Sarawak leaders become PM?

WHO would have been Prime Minister after PRU-15 later? Or should this question be asked in another form? Who deserves to be PM later?

This is an important question and coincidence has been said a lot lately. Yes, the question is, who deserves to be the PM?

Since after PU-15, the PM has no longer come from the dominant party or the most Parliamentary seats like before.

For around 60 years old, the PM position traditionally was held by President Umno because the party was the backbone of the ruling party under BN.

However, after PH won in May 2018, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was nominated to be PM even though he united his leadership only had 13 seats. That is in accordance with PH consent composed of PKR, DAP, Amanah and United by PRU-14.

PKR President Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail is only Deputy PM. All PH component party leaders are too impressed with Dr Mahathir, including PKR leaders until finally Datuk Seri Anwar himself craving or biting fingers.

But, frankly, the achievement of former Umno leaders who have been PM for 22 years is not as brilliant as expected. In fact, it was very disappointing. Dr Mahathir has lost his golden touch within 22 months PH reigns.

After PH collapsed in February 2020, once again Bersatu Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who has less seats compared to Umno, became PM. Umno who previously became the opposition, and then agreed to establish a government together with Bersatu, as if he couldn’t do anything.

After Muhyiddin became PM, he took drastic action by not appointing Deputy PM, instead appointed four senior ministers from Umno, Bersatu, and GPS.

Four senior ministers concerned are responsible for helping PM coordinate Cabinet affairs related to economic, security, infrastructure development and education and social. Senior ministers also helped the PM carry out their duty as PM including chairing Cabinet meetings during Muhyiddin’s absence in the country.

If asked the Member of Parliament Gua Musang, Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who is most qualified to be the PM, he will surely answer that he is the most qualified to sit in the position.

Indeed, Tengku Razaleigh used to keep the wish to be PM, even close to the position when Dr Mahathir defeated the President with only 43 votes in Umno’s dramatic selection in 1987.

The leader who began to compete in 1974 admitted that the desire may not get his party support, but the 84-year-old Finance Minister thought he had everything he needed to hold the position. This is undisputable indeed.

Tengku Razaleigh is like being interviewed by a protal claiming Muhyiddin doesn’t qualify for the relevant position. Reviewing three names mentioned as PM, Ku Li labeled Muhyiddin as ′′ lazy ′′ and Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali as ′′ not qualified “. While for the Opposition Leader, Datuk seri Anwar Ibrahim, Ku Li claims Anwar will make ′′ bankrupt country in three days.”

I don’t think he is better known as Ku Li’s chance to sit in the position.

Interesting thing, amidst the hot issues about the PM, Umno Supreme Working Council member, Datuk Razali Ibrahim gave a picture that the PM candidate is impossible from Sarawak, since the leadership and administration of GPS in the relevant state.

′′ What Sarawakians can’t be Prime Minister? We cannot see Sarawak as second class. He can take good care of the country. State is stable. We give Sarawak (PM position). At least Sarawak did not compete in the Peninsular,” he said in a show of Astro Awani a few days ago.

Yes, there should be a paradigm shift in terms of political thinking. Leaders from any state should have a chance to take the position. The position is not the absolute right of the Umno party.

After all, in dynamics and new political landscape, the dominant party leaders don’t necessarily become PM. The most important thing is that the leader gets the support of the components party, and the charisma and authority to become the number one leader of the country.

Most importantly, the leader has vision, courage, commitment, integrity and experience to move the country forward in all terms, especially education, foreign investment, development and economic.

However, for Umno Deputy President Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan the PM position only for the party. He was a new star in Umno during party President Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was shackled by court case until considered liability by certain groups in Umno.

Thus the former MB Negeri Sembilan said that Umno needs to be a parent party to enable them to lead the government instead of being ‘chicks’.

The implication, leaders from Sarawak do not qualify to be PM as if the position is an absolute right of Umno.

If the position is not suitable to be given to the Sabah or Sarawak leaders, what if after PRU-15 later, the position of Deputy PM is given to leaders from Sarawak or Sabah? Surely this isn’t an extreme request.

We need to be brave and ready to make a new offer, because Malaysia became a reality 58 years ago due to Sabah and Sarawak’s willingness to form it.

Meanwhile, for PH, PKR President Anwar Ibrahim remains the main choice as PM candidate from PH. According to DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng, if there is a suggestion to change the PM candidate it must be done through the discussion of the PH Presidential Council.

Last year, Guan Eng once proposed the name of Warisan President Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal as a candidate in their efforts to take over the government from PN. However, the proposal was rejected by the PH Presidential Council who insists on wanting Anwar to remain PH candidate for the coalition.

Whoever the candidate is, we need a PM candidate who has authority, charisma, vision and commitment to drive this country forward in all terms, including development, foreign direct investment, education, economy, and social.

Malaysian PM after PRU-15 should be able to bring this country to rise as a respected country in international persada. – Dr Jeniri Amir via Sarawak Voice

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