A good exploration. Though it has been done once before in 1974, and after 30 years in 2008, we are hearing again this time from Ku Li. Nevertheless there will be more complication this round as UMNO may not want to just put a white flag to a Unity Government. To those that may not understand the term, it is basically a coalition governments consisting of all major parties in the legislature.
So what Ku Li has in mind is something very interesting and entertaining. For me it is just a tickling of the thoughts. Pak Lah and his ging-gang will always want to maintain power. I don't think the other minor party especially within BN component parties will be willing to let go power. MCA (15 MPs) and MIC (3 MPs) may not agree to see DAP and PKR (a party that represent the majority of non Malays) to take over their respective places representing the two races. Forget about Gerakan, PPP and the other minor party. The big gainners are probably PBB (14 MPs) (Sarawak) and maybe UPKO for having 4 MPs (Sabah).
Well I must agree for once with Independent Pasir Mas MP Datuk Paduka Ibrahim Ali that should this Unity Government be accepted, then, first and foremost, integrity and secondly the aim to foster 'perpaduan'. The Unity Government must strive for integrity and unifying all Malaysians disregarding political and ideological differences. It's either Pak Lah or DSAI.
------- (the Star)
KOTA BARU: Veteran Umno politician Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah has discussed with PAS, DAP and PKR leaders the possibility of forming a national unity Federal Government as a way out of the current political and economic stalemate.
As a precedent, he cited former premier Tun Abdul Razak Hussein’s Barisan Nasional model that came from the original Alliance coalition of Umno, MCA and MIC.
Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had sought appointments with the former Finance Minister.
According to Tengku Razaleigh, the three requested for the meeting to discuss a perceived national crisis reflected by low confidence in the existing political and economic situation.
Tengku Razaleigh said he had explored with them the possibility of formulating a minimum basis for a national front, a Government formed out of a sincere need for national unity.
He said a national unity government could be formed together with the Barisan as a coming together of all key players to cope with the new political developments in the country, brought on by higher expectations of the electorate and to cope with challenges in a globalised economy.
Tengku Razaleigh, who has drawn up plans to overcome the present economical and political stalemate, said he would discuss these with Umno members and the people over the coming weeks.
He said he was steadfast to his commitment in offering himself as a candidate for the Umno president’s post following the worst ever performance by Barisan in the March 8 general election.
The results saw Barisan lose its two-thirds majority in Parliament and four states, as well as fail to wrest back Kelantan.
Among the states lost, Penang and Selangor, are major contributors to the nation’s gross domestic product.
In a related development, Independent Pasir Mas MP Datuk Paduka Ibrahim Ali supports the idea of the proposal but had serious doubts as to whether it could be implemented today in comparison to 1974.
He said there would have to be huge compromises and he wondered whether the likes of Anwar, Lim, Abdul Hadi, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Najib, Sabah and Sarawak leaders would be able to accept that.
He added that the basis of a unity government must be integrity.