As I'm writing this post at 1:30am, the twitterverse is working overtime on the trending hashtag #KohAppearsFromNowhere as tweeps rush to contribute their versions of how Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon magically appeared beside the PM on Sept 25 in a vernacular newspaper as Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak joined about 5,000 schoolchildren in cycling seven kilometres in the "1Malaysia Charity Ride for Education 2011" in Penang.
The programme, organised by Kwong Wah Yit Poh daily, also saw the participation of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, Penang Umno Liaison Committee chairman Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman, Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen and Kwong Wah Yit Poh chairman Datuk Ong Gim Huat and Penang state executive councillors.
The PM had praised the programme as a positive endeavour to collect RM15 million in funds to develop 15 Chinese secondary schools, five of them private.
While some of the #KohAppearsFromNowhere tweets are actually quite hilarious, and look set to outdo the recent #tansriteh circus, there is a serious matter underlying the issue – that of intentionally misleading the public.
The Spanker has long been calling for Koh to resign and maintain his dignity, as per sample here
This time, the Spanker not only demands that Koh resign for his pathetic attempts to boost his flagging career by attempting to appear to associate with the PM, but also for heads to roll at Kwong Wah Yit Poh as well for failing to practise responsible journalism and attempting to mislead the public.
The only thing Dr Koh, who is Penang Barisan Nasional chairman, did at the cycling event was to get involved in a minor accident at Pantai Molek as he was unable to brake in time to avert knocking into two youngsters who had collided into each other in front of him, causing himself to limp slightly because of pain in the left knee.