SUPP Stakan: General election will solve economic slowdown caused by political turmoil

Sim Kiang Chiok

KUCHING, Feb 25: A proper solution to the current political crisis faced by Malaysia should be solved via the ballot box, opines Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Stakan branch.

Stakan branch chairman Sim Kiang Chiok was echoing the call of SUPP Secretary General Datuk Sebastian Ting’s suggestion who asserted that a general election should be called to solve the current political crisis.

“The situation today sees the Agong making an unprecedented move of appointing an Interim Prime Minister with no cabinet and no real power to run the country,” Sim said in a statement.

With Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad essentially running a one-man show, Sim opined that there is a real threat that investors will keep bailing out of Malaysia, causing further weakening of the ringgit and this in turn may cause untold damages to the economy and general wellbeing of the people.

“Some have argued that the General Election is costly and is undue stress on the national coffers and taxpayers money.

“However should matters turn from bad to worse in terms of the overall economy, the country could still go bankrupt by not having an election and Malaysia could ill-afford either one of these scenarios.

“A general election takes away the pressure on the constitutional monarch. It allows the country to move on and spending during the elections will some what become a proverbial shot in the arm for the domestic economy, easing pressure and generating confidence from would be investors.

“So the extra cost that these badly needed polls would incur is well justified particularly if it helps us avoid unnecessary racial tensions and economical disasters whilst simultaneously steering the country to a recovery and greater stability,” Sim said.— DayakDaily