Former minister of human resources M Kula Segaran wants UMNO's Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to be better than his predecessor Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who failed to test his majority in Parliament
In a statement issued today, 21 August, the Ipoh Barat member of Parliament (MP) said that the new Prime Minister (PM) must test his confidence in the Dewan Rakyat immediately after he's sworn in.
Kula's statement is in line with a recent decree issued by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah in which His Majesty said that the next Prime Minister must test his majority in Parliament to ensure stability and cooperation among parties amidst the pandemic.
While congratulating the UMNO vice president, Kula stated that the job he has been tasked with is arduous, especially with the COVID-19 onslaught that is still ripping through the fabric of our society
According to Kula, while Muhyiddin was asked many times by the opposition, the former Prime Minister failed to test his majority in Parliament and closed it down "when it suited him".
"That fear assured that he would never join the leagues of Tun Hussein Onn and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, who upon taking the reins from the sitting PM, tested their support in parliament immediately. Hussein Onn tested his majority within 11 days and Ahmad Badawi did it in three days," Kula added.
"These fine gentlemen embraced the sanctity of Parliament and were not afraid to test their support."
The Ipoh Barat MP said that Muhyiddin was afraid of testing his majority because his support was "shaky and filled with conditions"
"These conditions were the prime focus of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government which resulted in the failure to govern the nation properly. We are now left with the highest daily COVID-19 cases ever recorded, high unemployment especially among the youth, FDIs (foreign direct investments) that have halved, a high number of businesses that shut down and the downgrade of the middle class to B40," he noted.
Calling Muhyiddin a "shambolic" PM, Kula stressed that Ismail should strive to be more credible than him by going ahead with the confidence vote as soon as next week.
He also urged him to set out a clear road map on how he will lead Malaysians out of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Ismail's son has asked Malaysians to give his 61-year-old father a chance to prove his capability in steering the nation: