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By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, Mar 7: The motive of certain quarters looking to table a ‘no confidence’ vote against the prime minister in the upcoming parliament sitting on May 18 will only open old wounds and potentially create a new political crisis.
According to political analyst Datuk Peter Minos, all the processes taken to solve the political crisis and appoint a prime minister were legal and constitutional, asserting that there was no “backdoor” government.
Apart from that, Peter noted some people criticised the new Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government for having United Malays National Organisation (Umno) and Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (Pas) in, calling Umno as corrupt and Pas as religious extremists.
But, he pointed out that if Umno and Pas were not in the coalition, the PN government could not have been formed to replace a fallen and broken down PH government.
Peter stressed that the prime minister had to get partners to cobble and set up a new federal government.
“For those accusing Umno as corrupt and Pas as religious extremists, those being alleged as corrupt are now paying the price at the courts and it is not fair to call the whole Umno party as corrupt.
“As for Pas, not long ago those calling Pas as (a political party which is) religious extremist were in cahoots with Pas in trying to topple Barisan Nasional and so are playing hypocrisy,” he noted.
Of the 222 parliamentary seats, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) has 13, Pas has 18, and Barisan Nasional has 79.
Meanwhile, allies Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Gabungan Bersatu Sabah (GBS) have 19 and 3 seats respectively.
He opined that GPS had made a ‘good and smart’ move that solved the political turmoil in the country by choosing Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the prime minister.
“GPS sided the new PM because GPS was unhappy with Pakatan Harapan and (leaders) of Democratic Action Party (DAP) for playing hardball against Sarawak (government) in the 22 months they were in power.
“I would say that GPS and the chief minister did the right and correct thing under the circumstances.
“Some called it ‘a good and smart move’ and it was indeed,” he said in a statement.—DayakDaily