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Umno deputy suggests snap polls to end political uncertainty

Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – June 25, 2020: Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan has called on Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to emulate his Singaporean counterpart and call for fresh polls in order to stabilise the country’s political scene.

Mohamad believed that seeking a new mandate from the people was crucial as the current make-up of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration – where it has 115 of the 222 parliamentary seats – will make it difficult for the coalition to govern.

“Malaysia’s modernisation, prosperity and competitiveness are heavily dependent on its political stability. It will influence and impact many aspects including investors’ confidence, economic activities and social order.

“Only with a comfortable mandate and majority in Parliament can (the administration) function well and focus its efforts in restoring Malaysia amid this unprecedented challenge that we face.

“The current situation has made it difficult for the government to pass a number of critical bills including the tabling of the national budget (for next year’s expenditure),” said Mohamad in a statement today.

Singapore PM, Lee Hsien Loong, has on Tuesday, called for fresh polls in a bid to secure a new five-year mandate to govern the country.

In his statement, Mohamad added that the current “unhealthy political instability” has led to the creation of several “political blocks” serving the whims and fancies of politicians instead people’s interest.

“This country is that of a parliamentary democracy. It is the people who holds the power. Return it to them. Let them decide the way forward,” said Mohamad.

Muhyiddin became Malaysia’s eighth PM in March following the fall of the Pakatan Harapan administration after Pribumi Bersatu quit the coalition which led to the resignation of then-PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Since then, Dr Mahathir has become Muhyiddin’s fiercest critic to the point of even tabling a motion of no-confidence against the latter in Parliament.

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Zaidi Azmi

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If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.