PETALING JAYA: The Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (Abim) has hit out at Barisan Nasional secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa for suggesting a snap election as an option to end the current political uncertainty.
Abim president Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz said that the rakyat and frontliners are struggling to stop the spread of Covid-19 and it would be irresponsible to hold a snap poll now.
“The current spike in cases and clusters following the recent Sabah state elections should serve as a lesson, with their disastrous effect on the rakyat that in turn has led to a backlash against political leaders," he said in a statement on Tuesday (Oct 20).
On Monday (Oct 19), Annuar said that a general election could be an answer if discussions between Umno and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) do not end well for either.
The Ketereh MP also said that if there was still a slim majority in Parliament, then the country should head for a general election.
Faisal, however, noted that on Oct 18 the country had almost a 50% spike in new Covid-19 cases, with the cumulative total breaching the 20,000 mark.
"The situation will be worse if a nationwide general election is held," he added.
He also praised political leaders who have refused to name any candidates for the upcoming Batu Sapi by-election after it fell vacant following the death of its incumbent Datuk Liew Vui Keong, the former law minister.
"However, the feeling of responsibility must be upheld consistently to ensure that there will be no snap poll, and that the welfare of the rakyat should always be protected.
"Those parties which want a snap poll must first fulfil their promises to the people and should not victimise the rakyat due to their failure to manage their political affairs properly," Faisal said.
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