By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: A federal lawmaker today remarked that current Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin lacks the leadership qualities of former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad when looking at his handling of the Covid-19 outbreak as well as his hasty announcement to reopen most businesses in the country.
Chan Foong Hin, the DAP MP for Kota Kinabaluin a statement said the country used to be ruled under a capable and efficient central government which was led by the most respectable former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir.
“If Tun Dr. Mahathir is still Prime Minister today and the ‘Sheraton Move’ never took place, I believe the situation would be under much better control, compared to under Muhyiddin,” said Chan.
Chan, who is also Secretary of DAP Sabah, noted that there is a need for a strong, capable & efficient leadership at the federal level, but Muhyiddin fell short of expectations.
Chan noted that under Muhyiddin, there is a leadership crisis between federal government and state governments when as many as nine state governments out of the thirteen states in Malaysia openly defied Muhyiddin’s announcement to relax the Movement Control Order (MCO).
These states include Kelantan, Perak, Pahang and Sarawak which are Perikatan Nasional states. Other states include opposition held states namely Negeri Sembilan, Selangor, Sabah, Penang, Perak and Kedah.
“Clearly there is a leadership crisis. Such leadership crisis happens when Muhyiddin the Prime Minister as the leader of the federal government neglects and fails to consult with leaders of state governments before making major decisions like the decision to reopen most businesses in the country abruptly without giving state governments and local authorities time or notice to put the necessary measures in place,” said Chan.
Chan said that it is important for the federal government to listen to the state authorities before making any decision, and hoped that this rebuking by the states would be a valuable lesson to the federal government.
“Covid-19 outbreak is a national crisis, so there should be no politicking. Here, the decision by the nine states not to follow the federal government’s orders is not due to politicking, but due to it being clearly erroneous – the ground is not ready for businesses to reopen.”
Chan noted that public health is a bigger issue than the popularity of a Pakatan Harapan or Perikatan Nasional state government, and therefore these state governments had, regardless of political affiliation, soundly rejected or decided to only selectively comply with Muhyiddin’s announcement.
“Muhyiddin wouldn’t have made such a massive blunder if he had consulted with the state leaders prior to making his announcement,” said Chan.