PBM president cites weak Cabinet, unity govt performance among criticisms

Larry Sng

KUCHING, Mar 1: Parti Bangsa Malaysia (PBM) president Larry Sng has cited a weak Cabinet as one of his comments on the Cabinet’s and the unity government’s performance.

Sng published a Facebook post today in which he expressed his opinions on the recent survey findings regarding the Cabinet and the unity government.

“In my opinion, it is still early days, and many of the new Cabinet ministers have only recently begun receiving briefings and have yet to make any notable decisions that will be remembered by the public,” he asserted.

He also claimed that the Cabinet lacks Malay support, stating, “Despite the government’s denial, after speaking with some political analysts, I suspect Malay support for this government is between 13 and 15 per cent, which is not surprising given the ‘green wave’ across the Malay heartland in the 15th general election (GE15).”

“It is also a weak Cabinet. More experienced politicians, such as Johari Abdul Ghani (former Finance Minister II), Dzulkefly Ahmad (former Health Minister), Yeo Bee Yin (former Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation), Syed Saddiq (former Youth and Sports Minister), Wee Ka Siong (former Transport Minister), and others, would have fared better in the Cabinet.

“The inclusion of some controversial Cabinet Ministers also has a negative impact on the overall image of this new administration,” he added.

Sng went on to say that “shorter honeymoon period” is another reason. In 2018, Pakatan Harapan (PH) had a six-month honeymoon period before public opinion began to decline, according to his explanation.

“This time around, the public may be more weary and skeptical, after having witnessed four different governments in the span of five years,” he added.

The PBM president continued stating that the next big test would be the state elections in six months.

“If the government loses badly, the prime minister (PM) may need to do a major reshuffle of his Cabinet, otherwise the viability of this government to remain in power for a full term will be cast into doubt,” he pointed out. — DayakDaily