KOTA BARU, 15 March 2009: Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat today stressed he was against the idea of a Barisan Nasional (BN)-PAS unity government as mooted by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.
“It’s been tried before but did not work out. PAS was not appreciated in the coalition and I have many misgivings about this,” he told reporters when met at the home of Nik Nur Madihah Nik Mohd Nor, 18, who scored 20 As in last year’s Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia examination, in Kampung Parang Punting, near here.
However, Nik Aziz said he was only expressing his personal opinion and that the matter needed to be deliberated at PAS’ Muktamar (annual general assembly) in June.
Following the suggestion for a unity government by Abdul Hadi, Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin asked PAS to outline in detail what it had in mind.
Yesterday, PAS Youth voiced its support for the move saying it was timely.
However, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng demanded that the PAS president explain what he meant by a unity government to Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and the DAP, which are PAS’s allies in the opposition pact. — Bernama