WHO else from among the Sabah BN MPs want to give ultimatum to PM Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi? The latest is Sabah Progressive Party president Datuk Yong Teck Lee, his party being a small component in the national coalition notwithstanding.
The one-time Chief Minister also got the audacity to give the PM a deadline to "resolve Sabah issues." As I understand it, the main issue concerns the appointment (or lack of) Sabah BN MPs into the federal cabinet. And Yong referred to an "explosion" which will take place in January. This is reported in today's Star, but there's no elaboration as to what this "explosion" is all about.
Of course we all remember the statement by another BN MP, Kinabatangan's Datuk Seri Ghapur Salleh, who referred to the possible formation of another political party in the land below the wind. This new party can then decide whether to stay within the BN or opt for Pakatan Rakyat.
Wasn't Ghafur one of the Sabah MPs who declined to be appointed deputy minister when the PM announced his Cabinet? The east winds have been blowing hard in the last few weeks. Last week we had MP for Kimanis, Datuk Anifah Aman, who spoke in support of MPs crossing over to Pakatan Rakyat if the BN (read federal leadership) continue to treat Sabah with little respect.
Woh! These are big words. In some ways, I'm of the view that these words are meant to be self-fulfilling. I don't think they are meant to be taken lightly, which means they could very well invite counter views from fellow BN colleagues.
Already the Sri Gading MP Datuk Mohamed Aziz had fired back, arguing that these MPs should be careful when making statements. More of his colleagues from the semenanjung could join him in this war of words which could escalate if not addressed quickly.
The Pakatan Rakyat fellows are watching, and not without harbouring hopes that they could be the beneficiary if things turn ugly. Even BN members are itching to know how these skirmishes will end.
On the ground, wakil rakyats from the semenanjung have questions of their own too. Some continue to try and find the rationale for Cabinet appointments (Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, Datuk Maznah Mazlan, Datuk Amirsham Abdul Aziz to name a few).
Aren't these people questioning the prerogative of the Prime Minister in selecting his Cabinet members? If the government is to focus on combating rising prices, such bickering must stop, or else...
There's still much undercurrent within the BN 'bungalow' and I'm not sure if the occupants are all friendly and in harmony with one another. Everyone's watching and hoping.