Mixed opinions on PM, MoF candidates

Votes for Ismail Sabri, Muhyiddin and Anwar for top govt post, with Ahmad Zahid as the dark horse 

by AFIQ HANIF / TMR Pic

MALAYSIA’S 15th General Election (GE15) will be held on Nov 19, 2022. So, what is the next step for Malaysians?

Looking at the sentiment across social media, it is safe to say that we are all eager to vote, especially the 6.9 million new voters, of which 16% are aged between 18 and 20 years-old. 

While both the government and Opposition have strong supporters, many voters may still be unconvinced or dissatisfied with either side and they need to decide soon, in order to fulfil their obligation as citizens. 

Following our votes, the prime minister (PM) will be chosen by the winning party or coalition in the Dewan Rakyat. 

The Malaysian Reser ve (TMR) went down to the ground to find out who the public thought could be the new, or repeating PM, as well as the minister of finance. 

For Munawir Hussein, a food stall owner, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob is the best candidate to remain as the PM, but he believes that Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi would take over in a few months. 

“I am fine with Ismail Sabri staying as the PM, but I am not sure how long that would last,” he told TMR.
According to Munawir, it is unusual for a party’s supreme leader to fail to achieve the top spot in this country. 

“It is all about politics, and as much as I want Ismail Sabri to be the PM, the dynamic is there and they can change him,” he said. 

Entrepreneur and environmentalist Hazira Samad wouldn’t mind seeing Ismail Sabri remain at the helm. Provided that he stays for the entire tenure and not abruptly replaced halfway. 

“We don’t need more instability. We need a working government that will address the rising prices and climate change, eg the monsoon season that’s started early. 

“I think Ismail Sabri should be PM still, with (Datuk Seri) Mustapa Mohamed maybe handling the Finance Ministry (MoF). That would be a good combination. Deputy PM can be Khairy Jamaluddin. He’s done well on Covid,” said Hazira. 

For data janitor Erhan Azrai, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should be given a second chance in the PM spot. 

“I think people had benefitted greatly under the administration of the Bersatu president during his tenure as the PM,” he said.

Erhan also said that Muhyiddin is the symbol of political stability and could create a strong, stable and respected government after GE15.

“Muhyiddin has recorded substantial achievements, especially in handling (of ) the Covid-19 pandemic.” 

A businessman, Datuk Azril Mat Drus, said having been recognised as one of the best finance ministers, Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is the best candidate for the Tambun parliamentary constituency and to become the 10th PM of Malaysia. 

He said the collaboration of Anwar and PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli could spur the economy based on the former’s contribution and services when he was holding the finance portfolio. 

“I must admit that Anwar is the ideal candidate to take the country out of the current political and economic crisis that has devastated the nation like never before.”


  • This article first appeared in The Malaysian Reserve weekly print edition