By S. Harrish
THE Perikatan Nasional government is not strong and is facing constant pressure due to its razor thin majority, and these problems can best be resolved only in a snap poll.
Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said PN should be given the chance to complete its term but conceded that this was unlikely to happen due to constant pressure from the opposition.
“The Opposition is still pressuring us, talking about toppling the government and wanting to present a vote of no-confidence against the prime minister.
“Overall, the government today is not strong. That is why the best solution is to return the mandate for the people to decide.
“For me, if the government dissolves Parliament today, I am confident we can win the elections,” Ismail said in an interview with Sinar Harian.
The defence minister said PM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who has a three-seat majority in the 222-member Dewan Rakyat, is at the mercy of MPs.
“If it were in the hands of the people, there would be no problem. But it is in the hands of MPs, and the difference in the number of MPs between PN and Pakatan Harapan is not much.
“That is why I’m of the thought that if this is the desire of the opposition, then it is better for us to leave it to the rakyat to make the choice.
“Because the opposition claim they are accepted by the people and we claim we are accepted by the people. So let the people decide who they really accept,’’ said Ismail, pointing towards a possibility of calling for fresh elections.
The Harapan government, which came into power in the 2018 general election, collapsed in late February after Bersatu president Muhyiddin pulled his party out of the coalition government.
Muhyiddin was sworn in as the new prime minister on March 1 after forming a new coalition comprising Bersatu, PKR defectors, BN, PAS, GPS, PBS and Star.