Tok Mat: Call snap polls to resolve uncertain political situation

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  • Thursday, 25 Jun 2020

SEREMBAN: The Prime Minister should take a cue from his Singaporean counterpart and call for a general election to allow the people to choose a new government, says Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (pic).

He said the Perikatan Nasional government needed to do this immediately as the country faced a never-seen-before level of political instability post-Merdeka.

"So, it is best if the Perikatan Nasional government led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin seeks to dissolve Parliament immediately and give the power back to the people to decide the country's future.

"It is important that this is done immediately as the country has never seen such political instability after independence," he said in a statement.

On Tuesday (June 23), Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he decided to call the general election on July 10 while the Covid-19 situation was relatively stable in order to "clear the decks" and give the new government a fresh five-year mandate.

After the election, Lee said the new government would be able to focus on the national agenda, including handling the pandemic, the economy and jobs, as well as the difficult decisions that would need to be make.

Under the island republic's constitution, the election must be held by next April at the latest.

Mohamad said Lee's decision was a correct one to ensure a government with a strong mandate.

"The country's development, prosperity and competitiveness will depend greatly on its political stability.

"A politically-stable nation will also have an impact and influence many things, such as attracting investors, spurring economic growth and maintaining social order," he said.

The Rantau assemblyman said the government currently faced a lot of difficulties, such as approving legislation and tabling a budget critical to rejuvenating the economy.

"Efforts to rejuvenate the economy, to create jobs and increase our competitiveness will not happen unless we have a stable government and a parliament which can effectively carry out its check and balance role.

"We cannot allow our country to be dragged through such uncertainties, with the possibility of a change in government after every few months.

"This is not healthy for the country," he said.

He said only a government with a strong mandate and a comfortable majority in Parliament can function well and focus towards reviving the economy and other "unprecedented" challenges it would face post-Covid-19.

Malaysia, he said, was a parliamentary democracy and the real power was in the hands of the people and not in the "blocks" created by politicians according to the whims and fancies of politicians.

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