There is no need to sign up for the memorandum of understanding (MoU) that Pakatan Harapan has with Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s government to help the people or to carry out reforms, says Warisan president Shafie Apdal.
Shafie said serving the people was a priority that should not be limited only to certain tasks specified in the MoU.
“There should be no barriers when it concerns helping the people just because Warisan didn’t sign up.
“Let us help everyone in this country who needs aid and not just focus on food but safety and job opportunities as well.
“The MoU should not be a prerequisite to help people everywhere in Malaysia. It is also not necessary to sign the MoU in order to carry out reforms in this country. Let’s have more transparency in Parliament,” he said in a statement today.
This comes after several politicians, namely DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang and Umno vice-president Mahdzir Khalid, urged opposition parties like Pejuang, Warisan and Muda to sign the MoU.
The Semporna MP stressed that Warisan had no problems working together with the government to help the people but did not see any reason to sign an MoU first.
He added that the MoU should lead to results that were evident to the people and not merely to serve political interests.
“If Semporna or other areas in Sabah need more vaccines, do we now have to sign an MoU?
“What is most important is the people. It doesn’t mean that one has to sign the MoU first and then the people will get help. That is not serving the rakyat. That is serving political interests,” he said.
He also claimed that the opposition’s role to act as a check-and-balance to the government would be weakened if the MoU was signed.
“We do not want to be tied down by that sort of agreement. We need to have checks and balances because that is the primary reason for the existence of an opposition.
“In these times of Covid-19, I have not seen in any other country, be it the United Kingdom or the US or any developed country, where there is an MoU with the opposition for a political ‘ceasefire’,” he added.
The political agreement on “stability and transformation”, signed by Ismail and the leaders of the three Pakatan Harapan parties, calls for cooperation to deal with Covid-19, disputes over the Malaysia Agreement 1963, and parliamentary and political reforms. – FMT