News | The guessing game begins now

PETALING JAYA: After the fall of the Muhyiddin Yassin-led Perikatan Nasional government, MPs were quick to turn their attention to what comes next: the appointment of their replacements by the next prime minister.

Speaking to FMT today, Klang MP Charles Santiago said he hopes for a quick resolution from the King.

“It’s unclear how long the process (of appointing a new prime minister) will take, but given the major problems we have with Covid-19, the state of our hospitals and unemployment, hopefully things will be resolved quickly,” the DAP man said.

“We can’t have this dragging on for weeks.”

However, Santiago had doubts whether a speedy solution would be possible, as “given the political infighting at the moment, it could be a drawn-out process”.

PKR’s William Leong called for the mandate granted to Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the last general election to be returned.

“We now move to the next phase of the King appointing the next prime minister. It is hoped that all parties will respect democratic conventions,” the Selayang MP said.

“All parties must, for the sake of stability and democracy, respect the people’s GE14 mandate and allow PH to govern for the rest of the term.”

Bangi MP and fellow DAP member Ong Kian Ming took the opportunity to thank certain members of the outgoing administration on Twitter, namely vaccination minister Khairy Jamaluddin and finance minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz.

“Firstly, thank you to @Khairykj for your efforts in the national vaccination programme. Having been in the CITF meetings, I can attest to the challenges of the task.

“I’d also like to thank @tzafrul_aziz for his openness in taking in feedback from my colleagues & myself. We may not always have agreed on fiscal issues but having been at MoF for two months as a special officer to the minister, I know the challenges of that office.”

Ong also acknowledged the work of former higher education minister Noraini Ahmad, who had earlier stepped down in support of Umno’s decisions to withdraw from the government, for her work in approving a scholarship for a B40 student to study at Imperial College London.

Netizens weigh in

Netizens were quick to react on social media to the news of the Cabinet’s resignation, with many thanking Khairy for his efforts as the vaccination minister.

“Thank you for your service Khairy, no matter what, you have done your best. Syabas,” said Yu Wei.

Terry John also thanked Khairy for his hard work and services throughout the pandemic.

“In fact, you (Khairy) are the only competent minister in the Perikatan Nasional cabinet in performing your duties with flying colours. The vaccination programme has been running so well and hopefully, the new government will re-appoint you back to lead this programme,” he said. – FMT

by Imran Ariff

credit photo: EPA-EFE

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