Sedar: Respect wishes of people, allow leader of largest elected bloc to form minority govt first

Dato Othman Abdillah

KUCHING, Nov 22: Respect the wishes of the greatest number of voters and allow the leader of the largest elected bloc to appoint a Prime Minister of a minority government first for the sake of democracy and stability of Malaysia.

Making this call, Parti Sedar Rakyat Sarawak (Sedar) president Dato Othman Abdillah said that it is obvious as had been proven since 2018 that the differences in ideology between the three main coalitions are too far apart to pretend that Malaysia can sustain a multi-coalition government.

“For one, the government will be bloated and inevitably include incompetent ministers,” he said in a statement today.

Othman opined that for the very least, all opposition or the major ones should come into a confidence and supply agreement (CSA) so that the country can function under a minority government.

“The minority Prime Minister will then be responsible to form a coalition majority government with other party or parties without succumbing to excessive and unreasonable demands,” he added.

Under the present circumstances, Othman also viewed that major party that represent Sarawak in Parliament will serve Sarawak’s interests better by remaining outside the Federal government, giving support to the minority Federal government through a CSA with conditions that the development budget allocation, the financial entitlement under the Constitution and shares in oil and gas exploitation be favourable to Sarawak.

Further, he pointed out that the Sarawak coalition seemed to be split on partnering with Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) and totally rejected working with Demoractic Action Party (DAP).

“How then, can it justify itself now to partner with either of them, lest it wishes to be known as feeble and fickle in its principles.

“The saying, ‘nothing is impossible in politics’ also means that it is possible to stick to principles and promises, not just to break them for the sake of power and position,” he said. — DayakDaily