Parties in Federal Govt should put politics on hold for now, says Jeffrey Kitingan


KOTA KINABALU: Allied parties in the Federal Government should put politics on the back burner for now, says Sabah STAR president Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (pic).

The Sabah Deputy Chief Minister said as allies of the Perikatan Nasional government, all parties should be strengthening the government, not blackmailing the Prime Minister.

“I am concerned such actions would invite opportunists to disrupt the functioning of the government just like what Parti Keadilan Rakyat's Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is doing,” he said in a statement late Monday (Oct 19).

“At a time like this when we are facing Covid-19 and economic crisis, why should we be adding another problem of political instability to the mix?” Jeffrey said.

“When is it ever going to end? I think they should be helping to strengthen the government rather than weakening it,” he added.

Commenting on the suggestion by Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Perjuang) to appoint their chairman and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as interim prime minister until the next general election, Jeffrey said it is an illogical proposal as there is nothing wrong with the current prime minister.

“If they said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin does not command the majority of the MPs, what makes them think Tun Mahathir does? He has only five MPs,” he said.

He also branded the call for a motion of no-confidence against Muhyiddin a waste of time as there is no guarantee the next prime minister will last long either.

Jeffrey warned that continued political turmoil and the bringing down of the government could result in the eventual enforcement of a state of emergency to stop the bickering and allow a smoother operation to combat Covid-19.

As for the current coalition government in Sabah, he said it had been agreed that the parties here would rather concentrate more on what is happening in Sabah presently.

“We are united in GRS, and our government is focused on fighting Covid-19 and turning around the economy for the welfare and benefit of the people,” Jeffrey said.

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