SAMARAHAN, 18 June 2009: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the issue on the unity government and the by-election for the Manik Urai state seat in Kelantan are two different issues, and each needs a unique solution.
Najib, who is also Umno president, said the party would certainly field a candidate for the 14 July by-election because the formation of a unity government with PAS had yet to enter the negotiation stage.
“There has been no discussion on the matter (unity government); we have to go through the [Manik Urai] by-election process,” he told reporters at Kampung Pichin, Serian here today.
Yesterday, Kelantan PAS asked Umno not to field a candidate in the Manik Urai by-election if it was truly serious about the proposal to form a unity government.
Kelantan PAS Deputy Commissioner II Datuk Husam Musa was quoted as saying that Umno would not “fight” PAS in the by-election if it was truly supporting the proposal.
On the statement by PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, who wanted Nasharuddin Mat Isa to step down as PAS deputy president and Member of Parliament for Bachok if he continued to support the idea of setting up the unity government, Najib described it as a surprising move.
“I don’t know what is behind the statement by Nik Aziz. As far as we are concerned, anything that is positive, we should work for it,” he said.
Nik Aziz was quoted as saying that the action by Nasharuddin could lead to chaos in the party. — Bernama