The no confidence vote taken by SAPP on the PM is a serious blow to the BN. Of course Yong and his party can use this to further push the BN to submission. Yong said that the party needs to use this as a window of oppurtunity or else they will be forgotten by August. We say….There is too much at stake for the other parties or MPs to follow suit and we know that in Politics its a numbers game. I just came out of a bitter fight within our party PRS and this will be no different. The playing fields might be bigger but the tactics and strategies are no different.
The war is already wage at all levels and the offensive strategy taken by PM has to be meticulous. The invading forces of Pakatan are near the castle and he needs now,” Unite BN in spirit,conserve their strength and plan the next move.” There should be nobody fleeing in the face of adversity. We keep saying,”PM knows what he is doing.” and he will be as swift as hare when the opening is ready for the treatments and his injections. Do read our analysis “Scorpions and Tadpoles” https://audie61.wordpress.com/2008/06/12/scorpion-and-tadpole/
In Malaysiakini, Tricia Yeoh from the Centre for Public Policy Studies said that Sapp is a minor member of the coalition but its decision could be the tipping point for the government. “This will have a ripple effect. Public perception, both nationally and internationally, will be affected because the prime minister will be perceived as a weak leader,”
“This might provoke other lawmakers, who are equally dissatisfied with Abdullah, even those internally from the Umno party itself, to act,” she said, referring to the party which heads the coalition.The premier has refused to step down after the coalition’s worst ever election results, but he faces a major hurdle at Umno internal leadership polls in December,when dissatisfaction could bubble over.
We do agree as Lim Kit Siang in his blog painted a clearer picture and the PM still commands the government of the day. The speaker to fall sick……? and deputy takes over..? Highly unlikely..Both were handpicked by PM.
With the ruling coalition commanding unbroken two-thirds parliamentary majority in the 11 general elections since Merdeka in 1957 until the recent political tsunami of the March 2008 general election, there had never been any no confidence motion against the Prime Minister in Malaysian parliamentary history.
The Parliamentary Standing Orders do not have special provision for a no confidence motion.
In the circumstances, a no confidence motion may be regarded as an ordinary motion under Standing Order 27 which requires notice of 14 days to be given – making it impossible for such a no confidence motion to be tabled on Monday, June 23, 2008 as the earliest would be July 2 if the no confidence motion is submitted today.
Standing Order 18 which allows an MP to move a motion to adjourn the House to discuss a definite matter of urgent public importance will be inappropriate and unhelpful as it only allows one hour debate on the specified issue without any vote being taken at the end of the debate.
The only way for a no confidence motion to be tabled and debated on Monday is for the Speaker ito treat it as a substantive and extraordinary motion which should take precedence and priority over all parliamentary business which does not need to comply with the requisite 14-day notice and publishing it as the first item of parliamentary business after Question Time in the Parliamentary Order of Business on Monday.
In doing so, however, the Speaker is likely be in direct loggerheads with the government of the day and must be prepared to pay the consequences of such decision.
I see little possibility of SAPP’s No Confidence Motion against Abdullah as Prime Minister being tabled and debated on Monday unless there is a second political tsunami in the next few days, with waves of support from other Barisan Nasional MPs from Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsula Malaysia making it a credible parliamentary move.
We say BN is not yet ready to throw in the towel and the strategies which PM practises will be the truth and will all be brought out no matter who is involved as he tries to stay on to power at least until December. Are you so sure that he will not go beyond that…? His immediate tasks are to counter Tengku and his UMNO faithfuls and to a lesser extend Mahathir eventhough he is out of UMNO. Anwar is still outside his castle and PMs arrows are rightly “poised and positioned.”
Will Umno’s general assembly be “Tengkus or PMs Battle of Waterloo.” which has been scheduled to be held from Dec 16 to 20,and where they will be some keen contests expected for the top positions. Ku Li has upped his tempo by telling Sabahans that he has no problem accepting a Sabahan to contest the deputy and vice-president’s posts. The quota is simple and Ku Li has hedged his bets here as he knows “dangling the carrot” to UMNO Sabah will see one of their own being made a Deputy President if KU Li wins.
UMNO Sabah members aligned to Tengku who will wage this bitter battle has got SAPP moving to fight the little wars. Anyway June 18th 1815 was the start of the decisive battle. What a coincidence…!!