Political crisis will destabilise nation

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KUCHING: Whether the claim by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in having the majority to form the federal government holds water, what’s certain is that it will be at the expense of the nation.

Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said with political instability, the economy would take a hit as investors would lose confidence in the country.

“What I am concerned about is that a political crisis will only affect the economy, scaring off investors and destabilise the nation.

“When Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) agreed to form the federal government, our intention was to stabilise the nation, they (Anwar’s group) is undoing that now,” he said on Wednesday.

Wan Junaidi was responding to Anwar’s claim of having the numbers to form the federal government through a hurriedly-called press conference earlier.

The Santubong MP however said none of the GPS MPs had defected from Perikatan Nasional and that there was no talk of a shift in government at the federal Cabinet.

“Even if he (Anwar) has the numbers he can’t change the government on his whims as currently, there is a sitting Prime Minister who can’t simply be dismissed.

“The Constitution is clear on this – Anwar can’t simply knock on the door of the palace and claim he has the numbers,” he said.

Wan Junaidi said what happened in late February when Perikatan Nasional (PN) assumed the government was different than the current situation as then Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had resigned, leaving the spot up for grabs.

“Now we have a prime minister and a working government. This Cabinet is here and the federal government is the rightful one.

“This means whatever government they have, it is not valid,” he said.

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