Najib’s 3-minute lightning visit to Tua Pek Kong Temple leaving before start of procession a disappointment as advance publicity said the Prime Minister would speak at temple and lead the procession

The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s three-minute lightning visit to Sibu Tua Pek Kong Temple last night, leaving even before the start of the historic procession is a disappointment all-round as advance publicity said the Prime Minister would speak at the temple and would lead the procession.

The Tua Pek Kong Temple procession was to start at 6 p.m but was held back till 7.30 p.m for the arrival of the Prime Minister.

Because of the SUPP build-up in the advance publicity for the Prime Minister’s visit to Tua Pek Kong temple to lead the procession, there was excitement and expectancy among the thousands who gathered at the Temple for the start of the procession and the tens of thousands of people lining the roads of the procession.

Together with DAP/PR Candidate for Sibu, Wong Ho Leng and a battery of DAP MPs and State Assemblymen from throughout the country, including parliamentarians Chong Jien Ren (Kuching Bandar) Anthony Loke (Rasah), Liew Chin Tong (Bukit Bendera), we had waited for an hour at the head of the queue in front of the Tua Bek Kong Temple entrance to welcome the Prime Minister’s visit.

However, we never get to greet the Prime Minister, as his entourage came like a storm, with his escorts pushing and shoving away the crowd of pressmen as well as the public (reckless of safety of children and womenfolk in the crowd).

Before the public could recover from the storm of pushing and shoving by the Prime Minister’s entourage entering the temple, there was immediately another storm of pushing and shoving by the Prime Minister’s entourage leaving the temple – as Najib came and went in less than three minutes!

During the patient hour-long wait by thousands for the arrival of the Prime Minister, the waiting public were repeatedly reminded to show that Sibu is a cultured and civilized place which appreciate the visit of the Prime Minister and to clap vigorously when the Prime Minister deliver his speech.

But the Prime Minister did not give any speech. Neither did he lead the Tua Pek Kong Temple procession. In fact, Najib’s visit was so “lightning-short” and all over in three minutes – that the organizers did not even have the time to present the Prime Minister with the souvenir they had prepared!

The SUPP leadership owes the people of Sibu, Sarawak and Malaysia an explanation they created the publicity build-up in the last few days saying that the Prime Minister would speak at the Temple and would lead the procession.

Public disappointment that the Prime Minister had neither given a speech nor lead the procession as publicized earlier was palpable all round, as reflected by my tweets at the Tua Pek Kong Temple procession last night, viz:

  • At #Sibu TuaPekKong Procession gathering w candidate HoLeng MPs JianRen Loke CTong n several SAs from Sarawak Penang Perak Selangor

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 6:46 PM

  • Air of excitement 4great #Sibu religious event 2begin Estimated 7k all over country n overseas taking part in procession 50k ppl waiting

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 7:04 PM

  • Historic n unprecedented #Sibu TuaPekKong Procession formed by 119 groups w 7k particpants waiting 4arrival of PM @730pm 2begin

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 7:13 PM

  • #Sibu RM1.5 million 120yr 7-storey TuaPekKong Pagoda major historic/tourist attraction of New Fuchou Whole area brightly lit-up Memorable

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 7:25 PM

  • Najib arrives Surrounded by escorts Although DAP MPs SAs nationwide stands on front row Najib did not c us PM has left! Not even 3 mins!

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 7:32 PM

  • After 3 mins he left RT @Reading_Monk: @limkitsiang YAB not taking part in procession??

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 7:51 PM

  • Walking streets of #Sibu in procession Frankly all Ppl disappointed Najib could only spare 3 mins News rpts say PM wld lead procession #P212

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 8:08 PM

  • #P212 Najib comes like Emperor of yore rather an elected PM of a democratic Msia This is why #Sibu 4Change needed 2launch new politics/ Msia

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 8:45 PM

  • #P212 If in vital #Sibu byelection Najib can only spare 3mins 4 120yr TuaPekKong Temple after so much publicity what does it imply?

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 9:04 PM

  • #P212 #Sibu TPKTemple procession ended Unforgettable nite Entered into lore/history Sibu Will b talk 4next century incl PM’s 3min scandal

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 9:15 PM

  • Star rprted Najib “witnessed start of #Sibu TPK festival street procession”. Untrue. He came n went even b4 start of procession. All 3 mins!

