Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Latest:No-confidence vote against Pak Lah on MONDAY

Latest: No-confidence vote against Pak Lah
When Parliament sits Monday, MPs from the Sabah Progressive Party will table a vote of no confidence against the prime minister.

Sanglang state seat declared vacant
High Court in Kangar rules invalid the Umno election victory for Sanglang in Perlis. But Justice Zainal Adzam Abdul Ghani is not installing losing candidate Hashim Jasin of PAS as automatic winner by default. A by-election looms with this decision.

Sabah party to leave BN today?

KOTA KINABALU, June 18 — Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee is expected to make "a very important announcement" today that may change the direction of the party.

According to a senior party official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the announcement to be made had been well thought out with the interests of the state and the people in mind.

However, he declined to divulge more details yesterday, saying "you just wait for the announcement tomorrow (today)".

He claimed that the party would not be the "Lone Ranger" in this case.

On Monday, SAPP deputy president Datuk Raymond Tan denied that the party would leave the Barisan Nasional (BN).

He said the party had not discussed the matter and gave the assurance that SAPP would remain a BN component party.

On Sunday, Gua Musang Member of Parliament Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah of Umno hinted that a BN party from East Malaysia might leave the coalition before the end of the month.

Meanwhile, a political observer said the purported announcement by SAPP today was probably just a rumour and it was left to be seen.

In another development, Dr Chong Eng Leong, a strong advocate of the issue of illegal immigrants and "Project ICs" in Sabah, has quit Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), another BN component party.

"My participation in politics is for Sabah, not for PBS. I cannot pursue my fight for Sabah's security and sovereignty within Malaysia via PBS anymore. We say "Patriotisme Asas Perpaduan" (unity the basis for patriotism) but these are

only words. We must show it by action," he said, adding that his resignation was with immediate effect.

Dr Chong, who was a PBS supreme council member and the party's Luyang division chief, had been critical of the federal government for not taking action on the calls to address the issues of illegal immigrants and alleged illegal issuance of MyKad to foreigners. — Bernama

(Malaysian Insider)

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