Saturday, June 20, 2009

Umno info chief tells BN partners: Don’t worry

Malaysian Insider, PONTIAN Sunday June 21, 2009

Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties should not be worried over the proposed PAS-Umno unity government talks as it is not intended to sideline any party in the coalition, Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan said.

“They should not be unduly worried as we won’t be sidelining anyone. We need them in the discussion,” he told reporters after opening a seminar on mosque and surau here today.

The proposed unity government was mooted by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang but is opposed by PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.

Ahmad, who is Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said the proposed talks would not only benefit the Malays but also the people as a whole. He also expressed confidence that the majority of people in the country would agree to the proposed talks.

“Those who disagree with it, like Nik Aziz, are a minority group in the country,” he said, adding that the proposed unity government would help strengthen the country’s political and economic stability.

Ahmad also said that there was no need for PAS to seek permission from DAP or Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) to talk to Umno as the party had its own strength. — Bernama

Comment: How can you bridge alliance with other parties without informing your partners? How in the world is this going to work when you only say, .. not to worry... to your partners while they are still component of your coalition party. Unity government is a nil oppositon government. Bridging link with only PAS without the rest of PR members would only form another kind of coalition, not Unity Government. Moreover, why does this issue emerge as very important now and not before when BN had superb control of the government and masses? Something went bankrupt somewhere..? or Advance preparation prior to 'bankruptcy declaration" in the next election..?

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