Will Muhyiddin include Zahid in federal cabinet?

Peter John Jaban

KUCHING, March 3: Solidarity Anak Sarawak (SAS) spokeperson Peter John Jaban believes that people are waiting to see if Prime Minister Tan Sri Mahyiddin Yassin will include Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is facing multiple graft charges in the cabinet.

Peter John noted that the people had watched this whole process of political wrangling with peaceful acceptance that avoided the violent clashes that characterise politics in other parts of the world, in hopes that all the politicians learned from these lessons.

He explained that nobody has won, not the people especially, and they are waiting for the new Prime Minister to reveal his new selection of cabinet members.

“Will he include Zahid Hamidi (who is former Deputy Prime Minister), trailing his multiple corruption charges, or Hadi Awang with his Mercedes and his inflammatory rhetoric against all non-Muslims and especially the indigenous people of Sarawak.

“We all wait to see whether (former Prime Minister Datuk Seri) Najib Razak and (Datin Seri) Rosmah (Mansor) will use their now considerable resources to walk free and also to see whether the remnants of Pakatan Harapan (PH) can remember the promises that they made to the people and put up a stiff opposition when parliament reconvenes,” said Peter John in a statement today.

He pointed that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) are also under the watchful eyes of the people, to see whether they seek justice and harmony for the Borneo States or a position for themselves.

“But they should all remember that another election will be coming, whether they like it or not. Hopefully then, all Malaysians will be united on the issues that matter,” he added.

Peter John said that after one of the most dramatic weeks in the history of Malaysian politics, there are things that bind the whole nation together still and can be the basis for the next few steps to move forward.

“First, Malaysians abhor the image of their country as a haven for kleptocrats and thieves. We all hate the international headlines that paint us as the victims of a greedy and corrupted government, and we long for due process to be served and the name of Malaysia to be mended.

“Second, despite holding a sincere and devout faith in the face of an increasingly secular world, I firmly believe that most Malaysians abhor the idea of religious extremism in our multi-cultural nation. We might each hold to our beliefs, but we respect those of others. We are harmonious people by nature,” he said.

He called on Malaysians to stay united and move on. — DayakDaily