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Najib: No preconditions if Pakatan wants talks

By Tuesday May 12th, 2009 No Comments

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said any meeting between the Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat on the Perak political crisis would be possible only without preconditions.
He said both sides must be able to respect each other.

“If BN can respect the opposition, they should be able to do the same,” he said after announcing Sime Darby’s successful sequencing of the oil palm genome yesterday.

On BN’s next move after obtaining a stay of execution on Monday’s High Court decision recognising Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the Perak menteri besar, Najib said it was up to Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.

Nonetheless, BN would respect the due process of law in the course of action to be taken, he said.
Zambry returned as the status quo menteri besar after the Court of Appeal granted the stay.

On whether BN would support dissolving the state assembly, the prime minister said only the Sultan of Perak could make that decision.

“It depends on the judgment of the sultan,” he said.

On Senator Datuk T. Murugiah, who had received a bullet in the mail, Najib said he was saddened by the threat.

“Murugiah has to report it to the police. It is unfortunate that people use such a tactic to harass others,” he said.

Najib declined to reveal details of his meeting with Murugiah, whose future as a deputy minister representing the PPP has been the subject of speculation due to a running dispute with party president Datuk M. Kayveas.

Earlier, Najib said in his speech that Sime Darby’s genetically-engineered “super tree” would be able to increase yield and disease resistance, helping to improve smallholder incomes without opening up new tracts of land or sacrificing rainforests.

“Our challenge therefore is to find ways to achieve growth without compromising our environment,” he said.

Najib said the government had no plans to lift the windfall tax on palm oil production in Peninsular Malaysia.

“The cost of production is about RM1,600 per tonne, so there’s quite a lot of margin,” he said.

The current crude palm oil price is around RM2,700 per tonne.

Source : New Straits Times

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