Thursday, July 24, 2008

Busy Body - SUPP Batu Lintang Branch

For the past few weeks since the commencement of trial on 1.7.2008 of the Kuching Election Petition filed by an ordinary voter, Mr. Kho Wai Phiaw, who is 64 years of age, I had been in court to witness the trial proceeding everyday without fail. The Petitioner had called in a total of 14 witnesses (inclusive of the Petitioner himself) to testify.

Although Kho Wai Phiaw is not a SUPP member, SUPP gives great support to him in this Election Petition case. Surprisingly, amongst all SUPP branches in Sarawak, SUPP Batu Lintang Branch's name top the list. There are 3 witnesses closely linked to SUPP Batu Lintang Branch. Whether it was due to coincidence or plan by "black hand"behind, I do not know.

1. The first one, Mr. Jukai (PW2) admitted he does not know the Petitioner Mr. Kho Whai Phiaw but through SUPP Deputy Youth Leader Mr. Sih Hua Tong's arrangement came to court and to be a witness. Mr. Sih Hua Tong comes from Batu Lintang Branch.

2. Secondly, the lady Mdm Wong Choon Tee @ Ong Choon Ming (PW3), who said that DAP Sarawak is the government, is a SUPP Member of Batu Lintang Branch also. She does not know Kho Wai Phiaw either but kind enough to open her mouth in court.

3. And the third one, a civil servant named Encik Jublin Ak Derai (PW14), is also a Committee Member for SUPP Batu Lintang Branch. He knew the Petitioner through another SUPP Batu Lintang committee member called Kho Wai Chai. As told by Jublin, Kho Wai Phiaw and Kho Wai Chai are brothers.

Why is SUPP Batu Lintang Branch so "busy body"? What has this Election Petition got to do with SUPP Batu Lintang Branch that makes their branch members so willing to champion the witness list?

Monday, July 21, 2008

Judgment Day for Sarikei Election Petition

Today is the Judgment Day for Sarikei Election Petition. Justice Datuk Ian Chin dismissed the petition by delivering his 25 paragraphs long judgment.

The end result of the case turned out totally opposite to the so called "Good Feeling" that most of us had when the trial was completed on 9.7.2008. Most of us felt hopeful about the case.

Well, a lesson to be learned today i.e. "Good Feeling" may not always end up with victory. I was indeed saddened and disappointed with the fact that DAP had lost the battle.

I believe our panel lawyers had done their very best to fight the case. Appeal or not Appeal, we shall leave it to the intelligence of the panel lawyers.