KOTA KINABALU: The Perikatan Nasional-led Federal Government should consider including opposition MPs in the Cabinet to bring about political stability at a time when the country is battling the Covid-19 pandemic, say Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia (pic).
The former Dewan Rakyat speaker said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should consider a “unity government” during this period as the current political climate was not conducive for a snap election.
He said one option would be to suspend Parliament (prorogue under Article 55(2)) for the general safety of all Malaysians to avoid a general election being called.
“If Parliament is prorogued, it should not be on the excuse of prolonging the Perikatan government but for the safety of Malaysians.
“As proof that the Perikatan government is serious and committed to tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, it is best for the Perikatan government to undertake a Cabinet reshuffle and invite the opposition Pakatan Harapan leaders to be part of the Cabinet, ” he said.
This way, Pandikar said that politicking could be temporarily halted until the Covid-19 situation ebbs.
He said the just concluded Sabah state elections was a clear example of the threat the virus posed with the country now was facing a third wave of the pandemic, which was previously under control.
Furthermore, he said, Malaysia’s political situation remained unstable with lots of uncertainties.
“In less than three years, we have seen three change of governments - Barisan to Pakatan, and then to Perikatan.
“This in itself proves that there is instability and it is unhealthy for the economy of the country that is now being challenged by Covid 19, ” said Pandikar, the de facto leader of Usno.
He said the latest political development with the bid by Pakatan to form the next government also cast doubts among the people on whether the Perikatan government could pass the federal budget for 2021 that was due soon.
If Parliament fails to approve the 2021 budget, Pandikar said that there were two constitutional options - dissolve Parliament or prorogue Parliament.
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