Perhaps sensing that the threat of possible crossover is ‘real’ Abdullah was reported to have acted swiftly to turn the tide today.

The PM according to an online news portal been busy during the last 24 hours meeting leaders of Sabah Barisan Nasional component parties including Dompok and Yong Teck Lee.

Datuk Yong Teck was fell short of giving ultimatum to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi to meet Sabah demands which include greater representation in cabinet, increase in oil royalty and act quickly on illegal immigrants in the state.

Here what he said on the issue of crossover and the reason why they choose August as dateline for Abdullah to meet their demands.

“I told him there will be no crossovers anytime now but if nothing is done about the issues, I would not discount the possibility of it happening. The issues are real. I don’t think tomorrow or in the next matter of days you find flocks of MPs jumping.

But it is also my view which I presented to BN even though in the short term there is no crossover, we cannot rule out the possibility that sometime in the future, a matter of weeks or months, that there will be a sudden crossover.”

“The fasting month will be September, Hari Raya in October and Umno elections in December.

I think the maximum we can go is August for our issues to be settled.

After December, Sabah will be forgotten again. We in Sabah, will go back to our subservient role, quietly go on with our lives, or it will explode, other players will come in.

Other players will come into the Opposition, people from outside the BN will take the forefront, not us.”

There are 30 Sarawak MPs in Parliament but we rarely making any noises – except for Tiong of course?