PETALING JAYA: An all-Malay government does not make sense as it is against the policy of Barisan Nasional, says Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz.
The Umno supreme council member told The Star Online that Barisan had always been a multi-racial platform.
“Since Alliance (Parti Perikatan) until now with Barisan, our culture is to have a multi-racial government.
“Even during the time of (former Prime Minister) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, he had told all cabinet ministers that even if we were left alone with only Malay MPs when we formed a government, we cannot be exclusively Malay. It has to be Malaysian.
“We grew up with that, so an all-Malay government is out of question,” he said.
The Tourism and Culture Minister added that the possibility of Umno forming a unity government with a party like PAS was not possible.
“Umno had previously formed a unity government with PAS. There are many reasons why a unity government with PAS was not going to work. We tried it in 1978 and it ended up in a divorce.
“There is already a precedence, so it does not make sense to do it again,” he said.
Nazri added that Umno and PAS could work on common platforms but not as one government.
He was responding to Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali who had suggested that PAS should form a unity government with Umno to provide a check and balance.
On Ibrahim’s suggestion that a PAS candidate becomes deputy Prime Minister in the supposed unity government, Nazri said it was not possible.
“Not because of anything, but if something was to happen to the PM who is from Umno, the person who is going to succeed him should be from Umno as well,” he said.
Asked on a recent electoral pact formed between Pakatan Harapan and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), Nazri said he “did not care”.
“I honestly don’t care and I am not bothered. Let them do what they want. We are just focused on winning the next general election,” he said.