MIRI: I was hoping that this week will start on a low-keyed note; what with the Monday blues I was having.
That was not the case as events at the Miri City Council (MCC) proved to be anything but low-keyed.
On Monday, MCC’s full-board meeting suffered a disruption when two DAP politicians attended the meeting in shirts with party logos that contravened the council dress code.
Miri mayor Adam Yii ejected Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Choon from the meeting when he came into the meeting hall wearing a long-sleeved shirt with the DAP logo at 11.35am.
Ting’s personal assistant, Peter Hii, was also ordered to leave as he too was wearing a shirt with the party logo.
Yii made the order to eject the duo after they refused to leave.
Yii said the council had in August made a decision to impose a dress code oneveryone, including reporters and politicians and public observers in accordance with proper work ethics.
He said the council then issued a public statement on this dress code in September and it was announced to the public via local papers.
“The dress code is meant to ensure that everyone who comes to the council meeting is properly attired.
“It bars both Barisan Nasional and Opposition politicians from wearing shirts with party logos at this meeting because it is a council meeting, not a political forum.
“All politicians are bound by this dress code, too, and so we have no choice but to enforce it,” he said.
Dr Ting then launched verbal accusations against Yii and the councillors.
Yii then called the security guards into the chamber hall.
At 12.30pm, both DAP politicians still refused to leave and the meeting was cancelled.
Yii said it was regrettable there were those who came to the council meeting with intentions to provoke controversies.
When asked by reporters why he was not dressed in official attire, similar to what he wore during the state assembly, Dr Ting declined to comment.
He instead said he wanted to know whether MCC had any legal rights to bar him from attending the meeting.
Now, as a reporter, I am not taking sides with any politicians.
I am not a fan of neither Barisan Nasional parties nor any opposition parties and I am not a member of any political entities.
I do keep in close contacts with politicians from both sides who are actively helping the rakyat.
They include Datuk Lee Kim Shin and Datuk Sebastian Ting who are Barisan state assemblymen for Senadin and Piasau respectively. I regularly contact Kidurong assemblyman Chiew Ching Sing (DAP) for updates on Bintulu as well.
I consider them representatives who are serious in dealing with issues affecting the rakyat.
They do not engage in political rhetorics.
Their activities and actions are rakyat-focused.
Dr Ting must ask himself if his actions in the council meeting room on Monday were of any benefit to the rakyat.
He should be dealing with serious everyday issues and there are plenty of these in Pujut such as the squatter and flash floods.
Dr Ting has a role to ensure MCC does a better job in dealing with social problems such as increased traffic and animal abuse in Miri.
Dr Ting should have followed the council’s dress code so that he can highlight these pressing issues to the council.
Politicians from both political divides must stop wasting time on unnecessary political antics.
They must use their time and their office for useful purposes and not for useless political rhetorics that cannot benefit the rakyat at all.
These antics may make for juicy gossip in political chatgroups and social media or in coffeeshops but they are essentially useless as they cannot bring any positive improvements to the the rakyat.