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Friday, September 30, 2022

Support PM fully if people must make do with ‘chaotic’ govt, Waytha tells Loke


P Waytha Moorthy says Loke Siew Fook should not ‘blow hot and cold as and when it suits him’ on the issue of supporting the government.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Advancement Party president P Waytha Moorthy has called for Pakatan Harapan (PH) to give Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yakoob its full support if it believes that the public should accept the current government.

On Wednesday, DAP secretary-general Loke Siew Fook had said Malaysia must make do with the current “chaotic” government as it remains unfeasible to hold the general election (GE15) in the coming months.

While noting that it was crucial to elect a capable government to resolve the problems plaguing the nation, Loke said holding GE15 soon would only burden the people as the monsoon season was approaching.

In a statement today, Waytha said: “If there is a need to maintain a chaotic government, then the entire PH must give Ismail a blanket mandate to govern without hindrance until the situation is conducive for elections.

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“Loke is degrading the intelligence of the people by blowing hot and cold as and when it suits him.

“While I agree the floods may be a factor, there are other pertinent justifications that must be considered.”

He noted the infighting between Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin and Ismail, who is an Umno vice-president.

Umno and Bersatu are among the key parties in the coalition government that Ismail is leading.

Waytha, a former national unity minister, said that unless the government had a strong mandate to act boldly, it would not be able to tackle issues such as the rising cost of living, the weakening ringgit, and the economic problems faced by the B40 community.

“Under such circumstances, any leader would immediately call for a general election and seek the return of mandate to the rakyat in the larger interest of the country and its people,” he said.

He cited the example of the UK, where elections were not due until 2024, saying the opposition there were pushing for polls now due to the fall in the value of the pound sterling as a result of major tax cuts, rise in interest rates, and inflation. - FMT

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