Tuesday, April 22, 2008

BN Mulls Cooperation With Pakatan Rakyat

Malaysia's ruling coalition may open "a new era'' of cooperation with the opposition in administrative matters, the prime minister said Tuesday, signaling a policy shift after recent elections nearly leveled the balance of power.

Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's National Front coalition has long shunned any cooperation with its rivals, but it has been forced to consider how to deal with a three-party opposition alliance that won control of five states in March general elections.

Abdullah indicated he was surprised that the opposition handed a key administrative post last week to a well-known National Front member.

"It's just not been the practice,'' Abdullah told reporters. "Normally we keep to what we want to do, and the opposition parties also keep to what they want to do.''

National Front officials have debated whether Lee Kah Choon of the coalition's Gerakan party should be kicked out after he accepted an offer last week to head two opposition-run development and investment organizations in the industrial hub of Penang state.

Abdullah said he was not in favor of punishing Lee, stressing that "if there is no clash in policies, then perhaps it opens the way to cooperate.''

"We can always create a new era, but as far as I'm concerned, this is a matter for the parties to decide whether they want it or not,'' Abdullah said.

Lee resigned as Gerakan's deputy secretary general last month after the party lost control of Penang for the first time in nearly 30 years. He remains an ordinary member, though there has been speculation that he might cross over to the opposition Democratic Action Party.

Opposition leader Lim Guan Eng, the new chief minister of Penang, has said Lee's appointment is part of the opposition's plan to "chart a new course, a new political paradigm'' that emphasizes fairness to all sides.

The National Front held on to power in last month's elections, but lost its traditional two-thirds majority in Parliament and conceded five of Malaysia's 13 states to the opposition.

Abdullah has been trying to keep the coalition's 14 parties united amid widespread rumors that dozens of government lawmakers plan to defect to the opposition. He is also fending off demands by some coalition members for his resignation.

***** The new cooperation policy is a welcome one and the nation will benefit from the resultant goodwill. Although BN must have been taken aback by the novel offer, the PM has shown remarkable good sense and pragmatism in not condemning the appointment, questioning the opposition's motives or calling for disciplinary action against Mr Lee. Keep it up Pak Lah.

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Anonymous SM said...

I must say that Pak Lah has been very "awake" these last couple of weeks! Could it be because he is fighting for Political Survival?
If so, good for him. Pak Lah may have been sleeping & he may have been listening to that worthless trash of a son-in-law of his but he was once hailed as Mr. Clean (remember those days?).
Pak Lah is a far better alternative than that Mongolian killing, Sunmarine buying Crooupted Testiculat Challanged DPM of his!
And it's about time the ACA be made independent! Could we finally see some of these "big-wig" corrupted crooks being thrown into jail?!
Let's hope Pak Lah is not doing one of his flip-flop lies again!

4:33 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kah Choon 99-year-old Grandma just sms-ed him: "Kah Chun lu si kin nah ah, lu resign from gerakan lah. Lu join DAP cukuplah. Itu umno punya Dollah boh ho lang. Ee going kena sacked soon. So kuai kuai join DAP lah, lu chai boh?"

5:30 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous novice101 said...

The rakyat has been complaining about the BN being exclusive, it has also been complaining the BN government had been discriminating. With one act, Lim Guan Eng has shown things can be done different, so the rakyat should be commending him for making the right moves. Utilizing the best talents is for the best interest of ther nation. See what Malaysia has lost by the brain drain!

The negative statements coming out from the Najid and the Gerakan leaders, on this matter, just go to show how narrow-minded, just how wasteful and how selfish, the people are prepared to go on like this just to spike the opposition. Are they not aware the one they are being spiteful to is the rakyat and the ones.

Lim Guan Eng, is introducing a very unconventional way of doing things, unseen of in Malaysia in the past. It is a positive move which should be vigorously encouraged. This constructive move should be emulated by all state governments under the PR banner! If, they can continously introduce such innovative moves, becoming the next federal government in GE13, should not be a problem at all!

At least, AAB doesn't seem so paranoid as Najid and Lim Keng Yaik

8:29 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Kah Choon guy from Gerakan now with the Opp Penang State Govt, is he some sort of genius whereby without him there will be no investments in Penang. Guan Eng said I want to be fair to all sides. Ask the Indians in Png if he had been fair to them over the allocation of exco seats.
Hello Bro, cina mana mana pun serupa saja. Ini DAP betul betul party cina. So no other Malay or Indian equal or better than Kah Choon for this govt post. I wonder how Karpal can take it as Kah Choon use to critise him like mad

10:29 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous TRISHUL said...

Hope PR will be careful when dealing with BN, especially the UNMO vultures.

Can't PR find high caliber and capable men within the 3 parties?

9:31 AM GMT+8  

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