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BN says open to working with ‘friends’ if it forms Melaka govt

Deputy chairman Mohamad Hasan however says there must be a core party in the event that others threaten to quit the alliance.

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Barisan Nasional (BN) is open to accepting other parties as part of the Melaka government if it wins the upcoming state election, deputy chairman Mohamad Hasan said today.

The BN Melaka state election director however said there needs to be a core party that is able to form the state government on its own so that it will not be held hostage in case other parties threaten to quit the alliance, which could cause the state government to collapse.

“If our friends want to be with us, (then) no issue… the more the merrier, but we do not want a situation in which the ruling government faces threats (of a pull-out) every day.

“(When) every single day the chief minister wakes up and wonders if he still commands majority support or not, (then) that is not good,” he said after the launch of BN’s manifesto for the state election today.

Also present were BN’s Lendu candidate Sulaiman Md Ali and Umno vice-president Mohamed Khalid Nordin.

Mohamad had been asked whether BN would be ready to accept PAS and Bersatu if it wins the Melaka polls.

Meanwhile, he voiced hope that the Election Commission (EC) will review the SOPs for the election so that contesting parties are given some leeway to campaign.

He acknowledged the need for strict SOPs to curb the spread of Covid-19 but said democracy must be celebrated and practised.

“We can understand the ban on ceramahs… we understand the constraints faced by the government, but what is wrong with distributing handbills from house to house and walkabouts at the coffeeshops? I have requested for some leeway to be given as this sort of situation dampens the election mood.

“So I hope this matter can be given more thought. To the EC and ministries, think about this carefully so that we can be in a situation where there are no restrictions movement-wise, but at the same time we ensure that Covid-19 is handled well,” he said.

The EC has set Nov 20 for polling while early voting will be conducted on Nov 16.

The election is being held following the dissolution of the state legislative assembly on Oct 4, after four assemblymen withdrew their support for the chief minister.

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