Early polls, all due to PPBM’s Barisan Rakyat proposal?

kunan bersatuKUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s (PPBM) proposal for a grand Opposition coalition has left Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor torn as to whether there is a necessity to call for a snap general election.

Speaking to reporters after the Barisan Nasional Supreme Council meeting here today, Tengku Adnan, better known as Ku Nan, said he believed time was needed to fulfil all the promises BN had made in the last general election.

However, PPBM’s plan had given pause to that.

“If we wait a bit longer, the Opposition might unite. Now, they are in a troubled situation.

“But they are trying to form a coalition just like what BN has, and they want to ensure straight fights with BN. We hope that does not happen.

“So in that aspect, I want the (next general election) to happen a bit faster.

“But if looking at what we promised, certain things have not been fulfilled for the rakyat. We need more time.”

PPBM’s Vice-President Mukhriz Mahathir had last night said that the new party would propose that all Opposition parties work together under one coalition that may be named Barisan Rakyat.

This is to avoid three-cornered battles with BN, which he said had proved to be the Opposition’s Achilles’ heel.

The meeting this evening was chaired by Prime Minister and BN President Najib Razak.

A press conference was held after that and Najib was asked if the 14th General Election will take place after the current Election Commission’s redelineation exercise.

Najib, however, was coy about it.

“Depends on when the general election is.

“It can take place earlier or it can take place later,” was all he said.

On another matter, Ku Nan revealed that BN had made a decision on PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill which seeks to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965, also known as Act 355.

“Yes, we have,” he said, when asked about it, although he refused to divulge any other details.

“I can’t say. We’ve taken an oath. There are things than can be said, there are things that can’t.”

MCA President Liow Tiong Lai, on the other hand, said the party felt Hadi’s bill should not be made a government bill come the next parliamentary sitting in October.

“We discussed about the bill, and we feel that the government’s bills should be given priority (in the October sitting), not a private member’s bill.”

Hadi’s proposal seeks to strengthen shariah courts’ enforcement powers. But many had claimed this could be a backdoor for PAS’ plan to implement hudud laws, especially in Kelantan.

The bill was initially thought to never see the light of day. However, in the last parliamentary sitting in May, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said submitted a motion to expedite it and this was accepted.