Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi today said that PPP is free to leave Barisan Nasional since the government has no intentions of amending the Internal Security Act (ISA).
"We have no plans to amend (the ISA)... if that is their choice (to leave), what can we do," he told a press conference after chairing the BN supreme council meeting at the Putra World Centre in Kuala Lumpur.
Recently, PPP president M Kayveas had urged the government to amend the security law before the next general elections, failing which, he warned that his party will pull out of the ruling coalition.
Kayveas, who was not present at today's meeting, could not be reached for comment.
In an immediate reaction, PPP Youth chief T Murugiah expressed shock over the prime minister's statement.
"I don't know what to say, I'm speechless and surprised by it," he said when contacted.
"But i don't think Pak Lah meant what he said that we can leave because he's a nice man... but sometimes, what to do," said Murugiah, who is a deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department.
According to him, Kayveas would be the best person to comment further on the matter.
'We want to win'
In another development, Abdullah told reporters earlier that the BN supreme council did not discuss anything in detail regarding the controversial call by Umno Youth leader Mukhriz Mahathir to form a single stream education system, which will lead to the eradication of vernacular schools.
BN always adopts an open attitude on sensitive issues, said the premier in response to a question.
Quizzed on the speculations that he might not be stepping down in March, Abdullah said: "Don't raise this issue again. Nonsense, all sorts of speculations."
Apart from this, the premier said the supreme council, which met for three hours, also discussed the preparations for the Jan 17 Kuala Terengganu by-election.
Asked on BN's chances, Abdullah replied: "We want to win, we want to win."
"There must be some confidence, otherwise how can I say we want to win. The seat is ours, we have good support and we'll have to work hard."
On whether he expects a swing in votes for the opposition, he said: "Not at the moment... you don't know how the people are going to swing, voters have the habit of swinging at the last minute for us or somebody else."Abdullah said the supreme council had also discussed the BN convention scheduled to be held in January.
It's OK! PPP is always welcomed to join Pakatan Rakyat. :)