Umno made the right call in withdrawing its support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, and putting forward its proposal of interim administration to resolve the current health and economic crises, said former prime minister Najib Razak.
According to Najib, the rakyat would have continued to suffer if Umno had not come to such a decision to revoke its support for Muhyiddin.
“I think that the decision by Umno Supreme Council to withdraw the party’s support from Muhyiddin (and not withdraw support from the Perikatan Nasional government) – to give way for an interim administration with a fixed term and goals to resolve Covid-19 crisis, helping with the welfare of the people and to achieve herd immunity through vaccination before dissolving Parliament to return the mandate to the people – is the right decision.
“It is not only the most appropriate decision but also the only option for the betterment of the people and the country in the short- and long-term,” the Pekan MP said in a Facebook post today.
He said the solution also fulfils the wishes of the King and other Malay Rulers last month to have a stable government that has the support and confidence of the people.
However, he said the interim government should have clear commitments and only be in power for three to six months because it can also be seen as a “backdoor government” that was not elected by the people.
“We cannot solve our problems by replacing an unstable ‘backdoor government’ with a slim majority that was built on treachery and ‘frogs’ with another ‘backdoor government’ with a slim majority built on treachery and ‘frogs’,” he said, adding that the current Parliament will automatically be dissolved in less than two years before a new round of general election is called.
Najib added that people have lost confidence in the current leadership, as they feel it is not doing its best to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, but instead has a hidden political agenda that is driving it to prolong the country’s problems.
Najib also said Umno and Barisan Nasional are not afraid to face the people when the time comes and said its rivals in Perikatan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan should feel the same way if they believe they have the people’s support and confidence in the strength of their own leadership.