Today, a political earthquake at PWTC and a real earthquake at Sabah
This morning, an earthquake measuring up to 6.0 Richter scale struck 16km northwest of Ranau, Sabah at 7.17 am. The Earth is changing. Based on our country’s geographical location, there shouldn’t be any earthquake happening. The only seismic event we may observe is tremor from earthquake nearby our country, and not in our country. But that’s not the case for now on. 6.0 magnitude. That’s an earthquake already. Major earthquakes are very rare in Malaysia, but now, it may be much more possible. I send my prayer and thoughts to the people affected by the quake at Sabah this morning.
The strong quake struck at a depth of 10km, with its epicentre located 19km from the town of Ranau, and 54km from Kota Kinabalu. Apart from the state capital, the tremors were felt in the northern Kudat and Kota Marudu districts, and as far away Beaufort in the south. The tremors shook buildings, damaged roads and rattled windows prompting people to run out from their houses, shops, and even at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport terminal. Fortunately, the quake did not trigger any tsunami. If not, casualties will be more. Also during the quake, there are about 100 over climbers at Mount Kinabalu. Rocks and boulders were falling, and reports surfaced that there may be people feared dead. Let’s hope that all of them will be safe.
On the other hand, we also witnessed a political ‘earthquake’ at Putra World Trade Center (PWTC), KL this morning. Now, this is not the typical rivalry between the government with the opposition. It’s now within the government coalition itself. The political tension between the former prime minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir and current premier, Datuk Seri Najib already escalated to a point of no return recently due to the unexplained losses of billions of ringgit in 1MDB, the implementation of GST, Jho Low involvement, premier’s wife heavy expenditure, ineffectiveness of government policy, etc. Datuk Seri Najib stayed away from these criticisms, citing them unfair and unreasonable. But hey…you need to provide clear answers to all Malaysians because that’s too serious.
This morning, there was supposed to be a talk between Mahathir and Najib to at least put these topics into discussion and see where it all leads to. However, Najib didn’t attend, and the government-sided police came to stop Mahathir from speaking. He had already went into five minutes of his speech in the hall packed of people and media, but is stopped abruptly by the police. Now, there isn’t even freedom of speech for the former prime minister who had contributed so much for Malaysia in the past 22 years of his administration. Now, it just makes everything worse, makes more people to turn against Najib, and makes BN more hated by the people than ever. Many already asked for his resignation, but he still stayed on with almost no dignity. I shall stop commenting further. If not, I may be charged. That’s the political situation in Malaysia. Getting worse and funnier each day. It will just ruin the country very soon. Hopeless.
(Images in this post are from The Star Online)