Masing: Malaysia risks being like Afghanistan if MPs do not act together to fight Covid-19

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Aug 17: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing urges Malaysian MPs to be united against Covid-19 or “risk being a failed nation like Afghanistan” in which the capital city, Kabul was recaptured by the Taliban yesterday.

Masing, who is also Infrastructure and Ports Development Minister said Malaysian MPs should set aside their differences and fight Covid-19 instead of fighting with one another to gain power to the extent of causing Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to resign from his post as prime minister.

“We are at war with Covid-19 which kills hundreds and causes thousands of untold miseries among Malaysians, (yet) the administration is in disarray without its commander-in-chief (Prime Minister).

“As I write this note, I am watching CNN showing Kabul in ruins as (the) US (army) retreats in defeat in the advance of the Taliban army.

“I cannot believe my eyes that the most powerful nation on earth was made to retreat with their tail between their legs by the Taliban army.

“Malaysia could be in the same position.

“Instead of putting our feet firmly on the ground and fighting the deadly virus together, Malaysian MPs instead shoot each other, and worse still, throw out its ‘commander-in-chief’ in the midst of battle and cannot even find a new commander to replace him.

“Until and unless our MPs get their act together and put national interests above their own, Malaysia will not only become a failed state but a destroyed state lying in the shambles of a political mess,” he said in a statement.

Masing who is also Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president nonetheless expressed optimism that Malaysia can rise again to be a great nation if the leaders can kick out racism, religious bigotry and unfairness.

He also opined that the prime minister should be chosen by the people when a general election is to be held. — DayakDaily