Updated 2.55pm, 14 May 2009
BN and Gerakan flags in Bukit Gantang in Perak
PUTRAJAYA, 14 May 2009: The Barisan Nasional (BN) is not afraid of facing the people should there be a fresh state election in Perak, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.
“We are ready to face the people,” Najib said to reporters after attending the public sector’s Workers Day assembly here.
He added that the BN was not afraid of facing any eventuality, including state elections, if that was the decision.
But he pointed out that a fresh state election is only one of the options to resolve the Perak political crisis and not something that has to happen.
The prime minister reiterated that it was up to the Sultan of Perak Sultan Azlan Shah to decide whether a fresh election should be held for Perak.
Najib was asked about the possibility of another election for Perak to end the current political crisis in the state.
On 11 May, the High Court ruled that Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin is the rightful menteri besar after finding that the post could only be deemed vacant through a vote of no-confidence in the state assembly.
But Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir filed an appeal against the decision in the Court of Appeal, allowing him to remain as menteri besar while waiting for the decision on the appeal case.
On the Barisan Nasional Convention which was supposed to be held early this year, Najib said it would be held later after some important matters had been sorted out.
On the position of Senator Datuk T Murugiah as Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department following the crisis in the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), he said a decision had not been made.
“We have to first look at the situation and developments,” he said. — Bernama