Monday, July 7, 2008

SAPP Aborts No-confidence Motion Against PM - Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, July 7 (Bernama) -- The Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has aborted the planned no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the current sitting of the Dewan Rakyat.

Its vice-president Datuk Dr Chua Soon Bui said the decision was taken following the federal government's positive reaction to the illegal immigrant issue in Sabah.

"Whatever we have raised (before) is for the benefit and interest of the people. We won't be pursuing the issue (no-confidence motion) at the moment and we are still in Barisan Nasional (BN).

"As for the show-cause letter, we have until July 29 to reply. We still support the party's (BN) stand and in this letter they want us to explain the motion and why we are not happy with the prime minister," he told reporters before meeting Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia at parliament house here Monday.

Dr Chua, who is Member of Parliament for Tawau, was accompanied by MP for Sepanggar Eric Majimbun.

Asked on the turn of events, Dr Chua said besides action against illegal immigrants, there were still other issues like citizenship, religion, language and native rights which had yet to be resolved by the federal government.

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Anwar dares PM and DPM to discuss how to tackle oil crisis - The Star

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has challenged the Prime Minister and his deputy to a live debate on July 15 to discuss how to tackle the oil crisis and reduce the local price of petrol and diesel.

He said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak kept saying that there was no way that prices could come down in view of the high international oil prices.

“They don’t know how to bring down the prices.

“I am prepared to take on the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister and even the whole Cabinet to debate the matter live on television,” he told a rally to protest the fuel price hike at the Kelana Jaya Stadium.

Anwar is already slated to debate the issue live with Information Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek on July 15.

“There are some people who ask me ‘Anwar are you sure you can conclusively bring down the fuel prices’. My answer is yes,” he said.

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