KUALA LUMPUR, 12 May 2009: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the opposition should not set any term and condition for any meeting with Barisan Nasional (BN) to solve the Perak crisis.
He said the government had to respect the rights of the opposition, but they too should do likewise in dealing with any political matter.
“I do not know what the terms are (from the opposition). But the important thing is that we have to respect each other,” he told reporters after launching the Sime Darby new discovery in oil palm genome, here, today.
Najib, who is also BN chairperson, was asked to comment on the recent offer made by Pakatan Rakyat leaders to discuss with BN to find the best solution to the ongoing Perak crisis.
He also said that it was up to the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, to decide whether the Perak state assembly should be dissolved or not.
On Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir continuing as Perak Menteri Besar until the Court of Appeal disposes of his appeal against yesterday’s High Court’s decision declaring Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the legitimate menteri besar, Najib said it was up to Zambry to decide the next course of action.
“We are going to appeal in the Court of Appeal because we respect the law,” said Najib.
Asked about his meeting with Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Senator Datuk T Murugiah today, the prime minister declined to comment on it.
However, on the death threat received by Murugiah yesterday, Najib said he (Murugiah) had to report it to the police to investigate the case.
“I don’t know the details but I am saddened by people using such tactics to harass others,” he said.
Yesterday, Murugiah received two bullet casings and a note which warned him against contesting for any post in the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) elections. — Bernama