‘Barisan knows its responsibilities’

Solid reassurance: (From left) Dr Wee, Hishammuddin and Saravanan stress support for Barisan and attention to the people’s welfare.

KUALA LUMPUR: All party members within Barisan Nasional will know their responsibilities on Budget 2021 tomorrow, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic).

The MCA president said everyone knows their own responsibilities including the people within Barisan.

“They are all aware of their responsibilities.

“If what we uphold is good for the people, I believe we will continue it, ” he said after the Barisan meeting at the Umno headquarters on Monday.

Pressure is mounting on whether Budget 2021 would be passed in Parliament tomorrow.

Dr Wee said many issues were discussed during the meeting, including internal and intra-party issues as well as support for Budget 2021.

“This is a normal meeting and in this situation, we will strengthen Barisan and at the same time do our best for the country, ” he said.

Dr Wee added that they would always defend the party, adding that Barisan has remained relevant from the day the country gained independence till now.

Meanwhile, Barisan’s treasurer-general Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said there was no change in the party’s stance on the support for Budget 2021.

“That is the party’s stance before this. For me, whatever the party previously announced on Budget 2021 is our stance.

“If there are certain quarters that are not satisfied, in the end they have to see what the party has decided on, then that will be easy for us to look forward to.

“If not, everyone will have their own views, sentiments and emotions. If we go back to what the party has agreed on, it will be easy for us to look forward to, including tomorrow, ” he said.

On Nov 10, Barisan declared conditional support for Budget 2021, which will be voted on by MPs in Parliament tomorrow.

Hishammuddin noted that during the meeting, they too had discussed the current political landscape of the country.

This, he said, showed that Barisan still remained relevant where there was understanding, sincerity and honesty between its coalition members.

“This is a good sign because we know the political landscape has numerous possibilities but as long as we are together, we can have our differences in opinion and still put the interest of the party first.

“The interest of the party is based on what is best for the people of various races.

“This is Barisan’s advantage, ” he said, adding that the time had come for them to show leadership to not just one race but to all races.

Hishammuddin said this was the strength of the coalition since its founding.

He pointed out that the political uncertainties were not just unique to Malaysia but also to other countries around the world.

“If we can show our sincerity and honesty in what we can do and prove it to the people, at the end of the day, the people will decide on our rise and fall.

“If we can prove that to the people, Barisan can come out of this situation today stronger, ” he said.

When asked if that meant leaving Perikatan Nasional, Hishammuddin clarified that did need to be decided now.

“What is important is that the constituents and the people in the grassroots are who we must prioritise, ” he said.

He added that the political party’s fate was decided on whether they could understand the aspirations of the grassroots.

Separately, MIC deputy president Datuk Seri M. Saravanan, who also attended the meeting, said that as they discussed the direction of the party, they all agreed that a special plan must be set up to ensure that the coalition remains relevant.

“We have to listen to the sentiments of the grassroots and their stance.

“We will also follow the aspirations of the party, ” he said.

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