KUALA LUMPUR: PAS seems sincere in its wish for Malay unity talks, Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
He said the talks would just be a starting point.
“We have to make inquiries first. It’s like when we want to get married. We make inquiries first,” he said.
“If it happens, it happens, let fate decide. What form (of unity government) materialises, we do not know yet.”
He was speaking to reporters after the opening of the 17th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (17CCEM) here yesterday.
Najib said Umno had never declined any cooperation which could benefit the country.
“It is not that there is no response from us. I have already mentioned that Umno is open and willing to listen and consider whatever proposals,” he said.
Najib said Umno was open to any discussion with PAS as it would be for the good of the country.
“We will see what sort of cooperation is suitable and after that we can discuss. There is no problem to it.”
Umno had said the idea of holding unity talks came from PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang but it was willing to go along with it.
On former Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin being sent out of the Dewan Rakyat on Monday for unparliamentary conduct right after taking the oath of office, Najib said: “He deliberately created that situation.”
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia ordered Nizar out of the House for violating the parliamentary dress code by wearing a band with the words “Bubar DUN” (Dissolve State Assembly).
On the Federal Court’s ruling that the Election Commission, and not the Speaker of a state assembly, had the jurisdiction to declare if a state seat was vacant, Najib said the judgment was in line with the separation of powers principle.
However, when there were certain things that could not be resolved, it would have to be referred to court.
Source : The Star