Ali and Willie’s appointments: Will it last?

Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin and Saratok MP Ali Biju (Dayak Daily)

By Emma Victoria

THERE is a saying that goes “pain is temporary as victory is forever”; however, this might not be the case for two federal lawmakers from Sarawak.

Saratok MP Ali Biju and Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin, who have been labelled as traitors by voters and netizens for leaving PKR along with Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali last month, are in a precarious position now .

They parted ways with Pakatan Harapan, along with State ex-chairman Baru Bian, when the duo decided to support Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the prime minister instead of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. However, Baru later threw his support behind Dr Mahathir but the damage was already done.

Ali and Willie have since been appointed into the new cabinet line-up as deputy ministers of Energy and Natural Resources and Primary Industries and Commodities, respectively. Many see it as a reward for switching sides.

University Malaya Associate Prof Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi said although it seems like they had won in the race, their victory may be temporary.

“There is no guarantee that their positions are going to last long. They might fail to get the support from the grassroots in the next general election. People voted for PKR or Pakatan Harapan (in the last election).

And now, they have jumped ship, hence, labelled as traitors,” he said.

They cannot remain in the Cabinet if people were to vote them out in the 15th General Election.

Although there is news claiming that both had joined Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), they are keeping mum over the issue.

Ali couldn’t be reached while Willie responded with a short reply via WhatsApp message by saying “No comment.”

Meanwhile, the newly appointed PKR Sarawak chairman Larry Sng said it was sad to see that there were individuals who are willing to sacrifice principles and honour in exchange for power and position, and justify their support for a back-door government.

“This (definitely) goes against the wishes of the people who voted for change and reform. I doubt the two ex-PKR MPs would make any impact under a Pas – Umno led federal government,” he said.

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