Friday, June 20, 2008

Pakatan leaders to discuss plan

The Star : Thursday June 19, 2008

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS will discuss with PKR and DAP how to respond to SAPP MPs’ plan to table a motion of a vote of no-confidence against the Prime Minister in Parliament on Monday.

PAS secretary-general Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar said PAS viewed SAPP’s plan a major solution to end the dilemma that the Barisan Nasional government had been going through for months where there was a lack of confidence in the leadership, including within Umno itself.

“We view this major development seriously.”The motion can be tabled because the matter is of public interest, specific and urgent. It is definitely specific. It is of public interest because the post of the prime minister is a matter of public interest and it is urgent because there is a lot of uncertainty now. “But ultimately, the Speaker has to make his assessment,” he added.

In Kota Baru, PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat invited all Barisan component parties to leave Umno and form a new coalition with opposition parties under the “Pakatan Rakyat” alliance.

He claimed that Umno, the backbone of Barisan, had failed the country, specifically the Malays, and it could therefore not be expected to satisfy the aspirations of political parties in Sabah and Sarawak.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said it would be “very unusual” for SAPP MPs to remove Abdullah by tabling a no-confidence motion against him.

“Under the Barisan coalition, the largest party will nominate their candidate as Prime Minister. And in this case, it is Umno who nominates and they will nominate the Umno president.

“So how will they influence this decision with a motion of no-confidence? A more effective measure would be for them to leave Barisan entirely.

“Why have they not left Barisan? That is the question most people would want to know,'' said Lim, who is DAP secretary-general.

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