Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Kanul ditched Dr Jeffrey

Kanul Gindol, ex-Bernama executive journalist, had ditched Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Vice President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan. He resigned as Dr Jeffrey's political secretary and also as a member of the opposition party.

Kanul said he had lost confident in the PKR's leadership particularly its Sabah's head Haji Ansari Abdullah, national advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Dr Jeffrey.

When I contacted Kanul this morning, he told me that in this election, he will be campaigning for `a mixed of good people.'

Meanwhile, in an immediate respond Dr Jeffrey described his former most trusted aide pulled out from PKR as shameful and an act of betrayal.

Dr Jeffrey was disappointed with Kanul and other friends who left PKR `to sleep with the enemy just because they were not chosen as candidates in the March 8 general elections.'

My Say:

Good luck to both of them.

My little achievement

My Say:

After been reading postings from bloggers, I started my own blog in June 2007. Several months later, I found out that I can actually keep track of the numbers of visitors to my blog so Installed the counter starting with 000000.

Early this morning, when I opened my blog, I saw the counter registering 10,000th visitors. This to me is a little achievement to myself as there are people out there, friends and those who do not know me, actually dropping in to read my humble postings.

To all of your, thank you very much indeed. This will only encourage me to keep going, posting issues that are of interest, not only to the people in Sabah and Sarawak but worldwide.

Once again thank you very much indeed for the supports.

Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Alive In Memory

Today Feb 26, five years ago my/our loving mother passed away after a very short illness. I was then in Kuching, Sarawak where I was posted three years earlier as the New Straits Times' news editor for Sabah and Sarawak.

I was being informed/up-dated of mother's condition by my brothers and sisters as soon as she was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the evening. I could had flown back home the same night but there was no flight back to Kota Kinabalu.

About midnight, I was informed of mother's passing. The following day, I was on the first plane out of Kuching. Mother was laid to rest two days later.

Though five years had passed, alive are still the memory of mother's caring to me, my two brothers and three sisters and continued on to take care of my three sons and a daughter.

May she rest in peace forever.

Monday, 25 February 2008

YB Bell Bottom Unopposed

Known for his bell bottom trousers, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup won the Pensiangan parliamentary seat without a contest.

Two other two candidates came to the nomination centre in Nabawan (in the interior of Sabah) but their papers were rejected as they arrived after 10am, the closing time for submitting nomination papers.

First time lucky for Kurup as this is his first attempt for an MP seat as all this while he had been contesting State seats and before the election was called, he was the assemblyman for Sook. The Sook seat is now contested by PBRS deputy President Datuk Elliron Angin.

Kurup's victory angered supporters of the disqualified candidates Saineh Usau of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and indedendent Danney Anthony Andipai. They went for Kurup as he emerged from the nomination centre, a man tried to punch him but missed.

Kurup was being led away, escorted by police, to his car.

My Say:

My congratulations to Kurup. Now we will have YB Bell bottom in parliament. Bell Bottom is his trademark.

Oh GDL comes again

Nomination for the general elections was yesterday and I was just making my round to `smell' interesting stories to post here when `GDL comes again' which downed me the whole of yesterday and still is now.

GDL in the common expression by the people here when one is struck by gout. GDL is Gout Datang Lagi which mean gout comes again.

Of course not the first time, this friend of mine (gout) had been visitng me almost once in every two months but this time around is the worst. It settled and attacked by right knee.

I was in hospital all day, blood specimen taken and result in a week time. I was given pills and hopefully will be able to bend my leg during my three days sick leave.

And I am not alone, my brother Albert Bingkasan, also a blogger, is also down with chickenpox and had been `out of action' for the last one week.

My Say:

What a time for GDL to come visiting?

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Kitingan vs Kitingan

It had been officially confirmed today that it will be Kitingan vs Kitingan in the Keningau parliamentary constituency in the March 8 general election.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Vice President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan will be taking on his older brother and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

Pairin, who is a Deputy Chief Minister and Keningau incumbent MP will also be defending his Tambunan State seat. Pairin will be challenged by lawyer Mozes Iking.

Jeffrey, who was once Bingkor assemblyman, will also be contesting Bingkor against incumbent Justin Guka from UPKO.

My Say:

Whoever win or lost in the elections,he will still be a Kitingan. Political game of a political dynasty in the making?

