Senior minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said a general election will be a good solution to put a stop to the current political uncertainty.
He said the uncertainty was due to the instability of the Perikatan Nasional government with a slim majority in the Dewan Rakyat.
He said Perikatan Nasional often receives continuous pressure from the opposition.
“Overall, today’s government today is not a strong government. Therefore, for me the best way (to resolve the current issue) is to give back to the people to make the decision,” he was quoted as saying.
Ismail said he is convinced that Perikatan Nasional would be able to win in facing the possibility of having a general election now.
He also claimed that the opposition was not interested in focusing to stabilize the government amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
He voiced his concern over the hardship faced by people. “I recently went to a hotel for dinner. It was only 10 pm and the restaurant was closed.
“I asked them, I give you permission to operate until 12 midnight, why close (now)? He said it was meaningless to stay open if no one came.
“This shows that recovering business will take some time. This should be a time when we work together regardless of the party because it involves the interests of the people but the opposition is more concerned with politics,” he added.
He said the fate of the prime minister was at the hand of the MPs, not with the people. He said the Perikatan Nasional government should be given ample time to govern the country, until the end of term, at least.
Ismail said, the general election should be called at least by 2023.
“In the hands of the people, there is no issue but because in the hands of lawmakers, the difference of the number of MPs (PN and PH) is not that much.
“That is why I think if that is the opposition wants, so it is best that we give it to the people to make their choice.
“Because the opposition (Pakatan Harapan) said they were accepted by the people and we (Perikatan Nasional) said we are accepted by the people. So let the people decide who they really are, ”he said.
Perikatan Nasional has been criticized harshly after its formation; as it was formed illegally with the mandate from the people.
Ismail’s suggestion was supported by Umno vice president Mahdzir Khalid, who said that the uncertainty would be answered clearly if the general election was held.
Mahdzir agreed, he said, especially on the differences in the number of MPs between the government and the opposition.
“Nowadays there are a lot of questions, how many lawmakers, how many opposition MPs, so this election needs to be held in order for us to have a solid government in the support of the MPs.
“I am a member of the Parliament of Padang Terap and also fully support Tan Sri Muhyiddin (Yassin) as prime minister,” he was quoted as saying.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is reportedly preparing for a snap election, earlier this year, to seek a mandate for the Perikatan Nasional.
Citing sources, the media reported the PPBM president had stated the matter at party top Council (MPT) meeting on June 4. This was followed by a series of briefings with the division chiefs over the next few days.
Former Prime Minister Najib Razak also has described re-election as the best way to improve Malaysia’s political turmoil.
He said the Perikatan Nasional does not have a stable majority. This may cause the government to collapse at any time, he added.
22nd June 2020 15:54
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