PETALING JAYA, 24 Oct 2008: Pakatan Rakyat will continue to seek signatures from Barisan Nasional (BN) Members of Parliament (MP) for its anti- Internal Security Act (ISA) petition.
DAP’s MP for Batu Gajah Fong Po Kuan said they have approached 23 BN MPs so far, including two ministers.
“But most of them said ‘no’, some said ‘later’, and some said they need to ask their chief first,” Fong said in a phone interview today after submitting the petition with 85 MPs’ signatures to the Prime Minister’s Department in Putrajaya.
Fong, who led the MPs from the Repeal ISA Caucus this morning, said they submitted the petition to the prime minister’s senior private secretary Datuk Ahmad Yaakob.
“We managed to get 81 Pakatan Rakyat MPs’ signatures, three independent MPs and one Barisan Nasional MP,” she said. However, she declined to name the BN MP.
Four other MPs who accompanied her to the Prime Minister’s Department were PAS’ Kota Raja MP Dr Siti Mariah, DAP’s Selayang MP William Leong and Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, and Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s Kelana Jaya MP Loh Gwo Burne.
The petition is an appeal to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to allow a motion to debate the ISA in Parliament.