Jun 19, 2008

PM says SAPP leader acted out of 'personal greed'

(Malaysiakini) Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Datuk Yong Teck Lee in declaring that his party has lost confidence in Abdullah's leadership, said the party's two MPs (Sepanggar and Tawau) would support a motion for a vote of no confidence against the prime minister in the Parliament sitting on Monday.

It is the first time in the history of the nation that a vote of no-confidence is to be moved against a prime minister.

Sapp has two parliamentarians - Dr Chua Soon Bui (Tawau) and Eric Enchin Majimbun (Sepanggar) - and four state assemblypersons. Majimbun, who is currently overseas, has expressed his support for the party's decision by signing the press statement.

Chua who was present at the party's 90-minute press conference in Kota Kinabalu, gave four reasons for backing the no-confidence vote.

They are:

  • No concrete actions have been taken on the issue of illegal immigrants in Sabah. "Our sovereignty is threatened," said Chua.

  • Sabah, being the poorest state, is greatly burdened by the sharp hike in petrol prices. The government has failed to provide "holistic economic solutions".

  • Sapp MPs would fail in their role as elected representatives as issues raised such as poor delivery systems, corruption, wastage of resources, lack of transparency and no sense of accountability are ignored.

  • People have lost confidence in the leadership of Abdullah. Sapp is of the opinion that if the top leadership can't perform, then Abdullah should make way for other able leader to take over.

In response to this, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi says Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee's latest action has been due to the fact that "I have not been able to satisfy his personal greed."

Meanwhile, Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia says he has not received any notice from any party with regard to any motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

"I have not received anything yet. No notice has been submitted to my office so far," he told Bernama Wednesday night.

He said any party could submit a request to table a motion based on two provisions under the Standing Orders.

The first is Order 27(1) which provides for a motion to be tabled by any member of Parliament (MP) on any specific subject but the MP must give a 14-day notice while the second is Order 18(1) when the House debates a motion of public interest deemed as urgent.

Unlike Order 27(1) where a 14-day notice is needed, Order 18(1) only needs a 48-hour notice or two clear working days.

This mean, whoever is planning to table the motion on Monday must submit the notice to the Dewan Rakyat speaker by tomorrow at the latest.

When asked would he accept such a requisition, Pandikar said any MP could propose a motion in the House provided it meets the provisions of the Standing Orders.

"Whether it is going to be accepted or not, I would have to look at it first before making a decision," he said.

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