By Emma Victoria
PROGRESSIVE Democratic Party (PDP) president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing urged opposition leaders to stop their desperate drama to seize power again and again and repeatedly entangling the rakyat in their attempt to form yet another new government.
He said the country is facing another wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and a resulting economic downturn, thus, everyone needs to work together and get back on course to economic development and growth so people’s lives can return to normal.
He slammed PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s latest stunt which claimed PDP MPs had supported the latter to take over the government.
“It is extremely laughable to see the names of two PDP MPs including myself in his (Anwar) dubious list swirling on social media of parliamentarians who purportedly support his intention to take over the government,” he said in a statement.
“This is a fake news. In fact, much of the related information published on those portals are vague and speculative. With nothing confirmed, I urge the people not to fall prey to nonsensical speculations,” said the Bintulu MP.
“Why is Anwar’s camp so interested in using our names without permission? We might be only a minor component partner, but we have integrity and principles. Unlike some parties who will go along with whoever the PM-elect is,” he said.
Tiong, who is also the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to the People’s Republic of China said, many of the ousted Pakatan Harapan leaders who have been attacking Perikatan Nasional as a ‘backdoor government’ seem to be the same people who are planning a real backdoor takeover of the government.
He said it was the PH’s own collapse that made it necessary to bring on PN. And now, some people continue to recruit troops to fulfil their own dream of becoming PM, even through the dastard move of a ‘backdoor government’.
He reiterated that all politicians must put the people and country first as their priorities.
“They must immediately stop all actions that can disrupt the foundations of the nation, instead devote all resources and efforts towards battling the Covid-19 and put us back on economic revival. We have to rebuild stable political and economic platforms for the people, so they may live and work in peace.”
“During the PH regime, our country’s reputation in the international community had been jeopardised. Now it is up to us to review these past mistakes, repair our credibility and reputation as an Asian Tiger and ensure that this housecat can recover and compete once more in the global economy,” he added.
Tiong said it is hoped that all politicians, including those of the opposition, can work together to support Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at this vulnerable moment to revive the nation.