KUALA LUMPUR: There is no reason why the 15th General Election (GE15) must be held soon – except to probably serve the interests of a few politicians, said Barisan Nasional Padang Rengas member of parliament Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.
He said excuses made by some BN leaders that holding GE15 soon would heal the country from its current economic, health and political crises are illogical.
The former Law Minister pointed out that the current BN-led government has everything at its disposal to find effective ways to deal with issues such as the rising costs of living, inflation, Covid-19 outbreak and weak ringgit.
Therefore, he said the current administration should work on improving the country and the livelihoods of the people instead of being fixated on Umno’s call for an immediate GE15.
“There is no strong reason why we should call for GE15 soon. All I see are personal interests. To overcome a problem, you must be in power and we already are in power.
“We can do anything…fight inflation, reduce prices of goods, anything. I am sure MPs from both political divides will support any effort to improve the people’s wellbeing, so what’s the problem here?
“They wanted power and we already got it. So why call for GE15 soon? There is no pressure from the opposition so why are we pressuring our own government?
“Besides, the cost of GE15 is expected to be RM1 billion. Where are we going to find that money?” he said when contacted.
In a recent interview with Nikkei Asia, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri said now is not the right time to hold a general election, citing the country’s spiralling inflation and cost of living.
However, after Umno leaders openly applied pressure on him during BN’s 48th anniversary convention last week, Ismail Sabri vowed to call for a general election as soon as the coalition was ready to face one.
Nazri said since Umno and BN had branded themselves as political parties that take care of the people, working towards that goal would be the best service they could offer to struggling Malaysians now.
He also cautioned BN leaders against dragging the Yang di-Pertuan Agong into their drama, while reminding them that the final call to hold GE15 lies with the king, not the prime minister.
Nazri said BN’s pledge for political stability could already be achieved now if it weren’t for a few political players who are trying to benefit from an early GE15.
“Who is causing instability in the country? It’s Umno. The ones pressuring the prime minister for an immediate GE15 are from Umno.
“Instead of pressuring the prime minister about the rising costs of living and other problems faced by the public, they choose to pressure the prime minister to hold GE15 soon. If we are a party that cares for the rakyat, then walk the talk.
“How are they (some Umno leaders) going to achieve stability when they are causing the instability? It is not the opposition who is doing this. It is our people who are pressuring our own prime minister.”
Recently, Nazri dared Umno leaders pushing for an early GE15 to seek the approval from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong himself.
He said Umno leaders who are hounding Ismail Sabri for an early GE15 are self-serving and irresponsible.
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