Others won’t follow SAPP, says Shahrir

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Umno supreme council member Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad said yesterday he was sure other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties would not follow the path taken by the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).

He wasconfident the declaration by SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee that his party had lost confidence in Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and its two MPs would support a motion for a vote of no confidence against the prime minister would not be able to precipitate a situation where other BN members would leave the coalition.

“I don’t think they have the leadership nor are they consistent in their issues because if you listen to the various comments made by different MPs from the party, it is still quite unclear what they are doing.

“So, we are not even sure what they are doing,” he told reporters.

Shahrir, who is Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister, said he did not see the motion receiving support when the Dewan Rakyat sits again next week.

“It is unclear what will actually happen. Probably something else will happen. Surely, it is not proper to make a statement when everything is hazy. I myself am not sure what is the SAPP’s stance.

“The main thing is in a parliamentary democracy, how is one to manage a vote of no confidence? Is it like a motion or a debate, we will see. True, there will be a government motion on Monday and we will see how the response is to the motion,” he said.

On Abdullah’s leadership, Shahrir said: “He has been able to meet up with grassroots leaders and has been holding up very well for someone who seems and appears to be under attack from everywhere.

“He is still making quite clear and firm decisions in exercising his responsibility as the Prime Minister,” he said.

In KUCHING, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Datuk Seri Dr James Jemut Masing lambasted Yong for his declaration when all other BN component parties were focusing on efforts to strengthen the coalition.

“PRS will continue to give undivided support to the party’s leadership to ensure the BN is able to honour all the trust and responsibilities to the people,” he said.

Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) deputy president Datuk Peter Nyarok Entrie, meanwhile, challenged the SAPP to leave the BN if it was not happy with the present leadership of the country.

“The SPDP still has confidence in the present leadership and will continue to support the Prime Minister,” he said.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice-president Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman said his party’s support for the Prime Minister’s leadership need not be questioned because PBB president Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud had expressed the party’s undivided support before and nothing has changed since.

“The matter has been made clear; PBB is a BN component fully supportive of the policies of the present leadership of the country,” he said.

Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president Tan Sri Dr George Chan, who is Deputy Chief Minister said all BN components should work together and remain united towards strengthening the present government and help stabilise the country’s economy together.

Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam told Bernama by SMS from San Diego, the United States, that all BN MPs should reject any motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister who is also BN chairman.

“The move to table the motion is irresponsible and undemocratic,” he said and called for the expulsion of Yong and the SAPP from the BN.

He said all BN components must have discipline and discuss party matters within the party.

“In BN meetings, he (Yong) expresses support for Abdullah as the Prime Minister and BN chairman. How come outside he is saying loss of confidence in the prime minister who is also BN chairman?” he asked. ─ Bernama/The Malaysian Insider

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