SHAH ALAM: The Opposition does not generally support the Prime Minister of a sitting government.
This was Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail's reaction when asked about PAS' claim that it will throw its support behind Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad for him to complete his term in office.
(PAS had said it will table a motion of confidence in Parliament to retain Dr Mahathir in office.)
"We have supported Dr Mahathir longer than PAS has. We have never heard that the Opposition wants to support (a sitting Prime Minister).
"Normally, the Opposition does not support," Dr Wan Azizah told reporters after delivering her closing speech at the Regional Conference on Peaceful Coexistence 2020 held at a hotel here on Wednesday (Feb 12).
Earlier in her speech, Dr Wan Azizah said being different from each other must not become a catalyst in any form of discrimination.
She added differences in race and religion should not be used as an excuse to justify cruelty towards, and oppression of, anyone.
"Our differences should be celebrated and seen as unique and a source of strength, and not as deficiencies that can weaken the nation," said Dr Wan Azizah.
However, she added that it was not easy to achieve peaceful coexistence without challenges and obstacles.
Dr Wan Azizah said people from different cultures and backgrounds can learn a lot from each other.
She added experiences of other countries can also be used to bring about the most effective solutions toward overcoming challenges faced in achieving peace and harmony and said that every individual, community and nation has to play a collective in making the region a role model of peace, she said.
"But we have to admit that there are many issues in this region that has to be settled beforehand," said Dr Wan Azizah.
She added there has to be more regional discourses that focuses on the values of peace and togetherness to develop a new narrative on peaceful co-existence.
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