The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) takes exception to the call by House of Representatives Speaker Azhar Harun for party leaders to submit statutory declarations of their MPs who are willing to give support to a prime ministerial candidate to form the new government.
The Speaker should know that the use of statutory declarations for the formation of government has been proven to be a failure again and again, contributing to much instability over the years.
A parliamentary government is a government based on a common governance programme, not a bunch of individual MPs supporting a common PM candidate, whether or not in exchange for positions.
It is unreasonable that party leaders are rushed into deals before all their MPs have the chance to deliberate and be heard. No timeline should be set for this important process.
The most important goal in this process is to ensure that a sustainable and stable government can be formed and this can only be achieved through a carefully negotiated agreement between the parties and it should not be hastily rushed through using statutory declarations.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for political stability and transformation in Parliament by the Ismail Sabri Yaakob government with Pakatan Harapan in September 2021, which restored political stability, should be emulated in the current situation, and enough time should be given to all parties.
It is better to be slow and steady in establishing a stable government than to rush and risk sending our nation into endless political machinations over the next few years.
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Malaysia badly needs a functioning government to prevail over the triple crises of economy, environment and endemic – and not one plagued by intense infighting between government partners. All quarters should always act prudently and responsibly to protect our parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. – Bersih