PUTRAJAYA: Barisan Nasional Secretary-General Tengku Adnan Mansor has urged all coalition leaders and members to use the proper channels to air their views and avoid misunderstandings.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a Hari Raya Aidiladha event here, Tengku Adnan, popularly known as Ku Nan, said the BN Supreme Council was a platform for all views to be aired.
“Please don’t say things that will hurt other people. We are a multiracial coaliton. We have our forum.”
Ku Nan said this when asked to comment on the recent spat between MCA’s Ti Lian Ker and Umno Minister Nazri Aziz, which began after Ti urged Umno to change its brand of racial politics of fear.
Nazri had then responded by saying MCA should leave the ruling coalition and try to stand on its own and prove they could win without the support of Umno.
The Putrajaya lawmaker said that Ti’s comments were his personal views and perhaps Nazri had also not listened to what had been said first-hand.
He added this was why he refused to comment at times, when he had not heard things first-hand.
“When I hear with my own ears then I can comment. When I hear from a third party, the third party might be an instigator.”
Ku Nan said there were some who were jealous of BN and wanted to split the ruling coalition by instigating component parties like MCA and MIC to leave the BN.
“They want to split us but believe me, there won’t be any split in BN, because whatever decisions we make, irrespective of whether you’re a small party or a big party, it’s all based on consensus.”
“We are the only multiracial coalition in this country. That’s what they’re jealous of and they would like to destroy us.”
MIC President Dr S Subramaniam also weighed in on the matter, stating that BN leaders should avoid public spats as it would only serve to benefit the Opposition.
The respective component parties in the ruling coalition, the health minister urged, should manage such spats.
“Don’t do anything that will weaken the BN before the next general election,” he told reporters after opening the MIC gallery at the party’s headquarters here.