Nazri: BN will ‘gladly’ hand over power if it fails to get people’s mandate

  • 'Should Khalid lead S'gor after BSM debacle?'

    The Bible Society of Malaysia's (BSM) decision to move out of Selangor is Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim's fault and is a reason that his leadership is in question, according to the state DAP. In fact, said Selangor DAP deputy chief Gobind Singh Deo, the seizure of 320 copies of the Malay and Iban-language Bible has raised questions on Khalid's eligibility to remain in his post. "It goes without saying that incidents like these demonstrate Khalid's inability to understand and solve …

  • Penang hawker to hang for murder
    Penang hawker to hang for murder

    GEORGE TOWN, April 16 ― A burger seller was sentenced to death by the High Court here for murdering his ex-girlfriend's brother four years ago. Mohd Firdaus Mokhtar, 31, who appeared... …

  • Teresa Kok almost falls victim to snatch thieves
    Teresa Kok almost falls victim to snatch thieves

    DAP Seputeh MP Teresa Kok nearly became a victim of snatch theft on Sunday evening during an outing with her nieces in Kuala Lumpur. The four-term MP was walking with her two nieces along Jalan Selama in Taman Rainbow at 7pm when two men on a motorcycle tried to snatch her gold chain. "I was shocked and fell to the ground, screaming. Then I... …

  • For former top cop, weak security reflects a weak government
    For former top cop, weak security reflects a weak government

    Security issues must be a priority because they reflect the strength of a country's administration, a former top cop said. Former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the government would appear weak if there were weaknesses in the security of the county. "If security is not given priority, then the public perception will be... …

  • Undersea drone search for MH370 may last up to 2 months, say Americans
    Undersea drone search for MH370 may last up to 2 months, say Americans

    A United States navy underwater drone sent to search for a missing Malaysian jetliner on the floor of the Indian Ocean could take up to two months to scour a 600 sq km area where the plane was believed to have sunk, American search authorities said yesterday. The prediction coincided with the end to the abbreviated first mission by the... …

  • In Bible group’s move, DAP pressures Khalid to ensure minorities are protected
    In Bible group’s move, DAP pressures Khalid to ensure minorities are protected

    The DAP today pressured the Selangor government to take full responsibility in ensuring that the rights of minorities are protected, following The Bible Society of Malaysia’s (BSM) shift to Kuala Lumpur to avoid being hassled by state Islamic authorities. Party national publicity chief Tony Pua (pic, left) said: “BSM's decision to move has... …

KUALA LUMPUR: The Barisan Nasional (BN) has no qualms about handing over power to the opposition should it lose the people’s mandate in the upcoming general election.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz gave this assurance yesterday, saying that BN will follow the rules.

“We will gladly hand over and we will not stay one second more [than we should] if we lose the mandate of the people.

“We have shown that we faithfully stick to the rules and results,” he said in his speech at the International Conference on Malaysia’s 13th general election, organised by the office of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

His comments come amid Anwar’s call to the ruling coalition to guarantee a smooth and peaceful transition of power should Pakatan Rakyat (PR) win the most seats in the general election.

Additionally, the minister’s remarks reflect the BN’s confidence in facing the election, which is widely seen as the most hotly contested race in Malaysia’s polls history.

Nazri, the Padang Rengas member of parliament (MP), said there had been a smooth handover of power in the five states which PR won in the last general election.

“We won’t form the government by cheating or through any other improper means ... There was no unrest, no attempt to resist [handing over power] because we do not want to form the government if we don’t get the mandate of the people. Why should we?” he said.

After the 2008 election, the BN lost control of Penang, Kedah, Selangor and Perak while the PAS-led government continued to rule Kelantan.

However, the BN returned to power in Perak in 2009 following the defection of three PR assemblymen which swung the balance of power in the state.

According to Nazri, the BN had refused to accept several MPs who quit PKR into the ruling coalition’s fold even though these independent representatives were pro-BN.

“We never attempted to induce them to join us, unlike the Sept 16 fiasco [by the opposition coalition] to buy over MPs so that there can be a change of government [at the federal level].

“If you believe in electoral democracy, you don’t do that. BN won’t buy over MPs from the other side,” he said, referring to Anwar’s failed takeover of the federal government on Sept 16, 2009 by engineering the crossover of a bloc of BN MPs.

In his speech, Nazri also stressed that elections in Malaysia have always been conducted in a free and fair manner, even if the system is not perfect.

He maintained that the present government is always open to suggestions and is committed to reform in order to ensure that future elections continue to be free and fair.

“There is always room for improvement. If we didn’t believe there was room for improvement, we would not have allowed the [setting up of the] Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on electoral reforms,” he said.

He admitted that when there were calls for electoral reform, some people in the establishment resisted for fear that conceding to such calls would be tantamount to admitting that previous elections were not free and fair.

“The government now feels that it may not have been ideal but [the system] has worked. If not, there would not be any opposition MPs and we would not have lost five states,” he said.

Nazri, the minister in charge of law and parliamentary affairs, said the government is fully committed to implementing the recommendations by the PSC which have been approved by the Election Commission.

“The government is a willing and serious partner in implementing free and fair elections in Malaysia. The government listens. Please do not doubt us,” he said.

The BN-led federal government has in recent years come under intense fire for what civil society groups say is unfair electoral process in Malaysia.

Electoral reform coalition Bersih 2.0 has been at the forefront for advocating a slew of reforms to improve Malaysia’s election process, including cleaning up the electoral roll, using indelible ink, preventing corruption and ensuring fair access to the media.

PKR leader Sivarasa Rasiah said Nazri and like minded people must stop repeating “simplistic” comparisons in defending the integrity of Malaysia’s current electoral process.

“You cannot say that Malaysia’s electoral process is free and fair simply because PR won five states in the last election. If the process was fair, PR could have been sitting in Putrajaya since 2008,” said Sivarasa, the MP for Subang.

For more stories, go to www.fz.com, the website for freedom of expression and fairness in articulation.

Follow @YahooMalaysia on LINE for daily news updates.

Comments on Yahoo pages are subject to our link to Comments Guidelines. You are responsible for any content that you post. Yahoo is not responsible or liable in any way for comments posted by its users. Yahoo does not in any way endorse or support comments made by its users.

  • PM’s wife raps critics of Putrajaya’s handling of MH370 crisis The Malaysian Insider
    PM’s wife raps critics of Putrajaya’s handling of MH370 crisis

    The Prime Minister's wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor has spoken out against critics of Putrajaya's handling of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 crisis, describing them as cowards for not providing solutions. "Don't throw stones and then hide your hands behind your back (make wild allegations). That's cowardice, don't just talk and not provide... …

  • Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings Associated Press
    Chief: Suspects wore GPS devices during killings

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Two parolees raped and killed at least four women while wearing GPS trackers, and there may be more victims, a California police chief alleged Monday. …

  • Lee: Raub bus crash shows lesson not learnt from Genting tragedy The Malay Mail Online
    Lee: Raub bus crash shows lesson not learnt from Genting tragedy

    PETALING JAYA — Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye vented his frustration over the lackadaisical attitude of authorities who have not taken his recommendations seriously while pointing out that double-decker... …