Umno Deputy President, Mohamad Hasan said the Perikatan Nasional Government (PN) led by the Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin needs to get a new mandate from the people through the 15th General Election (GE-15).
He said, he supported Muhyiddin’s wish for GE-15 to be held as soon as the outbreak of Covid-19 ended, which he described as accurate.
“The thin majority of the current PN government is often questioned and the situation is not so good.
“Therefore, the new mandate from the people is important because the people want to see that the government must be a government with a strong mandate.
“The people are aware that a government with a thin majority will not bring good, so the intention expressed by the Prime Minister is a good thing, for me it is good because to get a mandate from the people, not at the insistence of any party,” he was quoted as saying.
Last Saturday, Muhyiddin, who is also the President of Bersatu, said that the government intends to hold GE-15 as soon as the Covid-19 pandemic in the country ends.
He said his government would hand over the mandate to the people when the time came to do so.
He said, if he did not think about the worrying situation of the Covid-19 case at this time, he himself planned to take steps to dissolve Parliament.
“Some are of the opinion that the 2021 Budget should be rejected to allow the General Election to be held.
“There is no need to do so. If you ask me, maybe yesterday I advised His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to dissolve Parliament to allow elections held.
“But we all know the problem is Covid-19. God willing, if GOD allows when the Covid-19 pandemic ends, we will hold a general election.
“We return the mandate to the people, and let the people decide to choose the Government they want,” he said.
He said this while speaking at the 2020 Annual General Assembly which was held virtually and broadcast live via the party’s Facebook today.
In a split vote, the Dewan Rakyat today successfully passed the 2021 Budget Bill (RUU) at the management expenditure committee of the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM).
However, the advantage of the vote is not as big as it shows that today’s PN government is shaky. The turnout saw 105 in favor and 95 against, while 20 MPs were absent.
Those who were not present at the government bench during the voting at about 2pm today include former prime minister Najib Razak (BN-Pekan), Umno president Zahid Hamidi (BN-Bagan Datuk) and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (BN-Gua Musang).
30th November 2020 18:13
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