14 May 2008

No Crossover today?

Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has managed to head off a possible crossover of Sabah Barisan Nasional MPs to the Opposition by meeting key political players from the East Malaysian state. :(

The Prime Minister had discussions over the past 24 hours with Sabah Progressive Party president Datuk Yong Teck Lee, Upko president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok and several other Sabah politicians to assure them that the administration was serious about developing the state and addressing their concerns over the lack of recognition for BN politicians from Sabah.

Abdullah’s government can collapse if 30 BN MPs cross over to Pakatan Rakyat. Ruling coalition leaders are confident that the Pakatan Rakyat will not be able to obtain the numbers to force Abdullah’s government to fall. But they do not want to underestimate Anwar Ibrahim’s influence nor the ability of Pakatan Rakyat to entice BN MPs with promises of money and senior positions.

Abdullah’s intervention yesterday and today probably persuaded some BN MPs from Sabah from crossing over. But he will have to come up with more than just assuring words if he is to persuade them to put away their threats for good. :z

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