Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today said the Barisan Nasional government has the capacity to continue administering the country even without the formation of the proposed unity government.
According to Bernama, the prime minister said the BN government was strong and had the capability to implement its development programmes.
Â As such, the question of the BN government being weak so much so that there was a need for a unity government did not arise.
He said the government had merely responded positively to a proposal by PAS for a unity government.
Najib was asked to comment on a meeting today among PAS, DAP and PKR which decided to dismiss the proposal for the formation of a unity government. Najib said the government had responded positively to the proposal because it assumed that it was for the good of the country.
“We are consistent in our stand. Anything for the good of the country must be worked on together, even if the proposal comes from an opposition party,” he said.
Tsu Koon: It was ‘wayang kulit’
Asked whether the Malays would stand to lose now that the opposition alliance had dismissed the unity government proposal, Najib said: “I don’t think so. I hope they are very measured in whatever they do and we will not go overboard with whether we have the talks or we don’t have the talks (on the unity government).â€
“What’s important is that we manage our differences and that we always have the nation in our hearts and minds.”
Asked whether the unity government talks would re-emerge in the future, Najib said anything was possible in politics.
Gerakan president Dr Koh Tsu Koon was not surprised by Pakatan’s stand.
“This was expected from Pakatan because it was just a ‘wayang kulit’ (shadow play).
“If the needs of the people are pressing then there should be no barriers of corperation between Pakatan and BN,” he added.
Umno supreme council member Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he is surprised that PAS would rather talk with DAP instead of Umno, which has issues of common interest.
“We welcome it (the talks). But today they (the Pakatan leadership) said no, then it is up to them. But they initiated the idea first.
“They showed willingness to talk. But when there was internal pressure, they slammed the idea, calling it lies,” he added.
Source : Malaysiakini