Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Malaysian coalition party calls for no-confidence vote

KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia (AFP) — A party in Malaysia's ruling coalition called Wednesday for a vote of no confidence against the prime minister, in a serious blow to the beleaguered government.
Sabah Progressive Party president Yong Teck Lee demanded major concessions from the government, and said the party would decide on Friday whether to quit the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.
He left open the prospect of joining the opposition alliance led by former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim, who has ambitions of forming a new administration with the help of defecting government lawmakers.
"We have lost confidence in the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi," he told a press conference.
"Whoever would agree with our issues here we will work with, inside and outside of Sabah," he added.
Abdullah has been fighting for his political survival since March general elections that saw the opposition gain unprecedented results, including a third of parliamentary seats and control of five states.. ..Click here. Malaysian coalition party calls for no-confidence voteAFP - 4 hours ago