Will the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak be toppled on Monday, 16th November 2015 when the 2016 Budget is put to a vote in Parliament?
Pakatan Harapan Members of Parliament from DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara total 72, but there are only 71 votes as I have been suspended from Parliament for six months (i.e. until the end of April).
To have an absolute simple majority of 112 Members of Parliament to defeat the UMNO/BN government in Parliament, at least 42 UMNO/BN Members of Parliament have to cross the floor to support the 71 Pakatan Harapan Members of Parliment, as PAS has announced that it will not support any effort to reject Najib’s 2016 Budget.
It is a very tall order indeed to expect some 40 UMNO/BN Members of Parliament to join Pakatan Harapan Members of Parliament to reject Najib’s 2016 Budget.
There are 47 Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament in Sabah and Sarawak – 22 from Sabah and 25 from Sarawak.
If all the 47 BN Members of Parliament from Sabah and Sarawak reject Najib’s 2016 Budget next Monday, that will be Najib’s last day as the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia.
But this is unlikely to happen, but it illustrates the pivotal and in fact “kingmaker” political role of Sabah and Sarawak in determining the future and the Federal Government in Malaysia.
Tenom has been chosen as the venue for the kick-off of the Sabah leg of the nation-wide “Solidarity with Lim Kit Siang and Mana RM2.6 billion?” campaign, which will cover six areas in three days – Tenom, Keningau, Kudat, Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran and Sandakan – because exactly 30 years ago in 1985, political history was made in Tenom.
Tenom is little known outside Sabah despite the state-wide fame for coffee, pomelo and fruits but it wrote political history in the 1985 Sabah state general election when an unknown information officer, Kadoh Agundong became a “giant-killer” defeating the then Sabah Chief Minister, Datuk Haris Salleh and threw him into the dustbin of Sabah politics.
Tenom like the other Sabah hinterlands are capable of dynamic motive power for political change as in the 1985 Sabah state general election and it is our hope that the launching of the Sabah level of the “Solidarity with Lim Kit Siang and Mana RM2.6 billion?” campaign from Tenom will fire the imagination of all Malaysian, in rural areas as well as in towns, to bring about political change to uphod integrity, transparency and good governance in Sabah and Malaysia.
I am a victim of the RM2.6 billion “donation” and RM50 billion 1MDB twin mega scandals, but I am not the only one, as all the 30 million Malaysians, including the 3.3 million Sabahans, are also victims of Najib’s twin mega scandals.
Sabah’s latest annual budget is in the region of RM4 billion, which means that if the RM50 billion 1MDB scandal had not happened and had been devoted to the welfare of Sabahans, it would mean that Sabahans would be able to enjoy State Government projects and programmes, with the money to pay the Sabah government officers and departments, completely free of charge, without any taxes or rates for more than 12 years.
This is why there must be a national consciousness campaign among all Malaysians, whether Malays, Chinese, Indians, Kadazans, Ibans or Orang Asli, to make all the 30 million Malaysians, including the three million UMNO members and the Sabah and Sarawak members of BN, that there must be immediate accountability and solution to the twin mega scandals if the country is not to suffer greater damages from the multitude of economic, political, good governance and nation-building crises hounding the country.
[Speech at the launching of the “Solidarity with Lim Kit Siang and Mana RM2.6 billion?” campaign in Sabah in Tenom starting with a six-town visit in three days (Tenom, Keningau, Kudat, Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, Sandakan) in Tenom on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 9 am]