Nazri Aziz: Call for Snap Polls, End Uncertainty

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Nazri Aziz believes a snap election should be called as soon as the Covid-19 pandemic is under control and had since pledged his support for Muhyiddin.

Former de facto Law Minister, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has urged the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition to call for a snap election to end the political uncertainty in the country.

In making the call, he said the people were fed-up with the current “ping-pong game” between the PN and Pakatan Harapan coalition, with both claiming to command the majority support.

The Padang Rengas MP said this following recent rumours that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was preparing for a snap election by the end of this year.

“This game must stop. One day PN claims the numbers are with them, then the next day, PH says it’s in their court and vice versa. End this once and for all by calling for a general election,” he said.

Nazri said the snap election should be called at both parliamentary and state levels immediately after the Covid-19 pandemic is under control.

“I believe that PH does not command the support of the majority. If they did, they would have called for a press conference and announced it.

“I personally hope Bersatu (PPBM), Umno and PAS reach an agreement on seat allocations for the polls as all three are Malay-based and could be going for the same seats,” he said.

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“Let’s make sure PN has a good majority and then we can stop this ping pong game once and for all.”

The three Malay parties must champion the interests of the Malays as “it has been shown that if the Malay Muslim interest is not taken care off, as with PH, see what happened (to them),” he said, referring to the collapse of PH less than two years after forming a government.

Nazri noted there were lots of uncertainties at the state level, especially in Sabah after former chief minister Musa Aman was cleared of all 46 corruption and money laundering charges.

“He is probably stronger (now after the court cases). He is the rightful chief minister in the first place,” he added.

It was reported that two Upko lawmakers – Kuala Penyu state assemblyperson Limus Jury and Sugut state assemblyperson James Ratib – left their party to become independents supporting PN.

Warisan vice-president Junz Wong said the Sabah government was still solid with a two-thirds majority despite the two Upko lawmakers leaving the coalition.

Wong said the Sabah government commanded 41 out of 60 state seats while PN only controlled 19.

Nazri, a former Umno supreme council member, also declared his support for Muhyiddin, who is also the PPBM president.

In 2010, Nazri had openly defended then prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia campaign, saying that he is a Malaysian first and a Malay second.

This was in complete opposition to that expressed by then deputy prime minister Muhyiddin, who has time and again reiterated that he is Malay first and Malaysian second.

However, the 66-year-old seasoned politician had in 2018 openly shown his support for PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim shortly after the 14th general election that saw PH taking over the federal government.

In July last year, Nazri acknowledged Anwar as a national reformist and gave his full support to him.

He claimed that it was not wrong of him if he supported Anwar as the former deputy prime minister had once led the Umno Youth wing that he was part of.