COMMENT | Snap polls will not restore political stability

Bersih 2.0

Modified 26 Sep 2020, 3:37 am

COMMENT | In response to PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim’s claim that he has parliamentary majority to form a new government, the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) stresses that whoever is the prime minister and whichever parties form the government, Malaysia badly needs a “stability package” to fix party politics.

Whether it is Anwar who emerges victorious or Muhyiddin Yassin who survives the counter-coup, the prime minister is duty-bound to put a stop to constant changes of government due to party-hopping by elected representatives.

Even snap polls are unlikely to restore stability since a hung Parliament will very likely be a new normal in Malaysian politics.

To restore political stability, the government must be given the space to govern and the opposition must be given the room to scrutinise and compete with the government.

This requires a “stability package” which must contain at least four immediate steps within the next six months...

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