KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 7 - Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah says he is considering an enlarged coalition to form a unity government if he wins the UMNO presidency.
The UMNO veteran says he sees himself as a leader who can bring together all the rival factions in Malaysian politics and forge a “safer road” for the country.
“I think I am quite acceptable to a lot of people. I can talk to all the various factions,” he told The Malaysian Insider.
He said he had brought up the matter of a unity government in meetings with opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang and DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang.
Over the next few weeks, he is expected to bring up the matter in discussions with Barisan Nasional leaders.
Tengku Razaleigh has offered himself as a candidate for the UMNO presidency, and is likely to take on Datuk Seri Najib Razak if, as expected, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi does not defend his post.- The Malaysian Insider