KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 – Having just celebrated Aidilfitri, there are already rumors claiming that there is an attempt to overthrow the Unity Government under the leadership of Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The allegation was based on a news portal report on Monday which stated that the movement was joined by several members of Parliament who previously supported Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin being appointed as Prime Minister after the 15th General Election (GE15).
The report also lists 10 Barisan Nasional (BN) members of Parliament including Ayer Hitam Member of Parliament, Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong; Member of Parliament for Tanjung Piai, Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng; Member of Parliament for Sembrong, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein; Member of Parliament for Simpang Renggam, Datuk Seri Hasni Mohammad; Member of Parliament for Jelebu, Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias and Member of Parliament for Tapah, Datuk Seri M Saravanan.
According to the report, the conspiracy to overthrow the government was carried out by resigning as a Member of Parliament to enable the by-election (PRK) to be held. Under the anti-party-hopping law, any MP who resigns or ceases to be a party member will lose his seat in the House of Representatives, triggering a by-election. Following the issue, it caused reactions from various parties who condemned the action. Either way, it hasn’t even been a year since the Unity Government took over the administration of the country, there have already been attempts to topple the current leadership.
The move can affect the political stability and economic development of the country which directly affects the interests of the people in this country. However, Ka Siong who is also the President of MCA denied the allegation and described it as nonsense and baseless. Ka Siong through a post on his official Facebook on Monday said that he did not know about the movement as reported by the news portal. He explained that MCA will not support such a move that requires any elected member of Parliament to ‘sacrifice’ their seat in order to force a by-election to be held.
In the meantime, the Secretary General of the Malaysian Democratic Alliance Party (Muda), Amira Aisya Abd Aziz via Twitter on Monday said, the actions of some parties who are alleged to be trying to bring down the Unity Government by persuading some BN representatives to leave the party and contest again on the opposition ticket that should stop. Amira Aisya said, the action will cause people to lose faith in politicians when the most important thing is a stable government.
Movements like that do not need to be done especially in the state of the country’s economy which is still unstable at this point. What is important is that the harmony and well-being of the people must be maintained, while at the same time giving priority to the development direction of this country.