UPDATE 9PM: KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 - Prime Minister Datuk Najib Razak said today that he will bring Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s idea of a “national consensus” to the Cabinet. The prime minister said he had first mooted the idea after the general election last May but that allegations of phantom voters and opposition-led rallies denouncing the election results had overshadowed events. “Seeing that it is our initial suggestion that has resurfaced, let me discuss this with the Cabinet. Whatever it is, we want our country to be peaceful,” he told reporters after launching the “Maps of Malaya and Borneo: Discovery, Statehood and Progress” here.
Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today welcomed Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) call for a bipartisan dialogue on national issues and said the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition should take up the offer.
The Umno vice-president also said the proposal which was mooted by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was a proactive move on the part of the federal opposition as the country faces growing uneasiness over various hot button issues of late.
Zahid was first to react on the proposal, meant to address various boiling issues that could jeopardise national unity. And of course, extreme politicking is to be blame.
I personally believe Zahid could lead the way by persuading Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to accept the idea. However, there must be no 'demands or conditions' set.
PETALING JAYA: Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had called on all Malaysians and politicians from both sides of the political divide, to work towards a national consensus.For the time being, Zahid must direct the relevant authorities, notably the police to step up surveillance in 'sensitive areas' like Penang where the mercury on Muslim-Christian agitation on the 'Allah' issue kept rising.
“It does not matter whether you are with Pakatan Rakyat or with Barisan Nasional, or that you are with neither party, nor that you are independent or even totally apolitical, I want to reach out to all with this message,” he said in his special message in Petaling Jaya, Sunday.
“I call on you, my fellow Malaysians to rise up and let your voices be heard. Let your voice of mutual respect and goodwill, your voice of understanding and trust, and your voice of unity and integration prevail over these voices of hatred, rancour, hostility and destruction,” he said.
There are people who tried to incite racial riot among Malaysians, for reason we do not know.
However, all parties must advise members to stop any provocative action before the dialogue can be set. It is time for Umno, MCA, DAP, PAS, PKR and the rest to consider it and put national interest above all.Three Catholic churches in Penang have lodged police reports after controversial banners bearing the word "Allah" surfaced outside several churches yesterday morning.The Star reported that representatives from Church of the Immaculate Conception in Pulau Tikus, Church of the Assumption in Lebuh Farquhar and St John Britto in Jalan Sungai Pinang lodged reports following the incident.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said the matter is being investigated under the Sedition Act.
He said police was studying CCTV footage and had stepped up patrols outside churches.
Whether Anwar was sincere in making the call on Sunday, is secondary. What's important is for all parties to give it a try.
Zahid, as a senior politician, knows best...