Prime Minister cum Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Tuesday denied the notion that the ruling coalition is falling apart and disintegrating.

“No, you are interpreting it wrongly. We will never allow (the BN to fall apart or disintegrate).

“We are like a football team… very aggressive but we play the same game. We are aiming at one goal–at the opponent–for us to win,” he told reporters after chairing the BN supreme council meeting at the Menara Datuk Onn here today.

To a question whether he was losing control of the coalition, he said this was not the case.

Issues in the BN, especially those concerning the UMNO Bukit Bendera division chief Datuk Ahmad Ismail, would be settled soon, he added.