KUCHING: An early general election is the best way to let the people decide who is suitable and fit to be the next prime minister, said a political observer.
Datuk Peter Minos pointed out that while Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s resignation was saddening, it was a good and wise move as he was forced out of office by a group of associates with some power crazy kleptocrats.
He said the appointment of Muhyiddin as a caretaker prime minister by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong provided a little relief.
“I do not see how Malaysia can now choose a fit and suitable prime minister; three of the contenders were and are being charged in court for criminal charges while the other is too old and not in sync with new things.
“I still feel that the best way is for an early general election and let the people decide. Malaysia will have herd immunity by October so Parliament can be dissolved and 60 days after that, the general election can be held.
“There seems to be no other choice because Malaysia cannot afford to be in an endless political turmoil,” he said in statement today (Aug 17).
Minos added that if Muhyiddin and his group won in the upcoming general election, he would be back as prime minister again.
He said Muhyiddin was still the fittest and best as he was of clean, straight, honest and humble character.
“After the general election, the new government still has a lot to do, such as continuing the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, reviving the battered economy, implementing all the political reforms as proposed by Muhyiddin as well as returning their rights under the Malaysia Agreement (MA63) to Sabah and Sarawak.
“The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has been very happy with Muhyddin as prime minister as he respects GPS and Sarawak. Hopefully, GPS will welcome him back as full prime minister. If it is someone else, I will not know how GPS and Sarawak will react because its experience of 22 months under Pakatan Harapan was not sweet but bitter,” he said.
Minos added that Sarawak must continue to maintain its political peace, stability and unity.
He stressed that the state could not let a political upheaval like in Malaya happen in Sarawak.
“We are well led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and we must maintain this. There cannot and must not be any power struggle or any kleptocrats who create political troubles for doubtful personal agendas like in Malaya.
“GPS is now doing well in getting Sarawakians vaccinated and opening the state’s economy. By February next year, when the emergency ends for Sarawak, we must get ready for our state election,” he said.