Thursday, April 24, 2008


BN defection not a joke, says Anwar


Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman does not have the support of all of his BN MPs as he had claimed, according to Parti Keadilan Rakyat Adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar who arrived in Kota Kinabalu for a one-day visit Wednesday afternoon, reiterated his claim that a number of BN leaders from Sabah had stated their intention to cross over to Keadilan, led by his wife Datin Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. “He should know that not all his MPs are still with him. If he wants to know who and who, he can discuss with me in private,” the Keadilan de facto leader told a press conference late yesterday afternoon ahead of his talk in KDCA last night.“It may sound like a joke, but it is true. They (the MPs) have actually made their decision,” he added Anwar who is scheduled to leave for Sarawak today, said his visit to Sabah was not to campaign but to allay the concerns of some parties and deny the unfounded claims that some PKR leaders were involved in unethical means to gain support from BN Members of Parliament. “We are not here to do that as they (BN MPs) have already made their decision and given their assurances. And we are not here to make any sort of deal involving money. “We are here based on the fact that we are supported by Malaysians of all races who want to shift from the traditional politics to a new dawn for Malaysia. Because of that, we want to seek the understanding of our brothers and sisters in Sabah,” he said. According to him, it is just a matter of timing before the MPs involved make their announcement to switch parties with Keadilan which is also not rushing the matter. “We are waiting for the right time to make their final move to form the alternative Government,” he said. He said the MPs are holding back as Parliament is not yet in session and they are not yet officially an MP until they are sworn in when Dewan Rakyat convenes its first sitting at the end of this month. “When do I hey go out, hat needs to be discussed because Umno and BN are known to be very rough in their methods. They are using all sorts of threats and intimidation. “I am, for example, being monitored, more closely now. But we have our own ways of discussing the matter. I may discuss with them in Hong Kong or Singapore, although it may sound like a joke but it is true,” he said. “When, is when we believe it is the good for the country. For now, let Parliament resume first and like I said, we are not in rush. But I assure you, God-willing, we will be there. If not next month, then the following month or maybe July or Merdeka or Hari Malaysia (Sept 16), but I think we should not exceed beyond that,” said Anwar. In the meantime, he said the Opposition alliance Pakatan Rakyat comprising Keadilan, DAP and PAS would welcome any other Party to join’them. He said the alliance has not made an official decision on the matter yet but had agreed in principle that any BN member or party would be welcomed.