Muhyiddin Yassin should resign as prime minister as he has failed on four major issues, including the Covid-19 pandemic and the economy, said a PKR lawmaker today.
- Abysmal handling of Covid-19 pandemic
- Disastrous handling of economy
- Drop in country’s international corruption standings
- No longer has the majority in Parliament
Pasir Gudang MP Hassan Abdul Karim highlighted four failures of Muhyiddin and the Perikatan Nasional government he leads.
Hassan said first was Muhyiddin’s abysmal handling of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the vaccines have not reached the country despite neighbours Singapore and Indonesia having it already.
“Muhyiddin Yassin has failed to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic. The following figures tell the story. On Friday, January 29, 2021, a total of 5,725 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to more than 200,000. The cumulative number of deaths was 733.
Hassan said the second reason was due to the disastrous handling of the economy that has been ravaged by Covid-19 curbs.
“Muhyiddin Yassin and his entire Cabinet have failed to manage the country’s economy well. Malaysia’s financial position rating has dropped. Economic growth contracted sharply. Millions of people have lost their jobs. National debt is increasing.
“The national debt rate versus GDP is rising. Muhyiddin’s government failed to create new job opportunities for millions of unemployed people.”
Hassan said his third reason was the drop in the country’s international corruption standings after Muhyiddin took over the government from Pakatan Harapan in February last year.
“Within 11 months Muhyiddin Yassin ruled Malaysia, our country’s position in the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for 2020 is getting worse, falling to 57th position compared to 51st in 2019.
“His (Muhyiddin) declining position is contributed by the….discharge of some high-profile cases of corruption cases such as the case of Riza Aziz, Tan Sri Musa Aman and Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor.”
Hassan’s fourth reason for Muhyiddin’s government to head to the exit was that it no longer has the majority in Parliament, adding that the PN government imposed an emergency just to cling on to power.
“Muhyiddin Yassin is now leading a minority government, not a majority government. Muhyiddin Yassin has failed to get the support of the majority of Dewan Rakyat members in Parliament.
“The PM of this minority government used the proclamation of emergency and subsequently suspended the Parliament of Malaysia merely to remain in power. The declaration of emergency was used as an excuse to remain in power,” he said.
Bersatu president Muhyiddin and former chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad fell out when the latter did not consent for Bersatu to break away from Pakatan Harapan, which caused the collapse of the government in February after just 22 months.
Muhyiddin went on to become prime minister by forming the PN government with Umno, PAS, GPS and other Barisan Nasional component parties.
Muhyiddin also renewed ties with former prime minister Najib Razak and Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. – TMI