As this article is being written, it is only hours before Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri will be sworn as Malaysia’s 9th Prime Minister, succeeding Tan Sri Dato’ Muhyiddin after the latter’s resignation less than a week ago. Now that our curiosity has been answered, the general question still lingers, what is next in Malaysian politics today?
What is happening in Malaysian politics
Politics in Malaysia holds Yang di-Pertuan Agong as the head of state and the Prime Minister of Malaysia as the head of the government. Latest, in the midst of a pandemic where the instances of an election is impossible, Agong takes the letters from all 220 MPs (where 114 of them are in favor of supporting Ismail Sabri) which results in His Majesty taking the decision to elect this MP of Bera as Malaysia’s latest Prime Minister.
Following this decision, Malaysian citizens are seen to be voicing out their downheartedness upon seeing that the ruling government is back in the hands of UMNO, after the change that happened during the infamous Malaysian general election in 2018. Needless to say, the citizens are still waiting for the day when they can use their voices in this democratic country once it is possible again. It’s everywhere on the news!
Best hopes for the future
Hoping that the political turmoil will end, the palace statement reads: “The King hopes with the appointment of the Prime Minister, the government should continue efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic immediately to ensure safety and security of the people as well as the well-being of the country, which have been deeply affected.”
“The King also expresses hope that with the appointment, the political tussle will end and all lower house members can set aside political agendas to focus on efforts to combat the pandemic,” the statement continues.
Anyone reading that statement would surely cannot help but to agree. The focus right now, more than ever, is the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in our beloved country. The pain that we have gone through as a whole has affected our lives; and aspirations of getting the cases under control are undoubtedly present in all of the citizens’ hearts.
Hence, we can say that what is next is as what is before. The vision maintains, the battle continues.
Urge for unity in the community
In times like current Malaysian politics situation, perhaps the last thing that any of us could do is finding faults and differences. On the other hand, the thing of the highest importance right now is unity. Counting days to our National Day of Independence, it is only fitting for us to take a read of a quote by our first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman: “We are all Malaysians. This is the bond that unites us. Let us always remember that unity is our fundamental strength as a people and as a nation.”
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