PETALING JAYA: A lawyer has urged the leaders of Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Warisan to take a good look at whether their representatives in the Cabinet have been up to mark over the past year, following remarks by the prime minister’s media and communications adviser that those who have not should voluntarily resign.
Abdul Shukor Ahmad said the top leadership could suggest who should be replaced in order to meet the aspirations of the people who had voted for a new government at last year’s general election.
“The leadership of PH, which consists of PKR, DAP, PPBM and Amanah, as well as Warisan, must do an honest evaluation and propose the necessary changes,” said Shukor who is an expert in constitutional and administrative law.
In a recent blog post, A Kadir Jasin had urged ministers, chief ministers and state exco members to resign if they failed to meet the mark after a year of holding their positions.
He said a year was long enough for them to have learnt the ropes.
“If there are those who are still crawling and feeling around a year after being given this opportunity, then it is our responsibility to ask them to reconsider their positions and, if need be, to voluntarily leave so that others can replace them,” he said.
He added that Dr Mahathir Mohamad himself had given his Cabinet a score of only 50%.
“In my understanding, this is an average score. Some are below 50 and some are above 50. The bottom 50 can be targeted to be replaced.”
However, Shukor said it was unlikely that any minister would resign of his or her volition due to issues of poor performance.
“I don’t think anyone will conduct a self-assessment and do the honourable thing in the interest of the people and the nation,” he added.
He also said it was too much to expect Mahathir to drop non-performing ministers as he was now leading a “fragile coalition”, unlike his first stint as prime minister.
“The Barisan Nasional which he led had more than two-thirds’ majority in the Dewan Rakyat while Umno provided him with strong support to run the government,” he said.
Now, though, Mahathir’s PPBM has far fewer MPs than other PH component parties like PKR and DAP.
“The prime minister is not in a position to freely do a Cabinet reshuffle as his options are limited,” he said.
He warned however that PH could end up as a one-term government if the Cabinet did not deliver most of its election pledges.