BBC chief: 48 MPs have said aye to trip

BBC chief: 48 MPs have said aye to trip

PUTRAJAYA: Forty-eight Government MPs have responded to the Barisan Backbenchers Club (BBC) suggestion for a study trip overseas, probably to China or Taiwan.

Its chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing said the response was not bad and that a few more MPs would give their confirmation today.

They want to see if they can complete in time all the activities they have planned previously for their constituency for the puasa month.

The other 48 MPs have confirmed that they are going and they include those from peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. We are opening the trip to everybody, he said here yesterday.

Tiong was responding to reports that response from the MPs for the study trip, scheduled for Sept 7 to 19, had been lukewarm.

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

The trip was supposedly for MPs to update themselves with the latest information about agriculture and high-tech food production so that they could debate better on the Budget when Parliament sits again in October.

Asked if it was true that the MPs were headed to Australia as was reported on some websites, Tiong said he had met with the sub-committee in the club arranging the trip.

However, we have yet to decide whether we should go to China or Taiwan. We have to weigh the pros and cons of these two destinations because for China, we will need to apply for visas.

In Kota Kinabalu, BBC deputy chairman Datuk Bung Moktar Radin, who revealed that he would be going on the trip, said he expected about 70% of the 78 members to do so.

The Kinabatangan MP said: It has nothing to do with the Sept 16 issue. This is just an educational agricultural field trip.

Some MPs, when contacted, said that they were not going. Among them were Datuk Anifah Aman (Kimanis), Datuk Abdul Ghafur Salleh (Kalabakan), Datuk Eric Enchin Majimbun (Sepanggar) and Datuk Dr Chua Soon Bui (Tawau).

Some felt it was not the right time for them to go as they were busy with programmes with their constituents for the fasting month…

Many Sabah MPs said that the Opposition’s claim of Sept 16 was

a non-event as there did not

appear to be any real sign of defections.

Some MPs pointed out that it did not matter where an MP was as he could announce his crossover from anywhere.

It is not like the 1960s or even the 1980s when you took a group of MPs and holed them up overseas, said a Sabah MP who declined to be named and felt that the certain groups within Barisan were overreacting to the Sept 16 talk.

Sabah Umno assistant secretary Datuk Masidi Manjun said that Sept 16 was just a political psy-war by the Opposition and Sabah Barisan members were mature enough to read the situation.

Gelang Patah MP Tan Ah Eng said in Johor Baru that she received an SMS on Wednesday inviting her for the trip and that she was considering going even though she did not know the destination.

link:http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/9/6/nation/22254861&sec=nation

look like bribery to me…
makan angin sponsored by BN

Another one

[size=150]Trip not linked to Sept 16[/size]

PUTRAJAYA: Barisan Nasional MPs planning to go on the overseas study trip initiated by the Backbenchers Club should be allowed to do so, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Stressing that he did not organise it, the Prime Minister said the trip, from Sept 7 to 17, should not be linked to PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s oft-repeated pronouncements that the opposition would form the government by Sept 16.

Why link their trip to the Sept 16 issue? If the MPs want to go, let them go, he told reporters after launching Pemudah’s new Business Licensing Electronic Support System here yesterday.

For them, Sept 16 is not important. They are not planning to leave Barisan to work with the Opposition.

On whether there would be a seizure of power come Sept 16, Abdullah said it would not happen.

They are depending very much on our party people deserting us. Our party people will not desert us. No, he said.

Abdullah said he briefs the Yang di-Pertuan Agong every week and that the King was happy with what the Government was doing and wished him well.

Abdullah said the Government was concentrating on developing the country by increasing productivity and efficiency and would not waste time speculating on what would happen on Sept 16.

There is a lot of work to be done. That is the reality. Barisan is working, he said.

Abdullah’s deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak also said the study trip had nothing to do with the notion that they may defect.

The Deputy Prime Minister said that as Chief Whip, he would allow the trip to go ahead as long as the excursion was constructive.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/9/6/nation/22253123&sec=nation

How will you react if DSAI comes up empty on 9/16?

who cares… no problem…

just looking at the chickens fly and dogs run in bn, and how those morons in bn are running around tripping over themselves is entertainment enough to justify it…

if it doesn’t happen on 916… anwar should try it again around cny 2009… like to see all those cina bn backbenchers sent to siberia or something next time… how many time can bn do this…? if they keep doing this until the next election, they will win…?

btw, could our esteemed bbc chairman explains how this “study trip” jive with the bn gov’s professed intention to save cost and limit all unnecessary overseas “study trips” of this kind…?

If DSAI delivers on 9/16, he may end up in a very compromising situation where non-malays are the majority in his coalition, and one of them may insist on being the DPM! That’ll be truly historic. 1st ever M’sian non-malay DPM! Won’t that make the BN’s stomach turn?

wasting ppls money on the crap study vacation…

i wonder who will pay for this trip???

you wonder? why?

That, you can dream on my friend. :slight_smile:

If all of the MP going for a “study trip” in Taiwan, who will in the parlimen doing the job for the rakyat??

And why in the sudden those MPs were send to Taiwan to learn agricultural technique? Why don’t they re-scheduled it after Raya?? And what make Taiwan is a good place to study agriculture??? Why so many MP needed to go…I thought Malaysia have agriculture department…send them cukuplah…

Too bad MP Chua Sue Lek is not in the Parlimen anymore, I guess he will “tah pau” alot of those taiwanese gf with him too…hahaha…

Whatever it is, this is just another dirty and stupid tactic by Abdullah and Najib to divert the Anwar’s 916 takeover. C’mon BN, if you guys are brave and good enough, just face the challenge…and prove to the people that you still have the credubility to manage the country. And not escape to some kind of country to “study”…

GROW UP GUYS…BN and all of it’s component are just rubbish…

while we were on par with taiwan 40 years ago, taiwan has moved far ahead of us because they did real research and development on agriculture, and other things. yes, there are a lot we can learn from taiwan on agriculture… actually, many investments on agriculture in malaysia come from taiwan…

Bull crap. Why need so many Mp to learn it. Never heard all the MP going the same place learning the things which are not related to their department. Just send few MP who are related in the field to go and learn. Wasting ppls money sending large group to go 4 vacation instead. Must be a gimmick to avoid & prevent MP crossover on 9/16.

how can stupid act like this stop 916? what’s to stop the MP’s to fly back on 915? all it’ll take is just a credit card and passport…

hmm… wonder who funded them to the tour le… :smiley:

another one who wonders… :roll:

10 S’wak MPs left for Taiwan … to study earthquake survival procedures, or more appropriately, political earthquake survival that may be useful come 9/16!