Direct Negotiations 'Soon' Between Anwar and Pak Lah, Says Tian Chua. Is This True?
Malaysia's opposition said on Tuesday it has opened talks with the government over the current political impasse but added it was still early to talk about a power transfer.***** How much credence can we give to this claim by Tian Chua? Could the PM already be in secret 'third party' wheeling and dealing with the Pakatan leadership?
"We managed to break through in some discusssions through a third party and soon a direct negotiation will happen between Abdullah and Anwar," said Tian Chua, information chief of Anwar Ibrahim's Parti Keadilan Rakyat, said.
One of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's political secretaries said there were no such talks as far as he was aware.
One question that should be asked is whether it is possible for Pak Lah to unilaterally go into negotiations with the opposition and get the best deal for himself? As PM does he legally require the formal approval of his party before he discusses politics with Anwar?
Among the formidable powers that the PM enjoys is the constitutional right to approach His Majesty and request the dissolution of Parliament and thus pave the way for the next general elections. If he does that without consultation, can the rest of Umno do anything about it? This is a potent weapon which he wields and can use if he feels that too many Umno leaders are getting out of line. After all which Umno pemimpin wants to face the electorate tomorrow? Any legal experts out there who can enlighten us?