Look who’s cycling together at the “1 Malaysia Charity Ride for Education 2011”. Cycle diplomacy?

Najib in a 1Malaysia T-shirt and Guan Eng in a yellow top

Guan Eng, former Penang chief minister Koh Tsu Koon, Yen Yen and Penang Umno Liaison Committee chairman Zainal Abidin Osman were reportedly at the event. Only person missing seems to be Zaid Ibrahim on a Kita cycle!

The event, which took place at Straits Quay, was organised by Kwong Wah newspaper and sponsored by 1MDB.

The event raised RM15m from 1MDB among others – RM1m each to 15 Chinese vernacular schools in state. Najib also reportedly gave out 5000 bicycles to the participating students. Elections coming?

During Hari Raya, he arrived in a taxi for an ‘open house’ in Permatang Pauh. Yesterday, he, along with Rosmah and entourage, boarded a bus to attend programmes in Perak. Today, he’s cycling for the first time after 50 years. Elections coming?

Next weekend, Najib and Guan Eng are expected to come face-to-face again in Han Chiang School for another event.

The hapless Tsu Koon found it rough going. A metaphor for his party’s fortunes in Penang? Bernama reports:

Meanwhile, Dr Koh, who is also Penang Barisan Nasional chairman, was involved in a minor accident at Pantai Molek when participating in the event.

When approached by reporters, he said he was unable to brake in time to avert knocking into two youngsters in front of him who had collided into each other.

“It happened all of a sudden. I could not apply the brakes in time and crashed into the youngsters,” said Dr Koh, who was limping slightly because of pain in the left knee.

Have a look at why it’s so dangerous to cycle in Penang:

If only these politicians would cycle and take the bus more often, I am sure our public transport system would be a lot more efficient and our roads more cycle-friendly. How about it?