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 9:34 PM

  • #P212 Advance publicity Najib would lead TPKTemple prcsn, wld give speech n all told 2clap 2make Najib happy but he never stepped in2 temple

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010 9:45 PM

  1. #1 by buy election on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 10:08 am

    Najiv, the Santa as named by the media or better known as the God of Wealth in Chinese.

    Unfortunately the Malay Santa was too busy and had too many clients to distribute his angpao. So he could not enter the temple or stay for longer. This is in contradiction to what SUPP politicians had announced beforehand – Santa will join in the procession. Even for such a simple matter, the SUPP cannot deliver the promise. They always talk big and either cannot deliver or will deliver very little.

    After the Malay Santa gave the big angpao, we need some watchdogs to see that the money will be used in the right and transparent way. We don’t want them to be wasted or flowing into the crocodile mouths of the cronies of SUPP politicians.

    These angpao are not just for helping the Chinese schools, but the ultimate goal should be for helping the LOCAL economy. The projects should be done by the local companies, or a kind of NEP for Sibu in helping the employment. Again, be transparent in awarding the contracts.

    Take the money and vote against corruption! You don’t want to sell the soul of the Chinese.

  2. #2 by k1980 on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 10:41 am

    The new Tua Pek Kong cabut-ed even before the start of the historic procession because he was not given the deity’s robes to wear. How to lead without wearing the correct robes?

  3. #3 by k1980 on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 10:51 am

    Tua Pek Kong was shocked by saiful’s claims

  4. #4 by grace on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 10:57 am

    Till today the Chinese cannot read the antics of Najib. He and all UMNO leaders are play acting.
    1. Without an election , do you think he will ever step foot at Tua Pek Kong temple, let alone leading the o procession. He is trying to emulate Nik Aziz who sinderely believe in letting the Chinese or Indians worship other religion.
    2. Look at Rosmah. Nowadays she can kiss an Indian baby or cuddle a Chinese infant. And the STAR papwr will highlight it with color! Long ago all these babies were shunned like lepers.
    Hope you voters are not so stupid and be swayed by those stupid acts which were done without sincereity.

  5. #5 by Tonberry on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 11:50 am

    Everybody should stop glorifying the PM as if he were a God. He is no God. He is just an ordinary human being like everyone of us here. He was elected by the people just to take charge of the nation, so to speak, and he fails miserably..

  6. #6 by good coolie on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 12:46 pm

    Let’s be realistic! How can we expect a Muslim in Malaysia to lead a non-Muslim religious procession, especially in the present Malaysian politico-religious context. The time has not yet come for that to happen!

  7. #7 by dagen on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 12:53 pm

    Jibba Clause is coming to town!

  8. #8 by undertaker888 on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 12:57 pm

    he has been led away by umno hoodlums.

  9. #9 by Winston on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 1:03 pm

    Let’s be realistic! How can we expect a Muslim in Malaysia to lead a non-Muslim religious procession, especially in the present Malaysian politico-religious context. – good coolie

    You have a good point there!!
    He must be very angry that the stupid SUPP has “put him on the table” (in Chinese parlance).
    In fact, it is downright stupid to expect him, a Malay, to lead such a procession!!
    The people of Sarawak must dump all such stupid people as soon as possible.
    To put them in high places will only allow them to mess up the country!!

  10. #10 by son of perpaduan on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 1:04 pm

    DAP candidate Wong Ho Leng was brilliantly setting up a superb strategy breaking into the voters mind. I 100% confident PR-DAP comfortably in winning this by-election doubtless. The most powerful tools LKS use to convinced the voters is (…….) ? will be reveal soon after the result come out.
    LKS is really a cunning old wolf, congratulations….bravo…cheers.

  11. #11 by dagen on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 1:11 pm

    Sorry folks. A little diversion here. Here is a piece of sickening news.

    “Whistleblower gets show-cause letter
    13 May 10 : 8.00AM
    By Ding Jo-Ann
    [email protected]

    (File pic by Steven Depolo @ Flickr)

    PETALING JAYA, 13 May 2010: A doctor who went public with serious allegations of mismanagement and cronyism in an Orang Asli hospital in Gombak has continued to be targeted for her outspokenness.

    Dr Selva Vathany Kanapathi Pillai told The Nut Graph she received a show-cause letter from the Jabatan Hal Ehwal Orang Asli (JHEOA) last month.

    “The JHEOA asked me to explain why I took part in a Bar Council press conference without my department head Dr Saaiah Abdullah’s permission,” Dr Selva said in a phone interview.

    “The letter said that if I did not reply with an adequate explanation, action would be taken against me.”

    The Bar Council press conference was held on 11 Feb 2010 to highlight Dr Selva’s complaints about the Gombak hospital. It raised issues such as the high rate of malnutrition among Orang Asli children, and the use of hospital facilities by non-Orang Asli patients. This was despite the fact that the hospital was specifically set up to improve Orang Asli health.

    The Bar Council had also called on the hospital to be placed under the purview of the Health Ministry instead of the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, which is currently the case.

    Dr Selva was also present when Orang Asli representatives handed in a memorandum to the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) on 16 March, complaining about poor services at the hospital.

    JHEOA pressure

    Dr Selva had earlier told The Nut Graph how she was sidelined by the hospital’s management due to her raising of mismanagement issues.

    Dr Selva (Courtesy of Bar Council)Shortly after she sent a formal complaint letter to the Health Ministry in late 2009, she was told she was to be transferred to Kedah.

    “I am not under JHEOA’s authority anymore because of my transfer. I am now directly under the Health Ministry,” said Dr Selva.

    “It doesn’t make sense that I am sent a show-cause letter by the very department and people that I have been making complaints about.”

    Dr Selva was unable to supply The Nut Graph with a copy of the JHEOA letter as it was marked “sulit”.

    Dr Selva said the show-cause letter had also asked her to give an explanation about why she had participated in a demonstration in front of the Gombak hospital on 24 Feb 2010.

    “I wasn’t even at the hospital on the day of the demonstration,” Dr Selva said. “I was already preparing to leave because of my transfer to Kedah.”

    The Nut Graph previously tried to reach JHEOA director-general Datuk Mohd Sani Mistam for comment on issues affecting the hospital, but was told he was away till 17 May. Requests for his deputy, Nisra Nisran Asra Ramlan, to respond were also in vain.

    No resolution

    Dr Selva is vexed that despite the recent attention the Gombak Hospital has been receiving, the authorities are focusing on issuing show-cause letters instead of dealing with the malnutrition issue among Orang Asli children.

    “There is already a comprehensive Health Ministry food-basket programme in place. It is not just for the ‘hardcore poor’, as claimed by JHEOA’s director-general, but for all malnourished children,” said Dr Selva.

    Under the programme, underweight children receive monthly food baskets from the Health Ministry. The children are monitored until they fall within the recommended weight for their age.

    Joseph Entulu Belaun (Source: On 17 April 2010, The Malay Mail reported that Rural and Regional Development Deputy Minister Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun had refuted Dr Selva’s claims in Parliament.

    He stated that a thorough investigation had been carried out, which showed that there was no truth to her statements.

    “In short, she is lying,” the deputy minister reportedly said.

    Dr Selva, however, pointed out that the Rural and Regional Development Ministry was not the appropriate body to investigate her claims. “They are not medical practitioners, nor do they have expertise on medical ethics or medical management,” she said.

    “I have full faith that the Health Ministry would be able to conduct a fair and transparent investigation through the Malaysian Medical Council.”

    She added, however, that if concrete steps were not taken to improve the situation, she would not hesitate to raise the matter with international organisations such the World Health Organisation.”

  12. #12 by son of perpaduan on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 1:14 pm

    Look at muhyidin this time around….total unwelcome and stateless and also speechless too.

  13. #13 by Jeffrey on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 2:09 pm

    3-minute lightning visit will set in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s first ever briefest political campaign visit!

    Why it is 30 seconds quicker that this song “Hello Goodbye” by the Beatles (3 mins 30 secs) –

  14. #14 by bengbeng on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 3:19 pm

    It was very kind of you, sir to pose for a pic for me. Thank you. Abt the PM’s visit, it all happened so fast.

  15. #15 by cskok8 on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 4:06 pm

    At least he came. If not for the buy-election, he would not be seen dead in a temple.

