Let’s clear Malaysia’s political chaos through fresh election

Let’s clear Malaysia’s political chaos through fresh election

Malaysia is facing an unprecedented level of political crisis. Parti Pribumi Malaysia (Bersatu), Azmin Ali and 10 MPs from PKR left the Pakatan Harapan coalition, leading to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad relinquish his position.

Then, his Majesty Yang Di Pertuan Agong, accepted the resignation of Tun Dr Mahathir, but re-appointed him as the ‘interim Prime Minister’ until a new Prime Minister and cabinet is chosen to lead the country.

Since Sunday, we only can witness/hear scores of speculation, suggestion/news reports from media, views from political experts, legal avenues from constitutional experts and even some suggest for a ‘fresh-election’ as a way to give mandate for the people to choose the government of the day.

Another suggestion surfaced when The Star Online reported that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is proposing to lead a unity government and has invited lawmakers from across rival political parties to join, according to political sources.

To counter this idea, Barisan Nasional and PAS suggested for Parliament to be dissolved.

In a special press conference on Tuesday (Feb 25), Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the power to decide should be returned to the people.

Quoting from Kadir Jasin’s blog article, ‘Tun Dr Mahathir appealed to Bersatu MPT members not to force him to abandon his principle and renege on his promise (to hand over power to Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim after the November APEC Summit).

‘Even Tun Dr Mahathir reiterated and explained the wide mandate the PH Presidential Council had given him at the meeting of February 21.

‘But sadly, Tun Dr Mahathir submitted his resignation because he felt that the majority of members of the party’s leadership council (Majlis Pimpinan Tertinggi) “listened more to his Political Secretary than him”, as claimed and suggested by Kadir Jasin, a veteran figure in the Malaysian media circle.

Then on Wednesday, Pakatan Harapan nominated Anwar Ibrahim as their Prime Minister candidate.

Today, when I’m writing, latest news is Dr Mahathir is set to return back as Bersatu Chairman, according to Bersatu secretary-general.

On Friday, the Rulers council is going to meet before Friday prayers.

It has been a roller coaster situation and never-ending solutions.

Everyone is asking What is Next? Who will be the Prime Minister? When the problem will be settled, Who is commanding parliamentary majority? What is Unity government? What is Non-Partisan.

A level of truly unseen and unprecedented level of politics Malaysia is facing for no reason and let’s reserve our blame game for now.

It’s not going to get better!

Day by day it is getting anxious among the public.

Let’s not forget, political uncertainty can lead to economic crisis, losing investor confidence and other economic issues.

The best possible way out is to dissolve the parliament and go for for a ‘fresh election’.

When Britain wanted to exit European Union, conservative Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May had so many issues to command a strong majority from Parliament.

They were delayed and non-supportive from Parliament.

Then Boris Johnson took over the helm, boldly called for a snap election, returned back to power with a bigger win and successfully managed to bring out Britain from the European Union.

If any of our political parties, veteran politicians and newcomers believe they have the guts in politics, then get yourself tested in the election.

Let the people decide through the ballot box!

Dino Gombak

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