PETALING JAYA: Newly-appointed Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri should direct his advice to his colleagues in the Perikatan Nasional government, says Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
The PKR secretary-general said the government had full rein to come up with policies to tackle the pandemic for almost two years, including declaring an Emergency which resulted in Parliament not being able to convene, but has not much to show for it.
"The Cabinet and the National Security Council can do anything and the people will follow regardless whether or not they support the moves.
"The people have been told to stay at home, no interstate nor inter-district travels; cannot go to work, go home for Raya or visit their parents and the people follow," he said in a Facebook post on Sunday (July 11).
Saifuddin, who is also Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP, said even with these rules in place, daily Covid-19 cases continue to record high numbers, the death toll is increasing and frontline workers growing even more fatigued.
He said the public healthcare system was struggling with the lack of beds as well as oxygen tanks and the people were struggling to make a living.
"Amidst these problems, Umno voted to withdraw its support while the Prime Minister appointed Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob as Deputy Prime Minister and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein as a Senior Minister to strengthen his hold on power," he said, adding that all those political moves had nothing to do with saving the people from the effects of Covid-19 to their livelihoods.
"It is best that the Deputy Prime Minister directs that advice to his colleagues in Perikatan and other relevant people around him," he said.
Saifuddin said this in response to Ismail Sabri's call for parties to set aside their political differences and focus on helping the people through the pandemic.
He said Covid-19 cuts across political differences and a member of any political party is vulnerable to it.
On July 7, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin appointed Ismail Sabri as Deputy Prime Minister while Foreign Minister Hishammuddin became a Senior Minister in charge of the security cluster.
Hours after the announcement, Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announced that the party was withdrawing its support for Muhyiddin.