KUCHING: The new government must now get down to the business of formulating and implementing policies that are people-centric and for the common good including steering the nation from a worsening economy.
As for the leaders and members of the opposition bench, they must be allowed to play their role as the loyal opposition by competing on policy levels including the formation of a shadow cabinet.
The Persatuan Pemangkin Daya Masyarakat (ROSE) chairperson Ann Teo said in the days of multi-party democracy, political parties must view and conduct themselves as competitors and rivals, instead of enemies.
“Ultimately as the Malaysian voters become smarter and more empowered they will determine each party’s fate in the next election,” she said in a statement today.
Teo who congratulated Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who has been appointed as the tenth Prime Minister, also acknowledged many Sarawakians voters who flew home despite the high costs of airfares and transportation to vote.
Meanwhile, others did more than just vote; as they volunteered as polling agent/counting Agent or as campaigners. Some also contributed financially to non-partisan initiatives to help students go home to vote such as our #JuhBalitNg undi initiative.
She added that there were also those volunteered as ‘flyers’ to bring home postal ballots from overseas Sarawakians and other Malaysians,”
The new government, Teo said, must look into the separation of the role of Attorney-General so that the current dual role of prosecution and government advisor is separated.
“While we push for greater accountability and transparency on the part of the government, it also means that we need to exercise our role as responsible citizens in re-building the community and nation.
“It is time for each of us to participate in the existing democratic processes and spaces that are available to us in the months ahead,” she said.