PETALING JAYA: PKR has been told to stop the infighting and start governing.
The infighting is “distracting and disgusting”, says National Patriots Association (Patriot) president Brig-Jen (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji (pic).
He suggests Parti Amanah Negara, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and DAP leaders mediate the feud between Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.
“The people are not interested in their bickering over the right to be the next prime minister,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Mohamed Arshad listed several national concerns that the political leaders could focus on, including the RM1.09 trillion national debt, household debt to GDP ratio of 83% and poor education standards.
Other issues include local authorities’ poor response to environmental disasters and the sidelining of Orang Asli.
“The points mentioned above are enough to jolt our politicians from their delusive thoughts that power is their right,” he said.
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang warned that Pakatan Harapan would lose the next general election if the infighting was not contained.
Lim said Pakatan must take heed of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s warning to be prepared to lose power and be the Opposition again if the feuding continued.
“We need to ask ourselves: Will we continue to be given the people’s mandate if we continue to fight among ourselves?” Lim said in a statement yesterday.
During the PKR retreat in Port Dickson on Friday, Dr Mahathir said all leaders should put aside their differences and be wary of opportunists.
He pointed out that the people’s expectation for the Pakatan Harapan government to perform and deliver was high.
Lim said Pakatan parties must be a natural government coalition which got along together.
“Although 14 months in power as the Federal Government, Pakatan is still not a natural government coalition.
“The coalition must not only win the 15th General Election but also the subsequent general elections to complete the mission of New Malaysia becoming a top world-class nation respected by the international community,” he said.