PETALING JAYA, 14 May 2009: DAP parliamentary chief and advisor Lim Kit Siang said Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will meet today to decide whether to negotiate with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on ending the Perak impasse.
“We cannot let the Perak constitutional crisis continue, and the time has come for Najib and the Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership to sit down with PR,” he told reporters after a public forum last night.
He said in today’s meeting PR would discuss the issues to tackle with Najib, including Perak and the independence of the judiciary and civil service.
He was responding to Najib‘s indications that the BN was willing to negotiate with PR on a possible solution to Perak.
However, Lim declined to elaborate on any details of the possible meeting or concrete solutions.
“The Perak crisis affects all Malaysians, and will determine whether we go forward or become a failed state,” he said.
Lim was speaking at a forum organised by Kampung Tunku DAP state assemblyperson Lau Weng San, From 513 to 1Malaysia: the future of Malaysian nation-building.
According to Lau, the forum was meant to “enable a group of Malaysians from different backgrounds and eras to explore a Malaysian future that will become our common destiny”.
The forum saw a 3,000-strong, multiracial crowd filling the Petaling Jaya City Council Civic Hall.
The marathon three-hour event featured speeches by PR heavyweights who stressed on the ongoing Perak crisis.
The PR leaders were Lim, Parti Keadilan Rakyat advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, embattled Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin; DAP vice-chairperson Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim; and PAS MP for Shah Alam, Khalid Samad.
Nizar being greeted at the forum while Anwar looks on
Other panelists included Bar Council chairperson Ragunath Kesavan; former Court of Appeal judge Datuk NH Chan; Umno veteran and journalist Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad; law professor Dr Azmi Sharom and economic adviser to the Selangor government Tricia Yeoh.