Be bold, don’t be held hostage, Mat Sabu tells Ismail Sabri

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PM urged to be brave and not allow others to control him.

Mohamad Sabu (Pakatan Harapan-Kota Raja) has urged Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob to be bolder in his administration, instead of being held “hostage” and “controlled by certain parties”.

This is because Pakatan Harapan has already signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ismail Sabri and he is unlikely to be toppled from government before the next general election, the Amanah president said.

“(Ismail Sabri) has to be bolder a bit. Don’t let us see a prime minister who seems like he’s being held hostage, controlled by certain quarters. Be bold.

“The prime minister must show his power…to manage this government. There must not be any threats from any quarters.

“That is why we signed the MoU so that this prime minister can stay in power until the next general election but it seems he does not dare to do something to save Malaysia right now,” Mohamad said.

He said this while debating Budget 2022 in the Dewan Rakyat today.

For example, he said, Ismail Sabri has yet to issue a statement on the political crisis in Malacca which has led to a snap state election set for Nov 20.

He stressed that with the assurance from the MOU, Ismail Sabri must not be “soft”.

“You will not be disturbed when you bring forth something,” he said.

Harapan had inked the deal – dubbed the Memorandum of Understanding on Transformation and Political Stability – with Ismail Sabri on Sept 13.

Ismail Sabri’s administration had agreed to bring “transformations” and reforms to the country, which will help combat Covid-19 and the economic downturn.

Meanwhile, Harapan had agreed conditionally not to oust Ismail Sabri nor block Budget 2022.

The full MoU document has since been made public, which was one of the conditions Harapan had imposed in the deal. – Malaysiakini