KUALA LUMPUR – March 23, 2016: Barisan Nasional (BN) information chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa has said that the coalition will not be less moderate if it cooperates with Pas,
He also stressed that if Pas really does join BN then the Islamist party must follow the basis of BN’s formation.
“BN is made up of a lot of component parties, not just Umno or MCA. The basis of our formation are tolerance and cooperation.
“As long as they (Pas) can understand and uphold the same spirit as ours (BN component parties), then everything will turn out just fine.
“But since BN is larger than Pas, it’s a no-go if the Pas expects BN to follow them,” he said after a meeting with MCA’s publicity bureau to discuss ways to promote inter-racial harmony in the country.
Annuar was responding to a question on the supposedly growing public concerns that a cooperation with Pas will be bad for BN’s image.
Also present at the meeting held at the MCA headquarters here was MCA Youth secretary-general Datuk Chai Kim Sen.
According to Annuar, the “heart-to-heart” meeting was timely as he claimed that the Opposition’s “chauvinistic hate campaign” has been intensifying.
He said in order for BN component parties to manage their differences and capitalise on their common goals, the ruling coalition will form a joint-committee involving to deal with racial issues at grass-root level.
“This will not be a mere lip-service. We’re taking this as a challenge to counter their (the Opposition) hate campaign against the government.
“We have also decided that the Youth wings of BN component parties will spearhead the joint-committee.
“We are sharing the same country, yearning for the same peace and freedom, to preserve our cultural traditions and languages.
“Therefore we must ensure that all races in the country can coexist peacefully despite our differences in opinions,” said Annuar.
On question regarding Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s decision to sue Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for alleged poor governance, Annuar said that the former prime minister was trying to prolong the anti-Najib campaign.
“Inadvertent it shows that he (Dr Mahathir) had failed to oust Najib politically and now he is trying to do the same thing (ousting Najib) through legal avenues.
“Actually, it’s not a news because anyone can sue anyone. So, if he wants to sue the Prime Minister, so be it, it is his civil rights to do so.
“But I implore the government to not get distracted with his shenanigans. The government must not lose its main focus, that is to effectively govern the country,” said Annuar.
Aside from Dr Mahathir there were two other plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit, they are former Langkawi Umno Putri chief Anina Saabudin and former Umno Batu Kawan division chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan.