Mandate crucial to ensure stability

Prof Datuk Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman

KUCHING: The current Sarawak government needs a new mandate to ensure stability of the state administration.

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) assistant vice-chancellor (leadership and development) Prof Datuk Mohd Fadzil Abdul Rahman said without a fresh mandate, the government would be prone to issues stemming from illegitimacy.

“A close example is the current Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government which has been labelled as a ‘backdoor government’. Whatever they are doing, despite adhering to the constitution, they are exposed to issues.

“A mandate shows the support of the people towards a government,” he told New Sarawak Tribune in a telephone interview on Thursday (July 29).

Fadzil said with the support of the people and the majority attained in Parliament or the state assembly, a government would be able to make convincing decisions.

“This will certainly lend an advantage to the administration. So in this context, it is crucial to get the mandate of the people as well as two-thirds majority.

“By doing so, there will be no disputes and issues such as a weak government as it is represented by leaders who are chosen by the people,” he said.

Meanwhile, Universiti Malaya (UM) political analyst Assoc Prof Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi said a mandate comes with the power to govern and make legislations.

“The current mandate for Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is from his predecessor Pehin Sri Adenan Satem who won big in the last state election.

“As long as the state election is not held, then the mandate of Adenan is still ongoing despite now being in a period of Emergency as the state election could not be held,” he said.

Awang Azman said with the government in power beyond its state legislature term which ended on June 6, it is only in place due to the Emergency as a care-taker or an interim government.