Abdullah says not aware of any defection
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said yesterday he was not aware of any move by a Barisan Nasional (BN) Party or Members of Parliament wanting to leave the Coalition and form an independent grouping. “I have not been told anything about it,” he told reporters here. Abdullah, who is BN Chairman, was asked to comment on recent reports that a BN Party was contemplating to quit the Coalition. On Monday, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said there was no indication so far that a State BN Component would leave the Coalition soon, and described such talks as mere speculation. Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President Datuk Raymond Tan also denied on Monday that the Party would leave the Coalition, saying the Party would remain a BN Component. On Sunday, Gua Musang Member of Parliament, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah of Umno, hinted that a BN Party from East Malaysia might leave the Coalition before the end of the month.