Kit Siang: Though ‘disappointing’, Ismail should be given a chance

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Lim Kit Siang says despite Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s “disappointing” performance so far, Malaysians should give him a chance to acquit himself, especially following the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with Pakatan Harapan leaders last Monday.

The DAP veteran said the support for the MoU is vital not for Ismail’s sake but for the future of the country.

“Ismail is not a reformer but if he is forced by political circumstances to be one, he deserves full support. Not for anyone’s sake but for the sake of the nation.

“Malaysia needs a political moratorium for 10-18 months before the next general election as we do not want it to fall into the trajectory of a failed state,” he said in a statement.

He said during this moratorium, a new strategy must be devised to win the losing war against the Covid-19 pandemic and reset institutional and parliamentary reforms so that the people can return to the mission of making Malaysia a world-class nation.

However, the Iskandar Puteri MP also listed out what he considered were Ismail’s disappointing decisions. They are:

  • the failure to seek a vote of confidence in Parliament;
  • a recycled jumbo-sized Cabinet;
  • the appointment of Muhyiddin Yassin as chairman of the National Recovery Council;
  • the nomination of Ahmad Maslan as deputy Speaker;
  • the appointment of his elder brother, Zamri Yaakob as chairman of National Farmers’ Organisation (NAFAS);
  • the failure of the Cabinet to uphold the High Court decision declaring children born overseas to Malaysian mothers are entitled to citizenship; and,
  • the failure to meet with the Malaysian Consultative Council on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) on plans to enact a new law on the control of non-Muslim religions.

“Most importantly, there are no signs that we have turned the corner in the war against the Covid-19 pandemic after almost a month of Ismail’s premiership and three weeks after the swearing-in of a new health minister,” he said. – FMT