Thursday, June 26, 2008

SAPP given 30 days - The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The Barisan Nasional supreme council has decided to issue a show-cause letter to Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) for calling for a vote of no-confidence against its leader Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Barisan deputy chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that SAPP has 30 days to reply to the show-cause letter, after which a final decision will be made on the errant party depending on developments and the party's reply.

"After 30 days, the Barisan supreme council will meet again and decide whether to issue it a warning, suspend it or to sack the party," he said after a Barisan supreme council meeting on Thursday night.

Najib said the 30-day period was to give SAPP a chance to defend itself. He said this was natural justice and procedurally correct.

He said the 13 other Barisan component parties which met were united in their views that what SAPP had done was serious and that it had affected the integrity and discipline of the coalition.

"It is clear that this action can bring damage to Barisan's interests," he added.

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Umno MT Accepts Ezam's Membership - Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, June 26 (Bernama) -- The Umno Supreme Council (MT) Thursday endorsed the application by the former Parti Keadilan Nasional (Keadilan) Youth head, Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor, to rejoin Umno.

The decision was made at the Umno MT meeting chaired by the Prime Minister and Umno president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the Umno headquarters at Menara Dato' Onn, Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), here that lasted more than four hours.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, when announcing the decision to the press after the meeting, said with the decision, Mohamad Ezam was now officially an Umno member.

He said, however, Mohamad Ezam was not allowed to contest for any post in the party elections in December.

Tengku Adnan said the Umno MT also accepted the application by former head of the Permatang Pauh Keadilan division, Anuar Shaari and former Keadilan vice-president Datin Saidatul Badru Tun Said Keruak.

Anuar was formerly the private secretary to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from 1996 until 1998 while Saidatul Badru was a former vice-president of the party from 2005 until 2006 and head of the Kota Belud Keadilan division.

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Khairy denies having military report on Altantuya murder - The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin has denied that he is in possession of a military intelligence report on the murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaaribuu.

He said the allegation against him in Raja Petra Kamarudin’s statutory declaration of June 18 was “malicious” because it suggested that he (Khairy) was concealing knowledge of a crime.

He said he had given his statement to the police on the matter on Tuesday night.

“I told the police that I have never received any military intelligence report on the murder of Altantuya from the Prime Minister or from any other quarters. Nor have I received any other report from anyone about the murder.

“I don’t have, I’ve not kept any such report and I don’t know anything about the murder.

“I told the police that the statutory declaration including the allegations against me was made with bad intention because it was totally false,” he told reporters yesterday at the Parliament lobby.

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