Dissident Party Quits Malaysia’s Ruling Coalition

AP – Thursday, September 18KUALA LUMPUR,


Malaysia – A small dissident party says it has pulled out of Malaysia’s ruling coalition because of dissatisfaction with the prime minister.


The Sabah Progressive Party has two lawmakers in Parliament. Its decision to exit will slightly reduce the National Front coalition’s majority at a time when opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is trying to seize power.


The Sabah party said Wednesday that its two lawmakers will remain independent for now, but it did not rule out joining Anwar’s side eventually.


The decision means that Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s National Front now controls 137 seats in Parliament compared to the opposition’s 82.


Anwar claims he has the support of enough National Front legislators to topple the government.


About Md Radzi Ahmad
A retired Malaysian civil servant. Served the Malaysian government for thirty-one years. Posted to London, Rangoon, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Bangkok. Born in Kampong Hutan Kandeh, Alor Star, Kedah. Educated at Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Alor Star and University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Currently resides in Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan,Malaysia.Blessed with three children, a son, two daughters, daughter in law and two grandaughters.

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