I DON’T expect Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to say anything worthwhile or good about the few-months-old unity government helmed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
He said recently that the unity government is hopeless, lacks direction and mostly importantly has no answer of the decline of the value of the ringgit, the state of the economy and the sad plight of the B40 community.
Muhyiddin also claimed that it was Anwar’s inability to address these – and other issues – that had given rise to instability in the country.
I don’t think that Anwar has downplayed the economic and financial problems of the country. He might be in power for a for few months, but he is certainly not resting on his laurels.
There is constant and relentless search for enduring political, economic and political stability.
Muhyiddin might criticise the Anwar administration but he must also realise at the same time that his PN coalition is the major source of instability in the present government.
Muhyiddin must also realise that he cannot hide his hands behind his back after throwing the stones at the unity government.
The infamous Sheraton Move not only dethroned the legitimate Pakatan Harapan government but provided propitious circumstances for the PN government to amass wealth under the cruel conditions the COVID-19 pandemic.
In fact, this illegal generation of wealth is presently subject to investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
The PN government under Muhyiddin could not last for more than two years.
The subsequent government under Barisan Nasional (BN) merely compounded the economic and social problems of the country.
The problems faced by the unity government is not the doing of Anwar’s leadership; rather, it was the spillover from the previous PN and BN governments.
What Anwar is trying to do is to address the myriad economic and social problems left behind by the present “heroes” in the PN coalition headed by none other than Muhyiddin.
Anwar is not pretending that he has all the answers, but solutions have to be sought in the political process that is unfolding under difficult circumstances.
PN is certainly is not providing the stable circumstances for Anwar to address the economic and social woes of the country.
It was certainly not Anwar or the unity government that was responsible for the creation of the country’s whopping RM1.5 trillion debt.
It was not just Muhyiddin, but leaders in the past, among them Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob who are responsible for the country’s present debt.
Muhyiddin himself knows that the present instability – real or imagined – is caused by self-seeking politicians like himself.
If he can join hands with Mahathir to destabilise Anwar, then the public should know the kind of desperate leader he is.
The present unity government was not forged under ideal political climate but it was formed to ensure political stability and mostly importantly to thwart the grand designs of the PN coalition to constitute a government under dubious sworn affidavits.
In the final analysis, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had the final say as who will form the government after the last general elections.
Muhyiddin should not be the proverbial “sour grape” simply because the government had slipped away from PN’s grasps.
If there is instability in the country today, perhaps Muhyiddin can do his part and restrain the PN coalition from going berserk over race and religion.
Is he prepared to do this? PN is part of the problem and not the solution. – June 29, 2023
Prof Ramasamy Palanisamy is the DAP state assemblyman for Perai. He is also Deputy Chief Minister II of Penang.
The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.
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