From Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali
It is with curiosity that I learn the newest Letter to the Editor by Hafiz Hassan (Time for a War Cabinet) apparently in response to one other letter by Dr Venugopal Balchand (100 Malaysians dead in 3 days – it’s a Covid-19 war!).
At first look it appears loopy to counsel we’re at struggle. But what each these writers counsel appears true. In the very actual sense, we’re at struggle. And our enemy is the present coronavirus inflicting a well being pandemic that’s now exacerbated by the stagnant if not plunging economic system coupled with the rising political instability which the prime minister faces.
It is excessive time we referred to as a spade a spade. Only by realising that the present authorities has by all accounts failed can we as a nation transfer ahead. This actuality have to be accepted not solely by these in energy however we the rakyat should make it recognized.
If the social media buzz at the moment trending as #KerajaanGagal is taken as a barometer, then it appears clear the bell has tolled for the prime minister and his Cabinet.
The bloated dimension of the Perikatan Nasional-Barisan Nasional Cabinet is certainly not appropriate for the instances we dwell in. Our ministers are actually making waves in meals supply, breach of SOPs, posing for the cameras, cleansing of the holy mosque and different works singularly devoid of any relation to their capability and accountability of the related ministries they head.
More not too long ago the confusion stemming from differing SOPs and the flip-flop of bulletins has led netizens to vent their frustrations. Some even questioned how choices have been diametrically opposed to these taken at a single assembly. One additionally questions whether or not these ministers share a WhatsApp group. Tongue-in-cheek maybe, but it surely makes you marvel nonetheless.
The indisputable fact that Parliament continues to be not allowed to be in session additional fuels issues. The lack of ability of the various members of Parliament, chosen by all of us on May 9, 2018 to attend the Dewan Rakyat and query the various deficiencies we see and maintain the federal government to scrutiny is irritating.
If within the first occasion it was the prime minister and the Cabinet that suggested the King to maintain off the Dewan Rakyat sitting, will they now revert in any other case? That is an acid check which to date the prime minister is reluctant to take.
This culminates in precisely what the earlier two writers have acknowledged, the necessity for a wartime cabinet or council tailor-made to make sure the nation is safely pushed out of this present hunch, with drivers able to making certain that Malaysia goes via unscathed.
Legally that is sound. The government energy of the federation is with His Majesty the King. In a scenario of emergency, that energy might be handed on to any particular person or physique of individuals succesful, deemed certified and have been examined. It has to be helmed by one of the best of Malaysians amongst us. Evidence so far exhibits that our present Cabinet doesn’t advantage that label.
It can’t be overemphasised that the present authorities has not been ready to resolve the issues the nation is going through. Its lack of ability has been laid naked for all to see. Every different motion is finest seen as a knee-jerk, one thing that has been frequent for the previous yr or so.
If the present development is unabated, Malaysia is steadily heading in the direction of a failed state. That is one thing that the King shall be greater than eager to keep away from.
Handing over the reigns of Putrajaya to a unity cabinet or wartime council is apparent.
This unity cabinet will need to have inside its remit the facility to resolve the three-pronged disaster Malaysia is in: well being disaster, financial disaster and the political limbo. And this council in no matter form or type have to be allowed full leeway to deliver us out of the doldrums.
It is worth it to be aware that the thought of a unity cabinet was introduced to us by way of a nationwide deal with on Feb 26, 2020 by Dr Mahathir Mohamad when he was interim prime minister. It appears that it’s now the opportune time to take up that concept and convey again the roar of the tiger of Asia.
Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali is an FMT reader.
The views expressed are these of the author and don’t essentially replicate these of FMT.
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