Pairin says no to Jornah

Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan confirmed today that incumbent assemblywoman for Matunggong Jornah Mozihim had been replaced by M Sarapin to defend the seat in the March 8 polls.

"I am disappointed and so do my supporters," Jornah said at her house in Kota Kinabalu. A big crowd of her supporters had come down all the way from Motunggong, about three hours drive to Kota Kinabalu to give her moral supports.

Jornah, an Assistant Minister in the out-going State Government, said he would asked Pairin for leave not to campaign in the election of which nomination in tomorrow.

My Say:

Its bitter to say the least but this is Sabah's politics

Friday, 22 February 2008

More surprises

UPKO, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) and Liberal Democratic Parti (LDP) are the last Barisan Nasional component parties to announce their candidates for the March 8 general elections.

Surprises were aplenty.

UPKO president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok decided to contest in Penampang (his hometown) replacing incumbent MP Donald Mojuntin who will be contesting the Moyog state seat replacing incumbent assemblyman Philip Lasimbang. Dompok's MP seat of Ranau will now be contested by ex-assemblyman Datuk Saringan Gubat.

Another of UPKO's surprise is the dropping of Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau in place of ex-assemblyman Datuk Wilfred Mojilip Bumburing to defend the Tuaran MP seat.

Over in PBRS, its president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup dropped incumbent MP Datuk Bernard Maraat from defending the Pensiangan seat which will be contested by Kurup himself. Kurup said that Maraat was not a `team player' hence being dropped. Kurup seat of Sook will be contested by Datuk Alfred Elron Angin.

And in LDP, its president Datuk V K Liew dropped their Vice President and Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Liew Yun Fah from defending Merotai seat. All the LDP candidates are new with VK Liew himself contesting in Sandakan.

Yesterday, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman also dropped 13 Umno incumbents from defending their seats. Among them are big names in Sabah politics - ex-Chief Minister Datuk Salleh Tun Said, ex-Minister Datuk Amir Kahar Tun Mustapha and ex-Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Pandikar Aman Mulia.

Another surprise is that Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president was not on the list of BN candidates.

My Say:

We just wait for the outcome of the elections to see whether all the changes would be justified.

Pairin change of heart, He drops Jornah


Just a day after announcing that he decided not to rock the boat, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan did just that - rock the boat. Today he decided to revoke the party's nomination of Assistant Minister Jornah Mozihim to defend her Motunggong seat.

Jornah's candidacy was announced by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman on Thursday at Sri Gaya, the Chief Minister's official residence in Kota Kinabalu. Pairin, who was also present, said that he did not `rock the boat' by retaining all PBS incumbent elected representatives.

"When you have a good boat do not rock it," Pairin told the Press. But what he did today was just the opposite and it will not be a surprise if there will be more 11th hour changes come nomination day on Sunday.

Jornah's position as candidate was revoked and in her place will be a senior officer attached to the Treasury whom was believed to have tendered resignation today.

Matunggong PBS division secretary Edward Pampangan, when contacted, said supporters were angry and demanding that Jornah be retained to defend the seat. He said after the announcement on Thursday, Jornah had prepared all the necessary to file her nomination papers on Sunday, but this morning being informed of the changes.

Edward believed that someone out there had `poisoned' the thinking for the party's leadership that prompted the change in the candidacy. He said the leadership was told the Jornah will be defeated in the election and that will also result in the downfall of the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili who is defending his Kota Marudu MP seat.

My Say:

I contacted Jornah who confirmed to me that she had been informed of the revocation of her candidacy. "I am appealing and hope Pairin will listen my side of the story," she said.

Well, this is politics in Sabah. More interesting stories are expected.

Thursday, 21 February 2008

Counting Days...

Three more days to Nomination Day for the March 8, general elections in Malaysia. Let see what in store for us today. I will be back with more posting tonight after making my routine rounds of Kota Kinabalu.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Inanam seat in danger

Barisan Nasional may lost the Inanam State seat if the words of businessman Johnny Chong can be used as the yardstick to determine which way will the multi-racial voters swing comes March 8 polls.

Inanam seat is won by Johnny Goh for the second term in the March 21, 2004 general elections and it is almost likely that PBS president Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan had renominated him to defend the seat.

