Tuesday, May 9, 2006

"Vote along party lines"

Abdullah: Vote along party lines

M.K. Megan; Leslie Andres
New Straits Times
05-09-2006
Abdullah: Vote along party lines
Byline: M.K. Megan; Leslie Andres
Edition: Main/Lifestyle

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional backbenchers in Parliament must stick with convention and cannot vote according to their conscience but only along party lines.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who is BN chairman and Umno president, said the system had worked well for Malaysia and would be maintained.
The backbenchers, who had hours earlier sought to be allowed to vote autonomously on certain issues, fell into line with Abdullah's firm instruction on the matter. But they harbour hopes of meeting the Prime Minister to discuss it ...