…

Tiong was once a Hero but now a Zero… :roll:
He was one of the rare good MP, helping those in need & dare to speak-up especially the gangster issue…


Friday September 5, 2008 MYT 1:17:36 PM
Let MPs go on the trip: PM

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the Barisan Nasional MPs who want to go on an overseas study trip should be allowed to do so.

He added that the trip between Sept 9 and 16 should not be connected with the Opposition’s threat that the Government would be toppled by Sept 16.

"If they want to go, let them go. Why connect their trip with the Sept 16 issue (of mass defection).

"For them it (Sept 16 issue) is not important. They are not the one planning to jump and leave the Barisan Nasional.

“I did not organise the trip,” he told reporters Friday after launching the Pemudah’s new Business Licensing Electronic Support System (BLESS) here.

Abdullah also said that toppling the Government on Sept 16 would not happen and that Barisan members would not desert the party.

If the room stinks … there must be ■■■■ around somewhere!

hmm abdullah, abdullah…sigh