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BN, PN still enjoy good ties at govt level, says Annuar Musa

He says the changes that occur when the coalitions are involved in elections are a normal part of politics.

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Barisan Nasional (BN) and Perikatan Nasional (PN) share good ties in the government although both coalitions have their own strategies to face the 15th general election (GE15), Communications and Multimedia Minister Annuar Musa says.

He also said that the relationship between BN and PN component party, Bersatu, was not strained as both were still working well together in the government led by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Annuar, who is also Ketereh Umno division chief, said the current PN-BN government was running smoothly although the situation would change once the coalitions were involved in elections as both wanted to test their mettle, contesting on their own.

“What is happening is normal in politics. Each of us (BN and PN) is making our own adjustments, so let that process run harmoniously as this is something unavoidable.

“In the run-up to GE15, every political party wants to adopt its own strategy and make its own decisions through various committee levels.

“I do not see it as a relationship that can no longer be fixed. Just accept the political reality that there are many possibilities and nothing is permanent in politics,” he told reporters after an event in Papar yesterday when asked to comment on BN and Bersatu’s relationship at the federal level as well as in Sabah.

Annuar said party policy decisions must not be seen as permanently binding, as in politics there must be pragmatism, especially when changes occur.

“For now, policy decisions have been made at the (recent) Umno general assembly, so those policies are to be firmly adopted.

“But in moving forward, the respective leaderships could face different situations and there is always room for discussion,” he said.

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