Unity gov't good for economy, says expert

Unity gov't good for economy, says expert

26.2.2020

Unity gov't good for economy, says expert

A unity gov't will put politicians back on the road to salvaging the economy, says Mahendhiran Nair.

A - A unity government is the only viable solution in helping Malaysia quickly refocus its efforts towards addressing the bigger issues at play such as the multiple threats to its economy, says econometrics expert Mahendhiran Nair. “A unity government will stop all the politicking and put politicians back on the road to salvaging the economy. We need this as we navigate through one of the most challenging times due to the (US-China) trade war, intensive competition from other regional players and Covid-19,” he told Bernama in an interview. Earlier, Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a televised address had explained that his resignation was due to the amount of politicking taking place even as the country was battling a weak economy and virus scare. Mahathir said that politicians had become so engrossed over party matters that it blinded them towards pressing issues affecting the nation and its people. The interim prime minister has said that if permitted, he would try to establish an administration that does not favour any party but prioritises the interests of the country instead. Unity gov't gives more clout Mahendhiran said a unity government would give the prime minister a stronger hand to pursue the reform agenda, to rid the country of financial scandals and strengthen the fundamentals of the economy. This would enable it to re-emerge as a “roaring tiger economy”, like in the early 1990s. He pointed out that the economy had not attained its potential after the last general election, even after Mahathir was appointed the premier for the Pakatan Harapan coalition. “His position was not as strong as when he was the fourth prime minister. This hindered him from pursuing a stronger and faster reform agenda. “He has lamented about this, that he had to consult all the parties before taking any bold policy decisions. Often, he would end up under severe criticism from his party members and opposition,” said Mahendhiran, who is also the CEO of Monash Malaysia R&D Sdn Bhd and the Monash University vice-president of R&D. Compounding the situation was the public’s increasing frustration with the slow progress of the reform agenda, he said. Without a two-thirds majority in the Parliament, it was hard for the prime minister and Harapan to see through key reform agenda. “I think Mahathir knows that even if someone else took over, he would also become a ‘lame-duck’ prime minister with very little power to lead a much-needed fast and dynamic reform agenda, which is critical in transforming Malaysia into a politically stable and globally competitive economy,” he said. He believed that everyone was aware that it would take someone of Mahathir’s stature to make a political transformation as such - via a unity government - to get Malaysia to leap into the next stage of development. Getting the house in order Mahendhiran further opined that the current political dynamics in Malaysia made it hard for any future prime minister to govern a multiethnic and multireligious Malaysia, and this, in turn, jeopardises efforts to build a stable and globally-competitive economy. The former is critical to ensuring that the latter takes place. “Perhaps, a positive outcome from all this is a unity government that puts the interest of its people and socio-economic development of the country first. “There should be less of politicking and other trivial matters that can fragment the nation and stifle its progress. The world is changing fast and the nation needs to keep up and not be hindered by pent-up race and religious issues,” he said. Despite the economic issues the country is reeling from, Mahendhiran believed that in the long term, a unity government comprising elected representatives from all parties would fare well in the country. “As long as they seriously pursue the reform agenda and put in place a robust socioeconomic turn-around plan, the long-term prospect for the economy will be on much stronger footing than when Mahathir inherited it after the last general election,” he said. Is there a provision under the federal constitution that allows an interim prime minister to form a unity government? Not exactly, says advocate and solicitor Faisal Moideen. “It’s not directly tied to the constitution. However, Article 43 (2) on the appointment of cabinet members stipulates that they are to be appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the advice of the prime minister. That article doesn’t stipulate that such an appointment must come from the ruling party or ruling coalition. “Also, the constitution doesn’t expressly recognise or stipulates anything about political parties or composition of coalitions. As long Article 43 is followed, anyone who is from the Dewan Rakyat or Dewan Negara can be appointed into the cabinet,” he said. — Bernama Read more: malaysiakini.com

also good for our Menteri Ekonomi Welcome to China and have a look....Covid-19 is waiting for you. Experts .....? Would democracy take a back seat?🤔 eddydaud Disagree. Experts are a bunch of people funded to speak what they are allowed to speak because it sounds good when you say 'says expert'. This is the problem when you get quotes and opinions from a half past six expert who doesn't get the concept of accountability

Not if the lenders are racists. Short term yes but for LONGEST term New York Times oped ' Anwar Ibrahim will be transformational PM'

Dr M proposes to lead 'unity government', say sourcesKUALA LUMPUR (Reuters): Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is proposing to lead a unity government and has invited lawmakers from across rival political parties to join, political sources said on Tuesday (Feb 25), after his shock resignation as premier. Or give back to us rakyat 2 decide. Better he proposes next general election. Let the people decide. He has let the voters down. Promise not kept. Just saying la Dissolve lah

Enough of experts. Don't dare say again about better door economy. You unhonourable man. Unity Government is “I don’t give a shit about anwaribrahim , and I want to do my way, only my way”. This is not what I vote for! Not acceptable at all. Expert = palataologist Plausible notion! This is not democracy la

says who?so who is going to do balance and check?what for we voted for PH and ended like this? In other countries, maybe yes. But here, you have kleptocrats. If you let these Umno and PAS people get near the cookie jar, habis lah.. Expert who? But bad for democracy Unity govt will be filled with former Najib goons that plunder rakyat. You want to be told to eat kangkung again. Clean govt, unity govt is just bullshit.

Sources: Dr M eyeing ‘unity government’ | Malay MailKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is proposing to lead a unity government and has invited lawmakers from across rival political parties to join, political sources said today, after his shock resignation as prime minister. Dr Mahathir proposed the idea of a grand coalition to leaders... Haha 🤣 told someone that today. Not rocket science but it will be lopsided. Let’s see Guys Hear me out What if we turned malaysia into a one-party state 😳👉👈 Follow similar route of the BN with many parties, gosh don't repeat the same mistake again.

What rubbish. A clean and accountable gov is good for the economy, not a unity government made up of kleptos, supremacists and desperados. Understand why Tun Razak formed Barisan Nasional. And how it united Malaysians who wanted peace and economic prosperity. Best method to solve Malaysia's problems now is Rukun Negara and Unity Government. jezlai

Let's go for unity govt and give full support to Dr Mahathir, says Wan SaifulPETALING JAYA: There will be a unity government if Tun Dr Mahahir Mohamad gets full support in Parliament, says Wan Saiful Wan Jan. Get lost Kesian wansaiful tak sempat jadi Menteri kah kah kah Diaml wansaiful

LIVE: Ambiga backs formation of unity gov’tLIVE | Malaysiakini brings you live updates on the developing situation following the collapse of the 20-month-old Harapan government. A unity government including UMNO and PAS is a backdoor government on the instalment plan Who is Ambiga ? Why should I bother what she or her grandmother thinks ? Who

Bersih 2.0: Unity govt is against spirit of democracyPETALING JAYA: A unity government is against the spirit of democracy, says Bersih 2.0. Right. No to unity government. Why must a looser dictate terms to a winner? We should just let PH to continue managing the country with the consent of the King and we the Malaysian rakyat would fully support them. They are rightfully elected by us the rakyat of Malaysia.

On Twitter, Saifuddin Abdullah backs for Dr M’s ‘unity government’ | Malay MailKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 — Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said he supported the “unity government” Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was reportedly planning, in his first public remarks since joining a rogue faction in quitting PKR. Commenting on a news report of Dr Mahathir’s purported plan, he echoed others... he want to be minister in Tun Mahathir Cabinet again.. so keep licking TM geng si kitol Admin: Be fair on reporting. What about all the comments he got bashed since he tweeted today ?



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