Thursday, May 15, 2008

Malaysian Politics updates: Pakatan Rakyat

Malaysian party headquarters bombed

Posted 1 hour 56 minutes ago

A Malaysian opposition party's state headquarters was petrol-bombed overnight, officials said, describing the attack as politically motivated.

Two men on a motorcycle flung explosives at the Democratic Action Party's (DAP) offices in the northern state of Perak, local party chairman Ngeh Koo Kam told reporters, citing a witness.

"No one was injured in the incident but the petrol-bomb explosions shattered windows on the top floor of our offices," Mr Ngeh said.

"The incident was clearly an attempt to torch our party's office and we hope the culprits will be arrested soon. click here

Sabah MPs threaten revolt against coalition

KUALA LUMPUR (ST) - Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi is facing a revolt in his ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition government. In recent days, elected representatives from Sabah have stepped up their demands for greater representation at the federal government, a spike in development expenditure for the backward East Malaysian state and an increase in the petroleum royalties it receives annually.

The group, which is made up of mainly of MPs from Datuk Seri Abdullah's own Umno party, has also issued veiled threats that it would consider breaking away from the BN.

"We want justice. Don't say we Sabahans are talking nonsense," the group's leader Abdul Ghapur Salleh said during a speech in Parliament on Monday.

BN officials and political analysts are taking his comments very seriously.

For starters, the grouses raised by the Sabah politicians are valid. click here

I was offered cash to defect, claims Rahman

Kuala Lumpur: Kota Belud MP Datuk Rahman Dahlan said he received a call offering him a huge sum of money and a Cabinet position should he switch allegiance to the Pakatan Rakyat.

He said the Opposition was not walking the talk since they had been calling the Barisan Nasional (BN) not to be involved in bribery but, instead, were practising corruption.

"I wish to ask whether the efforts of certain Opposition leaders offering inducement to (BN) MPs to entice them to jump (to the Opposition side) is not considered corruption," he said.

Participating in the debate on the motion of thanks to the royal address in Parliament here early this week, Rahman said that after offering money they then offered him a position in the Cabinet.

"Is it not bribery?," he asked.

Earlier, he said the Opposition should not be too overjoyed to hear the speeches of MPs from Sabah because they were actually the voices of Malaysians in Sabah at the grassroots level. click here: I was offered cash to defect, claims Rahman