Chong, a son of Inanam Town former Kapitan China, said majority of the voters wanted a new leader to replace Goh contest in the election. He said the people's choice is Kota Kinabalu District Chief William Majimbun.

Chong said should PBS opted to ignore the voice of the people, Pairin should not blame the Inanam voters if Goh lost and the seat goes to the opposition. The voters had also petitioned Pairin to nominate Majimbun as the candidate for Inanam.

He said such a case did happened in Kuala Penyu in the 2004 elections when BN's Datuk Wences Angang of UPKO lost to Independent Datuk John Ghani.

My Say:

I rest my case.

Sindu says count him in

Consumer Affairs Association for Sabah and Labuan (Cash) president Datuk Patrick Sindu will be contesting in the March 8, general elections, likely representing one of the opposition parties.

Sindu, who confirmed this today, said he would be taking on Rosnah Sharlin the incumbent Member of Parliament for Papar. Rosnah won the seat for Barisan Nasional in the March 21, 2004 general elections.

Pressed for details, Sindu, a well respected native leader in the Kadazan district of Papar, might contest on a Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) ticket or going solo as an Independent candidate.

Sindu is well known for his work for consumers which at times caused him at loggerhead with leaders in the State Government. Last year a Cabinet minister accused him of playing politics in carrying out his consumerism activities. The minister and several other politicians had called on Sindu to quit Cash and contest in the elections.

My Say:

It looks like Sindu is taking up the challenges by contesting in the coming elections. Personally, I had known him for a long time after he came back from his studies in Germany.

Dr Jeffrey Discharged.....

Opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat Vice President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan was discharged Monday night from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kota Kinabalu after being warded since two months ago following a road accident.

He is now resting at his residence, Sokid Villa, in Bukit Padang.

His political secretary Kanul Gindol said his boss, though physically weak but is in high spirit and raring to go for the general elections.

He had recently announced contesting against his elder brother Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan in the Keningau parliamentary seat. He is also likely to contest in the Sook State seats presently held by PBRS president Tan Sri Joseph Kutup.

My Say:

Waiting for Nomination Day - Feb 24.

Ex-PBS Cabinet sued

Front page lead of the Daily Express today reported three land applicants having filed a suit at the High Court in Tawau yesterday against the entire State Cabinet Ministers headed by then Chief Minister Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan during the Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) tenure of State Government (1985-1994).

The plaintiffs are Nasir Manaf and Wong Chaw Yen of Lahad Datu and Henry Apok of Menggatal.

Pairin is the first defendant while the second to ninth defendants are Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, Datuk Ahmad Bahrum Titingan, Datuk Kadoh Agundong, Datuk Tan Kit Sher, Datuk Nahalan Damsal and datuk Chau Tet On.

The defendants are being sued for allegedly not implementing a New Land Alienation Policy which was formulated by the previous Chief Minister Datuk Harris Salleh of Parti Berjaya (1976-1985).

Harris had on Dec 4, 1979 announced that his government had reserved 906,930 acres of State land to be given to landless Sabahans at 15 acres each of which the plaintiffs were among those who had registered for the promised lands.

The plaintiffs are now claiming that instead of implementing Harris'policy, the PBS Government were said to have alienated 856,484 acres of the land the outsiders.

Nasir, Wong and Apok are now seeking court declaration that the alienation of the land to outsiders were illegal, null and void as well as a breach of contract of the New Land Alienation Policy.

The are claiming now to be given 15 acres each of the promised lands by the defendants in default paid damages of RM75,000 each.

My Say:

Political games?

It is interesting to note that three of the defendants are now presidents of their respective political parties.

Pairin is Deputy Chief Minister and is PBS president, Dompok, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Department is president of UPKO while Kurup, the incumbent Assemblyman for Sook is PBRS president.

All three will be contesting in the March 8 general elections.


Tuesday, 19 February 2008

Kiulu oh Kiulu

Although he always denied interest in contesting in elections, still his name is mentioned whenever it come to the possible candidate for Kiulu. He is Datuk Joniston Bangkuai, the New Straits Times executive bureau chief for Sabah, who is also the Sabah Journalist Asssociation's president.

A local from Kiulu, Bangkuai is said to be fielded by Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) replacing incumbent Assemblyman Datuk Louis Rampas.

