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Umno investigating defection claims

Posted on: March 21, 2008

 
Mar 21, 08 10:10am   Malaysiakini.com
The ruling Barisan Nasional coalition is investigating claims that the opposition could seize power with the help of lawmakers who are considering defecting.

The dominant Umno said it is sending teams out to check on rumoured defections by members of coalition component parties alienated after disastrous March 8 election results.

tengku adnan mansor 02“Some people are saying this… we will get our intelligence to check,” Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said according to the New Straits Times.

“Why should they buy our people over when we’ve already won? They think we are weak because we lost in five states and we didn’t get a two-thirds majority (in parliament),” he said.

Emboldened by the results, the worst in the BN coalition’s half-century rule over Malaysia, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has said that lawmakers have approached him about switching sides.

“I don’t know how soon we can form the new government but we are moving in that direction,” Anwar, a former deputy prime minister who was sacked and jailed a decade ago, said earlier this week.

Supp denied its MP has quit 

Anwar said that coalition MPs from Sabah and Sarawak had contacted him to discuss switching sides. The power bloc there could unseat the government if it changed hands.

He has insisted that defectors will not be “bought” and other opposition figures have challenged the government to file a police report if they find evidence of improper payments.

richard riotAmid reports that the first of the defectors had resigned from the coalition, the Sarawak United People’s Party told state media that the stories were false and that its lawmaker Richard Riot still belonged to the party.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has dismissed Anwar’s plans, and downplayed suggestions of splits within Umno after a series of high-level resignations.

The premier’s decision to streamline the cabinet and drop veteran politicians in a new line-up announced on Monday has also alienated government lawmakers who were overlooked.

Barisan Nasional will have 140 lawmakers in the new 222-seat parliament, against 199 in the outgoing 219-seat parliament. The opposition alliance won 80 seats from just 19 previously.

– AFP

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On 'Why should Valuecap borrow from EPF?' Syed Shahir Syed Mohamud: MTUC condemns the government's move to bail out Valuecap to support the local stock market using RM5 billion from EPF, as the provident fund is the custodian of the workers' money and not some sort of ‘automated teller machine' for the government.
If at all the EPF were to lend its money to the government, it has to be under the condition that there be transparency and accountability in the activities for which the money has been purposed. We want to know who is doing what with the money that belongs to the workers. This is the hard-earned money of the workers, their retirement plan. How is this bailout plan going to benefit the workers? We also question the reason for this bailout. If the economic fundamentals in Malaysia are strong and reserves sufficient as has been stated several times by the government, then why is there a need to offer so much money to the GLCs? Second Finance Minister Nor Mohamed Yakcop should prove how the EPF would profit from this loan. Bernama had reported that Nor had given the assurance that the loan given out by EPF would reap profits for the fund judging from Valuecap's past performance. But where is the paperwork and calculations to show that this move will benefit the EPF? MTUC is concerned that the loan might be mismanaged or misused and this, in turn, would affect the returns for the contributors. Mere assurances are not enough. We want to proof that this RM5 billion will not go down the drain. (The writer is president, MTUC). Sharyn: The government wants to use our pension money to prop up the Malaysian stock market which is the playing field of the rich people. If so, the government must ensure that the EPF account holders - who are predominantly the poor to average citizens of Malaysia - be guaranteed all of our pension money with a compound 8% growth (interest). It's so selfish and sick of the government to use the poor's pension money to help the rich to make more money with all the risks taken by the poor/average citizen. We can better use the RM% billion loans to Valuecap for our children's education, shelter, medical bills etc. Why not get those rich people to prop up the share market instead? Why should they park their money overseas and gamble with our EPF money instead? Kumar14: Who is behind this Valuecap organisation? Why suddenly, this separate entity is allowed to access funds from the EPF? Are they capable enough to handle it or is it just another desperate and blind move? It has been a very infamous trend where the people's funds are channeled to a company for investment purposes and suddenly POP! the funds disappear and there is nobody to be held responsible but a RM2 shell company. Charge who? Sue whom? The RM2 company (just a registered name)? We have seen this many times. People in power and with connections allow such things to go through and reap/rob the people's wealth and then blame it on organisations which actually don't exist. What if a lot of EPF funds are looted via such scams and nobody is to be pointed at? Where will the government get the funds to replenish the EPF? The people are very bored, disappointed, angry and frustrated at seeing all these dumb and unaccounted for measures being allowed by the government with lame excuses. Please, somebody verify the true purpose, integrity and capability of anybody attempting to use the people's fund.

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