Saturday March 8, 2008
Best if Cabinet, assemblies are multi-racial
KEPALA BATAS: The Government wants to hear directly the issues raised by Chinese and Indian leaders in the Cabinet and state executive councils, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said.
The Prime Minister said the Government was more comfortable with the current arrangement, as there was representation from all the races in the Cabinet and state executive councils.
“If they are there, we can discuss issues together and take the necessary corrective steps in the interest of all races,” he said in the Bual Pilihanraya programme aired over TV3 last night.
He was interviewed by the The Star group chief editor Datuk Wong Chun Wai and TV3’s Fuad Abdul Rahman.
Asked by Wong on what would happen to Chinese representation in the Cabinet and state executive councils if Chinese voters reject the MCA and Gerakan on polling day today, he said: “Then, there will be none. This has happened before in Penang in 1990 when Umno won 12 state seats and Gerakan won seven seats but MCA and MIC lost all seats contested.”
“There was no representation from the MCA and MIC in the state executive council. Of course, we gave them back the representation after the subsequent elections.
“But, the fact remains that there was no voice for the two parties in the state executive council then,” he said.
Abdullah said the Opposition was targeting the seats held by MCA and Gerakan while the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) was attacking the MIC.
On claims by Parti Keadilan Rakyat adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that oppositon parties would capture the Penang state government, Abdullah said: “He is making the claims based on two or three visits to Penang island. There are many voters in Seberang Prai, too.”
“We wait and see what happens. Barisan Nasional is confident of retaining control in the state,” he said.
New Cabinet Will Regain Confidence Of The People, Says Abdullah
KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today that he will form a cabinet comprising "those who can work" to regain the confidence of the people.
However, he said the matter was not discussed during today's Barisan Nasional supreme council meeting and the Umno Supreme Council meeting.
"No, not yet. I've just taken my oath of office (as Prime Minister). We did not discuss (the line-up at both meetings).
"We will see when I announce the new line-up. I will be working and planning for a cabinet that can work. The cabinet that will regain the confidence of the people," he told reporters after chairing both meetings at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), here today.
On whether there will be problems in appointing members of the cabinet from the MCA, he said: "Why should there be a problem. The MCA is not without any assemblymen or parliamentarian. So do the others too," he said.
He said the BN government would speak for each other's community.
"We don't say that I'm there and I am only speaking for the Malays (and) I don't want to speak for anybody else. I have said that I'm the Prime Minister for all and I stand by that," he said.
He said the BN government was for all Malaysians and not for any particular community.
Abdullah said the BN also spoke for the minorities who had no representative in the cabinet and government.
Keep on like that lar. The Opposition will continue to become the Opposition even more.