Seems to me that the BN MPs have caught a severe case of the jitters as 16 September approaches.
So it’s just as well they are planning a long vacation, err, I mean lawatan sambil belajar. 🙂
As blogger Susan Loone says, now we get to experience what the country is like without a bunch of BN MPs.
Their sudden interest in agriculture is a laugh. Najib says it’s gonna be a constructive trip. Right.
According to a news report yesterday which quoted club chairman Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing, the 12-day trip had nothing to do with the possibility of BN MPs crossing over to Pakatan Rakyat by Sept 16.
The trip, said the report, will take the MPs to various parts of China to study the agriculture centres there. The club’s agriculture committee chairman Datuk Ismail Kassim was also quoted as saying that more than 50 MPs had signed up for the trip while 85% of MPs from Sabah and Sarawak had committed themselves.
He said MPs had to bear their own expenses and participation was on a voluntary basis.
Pity they missed the Olympics. And wonder why they feel more MPs from Sabah and Sarawak need exposure to agriculture compared to peninsula MPs….
This afternoon, the country was again awash with rumours. I myself got two phone calls asking me if it was true that BN component parties were holding meetings at 3.00pm to consider pulling out of the BN.
Meanwhile, Samy Vellu (Gosh! I thought we already bade farewell to him) has come under the spotlight for the land that was meant for a Tamil school, Gerakan for an alleged land grab, and of course Ahmad Ismail and Penang Umno defying the PM. It must be reassuring for them to know that now everyone can fly – not just MPs!
Some handy travel tips:
- Choose a reliable travel agent and remember, there are usually attractive discounts for block bookings.
- Book in advance for the best discounts; if you make your reservations too close to your intended departure date, the fare will be less attractive and there is no guarantee seats will be available; so plan ahead and don’t leave things till the last moment.
- Remember to hand in your passport ahead of time for safe-keeping.
- Make sure you don’t run into visa problems, in case you need to extend your stay while you are abroad due to unforeseen circumstances. In case of emergency, contact the nearest embassy for assistance.
- Make sure you have enough cash with you to last the trip plus a little extra; but read all airport signboards carefully so that you don’t exceed the permissible amount that you are allowed to carry in currency notes. Seek assistance if you don’t understand the language displayed on airport signboards.
- Make yourself aware of local cultural sensitivities e.g. Mongolia.