KUALA LUMPUR: Muafakat Nasional is open to discussing the possibility of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) joining the fold, says Barisan Nasional secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
The Federal Territories Minister said as a party, Umno, which is part of the Muafakat Nasional coalition, had experience working with a party that was "alien to it like PAS".
"Umno and PAS were on different sides of the fence for many years, and the divide was very deep.
"But we managed to work together well, and there is nothing to stop Muafakat Nasional from doing the same with Bersatu," said the Ketereh MP.
Asked if there were attempts to bring Bersatu back into Umno, Annuar said Bersatu's position as a political party must be respected.
"Both Umno and Bersatu need to discuss the matter within their respective party.
"As a party, Bersatu has its own members, constitution and selection process that we must respect.
"We don't want there to be a 'big brother and small brother' situation," he said.
He told reporters this after visiting Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur, Selayang on Tuesday (June 30) with KL mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan.
Meanwhile, commenting on the Perikatan Nasional administration's attempt to "remove" Speaker Tan Sri Mohd Ariff Md Yusof and Deputy Speaker Nga Kor Ming in Parliament, Annuar said this was a normal process.
"Anyone appointed to this position must let go of all positions in any political party and other bodies.
"The person holding the position must carry out the responsibility that fits the title of the Speaker," he said, adding that the new speaker chosen must command the support of the assembly by a simple majority.
The Star reported that two motions were submitted by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday (June 26) evening, which were to be tabled in Parliament aimed at removing Mohd Ariff and Deputy Speaker Nga during the upcoming Parliamentary sitting on July 13.
Among those said to be in the running for the Speaker position is Election Commission (EC) chief Datuk Azhar Azizan Harun, the brother of Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun.
Asked if his personal relationship with the AG had any bearing on the speculated appointment, Annuar said it was unfair to assume such, as Azhar had served well in the EC.
"The person chosen for the job must also be someone who has a law background," he added.
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