Muhyiddin needs to work harder towards national reconciliation, say political analysts


PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin may have received the backing of Umno but he should work harder towards national reconciliation, say political analysts.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia's politics and governance research group head Dr Mazlan Ali suggested that the Prime Minister should move towards national reconciliation to address issues facing the nation.

He also said it would be ideal for the Opposition to be consulted on matters of national interest following calls for a political ceasefire.

Dr Mazlan said the Perikatan Nasional government would remain "shaky" if it continued to depend on Umno's support.

Prof Dr Sivamurugan Pandian of the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, said that Umno’s decision to maintain the status quo would be valid only till the next general election.

"The president may have to address issues internally so that it can strengthen its position and play a bigger role as a supporter of the Perikatan government, ” he said.

He said Umno was politically mature to realise the need to abide by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s desire for all forms of politicking to cease.

While some felt that the Prime Minister had lost the moral authority to lead as the King had not given consent to the proposed state of emergency, Dr Sivamurugan pointed out that His Majesty had stated his confidence in the Prime Minister's able leadership in handling the Covid-19 pandemic.

"So for Umno, at a point when the country is facing national health crisis, it is better to retain its position in the government, at least until the crisis is over, ” he added.

On Umno's "No Anwar, No DAP” stand, Dr Sivamurugan said this put an end to confusion among party members, supporters and observers on where the party stood on this issue.

Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) political science lecturer Prof Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani said the Prime Minister should "reciprocate" Umno's support for Perikatan.

"The line of communication should be open between Perikatan and Umno in order to resolve all their differences.

"The good thing is that PM has time and space to renegotiate with Umno," he added.

Universiti Malaya's Prof Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi said the Perikatan government had become stronger with the support of Umno.

"However, Umno has the highest potential to topple Perikatan from within. There are some who are reluctant to withdraw support as they have interest in the Perikatan administration," he added.

He said Umno's rejection of working with PKR and DAP would reduce the chances of Pakatan Harapan from taking over the government.

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