BN MPs offered cabinet posts by PKR: Fadillah

23 03 2008


Posted By rajlira On 23rd March 2008 @ 00:03 In Local

KUCHING: It was revealed yesterday that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) had offered minister and deputy minister’s posts to lure Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) members of parliament to cross over.

A few MPs from the state BN including new faces who won in the just-concluded general election were said to have been contacted by persons with such offers.

This included several MPs from Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) who won in Malay/Melanau majority seats.

PBB youth chief and Petra Jaya MP Fadillah Yusoff said this reflected the desperation of the opposition to topple the BN government.

Nonetheless, he believed that BN MPs had high integrity and would not accept such offers just to get on the fast track to cabinet posts.

“If they (these MPs) were to cross over, then they were cheap and had no integrity at all,” he told reporters after a Maulidur Rasul (Prophet Muhammad’s birthday) celebration in Jalan Matang Jaya here.

This newly appointed Deputy Science, Technology and Environment Minister said as of yesterday he had no knowledge of state BN MPs crossing over to the opposition.

He was also confident that the MPs would stay loyal to BN and their respective political parties.

“We will remain with the BN in good times and bad,” he said.

PBB vice-president Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman, who was also present, said a PBB new face was contacted by phone on Friday night by an unidentified person with such an offer.

According to Daud, the caller had told the MP that many non-Muslim Sarawak BN MPs had agreed to join the opposition and that they were now looking for more Muslim MPs.

He declined to identify the MP, and said he was informed that the caller used a private number which the MP’s telephone could not detect.

Daud, who is Assistant Minister of Islamic Affairs and Industrial Development in the Chief Minister’s Department, said the MP told him he rejected the offer outright.

After the general election, there were speculations that the opposition was trying to pay BN MPs to topple the BN federal government.

The BN has a simple majority with 140 seats in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat while the opposition comprising PKR, Democratic Action Party (DAP) and Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) has 82.

In the March 8 parliamentary election, Sarawak BN won 30 of the 31 seats contested. The DAP won one seat.

With this, Sarawak BN got the largest number of seats among all the states in Malaysia.

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