Yet another name cropped up as the possible PBS candidate for Kiulu, Sindin Ranggangon, the Kiulu PBS division chief. His interest is more visible, he had recently resigned as a senior officer of the National Unity Department and openly declared that he wanted to `play full time politic'. Yesterday, he announced that he was offering himself to defend the Kiulu seats for Barisan Nasional.

Likely also to offer himself as PBS candidate is Bernama bureau chief for Sabah Newman Tibin. A lawyer, by training, Tibin is also a local from Kiulu.

My Say:

I pray that one of them will be the candidate as there were also talk that an incumbent Assemblyman from a neighbouring constituency could be PBS' leadership choice for Kiulu.

Elections = Fruits Session

Nomination day is Sunday (Feb 24) and polling is on March 8. Since the dissolution of Parliament and State Assemblies, we are presented with lots of political leisure reading in the various newspapers.

In Sabah, suddenly several political groups emerged and as of today almost all the political parties that had hibernated after the March 21, 2004 elections woke up and are telling the people of Sabah that, like other parties, they are ready for the polls.

As of today, we have former Finance Minister in the Barjaya Government Datuk Haji Mohd Noor Mansoor, after resigning for Bersekutu, announcing that he will be spearheading an Independent Front (IF) contesting in about 40 seats. IF candidates will be contesting as Independent but using a common manifesto.

Another one is PBS Baru, an alliance of three opposition parties Pasok, Bersekutu and Setia headed by Datuk Pengiran Othman Rauf, a former Federal Territory Minister.

As being in past elections, Sabah has always been a place where politics is a fanfare and the coming polls will be not exception.

It will also be interesting to note whether Pasok and Setia candidates will make to the ballot papers. These two parties are currently facing leadership problems. Both parties has to presidents, two set of Supreme Council and two headquarters.

Richard Jayasuria and Cleftus Mojingol both claimed to be Pasok president while Pangiran Othman and Henry Sabanding are telling the people that they are Setia president, respectively.

In the case of Pasok, both presidents are awaiting confirmation from the Registrar of Societies as to who is the party' legitimate leader. More of this political scenario will emerge as polling drew nearer.

My Say:

I must say that elections is akin to fruits session during which fruits which we seldom see in the markets are making their appearance.

On political parties, memory of a colourful veteran politician from Tambunan still linger in my mind when he formed a party and sent it for registration but until he passed away, the party was never registered. The name of the party was Parti Mangsa Mangsa Barisan Nasional.

Saturday, 16 February 2008

PBS meets today

Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan is chairing Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) supreme council meeting today to finalise the party's list of candidates in the March 8 polls. Although on candidates list, it is anticapated that Pairin will not announced them yet.

Since Pairin had announced that he will be defending his Keningau Parliament and Tambunan State seats, likely contest in the card will be a Kitingans fight for one of the constituencies.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat Vice President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan will be contesting in one of the seats, if not both.

My Say:

I like to see a Jeffrey and Tan Sri Joseph Kurup (president of Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah) contest in Sook. In the 2004 election, Kurup defeated Jeffrey in Sook while back in 1999 Jeffrey defeated Kurup in Bingkor.

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Pasok going for broke

Sabah-based opposition party, PASOK, which had last year announced that the party will contest in all constituencies, today decided against doing so due to lack of fund to finance their election campaign.

Its President, John Richard Jayasuria, said as for now the party will only confirmed contesting in five seats. And that he is likely to contest in Tanjung Aru and not as he had announced to contest against Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman in Sibuga.

My Say:

The colour of Sabah politics is beginning to bloom. Just thinking aloud. Will Vitos Koding contest in Ranau? His father the late Datuk Mark Koding, Sabah former Deputy Chief Minister, was once Kinabalu MP and Ranau Assemblyman.

The Presidents says......

Presidents of Barisan Nasional(BN) Sabah-based political parties attended the BN Supreme Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur today which was chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Abdullah, who is also BN national chief, said there was no problem in the allocation of seat to BN component parties to contest in the March 8 polls. Nomination is set for Feb 24.

However, back in Kota Kinabalu, the Presidents of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Datuk Yong Teck Lee, United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Organisation (UPKO) Tan Sri Bernard Dompok and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) Tan Sri Joseph Kurup says something else.

Pairin said PBS was yet to finalise its list of candidates although he had them all arranged `in his head'. Pairin also said that they might be several new faces replacing incumbents.

