Posted by SM Maulana
PKR adviser Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim & DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang
KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 — DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang said today many questions were being asked that needed answers following the bombshell by Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Seri Yong Teck Lee yesterday that its two MPs, Datuk Dr Chua Soon Bui (Tawau) and Datuk Eric Enchin Majimbun (Sepanggar) would move a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Lim said they included whether it was possible for a no-confidence motion to be moved in Parliament on Monday when it looks procedurally impossible since as up to yesterday no such notice of motion had been submitted to Parliament.
“In fact, although a proper motion of no confidence has not been submitted to date to Parliament, it is not impossible to duplicate a no-confidence vote in Parliament on the Barisan Nasional government on Monday.
“Whether a no-confidence motion could be moved, debated and voted upon in Parliament on Monday, however academic it appears, is however not the foremost question created by Yong’s announcement yesterday,” said Lim in a statement.
Lim said the most important question from the SAPP action, which has dealt another blow to the Barisan Nasional government after the March 8 general election was whether the declaration by the two SAPP MPs of no-confidence in Abdullah as Prime Minister would trigger support from other BN MPs in Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia or would the incipient revolt by disaffected BN MPs be crushed with SAPP expelled by the BN today.
Meanwhile, Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, in a statement, said he had been telling Umno and the Prime Minister for months now about the people’s lack of confidence in the present leadership.
He claimed that BN leaders had remained complacent and continued to live in denial.
“The developments around SAPP point to the depth of the leadership crisis facing the country. The top leadership of the BN and Umno has lost all credibility, and our component parties are rethinking their relationship with us. This should come as no surprise except to those who have been living in complete denial,” said the veteran Umno leader.
Tengku Razaleigh also said in its management of the economy, the current leadership has lacked vision and shown a disturbing inability to plan and execute.
“The haphazard and wavering way in which petrol subsidies were recently removed damaged the government’s credibility in managing the economy at a time when we face very serious economic challenges and our people are hurting.
“Politically, instead of listening, the leadership silences voices from the ground calling for change and suppresses democratic processes set out by the party constitution. Instead of change we have been getting media and political manipulation.
“I warned openly of SAPP’s impending action a week ago, but until last night the leadership dismissed my warning out of hand and the Prime Minister said he knew nothing.”
Tengku Razaleigh said he only wanted what was best for Umno, “and I have put myself on the line to reform Umno.”
“If our leaders refuse to face reality, I fear the worst for the party and this government,” he said.
Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wondered when BN party leaders would realise that the majority of Malaysians did not want Abdullah as prime minister.
Touching on the SAPP’s move, Dr Mahathir said: “As expected we hear the usual chorus of pledges by the other BN parties to support Abdullah.”
He said it was this inability to appreciate the feelings of the people that led to the BN’s disastrous March election result.
“The peninsular BN parties should realise that they have become irrelevant. Ignore the people and you will find yourself totally rejected,” said Tun Mahathir in his blog today.