Barisan Nasional secretary-general Nazri Abdul Aziz was reported that he will not be attending the coalition’s supreme council meeting to avoid coalition partners MCA and MIC from boycotting the meeting on Friday (8th March 2019).
“If I am being barred by them (MCA and MIC) from attending, then it’s best I absent myself to allow it to proceed,” he was reported by MalaysiaKini to have said during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today (6th March 2019).
While Nazri has no intentions of resigning from the post himself, he would step down if there was a unanimous decision for him to do so.
“I do not want to step down. But if they decide to remove me at the meeting, then so be it,”he said.
“At first I wanted to attend so we could discuss it as gentlemen face-to-face and if there is a charge against me, I can defend myself.”
He was also reported to have only took the post because for six months, nobody wanted it and Umno President Ahmad Zahid had offered it to him. He added that Khairy Jamaluddin had rejected the post back then too.
He was reported by MalayMail to have “thanked” MCA and MIC as now he would be criticised for abandoning the coalition as he is being pushed out by the said coalition partners.
MIC and MCA had released a joint statement on Tuesday (5th March 2019) that barred Nazri from attending the upcoming Barisan Nasional supreme council meeting to discuss the future of the coalition as Nazri’s appointment as Barisan secretary-general was unconstitutional and was not something formally discussed with the coalition’s supreme council.
“We are not against him personally. But this is about the party and unfortunately, MCA and MIC have different views compared to him.
“You already tell us to leave and now you expect us to ask you to stay. Don’t you think it’s idiotic?” Tan Sri S.A Vigneswaran was reported by The Star to have questioned.
“I think he understands, and he will do the right thing. His position will be determined,” added the MIC president.
Vigneswaran however did clarified it was not because of the PAS-Umno cooperation, noting that if DAP could cooperate with Parti Amanah Negara and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, MIC should also have no qualms with the cooperation.
“Nothing wrong with that. As long it is beneficial to the Indians, why not?” he said.