Parliament: Unity government in Terengganu premature, says Karpal

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 27 Jun 2013

KUALA LUMPUR: The idea of forming a unity government between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat in Terengganu following the vacancy of the Kuala Besut seat is premature, said DAP nationalchairman Karpal Singh.

"I think it (forming a unity government) is purely academic. What is important now is for the by election take place.

“Pakatan will carefully consider depending on the outcome of the by-election," Karpal (DAP-Bukit Gelugor) told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Thursday.

He was asked on the possibility of forming a unity government between Barisan and Pakatan in the event that the by-election result did not favour Barisan.

In the 13th general election, Barisan returned to power, forming the state government with 17 seats in the assembly a mere two-seat advantage over Pakatan Rakyat's 15.

Karpal said if there was a hung assembly, there was a possibility of having another state election because no political party holds a majority seats in the assembly.

"The state Ruler will also have to carefully consider to order for a state election," he said.

He said that all parties must respect the democratic process and allow the by-election to take place.

"The party with most representation should rule the country or the state and the issue should not arise," he said.

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