KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 5 – Politicians who turned themselves into a ‘commodity’ has put the country in a very awkward political situation that has never been experienced before.
That is expressed by Deputy President Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan or ‘Tok Mat’, who said that such politicians are no longer loyal to the party and their voters.
“They trade themselves as if they are ‘political commodities,’ so this is the situation we are facing now.
“The most unfortunate thing is that Malaysia’s political morale has deteriorated in terms of values and principles,” he said when interviewed in the ‘Terus Terang Bersama Tok Mat’ Talk Program which was posted on Umno Online’s Facebook last night.
He was commenting on the country’s endless political crisis of late that led Malaysia having three prime ministers within three years.
Mohamad said the party’s action of opening the door to politicians who jumped the party made the situation worse and even these ‘traitors’ were celebrated by the party.
He said the effect of the action was to cause the government to lose the political balance it once controlled after independence. On the other hand, the country has entered a phase that has seen no dominant party and the Malay political strength is at its weakest level in the history of the country.
Mohamad said if this situation continues, the country would not achieve political stability and prosperity as before.
“This is very dangerous because the country will not be well managed, cannot be governed well and if the country is managed well, the people will benefit, observe political peace and health and economic (better) in our country,” he said.
He also said Umno must know how to differentiate between the government and political parties as they were now two different entities.
“Political parties no longer control the government. Of the parties established by the current government, Umno/BN has only 42 (seats).
“So this is not a 100 per cent Umno/BN government but we must support today’s government because it is led by the party’s vice president (Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob),” he said.
Mohamad said the current government was set up to manage the country and take over the administration of the government which was said to have failed.
“The PH (Pakatan Harapan) government failed, the PN (National Alliance) also failed, so this government must strive to manage the country. Therefore, it is better for the government to hold a cross-party political ceasefire so that the government is not harassed, ” he said.