Ex-servicemen call for unity amid Cabinet dispute

National Patriots Association president Mohd Arshad Raji says the result of the May 9 polls was a ‘Malaysian victory’.

PETALING JAYA: Veterans group National Patriots Association (Patriot) today reminded the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government of the need for unity amid reports of discontent over the naming of three key ministers in the new administration.

Patriot president Brigadier-General (Rtd) Mohd Arshad Raji said the group fully supported the swift decision of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as time was of the essence.

“Time could not wait for intra-party bickering of who gets what and how much,” he said in a statement.

He was referring to comments by PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli, who had openly disagreed with Mahathir’s appointment of top Cabinet posts on Saturday.

Mahathir had named PPBM president Muhyiddin Yassin as home minister, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as finance minister and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu as defence minister.

Rafizi subsequently said PKR’s stand was that discussions were still ongoing and that Mahathir’s announcement on the appointments was not conclusive.

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim stepped in, saying the party was firmly behind Mahathir’s leadership, while PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali said Rafizi’s statement was his personal view.

However, Rafizi rebutted this yesterday, saying the statement he had released was PKR’s stand, not his own.

Arshad said while Patriot respected the right of the parties to dissent, the result of the May 9 polls was a “Malaysian victory”.

“For the ruling political parties, the culture of selfish gain, of what’s in for me, for my party, for my own community, for my own race, is over,” he said.

“There is an abundance of help needed. Tap from among those outside politics, who are very qualified and willing to serve not for money or glamour, but out of a genuine interest to help.

“Select them carefully and use them in the different levels, positions, and roles necessary in nation building.

“Let us all think as Malaysians, what is good for our country as a whole.”

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