Yong said he was looking at the direction of Kota Kinabalu parliamentry seat to contest in the election. He said his name was among the list of candidates proposed by SAPP and submitted to Abdullah.

Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai, PBS Deputy President, is the Kota Kinabalu incumbent MP. If it is given to Yong to contest, PBS will lose one seat if the 2004 seat allocation is to be used as the yardstick to determine candidates this time around.

Dompok on the other hand said UPKO might field new faces in the polls and that he was still not sure if he is to defend his Ranau seat. He had not discount the possibility of `movement' of incumbents to contest in the polls.

Kurup said he had submitted an appeal for more seats for PBRS to contest and will leave it to Abdullah to make a decision.

Sabah Umno chief and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman, who yesterday said the 2004 formula would be maintained, said allocation of seats among the BN component parties in Sabah `is still being considered.'

All these leaders returned to Kota Kinabalu today.

Kadazandusun leaders Pairin, Dompok and Kurup were in the same flight,which prompted a journalist to ask what they discussed on board during the about three hours flight from Kuala Lumpur.

Pairin said they did not talk about the election.

Points to ponder run-up to the election: Dompok and Kurup together with Pairin formed PBS in 1985 but ditched him to form their respective parties.

My Say:

This is just the beginning, as the days go by, be assured of the unexpected in Sabahh politics. Let the game start from here.

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

Pairin To Take Two

Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan announced today that he will be defending his State seat of Tambunan and Parliament seat of Keningau in the coming elections.

Pairin, the Huguan Siou (Paramount Leader) of the Kadazandusun, said as a party and community leader, he should defend the two seats.

Two PBS deputy presidents Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili and Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai were also incumbent Assemblymen and MPs. Ongkili is incumbent MP for Kota Karudu and Assemblyman for Tandek, while Dr Yee is Kota Kinabalu MP incumbent as well as Api Api incumbent Assemblyman.

Ongkili, who is Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, had recently announced that he is considering of defending only one of the seats while Dr Yee, Sabah Resource Development and Information Technology Minister, said he let the party leadership to decide from him.

My Say:

After being an Assemblyman since 1976, many believed that Pairin should only contest one seat and let a younger leader (his lawyer son maybe) contest the other. For the record Pairin was also Chief Minister for 10 year from to 1985.

In Sabah.......

Following the dissolution of Parliament, the Sabah Legislative Assembly was also dissolved about 3pm today.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman, after obtaining the consent from Yang Dipertua Negeri (Governor) Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah at Istana Negeri, Kota Kinabalu at 2.30pm, announced the dissolution of the 60-seats State Legislative Assembly.

The announcement was made at Sri Gaya, the Chief Minister's official residence, the traditional venue for Chief Minister to announce the dissolution of the Assembly after obtaining consent for the Istana, just a stone throw away.

The Barisan Nasional component parties in Sabah comprises of Umno, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Organisation (UPKO), Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS), MCA and MIC.

Umno, MCA and MIC are Kuala Lumpur-based parties.

Musa said the allocation of seats for BN component parties to contest this time around would be the same quota as it was in the 2004 elections.

In the 2004's elections UMNO contested 32 State and 13 Parliamentary seats, PBS (13-4), UPKO (6-4), SAPP (4-2), LDP (3-1) and MCA contested one seat. The result - UPKO lost one State seat while LDP lost a Parliament seat.

My Say:

Elections in Sabah has always been colourful compared to other States because of the numbers of political parties in the State. And although the quota system of seats allocation to contest had been fixed as such, there sure will be surprises when the list of candidates is finally and officially announced.

Yes! PM Calls For Election

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who had yesterday denied that Parliament will not be dissolved today, announced the dissolution in Kuala Lumpur at noon today.

He also called on all States, except for Sarawak which had just held its State election about two years ago, to dissolve their State Legislative Assemblies to pave way for a simultaneous Parliamentary and State elections to be held.

This dissolution of Parliament is 15 months ahead of its five years term end on May 16, 2009. The 11th general election was held on March 21, 2004.

A total of 222 parliamentary seats will be up for grab this time, three more than the last election due to the new seats in Sarawak following the electoral delineation in 2006. At State level, 505 seats will be contested,

Before the dissolution today, Barisan Nasional held 199 seats in Parliament and the opposition DAP (12), Pas (6), Parti Keadilan Rakyat (1) and an Independent one in Sandakan, Sabah.

