Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah

KUCHING: The country is facing huge challenges in containing the spread of Covid-19 pandemic as well as reviving the economy.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said these are more pressing needs that have to be addressed rather than squabbling over the prime minister’s position.

“We have to realise that the prime minister’s position and the issue of the person who will assume it is secondary. What is needed now is a stable government at the federal level.

“The country now is facing various challenges with Covid-19 and the economy where a focused leadership is needed to tackle these problems,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

Abdul Karim who is Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) vice president was echoing a similar sentiment shared by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on the dispute over the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Plus prime minister–candidate.

On Tuesday, the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman said the state government’s priority was bringing development to the state and its people.

“We are busy focusing on development. To me, that (prime minister’s post) is secondary,” he said, adding that the country needed a stable administration.

“So, why the need to bother about who will be the prime minister? If it is Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, he is already there (holding that post). So why bother?” he asked.

On Monday, PBB information chief Datuk Idris Buang said GPS had some reservations of the candidacy of Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) chief Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, who was pushed by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for the top job.

Idris said that while it was refreshing to see a prime minister nominee from East Malaysia, the sincerity of the nomination was doubted by other state leaders.