Election only after nation recovers

Ali Biju

KUCHING: Malaysia needs to recover first from the Covid-19 pandemic before it thinks about calling for a general election, said Energy and Natural Resources Deputy Minister Ali Biju.

“The nation is in crisis. A vicious pandemic, a devastated economy caused by the drastic measures we had to take to combat this unforgiving pandemic, and political uncertainties that threaten to destabilise our government.

“This triple whammy simply cannot be allowed to run unchecked. Strong leadership is needed in such crucial and drastic times. The Prime Minister has demonstrated that,” he said in a statement today.

Ali said while the narrative of the federal government as clinging to power through the Emergency declaration is being peddled across the aisle, it could not be further from the truth.

“Of course, this sudden invocation of Article 150 of the Constitution has thrown a spanner in the works of some quarters bent on politicking when the rest of the world is focusing on battling an invisible enemy that threatens millions of lives.

“And they are fuming. So it is expected that the next few days will see many objections and clever arguments to persuade and convince the public that the prime minister has not done the right thing.

“These quarters have put their own political self-interest above that of the nation. I can’t help but draw a parallel with how some Republicans in the United States of America are doing exactly the same thing; self over nation in the name of false patriotism,” he said.

The Saratok MP said, it was obvious that the nation would not want to be marred by political instability that would lead to a general election amidst a massive wave of Covid-19 infections.

“The Prime Minister did the right and logical thing and no amount of artful propaganda or cunning and foxy arguments can detract from this self-evident fact: Malaysia needs strong leadership.

“A leadership that is stabilising and firm in order to recover and heal before we can safely return to the rakyat for a fresh mandate,” he said.