PETALING JAYA: Wanita Umno chief Noraini Ahmad has proposed that Barisan Nasional (BN) remain on the backbenches of Parliament after garnering only 30 seats in the general election.
This comes after the party’s former information chief, Shahril Hamdan, yesterday opined that the defeated BN would be ridiculed if it decided to be part of the next government.
In a statement, Noraini said BN could instead play the role of ally to whichever coalition forms the next government subject to one important condition.
“BN should be given the freedom to debate, support or oppose any motion tabled by the government,” she said.
However, she said that once the pact is sealed, BN must ensure that it does not retract its support for the ruling government.
Presently, it remains unclear whether BN would support Pakatan Harapan (PH) or Perikatan Nasional (PN).
Both coalitions are vying to lead the next government, after PH won 82 seats and PN 73 on Saturday.
BN chairman Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is locked in discussions with his PH counterpart, Anwar Ibrahim, in a bid to seal a pact that may see Anwar become the country’s 10th prime minister.
A meeting is taking place this morning between PH and BN leaders to discuss the matter.
Istana Negara has called for all party leaders and heads of coalitions to propose their prime ministerial candidate by 2pm today.