BN is ready for the next polls, said Prime Minister Najib. And the ruling party will not be intimidated by the ongoing sodomy trial of Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.
He made the statement a few hours before voters decide on who should represent them in two by-elections - Batu Sapi parliamentary seat in Sandakan, Sabah and Galas state seat in Gua Musang, Kelantan.
"We are willing to compete against anyone, this is democracy. Let the best party chosen by the people form the government," said Najib, who is also BN chairman (read here).
He made these remarks in a recorded interview on CNN's TalkAsia aired Wednesday night when asked by anchor Anna Coren whether Anwar, the former deputy prime minister, would be a threat to BN in the next general election.
Najib also refuted claims that the trial was politically motivated to keep Anwar, the current Opposition leader, out of the picture in the next general election, which some speculated would be held next year.
I must commend the premier for showing some guts, finally. He hardly comes down that sharp on Anwar and Gang.
I also hope what he said will have a positive impact on Batu Sapi and Galas. By the way, I dont think he simply chose the eve of polling for that interview...