Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Anwar berunding dengan Ahli Parlimen BN / UMNO members want to defect

"umar faruqi" faruqi03@yahoo.com

Anwar sahkan berunding dengan beberapa Ahli Parlimen BN

Oleh Malaysiakini
Isnin, 17 Mac 2008
Penasihat PKR Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim menyatakan beliau kini sedang mengadakan rundingan dengan sejumlah anggota parlimen BN yang berhasrat berpindah kepada parti-parti pembangkang setelah parti pemerintah itu mengalami ketewasan besar-besaran baru-baru ini.

"Mereka datang dan mendekati kita," kata Anwar, dengan menambah beliau telah bercakap dengan "sejumlah" wakil dan memaklumkan bahawa sokongan mereka tidak akan dibayar.

"Jika mereka mahu menukar parti dengan sejumlah harga, nampaknya mereka telah memilih parti yang salah," katanya.

Tambahnya, mereka dialu-alukan beralih parti "jika mereka menerima agenda kita".

"r r" alternatif2007@yahoo.com

Ruling UMNO party members want to defect: Anwar

Mr Anwar's claim could not be immediately confirmed, but would add to
persistent rumors of political horse-trading in the aftermath of the
disastrous poll results for the ruling coalition.
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KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIAN opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim claimed Monday that
many lawmakers in the ruling coalition want to defect to his camp after
their election debacle.
Mr Anwar told reporters he has been approached by many ruling party
lawmakers who won in the March 8 general elections.

They are welcome to defect but no bribes will be paid to make them to cross
over, he said.

'We will remain consistent and committed to the code of ethics.

If you want to surrender at a price you have chosen the wrong party,' he
told reporters.

Buying political support, especially by paying voters money, is common in
Malaysia, and bribing lawmakers to defect, while not widespread, is known to
occur.

The three-party opposition alliance stitched together by Anwar won an
unprecedented 82 seats in the 222-member Parliament in the elections. It
needs 30 more lawmakers to get a majority needed to unseat the National
Front coalition's government.

Mr Anwar's claim could not be immediately confirmed, but would add to
persistent rumors of political horse-trading in the aftermath of the
disastrous poll results for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's
coalition.

Mr Abdullah says he has the full support of his party, and has rejected
calls to step down. But Mr Anwar's claim, if true, would add pressure on him
to keep the party together.

Mr Anwar did not say how many National Front members have approached him,
but said they belonged to Mr Abdullah's United Malays National Organization,
the main party in the National Front, as well as other smaller parties.

'People have approached and discussed ... but no one dared raise the issue
of price (of defection) to me,' he said, without elaborating. He said he
believes some will eventually defect, even without monetary inducement.

But he refused to say if the numbers would be enough to topple the National
Front government, which is facing its worst political crisis in the 51 years
it has been in power.

Although the National Front suffered losses in some previous elections,
notably in 1999, it is the first time its parliamentary majority has been
eroded to this extent. In addition, Mr Anwar's opposition alliance won
control of governments in five of Malaysia's 13 states.

Mr Anwar said many of those who approached him won their seats from Sabah
and Sarawak states on Borneo island, which have emerged as UMNO's political
stronghold after its spectacular loss of support in mainland Malaysia.

The National Front won 54 out of the 56 seats in the two states, accounting
for nearly 39 per cent of its total 140 seats it Parliament. Most of the 54
seats were won by UMNO candidates.

Mr Anwar, a former deputy prime minister, was once an UMNO star before being
accused of corruption and sodomy by then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in
1998. He was convicted of both charges but the sodomy charge was later
overturned.

While he was in jail, Mr Anwar's wife formed the People's Justice Party, or
PKR, which emerged as the largest opposition party in the elections with 31
parliamentary seats. It is in a coalition with the Democratic Action Party
and the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party. -- AP


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