Wednesday, 29 April 2009

MP Ghapur: Keeping Tan dangerous

Umno Kalabakan MP Datuk Abdul Ghapur Salleh said the Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) must stick to the principle of appointing only members of coalition partners to government posts.
Keeping independent BN supporters in the State Cabinet or other government positions would be "dangerous", which could destroy the coalition's unity and underlying strength in facing the electorate, he said.
Ghapur said this when commenting on the Liberal Democratic Party's call for partyless Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan to resign his Cabinet position, as it was unethical of him to continue in government without being a member of any of the BN party.
Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman has said on Monday that he will get the views of component parties before he makes a decision on Tan's position.
Tan, who had resigned from Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) after it quit BN on Sept 17 last year, said he was a Barisan supporter and was planning to form a new party together with other members against SAPP's move.
Ghapur said the retention of Tan would send a signal to other component party members in government that it was not wrong to leave a component party but still declare their support for the Barisan.
"If this is the case, then I can say I quit Umno but will remain independent supporting Barisan. Will the Barisan also accept my stand?
"I believe this is not the right way for the Barisan to operate under any circumstances," he added

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