Friday, August 29, 2008

Anwar’s road to Putrajaya - a myth or reality?

Opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim still has a very long journey ahead to Putrajaya. Whether the final destination to reach Putrajaya could have actually be materialized or is merely perpetuating a myth which begin in the by-election in the Permatang Pauh constituency, but definitely it is attracting too much political attention from the political analysis and public.

Ironically, Anwar's bid to lure parliamentarians from Sabah, in particular to defect from the BN to wrest power by Sept 16 seems quite difficult to materialize.

Barisan Nasional leaders from East Malaysian states today ticked off newly sworn-in Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim for allegedly stoking speculation that defections from their ranks into his Pakatan Rakyat alliance were imminent.

They also reiterated their support for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

"We are not merchandise, we are not promotional items. We have prestige and dignity and this is a struggle we will never gamble," Mohd Shafie Apdal, the BN MP for Semporna told a press conference.

"There should not be any speculation... playing with these issues and fabricating stories as if we are goods and items to be sold," said Shafie, who is also unity, culture and heritage minister.

Surrounded by some 20 legislators from Sabah and Sarawak, Shafie said East Malaysian MPs had agreed to pledge their loyalty to the BN and will be submitting a declaration to the prime minister by today or tomorrow.

Shafie stressed that East Malaysian MPs would never secede from the Barisan, but would stand by the leadership regardless of the rumours being spread.

"All those rumours are concoctions by irresponsible people... Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman and Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud's have again and again pledged our loyalty to BN," he said.

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