Former Sarawak PKR leaders hail Dr M’s formula of non-partisan govt

(From left) Selangau MP Baru Bian, Saratok MP Ali Biju and Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin say Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement has reinforced their stance that reconciliation and healing are paramount.

KUCHING: Former Sarawak PKR leaders have welcomed interim Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s formula of a national government that is inclusive and non-partisan.

Earlier, Mahathir said he felt the formation of a government that is free of partisan politics could be the solution to the ongoing crisis caused by the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan coalition this week.

“Whether right or wrong, I feel that politics and partisan politics should be ignored for now.

“If allowed, I would try to form an administration that does not side with any party. Only national interests will be given priority,” said Mahathir.

Responding to Mahathir’s idea of a non-partisan government, Selangau MP Baru Bian, Saratok MP Ali Biju and Puncak Borneo MP Willie Mongin, in a joint statement today, had described the formula as the country’s new direction.

“We, therefore, welcome Mahathir’s formula of a national government that is inclusive and non-partisan.

“We are vindicated by his (Mahathir) statement which reflects exactly what we had said yesterday. Mahathir’s statement has reinforced our stance that reconciliation and healing are paramount.

“We reiterate our fullest support for Mahathir to lead the nation as our economy is getting a battering from global issues and, now, our political impasse,” they said.

They said Mahathir had the experience in leading the country and had saved it from a global financial crisis once before.

“These past few days, the numbers game has put a strain on everyone and unnecessarily put stress on the nation.

“The best and wisest way forward is to rise up from this quagmire of instability and build bridges across all sides,” the statement said.

Stating that there are currently too many false rumours and conspiracy theories, they urged the people not to believe everything they read online.

“We ask you to trust us as we navigate a course out of this unfortunate situation.

“Our priority now is to stabilise the political situation,” they said.

The three Sarawak MPs were among the nine MPs who quit PKR yesterday following the sacking of its deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali and vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin.