Tok Mat: Barisan should be open to accepting other parties

NILAI (Bernama): Barisan Nasional shpuld be open to accepting any party wanting to join the coalition, says its deputy chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

However, he said a consensus much be reached among its four component parties, Umno, MIC, MCA and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS), before approval can be given.

“We must be inclusive and not exclusive anymore. So, if you ask for my personal opinion, the more parties under the Barisan umbrella the better because each has its own strengths and combined, it will provide added synergy.

“This is what we have to do for Barisan to build new strength because we lost in the 14th General Election (GE14).

“Whatever Barisan stands for and our policies, there needs to be a review so that our two directions – which are strengthening the coalition and strategies for winning GE15 – can be realised, ” he told reporters after opening Parti Makkal Sakti Malaysia's (Makkal Sakti) 12th annual general meeting, which was also attended by its president Datuk Seri RS Thanenthiran, here Sunday (Dec 27).

Commenting on Thanenthiran's request for the party to contest on the Barisan ticket in three parliamentary and seven state seats in GE15, Mohamad, who is also Umno deputy president, said it should be considered as Makkal Sakti has been a loyal friend to Barisan during good and tough times, even though its status was not that of a component party.

“Makkal Sakti is a Barisan partner and not a component party, but consideration should be given because Makkal Sakti has long helped Barisan when it was the government and even when it wasn’t.

“I am confident consideration can be given by Barisan’s highest leadership council on this request by Makkal Sakti.

“There are other partners who have stated the same, and I am of the view that more parties being with Barisan, the more inclusive it will be – but I leave it to the wisdom of our top leadership ... consideration should be given, ” he said.

Earlier, in his speech, Thanenthiran had asked that Barisan give Makkal Sakti a chance to contest seats in GE15.

“This is our hope and we are ready. If not GE15, then when?” he said.

The AGM attended by 753 delegates adopted three resolutions which were that Makkal Sakti become a component party of Barisan, that it contest under the Barisan in GE15, and the third on the wellbeing of the Indian community in Sabah. – Bernama

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