PEKAN, May 10 2009 – malaysianinsider– Bernama
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is willing to cooperate with the opposition parties to resolve the political crisis in Perak but this does not mean that it would agree to form a coalition government.
The prime minister said the cooperation should be based on the spirit of mutual respect and adherence to the country’s law.
“Cooperation does not mean forming a coalition government. It doesn’t have to be in that form ... it can take various other forms but the most important thing is that there should be mutual respect,” he told reporters after opening Pekan Umno branch meetings here today.
Najib was commenting on the statement by DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang yesterday that he (Lim) was willing to meet Najib to discuss the Perak political impasse. Najib stressed that the Perak political crisis could be avoided if all parties adhered to the law and respected one another.
“If we respect the law, and everyone should respect the law, there won’t be any crisis and things won’t turn into a crisis. But when all are claiming that they are right, then there are bound to be problems,” he said.
Najib said the BN government had always been keeping an open attitude and giving its best service to the people.
“We don’t want the situation (in Perak) to prolong. We want to serve the people, for everyone in Perak and throughout the country,” the prime minister said.
On the PPP supreme council’s decision to sack Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department T. Murugiah, Najib said he needed to look into the matter first.
“I only know about it from newspaper reports,” he said.
Asked about Murugiah’s position in the government, Najib said, he would “think about it”.