Special BN supreme council meeting on Monday

  • Nation
  • Friday, 29 Jul 2005

KUALA LUMPUR: A special Barisan Nasional supreme council meeting will be held on Monday to discuss the latest national developments, including the Umno move to reintroduce the targets of the New Economic Policy. 

Coalition sources said the notice for the meeting was received yesterday there was no specific agenda. 

However, a check with leaders of component parties showed that they expected Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to raise recent political, social and economic issues, as the meeting was not scheduled. 

One Sabah-based party president, who confirmed receiving the notice, said he expected the NEP to top the agenda. 

“It came quite unexpectedly for us and it is of great interest for us in Sabah. We will definitely raise it even if the prime minister does not,” he added. 

The secretary-general of another Barisan component party said he expected economic issues, like the removal of the ringgit peg, to be discussed as not all component party leaders are in the Cabinet. 

“The impact and rationale of the new managed float need to be discussed and explained,” the secretary-general added. 

Other leaders said the Approved Permit issue, plus the outburst by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, may also be brought up. 

Some of the AP holders were from Sabah and Sarawak, and related to some party leaders. 

“Some of the leaders may be uneasy with the release of the names of the AP holders and may want more details.  

“Others may want to find out why Dr Mahathir was so upset,” said a coalition insider. 

Asked if a Cabinet reshuffle would be on the cards following the special meeting, a component party president said: 

“That would be telling, but ministerial appointments are strictly the prerogative of the prime minister.”  

The last time the supreme council met was on June 20 when the coalition accepted Parti Rakyat Sarawak, a splinter party of the defunct Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak, as a component party. 

At the same meeting, Abdullah explained several other issues, including the report of the Royal Commission to Enhance the Management and Operations of the Police, to the economy and education. 

The Barisan chief also explained Malaysia’s stand on several foreign issues, including the violence in southern Thailand, developments in Asean and the East Asian Summit in Kuala Lumpur as well as issues relating to the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, Non-Aligned Movement, G-77 and reform of the United Nations.  


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