Thursday, June 19, 2008
No action against SAPP - not yet, that is.
The Barisan Nasional supreme council which met just hours ago has decided not to act against the renegade SAPP. At least for the time being. The action of SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee and his supporters to move a motion of no confidence against the PM was condemned but the BN leaders decided to hold back its punishment. The attention, it seemed, has now being shifted to the SAPP supreme council meeting in Kota Kinabalu tomorrow, where the party is said to have split into two factions - one headed by Yong and the other, by his deputy, Datuk Raymond Tan. The latter, who is a Deputy Chief Minister, is said to have told the Prime Minister that he has enough clout to rebel against Yong. He is said to have claimed that there are enough SAPP leaders who are against what Yong is doing. It remains to be seen whether who can muster enough support but a fiery meeting is expected. Anwar Ibrahim, meanwhile, is heading to Sabah on Saturday where a major announcement is expected. At the BN meeting, the PM has demanded full attendance while a pre-council meeting of BN Members of Parliament is expected to be called ahead of Monday's parliament sitting. The next 48 hours has been regarded as extremely crucial by BN and Pakatan Rakyat leaders with both sides stepping up their political fight.