The transition of power will occur not on 16th September but…(updated)
Posted September 11, 2008on:
It will occur at anytime..
Thursday September 11, 2008
Four PKR leaders going to Taiwan
KUALA LUMPUR: PKR, following close on the heels of the Barisan Nasional backbenchers, will send four of its leaders to Taiwan Friday.
Information chief Tian Chua (Batu MP), strategic director Saifuddin Nasution (Machang MP), election bureau deputy head Fuziah Salleh (Kuantan MP) and supreme council member Low Chee Cheong will be on the 2pm flight.
“We will be staying at the same hotel as the Barisan backbenchers. So we’d probably be having breakfast and going for karaoke together with them,” quipped Tian.
He said the decision for the team to go to Taiwan was made Thursday morning at PKR’s political bureau meeting chaired by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
He joked that since the Barisan MPs had gone to Taiwan for an agriculture study tour, “we too want to see how agricultural progress can be made.”
“We don’t want to be left behind in agriculture when we take over the government. We too want to learn some of the tricks of the trade,” he said . On Monday, a group of 41 Barisan MPs left for Taiwan on an agriculture study tour, largely seen as an attempt to avert a crossover to the Opposition.
On a more serious note, Tian claimed the presence of the Barisan MPs in Taiwan had created anxiety and misconception among the Taiwanese.
“It has created publicity that the MPs are there to avoid a regime change back home and the Taiwanese society do not want to be part of that process. They do not want to be part of any corruption or transactions to stop a democratic transformation of Malaysia,” he said.
Tian said “anxious” Taiwan Civil Society, NGOs and political activists had invited PKR over because they did not want to be seen as being one-sided in supporting Barisan.
“They are keen to get a briefing from us,” he said.
Tian said PKR would also meet high-profile Taiwanese ruling party and opposition leaders and the Taiwanese media during their visit there.
He said Taiwan and Malaysia shared a similar background and the former, after 50 years of dictatorship, had managed to transform its politics into a vibrant two-party system.
“That is something we should learn from them,” he said.
Tian said the PKR team would be in Taiwan for about two days, adding that it would be back before Sept 16, the date Anwar had set to take over the Government.
To a question, Tian admitted that some of the Barisan MPs who were in Taiwan were those who were supposed to join PR.
“Some are in that delegation but our door is wide open,” he said.
Barisan has 140 MPs while PR has a total of 82 from PKR, DAP and PAS combined. PR needs 30 crossovers to topple the Federal Government.
Tian said Sept 16 has already been achieved as PR has got that number to effect a change of government.
What was left now, he said, was for them to sort out how to make the transition – whether through a vote of no-confidence against the Prime Minister when Parliament reconvenes, through a petition to the King or by physically going to the Istana.
“We also need to be cautious over the possible risk of a crackdown and instability,” he said.
Drawing an analogy to a PR takeover, Tian said: “We have registered the marriage. It is only a question now of when to have the big banquet. That would depend on the hotel bookings and the invitations.”
|Ops Sept 16: PKR four off to Taiwan|
|Kuek Ser Kuang Keng & Andrew Ong | Sep 11, 08 4:36pm Malaysiakini.com|
|Four PKR leaders will be flying off to Taiwan tomorrow in a bid to meet their Barisan Nasional counterparts who had earlier agreed to defect in time for the Sept 16 takeover plan.
Tentatively, the four member PKR delegation would consist of party vice-president Dr Lee Boon Chye, party strategist Saifuddin Nasution, deputy election director Fuziah Salleh and publicity chief Tian Chua.
According to Tian Chua, the decision to fly to Taiwan was made by the party’s powerful political bureau during a meeting chaired by party supreme Anwar Ibrahim today.
“We have to discuss the finer details of the takeover plan with the BN MPs. Anwar doesn’t have to go personally,” said Chua.
The four PKR leaders are suppose to meet some of the 49 BN MPs who are on a retreat which was organised in haste by the Barisan Back Benchers Club, ostensibly to study Taiwan’s agricultural industry.
The BN MPs flew off to Taiwan on Sept 7 and are only scheduled to be back on Sept 19, three days after Sept 16 deadline imposed by Anwar to topple the BN federal government.
Chua also said that the government takeover was on schedule though Pakatan Rakyat has yet to come to a consensus on the exact methodology.
“Firstly, we can ask for emergency Parliament sitting where we can push for a no-confidence motion. Secondly, we can bring all the MPs to meet the king to appoint a new government.
“Thirdly, we can write a letter to the king with all the signatures of the MPs to inform his majesty that Anwar has the majority support of the MPs,” he said.
However, Chua admits that the last option was flawed since Barisan can do the same thing.
The four PKR representatives to Taiwan are expected to return to Malaysia on Sept 15 in time for a meeting with Pakatan leaders to finalise plans.
