Allow minority govt, or go back to people, says Gerakan

Written by Teoh Eng Sim, The Edge

Gerakan has urged the Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership to explore and seek political solutions to the Perak situation rather than pursuing only legal recourse.

Gerakan secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow said the political options may include allowing the minority Pakatan Rakyat government to continue functioning, or even concurring with the proposal to dissolve the Perak assembly and let the electorate decide on the government of their choice.

“While the Barisan Nasional leadership maintains that our focus now is on the economy, how can we do so effectively if the Perak situation keeps on worsening and generating negative perception and reaction from the people?” Teng asked in a statement on May 12.

He said while BN had the right to appeal to a higher court for a review of the decision of the High Court on the legitimacy of the menteri besar, the BN leadership should consider the possible subsequent impasse and political impact on the entire nation.

Teng drew attention to what the prime minister recently wrote in his blog about the values of acceptance and integrity in his 8 values toward achieving 1Malaysia.

“Therefore, for1Malaysia to be achieved, the values of acceptance and integrity must be found in the state government of Perak, whether it is governed by Barisan Nasional or otherwise.”