KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 24 – Malaysians hope for the harmony, prosperity and well-being the country once achieved to return, says Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
However, in order to reinstate such a situation, most important is to secure stability which means the country is governed by a strong and dominant government.
“The key is stability… politically and economically, inter-racial relations and everything. In order to achieve stability, the country must be governed again by a strong government, especially by experienced political parties with a sound track record in developing Malaysia.
“This opinion is not rhetorical but based on facts and truth. We remember that Malaysia was ranked 35th in the Ranking of Happiness based on the World Happiness Report 2018 . However, just after a year, Malaysia’s position fell 45 places to 80th in 2019 .
“Then it fell further to 82nd place in 2020 before rising slightly one rung to 81st position last year. After more than three years since the 14th General Election, there are no signs that Malaysia’s position will improve significantly again,” he says in a Facebook posting.
He also expresses concern over various crises faced by the country in the first month of 2022.
The Bagan Datuk MP also says such a would make Malaysia’s position in the Ranking of Happiness fall further because the implications would not only give a bad perception internationally, notably foreign investors.
“We have to accept the fact that Malaysia started the new year on a very unfortunate step. Less than a month into January, there has been too much turmoil and issues that ‘clutter’ the people’s heads.
“Shifts between government agencies, issues related to umrah, ban on wearing songkok and kopiah, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and more. Everything that happens has a direct or indirect impact on the society.
“We are not sure where the mistake is but this is not what the people wanted for when ushering the New Year. They do not want their lives to be forsaken with addition to the existing problems.”