By S. Harrish
PRIME Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been urged to reset the political impasse facing the country now by making Parliament the avenue for genuine cooperation and consultation with the opposition.
DAP senator Liew Chin Tong said this was for the greater good of the nation in this time of the Covid-19 crisis.
To smoothen the process, he said two senior ministers, Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin and Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, would have to be sacrificed for the goodwill of all parties across the aisle to move forward in a bipartisan manner.
He said in a statement that the government should not fear Parliament and must not treat the opposition as the enemy of the state.
Liew added that Muhyiddin had an opportunity to turn the crisis into the new birth of Malaysian parliamentary democracy.
He said Muhyiddin should stop relying on Hamzah as his chief political operator as the latter doesn’t understand the new political reality after Umno was defeated in the general election.
“The move to push for an emergency rule is reportedly another of Hamzah’s ventures, with Azmin openly defending it. But I was still stunned when Muhyiddin went along with it and presented it to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
“To foster goodwill for bipartisanship, Muhyiddin should ask Hamzah and Azmin to resign to take responsibility for wrongly advising the King and also for creating the toxic political atmosphere that led to the Cabinet decision of pushing for emergency rule.”
He said that with the departures of Hamzah and Azmin from the Cabinet, cooperation among the governing PN coalition parties will improve, and a genuine working relationship with the opposition would be fostered.
Meanwhile, PKR MP Wong Chen called on Muhyiddin to either resign or sack two of his senior ministers, to officially close the “state of emergency crisis chapter”.
In a Facebook post today, Subang MP Wong Chen said there was much talk that the two senior ministers were influencing Muhyiddin in his decisions.
He said this was the first time that the Malay rulers have rejected a prime minister’s proposal.
“Either the prime minister resigns or he sacks the said two senior ministers for this audacious attempt to subvert democracy in Malaysia,” he added.
“That should be the appropriate closure to this ugly chapter of a manufactured emergency crisis. There must be consequences for such actions or our beloved country will continue to suffer the politics of impunity,” he said.