Thursday, September 18, 2008

Parliament will convene after Raya, as planned

Parliament will convene after Raya, as planned By : V. Vasudevan, Eileen Ng and Arman Ahmad
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KUALA LUMPUR: The government will not convene an emergency parliamentary sitting for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to move a no-confidence vote.
"No need. What for? There is no need because Parliament will sit soon after Ramadan. So use the opportunity to do whatever you want then," Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting yesterday.Anwar had called on Abdullah earlier yesterday to convene Parliament so he could table a motion of no confidence and prove that he had the 31 MPs who had defected to Pakatan Rakyat (see page 5).So far not one of them has come forward or been named.Abdullah, the Umno president, denied an allegation that Anwar was about to be detained under the Internal Security Act.
"I have no plans to impose the ISA on anyone and I did not mention anything on this to anyone."If there are people who feel that they will be arrested under the ISA, maybe it was because they feel guilty," he said.On yesterday's meeting, Abdullah said he did not explain to the supreme council the plan to hand over the reins to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. "No need to explain again. I have said I am aware and have my ears close to the ground on the current issues."Whatever decision I make will be discussed with Najib and conveyed to the supreme council."Abdullah said the management committee had made its recommendation to sack four Umno members for supporting the opposition during the last election.Of the four, three are from Beaufort division while another is from the Beluran division.Asked if former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's return to the party was discussed, Abdullah said it was not raised.He also said Barisan Nasional would prepare for the Pensiangan by-election while waiting for the High Court appeal to be decided.Supreme council member Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin said Abdullah was "flexible" about the date of the transition."It could happen sooner or later." However, Khaled also said the council had discussed "the failure of Pakatan Rakyat's plans", although he did not elaborate.At yesterday's buka puasa, Abdullah led the maghrib prayers.

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