Rafidah: ‘Call to form a unity government a political tactic’


  • Nation
  • Monday, 02 Mar 2009

KOTA KINABALU: Wanita Umno chief Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz has rejected any talk of a national unity government jointly formed by Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat.

She said Barisan Nasional itself was a unity government representing various racial, religious and NGO groups.

Rafidah was commenting on PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s call for the formation of a Federal Government comprising Barisan and Pakatan leaders.

“I think it is a political ploy as they are losing ground,” she told reporters after attending the Sabah Umno gathering to introduce candidates vying for various posts in the party election.

She said Pakatan should stop their street demonstrations, respect the rule of law and the Constitution for the country to be stable and united.

Umno vice president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said he was unaware of any talk to form a unity government.

“Nothing on that matter had been brought up,” he added.

Umno veteran leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah had recently supported Abdul Hadi’s call for a unity government because, he rationalised, the country needed to face the global economic crisis, and not be bogged down by politicking.

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