Respect 2018 mandate of the people

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A ‘back-door government’ formed with opposition parties would be undemocratic; the same goes for the proposed ‘unity government’, says Patriot.

Four days after the engineered coup to derail the Pakatan Harapan government sees an impasse in forming a majority government.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad has suggested a “unity government” comprising individual MPs and not party representation, with him possibly as the prime minister.

The idea of the unity government is not pragmatic and even undemocratic. He himself as the PM would hold the power. In essence, it would be an autocracy.

As PH is the group having the most number of MPs supporting it, it should be given the chance to form a government, even a minority government.

A snap election should be avoided as it is costly, and we cannot afford to wait several months for a new government and cabinet to settle in, especially during the current uncertainties, when our economy is very much at stake.

Patriot would like to see the mandate of the people from the 2018 general election respected, as it is truly democratic. A ‘back-door government’ formed with opposition parties would be undemocratic. The same goes for the proposed so-called ‘unity government’. All politicians must respect the principles of democracy.

Retired Brigadier-General Dato Mohamed Arshad Raji is president of the National Patriots Association (Patriot).

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