UMNO vice-president Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin openly spoke against Perikatan Nasional (PN)’s proposal to form a grand coalition in government. This grand coalition would include PN, Barisan Nasional (BN), and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS). It was the suggestion of Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, the secretary-general of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu).
In a statement made yesterday, Khaled said that the formation of a grand coalition spanning the three coalitions involved is not necessary. He believed that such a setup only demonstrates a survival strategy. To him, it will do nothing more than obtain support from the country’s main political parties. It will not garner support from the masses.
“What guarantees that this ‘coalition over coalition’ will bring about the political stability that Malaysia needs? Malaysia needs a strong government with a real mandate without any further delay. Something that does not lead to such a goal is questionable and unnecessary,” Khaled said in the statement.
Khaled’s Comments on Political Cooperation
Khaled also called upon Hamzah to properly elaborate on the details of the grand coalition. He said that proper political cooperation would only come about through such a coalition cannot take place unless all parties involved reach a specific agreement as soon as possible. Khaled added that there must be a clear end goal. Every party in the grand coalition must try to achieve it.
“Perikatan, Barisan, and GPS must build strength through getting votes and a mandate from the people. The real strength of the government comes from the grassroots and the people, which is gained through a general election,” he said.
“In countries with advanced democracy, the establishment of a political coalition will only take place when the largest political party does not have enough seats to effectively run the country and this is normally done through an election.”
The current component parties of PN are Bersatu, PAS, and two parties based in Sabah. The two Sabah-based parties are Parti Progresif Sabah (SAPP) and Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR). BN and GPS are not currently part of PN.
Why Hamzah Promoted the Grand Coalition
Hamzah had previously claimed that the signing of a formal charter of political cooperation between PN, BN, and GPS would provide more political stability as well as a variety of benefits for all coalitions and component parties involved. He said that by signing this charter, the people of Malaysia would come to understand that the current government is capable of governing the country well. The charter would also serve as a symbol of political stability.
PN rose to power in the country following the resignation of former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in February. However, since then, PN’s time in power has had many incidents of severe political instability due to weak political ties with its allies.
12th December 2020 06:20
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