Wednesday, March 19, 2008

"BN MPs Ready To Defect In Sufficient Numbers," Says Anwar Ibrahim

Malaysian ruling party MPs are willing to defect to the opposition in sufficient numbers to trigger a change of government, de facto opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said on Wednesday.

"You cannot rule out that possibility," Anwar said when asked if he would have enough defections for a change of government.

"The sentiments in Sabah and Sarawak are strong with number of people approaching us," Anwar told Reuters in an interview, referring to the Malaysian states on the island of Borneo.

He declined to say how many MPs were willing to switch sides. Asked if it was more than five, he said, "Of course, it's more than five." Asked if it was more than ten, he declined to answer.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's ruling coalition suffered the biggest setback in its 50-year reign at elections on March 8, losing its two-thirds parliamentary majority and surrendering an unprecedented five states to opposition parties.

Anwar's Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People's Justice Party) emerged as the largest opposition party in the new parliament, which is required by the constitution to sit no later than June, but could meet earlier if the government decides to do so. (Reuters)

***** If the BN MPs desert the coalition of their own accord due to unhappiness with Barisan, that is fine. However it would be bad for BR's reputation if the deserting MPs have been in some way 'bought' over.

Sabah BN's response: Sabah CM confident BN MPs will remain loyal

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Blogger Monsterball said...

Heheheheh..Anwar is carrying out a combination of psychological warfare and guerrilla warfare with UMNO....and I think he is enjoying it. He doesn't even need to get as many as 30 to defect at the moment.

Say, 20 to defect will leave BN with an almost unworkable majority of 10.

Things are going to be mighty interesting in the next few weeks and months.

3:54 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

:) East Malaysia. They are more hip hop? Ha ha ha ha. With the new Cabinet, I think UMNO will descend into a full-fledge internal war. Let's sit back and watch.

5:35 PM GMT+8  
Blogger CK said...

let's sit back and relax and get ready for the show!!!! more dramatic than the venuzuelan soap opera though the actors n actresses can be better looking haha....

east malaysian hip-hop? gosh... not again. i think BR will lose credibility with all this jumping frogs. then BR will turn into UMNO oh.... heaven forbids

9:15 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Guy in the glass said...

I believe Anwar is just trying to destabalise BN and detract it from carrying out its job. Personally, I think he should stop all this talk of party hopping and let the MPs start doing their job, be they in BN or BR. I, for one, do now want to see the govt in almost a standstill for the next 6 months because of intense lobbying amongst the MPs and the parties on whether to defect or not.

Since there has been many write ups that this election is not about the candidate but about the parties, the elected MPs should not even think of party hopping. They should instead think of how they are going to do their job as an elected representative.


12:50 AM GMT+8  
Blogger Cencaluk.Com said...

If there are any MPs who can be bought over, I'll surely remember them until the next election.

Agree with ck tan, BR will lose credibility by buying those cheap monkeys over to their side. I hope they wont be that stupid and corrupted enough to do that.. hmm..

1:15 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All my hopes and respect for Anwar just went away. If he accepts BN frogs (and there are too many here in Sabah) at this time when people have had enough of BN (and many of us city folks were not bribed or tricked, so u can say we made wise choices in the last election), Anwar's credibility will be gone in the eyes of the voters. Pls do not accept any frogs. Sabahans still remember the PBS frogs. Its only dirty election tricks tt has kept these frogs alive for so long but on the ground, nobody respects these scumbags.

9:47 AM GMT+8  

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