Enough backdoor moves, Zahid slams PN

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The people are fed up with the Opposition for playing politics and aiming to create political instability, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Commenting on talk of the recent so-called “Dubai Move” to unseat the unity government, the Deputy Prime Minister said the people want “political stability and economic growth to improve investor confidence in the country.”

“We have about four more years before an election can be called…let us rebuild the country.


“Don’t waste any more of the people’s time. I think enough is enough for the Opposition making (this) type of ‘move’, regardless of the name,” he told a press conference at the Rural and Regional Development Ministry, which he also heads, on Friday (Jan 5).

Furthermore, Zahid said, that a “Dubai Move” or “Chow Kit Move” or whatever the orchestrators wish to call it will fail because of the unity government’s solid support.

“If you want to use the ‘back door’, statutory declarations (SDs) cannot be used as the main platform, because we now have the anti-hopping law.

“(This means) any big decision (for supporting one faction or another) will be made by the party, and if there is any change, it must be en bloc.

“Assurance (of support for the government) has been given by the Premier of Sarawak, who also leads Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS),” he added.

Zahid had been asked to comment on alleged moves by the Opposition to topple the unity government.

On Jan 1, Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg dismissed attempts to get GPS involved in the Dubai Move, saying it was a waste of time that would not benefit the country.

On Saturday (Dec 30), Community Communications Department deputy director-general Datuk Ismail Yusop claimed that the “Dubai Move” was a plot to topple Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s government.

He said it was organised by Perikatan Nasional leaders and government backbenchers vacationing in the United Arab Emirates.

PN has denied the existence of such a plot, calling it a diversion tactic by the government.