The pandemic-related socioeconomic and political crisis Malaysia is now facing is unprecedented. To save lives, livelihoods and the economy, it is time for the leaders of all political parties to come together to form a unity government that is inclusive and sustainable over the next few years.
Such a government will need to work on a set of national programmes that can benefit the rakyat and prioritise the revival of the economy, whose downward trajectory is now certain should the nation’s politicians continue to be divided and engaged in infighting.
The first step can be a national financial and budget consultative council to be set up to achieve a national consensus on the 2021 national budget that can be tabled and approved in the Dewan Rakyat. In this respect, the tabling of the 2021 budget scheduled for Nov 6 may be postponed by one month or more.
The next step can be for leaders of the government and the opposition to work to establish a unity government and formulate a national plan of action. The focus of the unity government should be on inclusiveness, good governance, and the mobilisation of the best talent in the nation to save lives and the economy as well as to maintain peace and harmony during this period of national crisis.
Declaring an emergency or going ahead with a snap general election, two actions that have been mooted in some quarters, are not only inappropriate, dangerous and ill-advised responses but such actions will also put the nation’s future at great risk.
A unity government bringing together leaders of the government and opposition provides the best opportunity not only to overcome the current crisis but also to reboot the nation’s politics towards reconciliation, security and reform.
TAN SRI MICHAEL YEOH
DATUK HALIMAH MOHD SAID
DATUK DR DENISON JAYASOORIA
PROF DR MOHD TAJUDDIN RASDI
DR LIM TECK GHEE
PROF TERENCE GOMEZ
DATUK KUTHUBUL ZAMAN
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