The Election Commission will meet tomorrow to fix the dates of nomination and polling.

My Say:

Now the next thing to watch will be candidates and incumbents dropped from defending their respective seats.

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Comes Feb 13...

Malaysians all are waiting for Feb 13.

Majority believes that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will announce the dissolution of Parliament and State Legistalitve Assemblies to pave way for general elections.

Well, together, we wait and see.

Musa to contersue Chong

Sabah Ex-Chief Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat's lawyer finally was able to file his suit at the Kota Kinabalu High Court against sitting Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman on Feb 6, 2008. The file was to be filed the day before but was not done so due to some technical problem.

In his suit, Chong, among others, is seeking to declare that Musa had abused his power as Chief Minister pertaining to an alleged instruction to several authorities to revoke the approval to construct a mulit-million ringgit statue in Kudat given to the Kudat Thean Hau Charitable Foundation.

Chong, who is chairman of the foundation, is also Tanjung Kapor Assemblyman. This is the second suit filed by Chong. The first was filed on Dec 12, 2007 seeking declaration as null and void the State Government's decision to rescind its approval for the construction of the status.

Meanwhile, Musa had announced that he would intruct his lawyers to vigorously defend the suit filed by Chong, with the possibility of a counter suit.

Musa believed that the suit and matters raised are frivolous, vexations and an abuse of the process of the court.

Musa also said that he believd that this (suit) was a desparate act of a bitter man and his action were prompted by malice and spite.

My Say:

This issue will be one of the matters which will be `hot talks' during campaign of the general election, especially to be exploited by the opposition parties.

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

He did not turn up....

At least two Chinese newspapers had reported today that ex-Chief Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat is to file a suit in the Kota Kinabalu High Court against Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman over some alleged abuses of power. Journalists were at the courthouse as early as 8.30am but as of 12.30pm, there was no sign of Chong's lawyer.

The Press were told that it will be filed at 3.30pm but until the court's registry closed for the day, there was no suit from Chong filed. The Press were told that it will only be filed tomorrow.

When asked why was it not filed today when the registration fee had already been paid, a close aide to Chong and his lawyer told the Press that they were unable to print out the affidavit as a pendrive used to transfer the date was infested by virus.

Chong suing Musa

As I was having my breakfast in my favourate noodle shop in Inanam this morning, I was alerted by a journalist friend that former Chief Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat will this afternoon file a suit at the Kota Kinabalu High Court against Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman.

Last year, Chong who is Tanjung Kapor Assemblyman, had filed a suit against the Kudat District Council and the Housing Aauthority in the Local Government and Housing Ministry for revoking an approval for the construction of a multo-million ringgits Ma Zu statue.

At the time of posting, I do not have the details of Chong's suit but I was told that he is suing Musa for alleged abuses of power.

To be updated.

Monday, 4 February 2008

He made me a Pastor

The letter I am republishing below was sent to one of my e-mail. I am not a Pastor.

Dear Pastor,

I believe this mail will meet you in good condition of health, if so glory be to god. My name is Ibrahim Frank D., I was that contractor whose business was collapsing. And you prayed for me for the past one year, with the prayer points and tracks you have been sending to me through my email.

Now I have made a breakthrough in my business, I have been awarded a contract to supply Lap-Top Computers to members of Nigerian house of representative and house of senate respectively to the tune of $12M Usd.

Pastor, because of your counselling and prayer points I made this breakthrough, I am whole heartedly offering to you and your ministry a token of $1.2 Usd to keep on working for the lord.

Just contact my bankers with the under mentioned particulars and receive the cheque.
1. Full name/Residential and official addresses
2. Country of origin
3. Phone/Fax Numbers
4. Name of bank/account number/address and brief autobiography of self.

The Bank is African Development Bank. Person to contact, Mr. Eric Oba the protocol officer. Email:

The moment they receive this informations the money will be wired to your designated account any where in the world. I am presently in a business trip in china. You are free to contact me through same email address. Attach this mail to the particulars you are forwarding to the bank. Pastor, you saved me from comitting suicide thats why I made this bontiful offering.

Best Regards,
Mr. Ibrahim Frank D.