‘Dis­cuss coali­tion’s di­rec­tion soon’

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION - TAN SRI AB­DUL AZIZ AB­DUL RAH­MAN

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Na­sional lead­ers have been urged to dis­cuss the coali­tion’s di­rec­tion as soon as pos­si­ble or risk ex­tinc­tion.

The Coun­cil of For­mer Elected Rep­re­sen­ta­tives (Mubarak) pres­i­dent Tan Sri Ab­dul Aziz Ab­dul Rah­man cau­tioned that more com­po­nent par­ties would leave BN if no strate­gic plan­ning or a new “cap­tain” was put for­ward.

He said the BN supreme coun­cil must con­vene as soon as pos­si­ble and dis­cuss all as­pects, in­clud­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of the coali­tion’s dis­so­lu­tion or re­plac­ing it with a new co­op­er­a­tion.

“BN does not have an ‘op­po­si­tion DNA’ and has never been not in con­trol for more than 60 years, hence why they are in a mud­dle.

“This is why there is a press­ing need to carve out a clear di­rec­tion as well as lead­er­ship, or else we will see more com­po­nent par­ties leave BN.

“All as­pects must be put on the ta­ble, es­pe­cially how BN and Umno, as the back­bone, can re­gain its glory years, and whether the party has de­vi­ated from its orig­i­nal mis­sion to up­hold the rights of the peo­ple,” he told the New Straits Times Press.

He was com­ment­ing on a state­ment by Umno Vet­er­ans Club sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Mustapha Yaakub, who had called for BN to be dis­solved as it has be­come ir­rel­e­vant.

On Tues­day, BN com­po­nent par­ties in Sarawak an­nounced they were leav­ing the coali­tion.

Deputy Umno Youth chief Khairul Azwan Harun said BN’s fu­ture, whether it was dis­solved or not, was in the hands of each com­po­nent party leader who was still within the coali­tion.

BN, he said, could still ex­ist even if only two par­ties were will­ing to con­tinue the present co­op­er­a­tion.

“I sug­gest that this co­op­er­a­tion be con­tin­ued, with an ab­so­lute change in place in­volv­ing all an­gles, in­clud­ing brand­ing, struc­ture, as well as ap­proach.

“Direct mem­ber­ship should be im­ple­mented with­out mak­ing it com­pul­sory for one to be­come a com­po­nent party mem­ber first.

“BN will be dead and buried if these aren’t done.”

BN does not have an ‘op­po­si­tion DNA’ and has never been not in con­trol for more than 60 years, hence why they are in a mud­dle.

Coun­cil of For­mer Elected Rep­re­sen­ta­tives (Mubarak) pres­i­dent

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