Barisan does not fear Perak polls: PM

PUTRAJAYA: The Barisan Nasional does not fear fresh elections in Perak and will face the rakyat (people) when the time comes, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Najib said holding fresh elections in Perak was one of the options available to settle the state government issue but it was “not something that has to happen.”

He said the decision was also not Barisan’s to make as the state constitution was clear that only the Sultan of Perak had the power to call for fresh elections should there be a need for one.

“Barisan is not afraid to face fresh elections. We know we have to face the rakyat and we will face the rakyat when the time comes,” he told a press conference after attending the Public Service’s Labour Day gathering here Thursday.

Asked whether Barisan would respond to a call by some Pakatan Rakyat leaders for a dialogue to resolve the Perak state government issue, Najib said it would depend on whether the Opposition was willing to show mutual respect and follow the rules inside and outside the state assembly.

He said there should also be no preconditions set prior to such a dialogue and the Pakatan Rakyat should be willing to be open enough to explore all possibilities if one was held.

Later Thursday, Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said Pakatan was willing and ready to meet Najib to resolve the Perak political crisis.

On PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat’s statement opposing any plans to set up a unity government with Barisan, the Prime Minister said there was nothing to reject as no proposal had been made yet to PAS on the matter.

Nik Aziz had said on Wednesday that he was “dead set” against the proposal as he “distrusted Umno to change in line with Islamic policies.”

Najib was asked about the possibility of another election for Perak to end the current political crisis in the state.

On Monday, the High Court ruled that Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin was the rightful mentri besar after finding that the post could only be deemed vacant through a vote of no-confidence in the State Assembly.

But Datuk Zambry Abd Kadir filed an appeal against the decision in the Court of Appeal and was granted a stay of execution, allowing him to remain as mentri besar while waiting for the decision on the appeal case.

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