PM only has two choices moving forward: Shafie


PRIME Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has two choices – to seek ceasefire with Umno and the opposition to focus on governing during Covid-19, says Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal (picture).

In this scenario, Shafie said, the snap election is unlikely to be called in the near term.

Another choice for the PM would be to call for general election together with Sarawak state election in June-August period.

“This will mean a massive politicking among parties in the months to come,” Shafie said in the 24th edition of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute’s Regional Outlook Forum (ROF) 2021 yesterday.

Also present during the session was former CIMB group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak.

Shafie further said Malaysian politics needs a reset in 2021 and beyond as the Malay unity rhetoric is proven to be a false promise.

“UMNO, BERSATU and PAS have failed to form a stable government,” he said.

“About 70% Malays are urban and 80% Malaysians are urban. But UMNO, PAS and BERSATU are still working on the basis of majority of Malays are rural. They will soon find a revolt of urban Malays who would return to the kampung to vote.”

As such, the Semporna MP said a new Malaysia narrative is needed across the country’s key pillars – political, economic and social – everything from governance and accountability, to education, technology, healthcare and social mobility.

“There is no place left for racial and religious politics – unity needs to be the bedrock for reform, through a participatory democracy, one which is fully represented across key stakeholders – old and young, urban and rural, liberals and conservatives through a values based system of governance which transcends race and religion,” he said.

“Malaysians will have to decide on our own political future, we have to go through this difficult but worthy struggle to graduate from old ideas to fresh new ones to forge a Malaysian nation to face post-2020 era.”