KUALA LUMPUR: Maintaining the political stability of the country to ensure that the post-pandemic recovery process of Covid-19 can be implemented before the 15th general election (GE15) is among the demands of some MPs during the debate session at the Dewan Rakyat today.
They considered that the political stability in the country is currently a historic success achieved thanks to the memorandum of understanding on transformation and political stability signed by the government and the opposition on September 13.
In fact, Anthony Loke Siew Fook (PH-Seremban) even suggested that the government discuss the extension of the MoU, which will expire on July 31, or enter into a new agreement, the MoU 2.0, thus giving more time for the country’s recovery process, but not for the holding of general elections.
He said the growing spread of Covid-19 should be taken into account before a general election is held.
“We can have an agreement and an understanding, when it comes time for elections, we leave it up to the people to make their choice. Certainly, we will contest and fight against the Barisan Nasional, but this is not the right time for an election.
“…Covid-19 hasn’t gone away, it’s not over yet. We’re postponing the election, maybe until the end of this legislature,” he said during the debate on the vote of thanks on the royal address to the Dewan Rakyat sitting today.
Loke said the discussions could take place after the passage of the amendment to the Federal Constitution for the anti-party skipping bill, which is part of the agreed agenda in the memorandum of understanding.
He also spoke of other programs that should be considered for reform under the MoU, including appointment to key government positions such as Attorney General and Chief Commissioner. Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Meanwhile, Datuk Dr Xavier Jayakumar (Independent-Kuala Langat) also opined that for the government to stabilize the economy, finance and help the people, any election held after the Johor state elections should be extended until 2023.
“Make way for the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob) to expand priority programs for the people within a year, and ensure that our government and our country are stable,” he said.
Noor Amin Ahmad (PH-Kangar) opines that stability in true democratic practice does not mean uniformity of voice or undervaluing of different viewpoints, but attention to different perspectives.
He said the country’s democratic system should work better with the practice of checks and balances and suggested reintroducing the , in addition to proposing that the Parliamentary Service Commission further strengthen the functions of Parliament.
Meanwhile, Su Keong Siong (PH-Kampar) pointed out that the memorandum of understanding signed by the PH deputies did not require them to turn away from the welfare of the people, but rather to protect the interests of the people.
The Dewan Rakyat session continues on Monday. — Bernama