Friday, August 22, 2008


Shannon Teoh

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 — Both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat leaders have denied involvement in issuing a document that appears to detail a Pakatan Rakyat-led Cabinet as the countdown continues to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s self-imposed deadline to topple the BN government by Sept 16.

The Malaysian Insider understands that the document has been circulating for at least two days and two versions exist, one with DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang and another with Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang as one of three deputy prime ministers. Another deputy prime minister is Sabah Progressive Party president Datuk Yong Teck Lee who has expressed no confidence in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Anwar, the de facto Pakatan Rakyat chief who is vying for a return to Parliament via the Permatang Pauh by-election next week, called the single-leaf A4-sized sheet an attempt by the BN to confuse the voters in the constituency in the current hustings.

Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek, ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department and of Information respectively, also denied any involvement. Nazri called the the supposed lineup as "Cabinet BABI — Barisan Anwar bin Ibrahim”.


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