DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang said Pakatan Harapan will have to decide whether to continue its memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob if he does not live up to his word.
Lim said one of the objectives of the MoU was to stop “political frog-jumping”, which had “cheapened politics to the marketplace for the highest bidder”.
“If Ismail fails to keep to his bargain in the CSR (confidence-supply-reform) MoU, PH will have to decide whether there is any purpose in continuing with it,” the Iskandar Puteri MP said in a statement today.
“One of the terms of the MoU is to enact legislation to ban ‘political frogs’ in the country by the first meeting of the fifth session of Parliament in early 2022.
“If such a law is not passed (between Feb 28 and March 24), Ismail is reneging on his commitment under the CSR MoU and passing a death sentence on its continuance.”
Lim referred to the resignation of Peter Anthony from Warisan yesterday to form a new party friendly to the ruling Gabungan Rakyat Sabah.
He said that since signing the MoU, “critical differences” between PH and the government parties had emerged.
This included the rule of law, good governance, the war against corruption and abuses of power, respect for human rights and freedom of speech and expression.
He also listed “Malaysia’s final week of infamy 2021”, including Ismail not attending or sending a representative to the annual Christmas high tea of the Christian Federation of Malaysia, which had been attended by the prime minister or his representative every year since 1999.
Others involved ministers launching their own “Ops Damage Control” for their “disastrous mismanagement of the massive floods”, especially in Selangor and Pahang, which were “mere PR stunts of no benefit to any flood victim”.
He singled out Rina Harun, who was pictured using a water jet to wash a clean pavement while surrounded by cameramen.
“When did Malaysian taxpayers pay the prime minister and his Cabinet ministers and deputy ministers to be joke fodders?” he asked.
Lim also highlighted the appearance of former prime minister Najib Razak as a keynote speaker at the 2021 World Chinese Economic Forum, and the resignation of economist Edmund Terence Gomez from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel, citing alleged inaction over reports implicating top leaders of the anti-graft agency.
Sabah DAP backs out from MoU with state govt
Sabah DAP has backed out from the Sabah Reform Agenda (SRA), which is a state-level memorandum of understanding.
This MoU was proposed by the state Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition to the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) government.
Sabah DAP secretary Phoong Jin Zhe said this was decided at a meeting by the state DAP council two weeks ago.
“We made a unanimous decision that we will not enter into any form of collaboration, reform agenda or MoU with the current state government,” he told reporters here today.
“The question was whether Sabah DAP should join Sabah Pakatan Harapan to enter the MoU discussions. The meeting did not even discuss the signing of the MoU.”
The Luyang assemblyman said Sabah DAP felt that there was no necessity to have any kind of agreement with the GRS government because the coalition already enjoyed a secure majority in the state assembly.
“So, there’s no need for us to (sign any MoU) in the name of political stability,” Phoong said.
“It’s totally different from the situation at the federal level when Ismail Sabri Yaakob was named prime minister three months ago.”
GRS is an electoral alliance involving Perikatan Nasional, Barisan Nasional and PBS, formed to contest the Sabah state elections last year.
Sabah DAP was originally part of the state PH entourage that presented the seven-point reform agenda to chief minister Hajiji Noor on Nov 15.
A number of political and administrative reforms were proposed in the agenda, including the pursuit of state rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and a post-Covid-19 economic recovery plan.
Analysts have argued that PH’s defeat in the Melaka polls could also be attributed to the MoU which it had signed with Putrajaya.
They said there could be a similar setback for the opposition in Sabah should GRS accept the reform agenda proposal.
Observers have said the essence of the SRA, despite its fine-tuning to suit the state’s needs and issues, was the same as the federal MoU, which was to find common ground to work together and thus create political stability.
There has been mixed reaction within Sabah DAP itself previously. Its chief, Frankie Poon, said he did not believe the SRA would backfire on the opposition, but Sri Tanjong assemblyman Justin Wong told the party to drop the MoU or lose the people’s support.
Phoong said today Sabah DAP was not the one that initiated the reform agenda with GRS.
“Media reports saying that we pushed for it are not true,” he said.
He added that the party had informed Sabah PH of its decision.
Besides DAP, Sabah PH consists of PKR, Upko and Amanah.