Nazri to skip BN meeting on Friday so that MCA, MIC will attend

Barisan Nasional secretary-general Nazri Aziz holds up a newspaper featuring the cooperation between Umno and PAS. 

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Nazri Aziz today said he will not attend the coalition’s meeting scheduled for this Friday.

He said he did not want to “interrupt” the meeting because MCA and MIC had earlier indicated they might not attend the meeting if Nazri turned up.

“I want MCA and MIC to attend the BN meeting this Friday.”

He had earlier said he would attend the meeting to defend his appointment as BN secretary-general.

“The meeting might not proceed because of MCA and MIC’s statement which said if I come, they won’t show up. Therefore, I will not show up so that the meeting will go on,” he said at a special press conference at the Putra World Trade Centre here today.

Earlier, MCA and MIC said Nazri’s appointment as secretary-general last September was not in accordance with the BN constitution.

Nazri, who is also Padang Rengas MP, said MCA and MIC should be given the chance to question his appointment as BN secretary-general at the meeting.

“They need to be given the opportunity to raise the issue so that we can discuss, and not leave the issue hanging for too long. We need to solve this. I want MCA and MIC to raise the question on my appointment so that it can be officially discussed,” said Nazri.

He reiterated that he would resign if his appointment was deemed illegal after the meeting. “I don’t have any problem if I’m rejected. I am okay with being kicked out,” he said.

MCA president Wee Ka Siong and his MIC counterpart SA Vigneswaran had said Nazri’s appointment was never discussed or officially approved in the BN Supreme Council even though it was announced by BN chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi during the opening of the MIC general assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre on Oct 27.

Nazri said the position of BN secretary-general was vacant for six months before former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin was offered it. However, Khairy rejected the offer.

“When Zahid offered the position to me, I took it. Every MIC rep cheered for me when Zahid made the announcement but after four months they claim they weren’t invited for a discussion,” said Nazri.

On a separate matter, Nazri apologised to PAS supporters and the Malays for previously objecting to the Umno-PAS alliance.

“I support the Umno-PAS partnership. When I last said that we (BN) should not work with PAS, BN members were of different races. I have changed my mind,” he added.

He said he was confident PAS would protect the rights of the minorities and that a “divorce” should not happen to the two parties to ensure the survival of Umno and PAS.