PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and his Perikatan Nasional allies need to learn to be an authoritative Opposition instead of whining, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
The Barisan Nasional chairman and Deputy Prime Minister said Muhyiddin, who is Perikatan chairman, is unable to accept the fact that he failed to become prime minister and form the government.
In a Facebook post on Sunday (Dec 4), Ahmad Zahid said the appointment of the Prime Minister and subsequently Cabinet ministers required the approval of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
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“Muhyiddin needs to respect these appointments. His actions and those of his allies who try to dispute them is a reflection of their true face ... (they) do not respect the institution of the Malay Rulers.
“Muhyiddin and his allies should be ashamed of appearing to be so power-crazed that they are willing to dispute the decisions of the Rulers.
"They ought to emulate DAP, which cares more about the interests of the country than the interests of the party and individuals (in) moving forward to (be part of) the unity government proposed by the Agong,” he said.
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He urged Perikatan leaders to similarly respect the process of appointment, and the decisions of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Conference of Rulers.
Ahmad Zahid stressed that the new government is not a Pakatan Harapan government.
“The unity government is ... a combination of the largest party and other parties that won the election working with other parties to build the country and govern better than previous governments,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid also stood by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s appointment as Finance Minister.
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“Anwar is known to be a high achiever who has managed Malaysia's finances and economy and has had a budget surplus, generating income exceeding national expenditure.
“Anwar has also been recognised as the world's best Finance Minister by Euro Money Magazine and Asia's Best Finance Minister by Asia Money Magazine.
“Malaysia won the title of The Asian Tiger among Asian countries when he was Finance Minister.
“It is certain that foreign investors are more confident to invest when Anwar holds the position of Finance Minister,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid said these achievements were beyond Muhyiddin, whose problematic management of the country earned it the label of "kerajaan gagal" (failed government).
“Now, Muhyiddin is faced with various scandals (from) when he was prime minister and this is why he is so scared and desperate to regain the post that he was willing to violate customs and manners in criticising Istana Negara since the start of the process of naming the Prime Minister,” he said.
On Friday (Dec 3), Muhyiddin labelled the Cabinet line-up announced by Anwar as “the most disappointing in the country’s history”.
He said Anwar had reneged on the promises of good governance he touted during the GE15 campaign period.
He was critical that Ahmad Zahid, who has been ordered to enter his defence in court on 47 criminal charges of corruption, breach of trust and money laundering, was appointed Deputy Prime Minister.
He also said Anwar being Finance Minister led to the centralisation of power and possible large-scale corruption as in the 1MDB case.