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Thursday, 19 June 2008
PITA POLITIK (39): WILL OTHER SABAH BN PARTNERS FOLLOW...?
The three leading players in today's Malaysian political theater: Dato' Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Tun Mahathir Mohamad and Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim.Shouldn't they be together for the sake of Malay unity - politics aside.
Thursday June 19, 2008 Hong Kong deal: SAPP and Anwar
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Progressive Party’s move for a no-confidence motion on the Prime Minister was a deal that was hatched in Hong Kong and wrapped up in Kuala Lumpur with PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee admitted he had met with Anwar on two occasions in the Chinese territory and the federal capital to discuss "the political dynamics affecting the nation and Sabah".
Many quarters have interpreted this to mean the "crossing over of Barisan Nasional MPs" to the opposition as promised by Anwar.
However, the proposed motion has not received widespread support and Yong agreed that the next 48 hours were crucial. At the moment at least two other Sabah Barisan parties - UPKO and PBS - have remained deafeningly silent.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Yong's latest action was due to the fact that "I have not been able to satisfy his personal greed."
Abdullah did not elaborate. However, his aides said that the prime minister would elaborate at a later date. (The Star Online) Tun Mahathir (left) and Datuk Seri Anwar: Once an unseparable duo, now sharing a common political denominator? After all both left UMNO: Tun Mahathir resigned while Dato' Seri Anwar (you know what happened-lah)
Comment: As expected SAPP was the first party in Sabah to announce the deal with PKR de-facto leader, Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Most likely other component BN parties would join soon. It would not be a surprise if other parties in the ruling coalition would follow suit. With Tun Mahathir out of UMNO together with a few others like Tan Sri Sanusi Joned, the "rakyat" would be kept wondering "whether there will be a torrential downpour of political rain in the coming months with Anwar emerged victorious". If that would be the case someone high in Pemuda UMNO would have to swallow his words for asking Anwar to resign as the de-facto leader of "Pakatan Rakyat" by 16 September.There were reports of Sabah BN forming an independent block to safeguard Sabahan rights, whatever rights that might be.This block would neither join BN nor Pakatan. How about a block for Sarawak? Don't we see further headache for PM