Pak Lah Faces Pressure to Quit

Updated On: Jun 21, 2008

Malaysian PM Abdullah Badawi faces a call for a no-confidence vote from within the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. It is the latest pressure on the premier, since poor election results in March.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Yong Teck Lee made the unprecedented no-confidence call on Wednesday. While the SAPP has only two members in parliament, analysts said a no-confidence vote when parliament opens on Monday could trigger a ripple effect of dissent within the ruling coalition. But some in UMNO said the vote would be blocked, because of parliamentary rules.

PM Abdullah chaired a special meeting of top leaders from 13 of the 14 parties in the Barisan Nasional coalition, bar the SAPP. He told media afterwards that, “Nobody (in the coalition) supports this motion. Everyone rejected it.”

The SAPP said it would decide today whether to quit the coalition, and left open the prospect of joining the opposition alliance led by Anwar Ibrahim. The former Deputy Premier had previously claimed that enough of the BN’s allies would change sides in the coming months to give his alternative coalition the majority. He congratulated the SAPP’s “bravery”, while Mr Abdullah said Mr Yong was motivated by personal gain if Anwar comes to power.

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