Calls for Muhyiddin’s resignation not politicking, essential for M’sia to move forward under “better” leadership

Chong Chieng Jen

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KUCHING, July 11: Calls for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s resignation is not politicking, but for another person better fit with the role to take charge of the country.

This is the view of Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen when he said the stepping down of Muhyiddin as Prime Minister is essential for Malaysia to move forward especially in this challenging time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The calling for the resignation of Muhyiddin is not politicking, but to put a better person in charge of the country for the sake of the people,” he said he said in a statement today.

Meanwhile, he believed Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s continuous support for PN government under Muhyiddin is “a fallacious statement”.

He said the present Prime Minister and his cabinet have proven themselves incapable and ineffective in managing the Covid-19 crisis.

“That is the reason why many have called for his resignation.

“No doubt, there may be some who wants him to resign for personal reasons but the great majority of Malaysians, including Sarawakians, wants his resignation because of his failure to manage the pandemic situation in this country,” he said.

Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman, emphasised that a country would be directionless or stirred towards the wrong direction when the policy makers, including the cabinet and the Prime Minister, make the wrong decisions.

He, thus, disagreed with the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS)’s support for the PN government despite the cries and sufferings of the people.

“GPS’ support for Muhyiddin will only prolong the suffering of the people and cause more lives to be lost unnecessarily, more businesses to go under and more people to go unemployed,” he added.

Abang Johari on behalf of GPS, in a press conference yesterday (July 10), reiterated the coalition’s support for the PN government under the leadership of Muhyiddin following the political turmoil in Putrajaya last week.

Last Thursday (July 8) in a Facebook live broadcast, Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi made a sudden announcement of Umno’s withdrawal of support for the loose ruling coalition of PN and called for Muhyiddin to step down from his post.

It came barely hours after Muhyiddin announced the appointment of Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Datuk Seri Hishammudin Hussein as deputy prime minister and senior minister, respectively.

Zahid also expressed Umno’s stand in refusing to name Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as candidate for prime minister, nor will it support any DAP or Pakatan Harapan (PH)-led government. — DayakDaily