  16. #16 by monsterball on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 4:40 pm

    hahjahahahaha….He went…shivered and ran away…within 3 minutes..because he knew Tua Pek Kong…hates him.
    Try to fool around with a Chinese God…..make him have bad stomach ache….I think.

  17. #17 by ReformMalaysia on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 6:05 pm

    He only need to get his face captured by Cameras of the press and Videos from TV stations……To do that 3 minutes is enough….. Good enough to get the government-controlled/directed medias to tell the rakyat that he is “committed” to 1Malaysia concept!

    Well how many votes will he be able to net in , in 3 minutes?

  18. #18 by ReformMalaysia on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 6:18 pm

    In this BolehLand, a parliamentarian death will bring “windfall” to the constituents.

    but with certain criteria to be met :

    1. The constituency was previously won by Barisan Nasional with a thin majority …or

    2. the constituency was previously held by the opposition party with not too ‘fat’ majority

    3.Chances of BN winning the seat is between 40% -65%

    So the ‘windfall’ will not be applicable to the constituencies that are Barisan Nasional stronghold…… seats..

    The people much make their own constituency not a stronghold of BN so that it will get “special attention and generous allocation”

    Voters in MIRI must know what to do ….or elses it will be neglected(being a stronghold of BN)

  19. #19 by yhsiew on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 6:31 pm

    ///In fact, Najib’s visit was so “lightning-short” and all over in three minutes…./// (Kit)

    Najib was in Sibu in person, however, his heart was not with the Sibu Chinese. In other words, he had come but his heart had not come.

  20. #20 by Voter get Voters campaign for PR on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 7:04 pm

    A vote for BN is a vote for CORRUPTION & RACISM. Malaysia is for ALL MALAYSIANS & not for a handfuls of Corrupted ,racist & bigoted umNOputras including corrupted MCA,MIC,Gerakan,SUPP and other BN subservient component parties. Lets rebuild a BETTER Malaysia for ALL Malaysians irrespective of races,religions n creed

  21. #21 by chengho on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 7:37 pm

    Sibu people love Najib and believe in his universal value and 1Malaysia
    do not let rocket blinded you after all this is only paper rocket , pls play the song rocket man by elton john…sound like anwar

  22. #22 by monsterball on Thursday, 13 May 2010 - 10:42 pm

    Chengho must be very happy…with his ass open wide for Najib to shaft it in.
    The so call paper he call it….fly like a bird …stinks like a bee to all UMNO B toads.

  23. #23 by johnnypok on Friday, 14 May 2010 - 3:40 am

    Traditionally, for parliamentary sets, people will vote in favor of the opposition party.

    The Allah issue has hurt the feelings of the people in Sabah and Sarawak.

    Just take the money, but vote for DAP …. Sibu deserves very much more than what the PM has promised (with a silence condition) … and don’t forget, he may retract if BN fail to win.

  24. #24 by monsterball on Friday, 14 May 2010 - 7:04 am

    I strongly recommend all Sibu voters go and watch the true story of “The Stoning of SORAYA M” available in DVD and then understand why Tua Pak Kong is not happy to see Najib.
    I hope all Sibuhans know UMNO B creatures are not the same as Malaysians….especially for those Malaysians that are truly and sincerely god fearing.

  25. #25 by limkamput on Friday, 14 May 2010 - 3:52 pm

    This monster with withered balls wants to shaft everybody, high hope lah.

  26. #26 by monsterball on Saturday, 15 May 2010 - 2:55 am

    Lim Such Ass is very lonely….wants my attention…poor fella.

  27. #27 by monsterball on Saturday, 15 May 2010 - 2:59 am

    Inspite of his so call high intelligence…Such Ass Lim do not know I faark him and Chengho only..and not everybody?
    Yes….he wants my attention…this lonely bas..rd.

  28. #28 by ablastine on Sunday, 16 May 2010 - 12:01 pm

    It should be clear by now that voting for the opposition is no longer just voting for change, it is survivalhood of a nation itself. How long do you think a government that has led the nation to the brink of bankruptcy with its pandemic corruption, cronyism and racism can hold a complex multi-racial country like Malaysia together. Your descendants will pay the price of your folly or greed if you continue to vote these BN hypocrites in again and again.

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