BN open to working with adversaries but only with members' support, says Najib


PETALING JAYA: Politics is the art of the possible and there are no reasons why Barisan Nasional would not cooperate with its adversaries, says Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The Barisan Nasional advisory council chairman, however, said the formation of such alliances must be subject to the approval of coalition members.

"The political situation is dynamic and it's always changing. Look at Pakatan Harapan, who would have thought Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would end up in an alliance to topple Barisan.

"Dr Mahathir and DAP can sit in the same table, and he (Dr Mahathir) can appoint DAP leaders for important positions. It was unfathomable but it happened.

"In my context, I say we look at all options with a condition - that it (working with adversaries) must be accepted by leaders and members of Umno, especially the grassroots," he said during an interview with Astro Awani on Monday (Feb 22).

"Any new alliances must be accepted by the coalition's leaders and members.

"A new political alliance built not based on trust will eventually collapse due to the lack of foundation," added the former premier.

A similar sentiment was also echoed by Umno president and Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in an interview with a news portal on Sunday (Feb 21) that a new political alignment was possible if the Muafakat Nasional alliance collapses before GE15.

On Friday (Feb 20), Umno held a supreme council meeting in Janda Baik, Pahang, where it is believed to deliberate on an ultimatum by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin whether Barisan would contest GE15 as part of Perikatan Nasional.

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