Unity Government in Melaka after state elections a possibility

29 Mar 2023 08:11am
Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh. FILE PIC
Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh. FILE PIC

SHAH ALAM - All parties should welcome the decision of the Barisan Nasional (BN) top leadership to join hands and cooperate with Pakatan Harapan (PH) to form the Unity Government in Melaka.

Merlimau assemblyman Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh said he is open to the recommendation from Umno president and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for Melaka BN to cooperate with Pakatan Harapan to establish a Unity Government in the state

However, the Umno Youth chief said, the formation of a unity government cannot be done hastily but must be made after the state election (PRN) which involves six states namely Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Selangor, Penang and Negeri Sembilan concludes,

"I welcome the proposal by Deputy Prime Minister, but we have to look again and hope the implementation will happen after the state elections

"If BN-PH wins in the state elections and succeeds in forming a Unity Government in the states involved, then it is certain the Melaka government will follow suit ," he told Sinar Premium on Tuesday

He said this when commenting on Ahmad Zahid's statement that Melaka may witness the formation of a Unity Government, in line with BN-PH cooperation at the federal level.

Dr Muhamad Akmal viewed the formation of Unity Government in Melaka as not something that was impossible to be implemented if all parties cooperate fully and agree with the decision of the top leadership of all respective parties.

"We have to see whether PH will appoint a BN Selangor assemblyman as exco or to hold important positions in office at the state government level if they win many seats in the next state elections

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"If PH can appoint BN leaders as exco in Selangor then it is not wrong if we follow in their footsteps by appointing PKR and DAP assemblymen as exco in Melaka," he explained.

Meanwhile Rim assemblyman Datuk Khaidirah Abu Zahar also welcomed the suggestion made by the party's leadership and the state government if it is beneficial to the people and contributes to the stability of the state government.

"If there is a change towards the better then as subordinates we have to comply with the party's instructions.

"However, there is no need to reshuffle Cabinet ministers and state government exco on a large scale because some involve the exchange of ministerial portfolios and exco" she said.