It was DAP that initially came out with the Unity Government proposal one month ago
But the main loser here is DAP. For luring Muhyiddin into a trap and then stabbing him in the back, DAP opened the door for Umno to come back into the driver’s seat. And this time Umno is not going to make the same mistake it made in 2018 when it got defeated at the ballot box. Umno is back for good, and DAP made this possible.
NO HOLDS BARRED
Raja Petra Kamarudin
First read Malaysiakini’s news report below.
Now, what many Malaysians do not know is that one month ago a couple of DAP leaders sat down with Muhyiddin Yassin to iron out and agree on a deal that would involve a “Confidence and Supply Agreement” (CSA) plus a unity government (or bipartisan government-kerajaan perpaduan) between Pakatan Harapan and Perikatan Nasional.
After everything had been agreed, last Saturday, Muhyiddin announced the proposed bipartisan government and CSA, which would include major reforms for the government.
Within minutes of Muhyiddin’s announcement, DAP and PKR leaders called it an insult and rejected the proposal.
This caught Muhyiddin by surprise because not only had the bipartisan government and CSA/reforms been agreed upon, but the idea to do this came from DAP. So why the violent opposition to the proposal?
Was this a case of the left hand (in Pakatan Harapan) not knowing what the right hand (in Pakatan Harapan) was doing? Or did DAP purposely lure Muhyiddin into a trap with this new bipartisan government and CSA/reforms proposal so that they could reject it when it is announced?
Anyway, this made Muhyiddin totally disgusted with DAP’s stab-in-the-back that he just gave up. Muhyiddin told his people he was fed up and wanted to resign (the next day on Sunday). Nothing could persuade Muhyiddin to change his mind and on Monday he submitted his resignation letter to Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
DAP really took Muhyiddin for a ride. After a fortnight of working out a bipartisan government deal that would bring reforms to the government and help the government focus on combating the Covid-19 pandemic and in fixing the economy, Pakatan Harapan threw the whole thing back into Muhyiddin’ face. And, in the first place, this was DAP’s idea, mind you.
But the main loser here is DAP. For luring Muhyiddin into a trap and then stabbing him in the back, DAP opened the door for Umno to come back into the driver’s seat. And this time Umno is not going to make the same mistake it made in 2018 when it got defeated at the ballot box. Umno is back for good, and DAP made this possible
DAP strikes conciliatory tone, hopes Ismail will work with opposition
(Malaysiakini) – DAP has struck a reconciliatory tone with incoming prime minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, urging him to engage in bipartisan cooperation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng congratulated Ismail’s appointment as the country’s ninth prime minister and called on the Umno leader to unite Malaysians.
“Ismail’s main task will be to unite all Malaysians to correct the failures and mistakes in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic that hit a record high of 23,564 cases on Aug 20 and has caused a total of 13,713 deaths and 1,513,025 infections as well as help Malaysians to save jobs and businesses by pulling the economy out of its current recession,” Lim said in a statement.
“Ismail should remember that he is the prime minister of all Malaysians. He must serve and protect the interest of everyone regardless of race, religion or background.”
Meanwhile, DAP deputy secretary-general Teresa Kok also conveyed her congratulations to Ismail.
Kok said the DAP had tried various efforts to muster the necessary support for the opposition to regain power but was unsuccessful. While she is disheartened by this, she said the mounting Covid-19 cases and deaths took precedence.
“I would like to congratulate Ismail for successfully being appointed as the ninth prime minister.
“I hope he will become a prime minister who is willing to cooperate with opposition MPs for reforms on the law and also various sectors particularly in managing the Covid-19 pandemic.
“He must show that he is a leader for all Malaysians with his own vision and mission,” she said.
Kok also asked Ismail to clarify if his new government is a BN or Perikatan Nasional government.
Aborted informal deal
Ismail is set to be sworn in as prime minister this afternoon after securing the support of 114 MPs.
A total of 111 MPs is needed for a simple majority. There are 220 MPs in the Dewan Rakyat and two vacant seats.
The DAP was also the first party to engage in informal negotiations with outgoing prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin on possible confidence and supply (CSA) agreement.
However, the move was unpopular amongst the grassroots and the Pakatan Harapan leadership swiftly rejected the proposal.
A handful of DAP lawmakers such as Damansara MP Tony Pua and Bangi MP Ong Kian Ming were concerned that Umno leaders facing graft charges were taking advantage of Muhyiddin’s weak position to gain power.
Muhyiddin, who is the Bersatu president, agreed to back Umno vice-president Ismail as the next prime minister on the condition that he does not appoint any leaders facing criminal charges as ministers.