27th February 2020
RESPECT THE MANDATE OF THE PEOPLE FROM GE14
Four days after the engineered coup to derail the Pakatan Harapan government sees an impasse in forming a majority government. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has suggested a ‘unity government’ comprising individual MPs and not party representation with him possibly as the prime minister. The idea of the unity government is not pragmatic and even undemocratic. He himself as the PM holds the power. In essence, it is autocracy.
As PH is the group having the most number of supports of MPs, it should be given the chance to form government, even a minority government. A snap election should be avoided as it is costly, and we cannot afford to wait several months for a new government and cabinet to settle in, especially during the current uncertainties where our economy is very much at stake.
Patriot would like to see the mandate of the people from the GE14 respected, as it is truly democratic. A backdoor government formed with opposition parties is undemocratic. Neither is the proposed so-called ‘unity government’. All politicians must respect the principles of democracy.
BG Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji (Rtd)
President, Persatuan Patriot Kebangsaan