PETALING JAYA: A senior PPBM leader has denounced DAP for its rejection of Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s proposal to form a non-partisan government.
Referring to a DAP statement quoted by Bakri MP Yeo Bee Yin in a Facebook posting, PPBM Supreme Council member Redzuan Yusof told FMT the party had shown that it was insincere in its initial declaration of support for Mahathir after the attempted overthrow of the Pakatan Harapan government.
“If you say you support and trust the Tun to be the prime minister, then you must trust his judgment,” he said.
Yeo said her party was rejecting the idea of a unity government because it meant that Mahathir could decide on the composition of the federal Cabinet without consulting any party.
Redzuan said the establishment of a unity government was aimed at ensuring that Mahathir could choose from the most capable MPs to be part of an administration that could improve the economy and overcome such challenges as the Covid-19 outbreak.
“The unity government is not about DAP or PPBM or Yeo or myself,” he said. “It’s about what’s best for the nation.”
He said Mahathir should be given the support he would need if he was reappointed prime minister.
“The composition of the Cabinet is the prime minister’s prerogative.
“I myself am not guaranteed to be appointed back to the Cabinet under a unity government, but that’s not important. What is important is that Tun is not constrained or inhibited in administrating the country.”
Redzuan claimed that Pakatan Harapan won the last general election only because the people trusted Mahathir and wanted him to lead the nation.
He alleged that DAP was refusing to consider what was most important for the country.
Mahathir, in his role as interim prime minister, said yesterday that he believed a solution to the current political crisis was in the forming of a government free of partisan politics.
Mahathir said many politicians and political parties were so focused on politics that they had forgotten the country was facing economic challenges and also faced with a public health crisis.
He asked to be given the chance to form an administration that would not side with any party and instead focus on the country’s interests.