A DAP state assemblyman has criticised her fellow opposition members for seeking to change the government at a time when the Covid-19 pandemic is taking a toll on the people, in comments seen as out of line with her party.
“Majority lah, this and that lah. What is more important now?
“I’m also talking about the opposition; don’t be so preoccupied with changing the government,” Kamache Doray Rajoo, the Sabai assemblyman in Pahang, told news portal Malaysiakini.
She questioned those calling for the toppling of the government, saying it would not make a difference in addressing the pandemic.
“What can you do if you change the government? People are dying, who cares about all this (politicking),” she said.
She said the public has concerns different from those of politicians, citing as an example the shortage of vaccines in her constituency.
“We are very far from achieving herd immunity. This is not good. I see the leaders are being selfish,” said Kamache.
Her views echoed those of veteran DAP leader Dr Tan Seng Giaw, who recently urged all quarters to stop jostling for power and to instead focus on battling the pandemic.
“We should stop this war of words among parties over who should be the government, who should be this and that,” Tan, who served the Kepong federal constituency for eight terms until 2018, told MalaysiaNow.
Yesterday, Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar issued a strong rebuke against Malay political leaders who are aiming to topple the government, saying their actions were disruptive.
“Now is the time to scramble to help the people, not scramble for power and positions,” the ruler said.
PKR president Anwar Ibrahim and his Umno counterpart Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, alongside former leader Najib Razak, have been at the forefront of a campaign to topple Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin since last year.
Their efforts gathered momentum recently with a call by Zahid on Cabinet ministers from his party to quit the government. Both Zahid and Najib say they have mustered the support of about 15 MPs from Umno.