Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Angry Sabahan MPs give deadline
Sabah's SAPP MPs led by Datuk Yong Teck Lee have issued an ultimatum to the Prime Minister - resolve the problems in the state by August or we cannot guarantee that we will still remain in the Barisan Nasional. It is the strongest warning from a Sabah politician since the open expression of unhappiness over the past two days. Sabahan MPs, said to persuaded by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to quit BN, have been vocal and one PBS MP said he has met the PKR leader. Yong warned that "an explosion" will take place in Sabah when the "opposition comes into play" but did not elaborate. Anwar is clearly a factor - that's by Yong's admission. The possible defection of Sabah MPs has been the biggest talk among the politicians and press at Dewan Rakyat since Monday. They are also the most sought after MPs these days with the spotlight on them. There is talk of these Sabahan MPs forming somekind of caucus or even a new party instead of joining PKR - where they will play second fiddle - but they know that they are calling the shots now. But for now, they have remained uncommittal and vague. Certainly, most of them are enjoying the attention they are getting.