There’s still hope for inclusive Malaysian politics

The opposition and the govt sign MOU to work together instead of always politicking.
BY PETRONELLA FELIX

KUCHING: The recent bipartisan memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the federal government and Pakatan Harapan (PH) on Sept 13 is very much needed by the country at the moment, said Dr Arnold Puyok, an academician with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas.

He pointed out that although the historical six-point MoU on political stability and transformation was well-received by the public, the MoU was dismissed by some parties, including the Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) and Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan).

“The MoU is important as it paves the way for more future cooperation between the government and the opposition.

“We cannot afford to see the continuing bickering between our political leaders as we are rebuilding the economy and stabilising our politics,” said Arnold, who is also a political analyst.

He added the signing of the MoU showed that there was still hope for an inclusive politics and political maturity in Malaysia.

Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) president, Lina Soo on Sept 17 also criticised the MoU, saying that it did not contain legally enforceable promises, unlike a contract

She was sceptical that PH would respect the MoU.

She pointed out that it did not honour its election manifesto when it was the government of the day.