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No MP crossovers from northern Sarawak

MIRI, 17 Sept 2008: Sibuti Member of Parliament Ahmad Lai Bujang today dismissed the claim by Pakatan Rakyat that a number of Barisan Nasional (BN) MPs in Sarawak will join it.

He said that since all the 30 BN MPs in Sarawak had already pledged their loyalty to the ruling coalition and leadership, there should be no reason for the people to believe the claim.

"No one (from Pakatan Rakyat) has approached me and they never will because I have openly declared my loyalty to the Barisan Nasional and the present government leadership," he told Bernama here today.

He added that as far as he was concerned, none of the Barisan Nasional MPs in Sarawak was interested to join Pakatan Rakyat and whatever claims made by the opposition were merely a political gimmick.

Even if Pakatan Rakyat managed to form a government without the involvement of the Sarawak BN MPs, it would be a weak administration as it did not have sufficient knowledge and experience to govern, he said.

Meanwhile, Lawas MP Henry Sum Agong brushed aside the crossover claim as "an old story that has passed its expiry period."

He said Pakatan Rakyat should put a stop to the claim as it would not only smear the reputations of MPs from Sarawak but would also put Malaysia in a bad light.

This tactic employed by the opposition was a political play that portrayed MPs as a commodity and undermined the trust of the people as a whole, he said.

Bintulu MP Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing labelled opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as "the boy who cried wolf" for delivering empty talk to form the government.

He said Anwar was not democratically transparent when he refused to reveal the names of those he claimed to have crossed over to Pakatan Rakyat. – Bernama

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