PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday said the Barisan Nasional (BN) government was still capable of ruling the country without collaboration with PAS but remained open to future possibilities.
“We (BN) can still govern the country, no problem, even without the unity government. We are still stable and capable of implementing our reform agenda,” Najib told reporters after officiating the 7th Heads of Mission Conference here yesterday.
The ruling coalition was firm in its stance that any suggestions beneficial to the country can be jointly embarked upon even if the proposals came from an opposition party, Najib said.
Najib, who is Umno president, also said the term “unity government” was mooted by PAS, who had expressed their desire to “reach a consensus” with BN.
The proposed discussions, championed by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa, caused an uproar within the Islamic party and the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition.
PR leaders yesterday jointly rejected the idea of forming a unity government with BN and Umno.
When asked, Najib said the failure to hold the joint discussions would not be a loss to Malays.
“I hope weâ€™ll be very measured in whatever we do, whether we have talks or not. Whatâ€™s important is we manage our differences,” Najib said.
Asked if Umno would entertain future unity talks proposals, Najib said: “Anything is possible in politics.”
Source : The Edge