“On Sept 16, we would execute the plan. We’ll give it our best effort to ensure success, even if it takes time,” he said.
Change is imminent
In a related development, Pakatan has announced that Sept 16 deadline may have to be deferred due to the Taiwan trip by the BN MPs but the coalition was still confident that a change of federal government would happen soon.
The announcement was made in a joint statement by PKR secretary-general Salehuddin Hashim, DAP political education director Loke Siew Fook and PAS secretary-general Kamarudin Jaffar.
In the statement, Pakatan blamed Umno and BN for fanning racial sentiments to divert attention from the government’s weak leadership.
“In view of the latest developments, many Barisan MPs have lost faith in the government and have decided to be with Pakatan. Pakatan stresses that we have never, nor do we need to, buy or bribe BN MPs to join us.
“They are driven by their own realisations and have given us the commitment to support our agenda for change,” read the statement.
However, the statement said that a group of elite Barisan leaders still hoped on causing anarchy in order to stop the takeover of the federal government and force a mass arrest or declaration emergency.
“We urge Malaysians, and Umno supporters, to remain calm and not get caught in political rethorics…We believe that any efforts by BN would only delay the takeover but not foil it because Barisan’s formula has failed,” read the statement.
Misi empat pemimpin PKR ‘buru’ MP BN di Taiwan esok
11-09-2008 10:17:03 PM mstar online
Oleh ARIFFUDDIN ISHAK dan ZANARIAH ABD. MUTALIB
(Dikemas kini) PETALING JAYA: Usaha Pakatan Rakyat ‘memburu’ ahli-ahli Parlimen Barisan Nasional (BN) supaya melompat parti bagi membentuk kerajaan baru persekutuan menjelang Selasa ini, kini merentasi Laut China Selatan.
Esok, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), salah satu komponen Pakatan Rakyat, akan menghantar empat pemimpinnya ke Taiwan bagi menemui ahli-ahli Parlimen BN di sana.
Perkara itu disahkan oleh Pengarah Strategi PKR, Saifuddin Nasution ketika dihubungi sebentar tadi.
Mereka dijadual berlepas ke Taiwan petang esok.
Saifuddin bersama Naib Presiden PKR, Dr. Lee Boon Chye; Ketua Penerangannya, Tian Chua dan Timbalan Pengarah Pilihan Raya PKR, Fuziah Salleh akan berlepas ke Taiwan bagi meneruskan misi mereka.
“Ya memang betul kita akan ke sana (Taiwan) esok,” kata Saifuddin yang juga anggota Dewan Rakyat.
Dalam pada itu, Pengerusi Kelab Penyokong-Penyokong Barisan Nasional (BN-BBC), Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing yang kini mengetuai rombongan 49 Ahli Parlimen BN ke Taiwan berkata, beliau tidak risau dengan kedatangan pemimpin-pemimpin PKR esok, yang dikatakan bertujuan untuk ‘memburu’ dan ‘memujuk’ mereka.
“Apa nak risau…biarlah mereka datang. Negara ini (Taiwan) bebas untuk menerima kedatangan mereka,” kata beliau kepada mStar Online.
Sambil mengakui menyedari kedatangan empat pemimpin PKR itu, beliau menegaskan: “Datanglah… kita semua boleh bersalam dengan mereka.”
“Saya ada dengar sebelum ini, mereka (PKR) kata, mereka sudah ada sembilan nama Ahli Parlimen (BN), yang berada dalam rombongan kami, (kononnya) akan menyertai mereka.
“Kalau betul ada, saya harap sayalah orang pertama yang akan mereka memburu kerana mereka juga mendakwa saya sudah beberapa kali buat perjumpaan sulit dengan (Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim),” katanya.
Semalam, Anwar, Ketua Umum Pakatan Rakyat berkata, beliau akan ke Taiwan, jika perlu, untuk berjumpa dengan 49 Ahli Parlimen BN yang melakukan lawatan sambil belajar ke negara itu.
Kata Anwar, beliau tidak putus hubungan dengan ahli-ahli Parlimen berkenaan dan sanggup ke pergi ke negara itu jika mereka ingin berjumpa dan berbincang dengannya.
“(Tarikh) 16 Sept akan adalah suatu realiti. Saya telah berjumpa dengan semua pemimpin Pakatan dan kami membincangkan perkara itu secara terperinci, dan memanglah kami menghadapi beberapa masalah teknikal apabila 49 Ahli Parlimen itu dihantar ke luar negara,” katanya.
Kumpulan BN-BBC akan pulang ke tanah air pada 17 atau 18 September ini.
Bagaimanapun kelmarin Anwar memberitahu bahawa jika mereka menghadapi masalah untuk menubuhkan kerajaan baru menjelang 16 September, mereka akan cuba merealisasikan sasaran tersebut pada 20 September.