Chua Boon Sui (BN-Tawau), who returned to Parliament after a two-week absence, today brushed off speculations that Sabah Progressive Party (Sapp) would leave BN for Pakatan Rakyat.
After having meetings with Minister in Prime Minister's Department Nazri Abdul Aziz and speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia over her absence in Parliament, she stressed that Sapp was still under BN and there was no intention of "crossing over to Pakatan".
"The objective has never been (a crossover). I have no idea why people keep planting that. I've never thought of it before and it was never brought up in the party. This is very new to me," said Chua.
The reasons of her absence, she said, was because of "back-pain" and the threats Sapp had received late last month.
Her party caused a stir last month when it openly declared Sapp has no confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
Sapp president Yong Teck Lee had said that the party's two MPs would be either moving or supporting a motion of no confidence against Abdullah in Parliament.
Such a motion has not taken place to date. Apart from Chua, Sapp's other MP is Eric Enchin Majimbun (Sepanggar).
The party has received a show cause letter from BN for its rebellion and it has until the end of the month to respond.