KUALA LUMPUR, 13 May 2009: PPP president Datuk M Kayveas today urged all quarters to understand fully the contents of his “NST Live with Datuk M Kayveas” interview on 11 May.
He said all the remarks he made on PPP’s position in the Barisan Nasional (BN) were spontaneous replies to questions posed from readers of the NST (New Straits Times), which totalled 283 in all in the interview which lasted almost four hours at Balai Berita here.
“As such, I regret it when my friends in the BN make comments that are not based on the overall interview,” he said in statement here today.
Kayveas was responding to a report in Utusan Malaysia today which carried the headline Ugut BN: Kayveas perlu ukur kemampuan diri sendiri which had comments from two Umno vice presidents, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal and MCA Youth chief, Datuk Wee Ka Siong, all of which were critical of Kayveas.
The three of them had taken Kayveas to task for allegedly threatening the BN in the interview that he would pull PPP out of the coalition if it was not given any seats to contest in the next general election.
“In the online interview, I repeatedly stressed that the PPP would never leave the BN, more so at this critical juncture when the coalition is not as popular as it used to be,” said Kayveas.
He added that he had also reiterated PPP’s support for the national leadership and the party’s solid backing of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s “1Malaysia, People First, Performance Now” vision for the country. — Bernama