KUALA LUMPUR: The Barisan Nasional portrays a better representation of races within its component parties compared with the opposition coalition, its information bureau chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan said yesterday.
Ahmad, who is also deputy minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said although the prime minister of the day was required to be a Muslim, there was a practice of sharing power in the administration of this country.
"In the cabinet, there are representatives from almost all the BN component parties," said Ahmad, who is also Umno information chief.
He was speaking after a gathering with 300 members of Permuafakatan Majlis Ayahanda Malaysia (Permas).
Ahmad, who is also an honorary member of Permas, was responding to DAP national chairman Karpal Singh's remarks that a non-Muslim should be the next prime minister.
Permas secretary-general Zulkifly Shariff said that Karpal's comments showed that he did not understand the country's history.
"He refuses to understand on purpose. He does not respect the rule of thumb in this country and the sentiments of the majority of the rakyat," he said.
Karpal had recently suggested that there was no law barring a non-Muslim from becoming prime minister and suggested that DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng could be a potential candidate.