PETALING JAYA: The is no need to appoint the two Perikatan Nasional (PN) assemblymen as state excos in the Melaka government, Barisan Nasional (BN) deputy chairman Mohamad Hasan said today.
He added that this was especially with BN having obtained a two-thirds majority in the recent Melaka state election, Utusan Malaysia reported.
“If we didn’t contest together then why do we need to ‘eat together’, especially after we achieved this victory on our own?” he told reporters after attending an event in Seremban.
“If we were short of seats then it might be necessary but we have more than enough representatives among us to be appointed as state excos.
“For me there is no need. If this is brought up to the party leadership, I will question such a need because I am a senior leader of the party.
“If I am satisfied with the answer, only then will I be okay with any such proposal to include the PN reps,” said the former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar who is commonly known as Tok Mat.
Melaka chief minister Sulaiman Md Ali had previously said the status of the two PN assemblymen is yet to be decided and that the matter has to be discussed among the BN leadership.
They also had to consider that BN contested the Melaka polls on their own.
Meanwhile, Mohamad, who is also Umno deputy president and BN elections director, said it is not unusual if the understanding and cooperation between parties existed at the national level but not at the state level.
“This is nothing new although in Malaysia it could be a first.”
He added that any move by the Melaka government to table the inclusion of the two PN reps will be scrutinised.
“If they justify the need, we will agree. We do not intend to make matters hard for anyone but there must be a justification,” Mohamad said.