This must be a memorable trip for the BN MPs in Taiwan.
They departed for Taiwan on 8 September and as they reached Taiwan, a 6.1 earthquake struck off the coast on 9 September.
Suara Keadilan reports Tian Chua as saying that the back-benchers are heading for Hong Kong today. But many flights from Taiwan are cancelled today as Typhoon Sinlaku dumped rain and strong winds swept across the island.
The BBC Chairman was quoted in The Star yesterday as saying the trip was scheduled to end this weekend and not 17 September as earlier thought. He said 11 MPs had returned to Malaysia on 9 September – which means they really didn’t spend much time in Taiwan. So why go in the first place?
Today, he told Sin Chew he would be flying to China for business after the trip.
The paper reported that out of a total of 52 people taking part in the trip, 10 had come back earlier while the other two would be back today. “Some of them have to attend events in their constituencies and must therefore be back earlier.” In other words, there are 40 MPs currently still in Taiwan.
So was the trip cut short – and why wasn’t it acknowledged earlier that 11 MPs had returned on 9 September? On 12 September, the NST reported the following:
Earlier in the day, Tiong said two members had flown back but club executive secretary Huan Cheng Guan claimed everyone was still there.
Tiong, contacted in the morning, said two had returned home due to family bereavements. But he declined to name them.
Huan, contacted after lunch, said all were in Taiwan.
“More of our members are joining us.”
He said the MPs would return home on Sept 17.
It is learnt that another six or seven joined them yesterday. The group is in Kaohsiung and is expected to travel to Taichung.
Huan denied a report in yesterday’s Nanyang Siang Pau that three MPs were returning as their constituencies were hit by floods.
“Nobody is going back. All of them are here.”