KUALA LUMPUR: Elections should not be called merely because a new party has been formed, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said.
Instead, the government of the day should take into account every other factor, including its performance thus far.
“The government must assess whether the ministries have completed their roles and jobs as we have various agenda to look into.
“So, let the government do its job, complete its work, perform for the good of the nation and the people.
“That is the most important matter the government should look into, rather than worrying about snap polls.”
The Umno minister was speaking to reporters after chairing the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Asean Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution held at Grand Hyatt hotel here today.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Musa Hitam yesterday predicted that the BN-led Federal Government would hold the next general election “very soon”, before new Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), mooted by former Premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad, gains a firm foothold.
Wan Junaidi questioned Musa’s rationale, saying he had seen so many parties come and go while serving at the home ministry.
“Why should we be so afraid of a new party? I have seen a lot of parties formed since I was in the home ministry. But, unfortunately, after a few years, I don’t see them any more.
“At the end of the day, people will realise that the new party’s agenda has nothing to do with the welfare of the nation and that its leaders have their own personal agenda.
“People will eventually realise that and will not support them. So the same parties will remain, like the BN component parties.”
Bersatu’s future president, Muhyiddin Yassin, had on Tuesday officially applied to register the party with the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
Mahathir, when announcing the party’s formation last month, had revealed that it would be working alongside the federal Opposition to take on BN in the next general election.