KUALA LUMPUR (June 26): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said national reconciliation can only begin the moment everyone, including Pakatan Rakyat, accepts the result of the 13th general election.
Najib, who was answering a question posed by Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang (DAP) on the government's "efforts, success and setbacks" on the reconciliation process, said the GE13 results were based on the federal constitution and there are due processes for any complaints.
"I remain firm that the premise of national reconciliation lies in all of us accepting the results of the 13th general elections.
"If you (the Opposition) are seeking national reconciliation as well, you must first accept the results of the general election.
He also said that the government will be proposing the establishment of the Consultation Council on Unity to address the racial polarisation issue from a broader perspective.
"The council will first focus on three things: addressing the racial polarisation issue from a broader perspective; strengthen inter-religion relations; and on how to develop socially inclusive policies. We might be discussing other issues as well under this council," he added.
The members of the council will comprise civil society representatives, academicians as well as members of the political parties from both sides of the divide.
However, Lim blasted Najib saying that post GE13, the BN-led government has not been on a mission of national reconciliation but of national retaliation, citing the closure of the internationally renowned Jonker Street weekend walk as part of the punitive measures against Chinese Malaysians who were perceived to have given their full support to Pakatan
Najib rebutted Lim's allegations saying that decision was up to the Melaka state government, adding that such banter can continue without achieving the goal of national reconciliation.
When questioned by Beruas MP Ngeh Koo Ham (DAP) on granting equal rights and fairness for Pakatn MPs and state assemblymen to utilise facilities such as schools, Najib avoided the question, saying: "There's no need to go into specifics."
"If you want to raise some issues, we can raise issues too. If you want that reconciliation, accept the results first," he said.