Jun 20, 2008

PM : I Cannot Be Distracted From My Responsibility

Video Link - BN: No action against SAPP

Barisan Nasional supreme council today resolved not to take action against Sabah Progressive Party until it gets an "official statement" for its planned no-confidence vote against the prime minister. The decision by the Barisan Nasional (BN) supreme council in not taking any action against Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), is made in the spirit of comraderies in the BN and based on party constitution, BN leaders said. Gerakan Acting President Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon said the action did not mean that the BN was being lenient, but was made in accordance with party constitution, which stated that disciplinary action be taken against component parties, not individuals.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 19 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Thursday issues and criticism would not distract him from his duties and responsibilities.

He said the people had given sufficient mandate to the Barisan Nasional (BN) to form a strong government in the last general election.

"We should therefore not let ourselves to be distracted by issues that are bound to crop up from time to time. I have to focus on what I want to do.

"At the same time, when there are problems which we should tackle, then we should of course deal with it," he said when asked about his feeling in the wake of the statement by Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee Wednesday.

Abdullah said he had been long in politics and that in politics, such a thing was not new. "I have jobs to do... I cannot be just thinking about all the criticisms levelled against me.

"As politicians, we are used to being criticised but the most important thing is to remain focus on the job and not be distracted or bothered by it," he said after chairing a BN supreme council emergency meeting here.

When asked whether the political challenge to his leadership could affect the country's economic stability, Abdullah said, "we will have to manage our economy."

He said at the recent World Economic Forum on East Asia in Kuala Lumpur, several participants, including from the foreign media, had expressed their confidence to his leadership.

"They said that they are used to seeing political situations in countries around the world and that Malaysia is stable and the activities are still going on, the economy is going on, the administration is going on... so far so well.

"They told me, `You are managing what is already a very difficult issue... the increase in the (global) price of oil'," he added.

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