PH remains as Opposition despite the MoU, says Loke

By ASILA JALIL / Pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

PAKATAN Harapan (PH) will remain as the Opposition bloc and play its role in ensuring checks and balances to the government despite the memorandum of understanding (MoU) that it will sign with the federal government.

PH whip Anthony Loke (picture) said the coalition’s MPs will continue to observe and criticise any flaws that are present within the current administration while being vocal for the benefit of the nation.

“However, we will provide cooperation to the government for any bills and the processes surrounding the budget which require discussions and approvals from both sides.

“To reciprocate, the government needs to implement various policies that will assist the public while bringing forward changes in the administration which will solidify the Parliamentary institution,” he said on his Facebook page yesterday.

Loke hopes the MoU does not only restore political stability in the country but also contributes towards a more dynamic and consultative political landscape while cultivating bipartisan politics, especially in Parliament.

Over the weekend, PH said it is inclined to sign an MoU with the government where it provides additional views and proposals on the initial seven reforms announced by the Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

In a statement by the PH presidential council, consensus towards the MoU was reached in a meeting held last Friday, following a series of meetings between both political blocs since Aug 25.

“PH is inclined to agree to this MoU to save the rakyat lives and livelihoods, subject to the details of the draft improvements that need to be refined by representatives of both parties before it can be finalised.

“Let us mobilise all our strength to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic and overcome the economic recession that is plaguing our country,” they said in a statement.

Two parties — Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) and Parti Pejuang Tanah Air — however, reserved their support for the MoU.

Warisan youth leader Datuk Azis Jamman said that PH did not include the Sabah-based party in the consultation regarding the MoU.

Previously, PM had offered the tabling of the Anti-Party Jumping Bill in Parliament, implementation of Undi18 in the near future, limiting the PM’s term in office to 10 years and balancing membership of the Parliamentary Select Committee between government and opposition MPs.

Ismail Sabri also offered ministerial status to the Opposition leader and include members from the Opposition parties in the national recovery council to enable them to provide their inputs.