If Muhyiddin survives confidence vote, striking two-year peace deal with Opposition will be his best strategy, says political analyst

PETALING JAYA: Reaching out to the Opposition for a peace deal of two years would be the best strategy for Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to avoid any political turbulence if he survives a confidence vote, says a political analyst.

Prof Wong Chin Huat, however, believed that the recent missteps by Muhyiddin would make any gesture of reconciliation with the Opposition extremely difficult now.

He said that nothing short of irreversible major political reforms, including AGC and Parliamentary reforms, and guarantee of free and fair elections at a prefixed date, could make any talk acceptable to the Opposition supporters.

“However, if Muhyiddin survives this round and he wants to save himself from future turbulence, reaching out to the Opposition for a peace deal of two years would be the best strategy,” he said when asked about a statement by Damansara MP Tony Pua who warned on possible ramifications of a political leader from Umno taking over the reigns from Muhyiddin.

Pua had said that while it was the best chance to bring down Muhyiddin, who allegedly betrayed the rakyat’s mandate, it looked as if Umno had positioned themselves to succeed Muhyiddin’s position if he resigned.

“And when any Umno leader becomes PM, wouldn't all the kleptocrats be set free (or possibly even regain power)?” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Aug 4).

He said that if Umno came to power again, they would further consolidate their political power to emerge even stronger after the next elections.

“Or, do we think a step ahead to stop the kleptocrats from getting away scot free, or worse regain political control and power, even if it means tolerating the incompetent and treacherous Perikatan Nasional govt in the hot seat just a little while longer,” said Pua.

He claimed this would check Umno, while Pakatan Harapan and the rakyat could get rid of Muhyiddin and Senior Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali in the next general elections.

“The future of the country is hanging in a balance. What happens in the next few weeks could have massive ramifications for years to come. Time to think long and hard,” said Pua.

Muhyiddin had said on Wednesday (Aug 4) that a motion of confidence will be tabled to determine the legitimacy of his position in the Dewan Rakyat in September.

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