Wednesday September 17, 2008
Anwar ‘has enough MPs’ but delays takeover deadline
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has claimed that he has enough lawmakers to form a new government but has officially delayed the takeover deadline.
He said he was prepared to delay the deadline “in the interest of a smooth transition of power”.
He was also ready to show Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi the list of Barisan Nasional MPs defecting over to Pakatan Rakyat should Abdullah granted him a meeting.
“The numbers are increasing by the hour, but as of now, it is in excess of 31 MPs, This is not empty talk. I am fully responsible for my statement but we have choose to be patient and use the conciliatory way,” Anwar told a packed press conference at the PKR headquarters.
The Opposition leader said he would even give Abdullah the list of names of Barisan MPs wanting to defect at their meeting.
“I am appealing in the name of political stability and smooth transition. It will be preposterous for the Prime Minister to deny me this meeting. He has no choice but to negotiate since we have the numbers,” said Anwar.
Asked why he still refused to give the exact number of defecting MPs, or their names, Anwar replied there was fear the MPs would be detained or harassed.
Pressed for a deadline for the meeting, Anwar said he did not like to give any ultimatum but it should be within these few days or other options would be considered.
Asked if he would seek an audience with the King and present himself as commanding majority in Parliament, or would he seek a no-confidence motion against Abdullah at the next Parliament sitting in October, Anwar was non-committal and said such options would be discussed at the highest leadership level in PR.
He said PR submitted a letter requesting Abdullah for a meeting on Monday. The letter also sought for the assurance that the Barisan government would not:
1) HINDER or prevent the MPs from acting in accordance with their conscience, constitutional rights and independent judgment;
2) INVOKE the Internal Security Act to detain the MPs or any other current Pakatan MPs;
3) INVOKE emergency laws or police powers or suspend the Constitution or dissolve Parliament; and
4) IMPOSE roadblocks or impede MPs from going to Parliament or any institutions of government.
Star – 17th September ’08.
(Bold emphasis is mine).
Wednesday September 17, 2008 MYT 7:16:51 PM
‘Anwar’s letter didn’t mention transfer of power’
The great debate centers on the names and number of MPs who are planning to crossover from BN.
To disclose or not, at this point in time, seems to be the buzzword on everybody’s lips. While some mouthpieces are drippingly salivating, others have gone hoarsely dry.
Does AI actually have the required numbers to form the new federal government or is he playing tai chi with all of us?
If you look closely at AI’s four conditions mentioned above, does it not appear as if he does not have the MPs but AI is trying to pave the way for any ‘crossover’ MPs to do so WITH THE CONSENT of AAB?
Great idea, ain’t it. Imagine AI parting the Putrajaya Sea to get MPs to walk over with AAB watching from the PMO. Yeah, right!
Now, AI is trying to get an emergency session in Parliament to ostensibly set up a motion of no confidence on AAB. Outwardly, it seems AI is trying to conform to Constitutional requirements. But is he not performing another sleight of hand manoevre i.e. knowing AAB is holding the key to Parliament, its doors will never be opened for the intended purpose. Hence, AI can blame AAB for stalling (sic) the power transition plan. Duh!
In case, all these crap from AI is getting to your nerves, folks, please note that a special sitting of parliamentarians does not require their presence in Parliament for any motion to be considered. It only requires sufficient numbers i.e. 112 MPs to endorse the motion. The location of such an endorsement is not critical by law nor does it make the endorsement illegal.
So, we are back to square one. Does AI actually have the required numbers? Or has he painted himself into a very tight corner.
Update: 0410HR 19/09/08.
Read Shad Saleem Faruqi’s take here regarding the Constitution. Dang! There goes plan X.