June 11, 2018
Good News: PH leaders inked agreement on PM handover
Political scientist Marzuki Mohamad says the top leaders of the Pakatan Harapan component parties and the pact’s chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad have signed an agreement on the matter.
KOTA KINABALU: An agreement has been signed by the top leaders in Pakatan Harapan for its chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad to hand over power to PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.
Political scientist Marzuki Mohamad, who is also the special officer to Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, said the agreement was inked between the presidents of the four PH component parties and Mahathir.
However, he said no time frame was given for the handover but Anwar’s role had been clearly stated in the agreement.
“They have agreed that Anwar will become the 8th Prime Minister. So this is a written agreement, it’s not just a pronouncement, signed by the top four party leaders or presidents and Mahathir as Chairman (of PH).
“This is a transition period… the question now is when will that happen? I think this is a matter for both of them to sit down and discuss.
“It’s good if they have a fixed timeline… to avoid rumours, political manoeuvring and uncertainty,” Marzuki said to questions on Anwar’s role in the “new Malaysia” at a recent political forum here.
Marzuki said Mahathir was focused on bringing Malaysia out of the state it was in and Anwar could then make a return to the country’s political landscape.
“I heard Anwar wanted to contest in an election, be an MP, and be a back bencher for some time. And give time for Mahathir to clear the mess. I think Tun’s (Mahathir) concern is only to clear the mess. I don’t think he is very ambitious at this point of time, certainly not at his age,” Marzuki said.
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Meanwhile, Marzuki urged UMNO to use the experience of the past election as a lesson for change instead of retreating into a hole.
Citing his own previous experience when he was left without a job after Muhyiddin was sacked from the government for criticising former premier Najib Razak, he said UMNO members should learn from the recent defeat in the polls.
“That process humbled me – I used to be in the government, along the corridors of power and suddenly I was thrown into the political wilderness.And that experience is very precious because it humbles you… in politics you have to be humble. So that process is something for UMNO to appreciate rather than to be demotivated (about),” said Marzuki.
He said UMNO could play the role of a constructive and viable opposition
“Now the people have this in mind – the changing of government, it is not something against nature. People are not afraid to change the government.
“So in a way it will keep the PH government in check. Otherwise, if it becomes too strong, it’s not good as well,” he said, adding it was time UMNO undergo a rejuvenation process.
Marzuki said it would be quite challenging for UMNO in Sabah to regain its reputation. “In the Sabah context, it will be more challenging than their counterparts in the peninsula (because) there’s another factor – local parties. UMNO is considered a national party, so (the question is) how can UMNO survive?”, he asked.
Marzuki said UMNO members in Sabah could end up joining other parties or that the party itself could join other would-be coalitions.
“It is yet to be seen what kind of coalition politics will transpire in the future. Will UMNO be part of that?Before the election, there was talk of UMNO breaching its own constitution. That also worry members on what would be their future. Will the party be made illegal because of that problem?But let’s give room for the due process of the law to take its course. But in the meantime, until decision is made, the party can continue to function as it is,” he said.
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Marzuki said it would be premature to say that UMNO had no more future in Malaysian politics.
“(They) can choose to remain or join other political parties. Other parties also have the right to accept them or not.“(It’s) not to say UMNO will have no future at all, too early to say that. Because it has grassroots support, members are still there and they want the party to continue.But it’s not easy for a party that has been around for many decades to get rid of the culture that defines the party,” he noted.
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