Dr M met Ku Li and others on ‘unity government’ proposal – source
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has held discussions with several political leaders on the idea of forming a unity government, according to a source in Mahathir’s office.
The source confirmed that Mahathir had met Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah on Monday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri on Tuesday, and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu yesterday.
“The discussions were towards forming a unity government,” the source told Malaysiakini today.
All three meetings were held at Mahathir’s residence in Seri Kembangan, Selangor.
Asked about DAP’s absence in the meetings, the source replied, “those in the photos are who have come so far”.
The source added that their “doors were still open” to anyone who wished to discuss the matter with Mahathir.
Earlier, the Facebook page of Mahathir’s fan club “Kelab Che Det” posted photos of the meetings between the Langkawi MP and the others.
It said in a post that, as the country was being “tested”, a unity government is the best solution to the impasse.
“Political parties need to be set aside for now, and instead only national interests should be prioritised. It also upholds the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s call to stop politicking.
“If a unity government is formed, it is hoped that it not only protects the interests and welfare of the multiracial Malaysian citizenry, but also bring focus on efforts to revive the increasingly challenging national economy that has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, political turmoil, and uncertain global economic climate,” it said.
This comes as Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin faces challenges to his power from within and outside his ruling Perikatan Nasional coalition.
In addition, he needs to push through his Budget 2021 proposal that is expected to be tabled on Nov 6 despite his slim majority in the august House, in order to show he still has the confidence of a majority of MPs to continue as prime minister.
Muhyiddin’s attempt to seek a proclamation of emergency had been rejected, but he also gained some breathing room when the Yang di-Pertuan Agong called for politicians to stop politicking and focus efforts on tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.
The king has also advised all MPs to support the upcoming budget proposal.
Source : KTEMOC
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is said to be continuing efforts to form a unity government.
He recently met MPs in the government and opposition blocs over this.
In a post from a pro-Mahathir Facebook page, the Langkawi MP is said to have met with Umno advisory board chairman Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah on Oct 26, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri on Oct 27 and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu or Mat Sabu on Oct 28.
A source close to the Gua Musang MP, better known as Ku Li, confirmed the meeting with Mahathir to FMT, saying the two veteran politicians had indeed met on Oct 26.
Another source close to Mahathir told FMT that the proposal to form a unity government was seen to be one of the ways to continue “moving forward” while staying in line with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s advice recently.
“It’s a proposal in the direction of a unity government. He (Mahathir) repeated what he has said before this. It is one of the ways to continue moving forward while following the Agong’s advice.”
However, the source said Mahathir did not specify how this unity government would be formed, as it depended on the decision and readiness of each party to take part in forming this new government.
“Mahathir was only talking (about it). How they want to do it depends on them.”
Mahathir had previously mooted a unity government in February after assuming the role of interim prime minister following his resignation. He said he believed this was the way to resolve the political turmoil then, without siding with any one party.
He had said that many politicians and parties were too focused on politics, causing them to forget that the country was facing economic challenges and also a public health crisis.
On Sunday, the King reminded politicians to stop all forms of “politicking” that could threaten the nation’s administration, saying there was no need for MPs to continue any irresponsible action that could threaten the stability of the current government.
Source : FMT