GPS “Political Stability and Peace”

Being a Veteran politician and who has many wounds and scars to show DCM Sarawak James Masing has “hit the nail on the head” which in itself will go a long way in elevating Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) in the eyes of common coalition allies in Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Barisan Nasional (BN)

“Political government is formed to establish social and political stability so that business can operate and people can live in peace.

NEED WE WRITE MORE OR DO WE JUST NEED TO INFORM THE PENINSULAR COALITIONS TO FIND FOR THEMSELVES A COMMON GROUND?

The threat is there when the ground is being shaken the opposition will capitalize and find their so called “LOST FEET AND MOMENTUM FOR A GOOD FIGHT”

What needs to be addressed will and is necessary if the Coalitions are to survive for GE15.

Sarawak GPS understands that it is the KINGMAKER as per our previous article https://audie61.wordpress.com/2020/12/11/gps-the-kingmaker-between-pn-and-bn-in-grand-coalition/ but like GPS knows too that “Kings have many ears and eyes.

Please find below an article from an online portal which sums up the whole political situation in the country.

IT was a picture that was worth a thousand words.

There was an awkward air surrounding the presidents of the three ruling Malay parties when they met in the Prime Minister’s office in Parliament on Wednesday (Dec 9).

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin sat still as a painting while his Umno counterpart Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was not his usual chatty self.

Things were certainly not fine between them and only PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang seemed relaxed and comfortable.

The trio were there to sign the power of attorney for their respective parties to form a new government in Perak and put an end to the political impasse following the ouster of Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu as Mentri Besar (MB).

The wounds were still raw and that might have explained the chilly body language between Muhyiddin and Zahid.

The political crisis in Perak has been a defining moment for the two parties.

It has blown wide open the rivalry between Umno and Bersatu and they can now stop pretending that they like each other.

After all, what Umno did to Ahmad Faizal was not even a stab-in-the-back, but a full frontal attack.

“The rivalry will intensify. The volte face by PAS must have come as a surprise for Umno but the affinity of PAS for Muhyiddin is clear by now, ” said lawyer and political commentator Ivanpal S. Grewal.

The widely held opinion about the Perak power struggle is that there were no real winners.

Bersatu lost face over the way its deputy president Ahmad Faizal was voted out during the state assembly sitting. It was such a public humiliation.

Moreover, Perak is the home state of Bersatu strongman and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainuddin.

Forgoing the MB post was painful but the root of the problem lay in giving the MB post to the party that won only one state seat in the general election.

Bersatu had held the MB posts in Kedah, Perak and Johor after the general election. It has since lost all those posts but has the Chief Minister post in Sabah.

PAS was seen as the strategic one by refusing to be involved in forming the new government.

But the party tripped at a crucial moment. It was accused of snubbing the Palace after a PAS leader was reported as saying that the party had “cancelled” an audience with the Sultan.

It is not the done thing and PAS found itself excluded from the initial batch of state exco members presented to the Palace.

Its assemblymen have since apologised while its president is seeking an audience with Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah.

Umno, on the other hand, has been painted as the villain in the coup. The party was also perceived as having shot itself in the foot when the crisis dragged on without a solution.

But it was an undeniable show of force by Umno and a win whichever way one looks at it. The party, which has 25 assemblymen, had reclaimed the coveted post.

“It is back in pole position. What happened in Perak is also a reminder to parties out there that you may control important posts in the government but that cannot take you very far if you don’t have the grassroots network to advance your power and agenda, ” said Ivanpal, who was a political aide for a former Perak minister.

Zahid has not had an easy time as Umno president but his handling of the Perak crisis won him kudos from the Umno rank-and-file especially given that Perak is a complex state riddled by warlord politics.

Umno members had grown resigned to seeing their president trooping in and out of court so it was a pleasant change for them to see him going in and out of Istana Kinta.

The one thing some of them did not like was his apology in the joint press statement by the three party presidents

But, former Kapar division chief Datuk Faizal Abdullah said: “Nothing wrong, it’s part of Malay manners to say sorry if we have hurt anyone. The important thing is Zahid got us what we wanted – the MB post.”

Taking back the top job is crucial to Umno’s plans to control Perak ahead of the general election because it means having the clout and power to manage and engage their grassroots.

That is what the new MB Datuk Saarani Mohamad is expected to do in the coming months.

But on the day Saarani was sworn in, the spotlight was on the Sultan who delivered an awesome speech that few had ever heard from a reigning sovereign.

“I have never heard my Sultan speak like that, it was a very strong speech, ” said Perak Umno loyalist Kassim Ismail.

Royals tend to beat about the bush with flowery prose but Sultan Nazrin was not holding back and had his crosshairs on politicians and their endless politicking.

Although the Sultan began by thanking Ahmad Faizal, many thought the speech was also a reprimand of the former MB especially when he spoke about how power and wealth can test the character of a person.

It was a stern and frank reminder to political leaders to do the right thing when entrusted with power.

“It was a royal take down on politicians, a sign that the royal patience is running thin. “What he said is relevant beyond Perak. He was telling the politicians to stop their political games. Their feet should be on the ground, not up in the clouds, ” Ivanpal.

The storm has passed but things are unlikely to be the same again between the two parties although Hamzah, who is also Bersatu secretary-general, is pressing for a grand coalition to be inked by Bersatu, Barisan Nasional and GPS.

Muhyiddin has not made a single public comment about Perak and there is a good reason for it. He needs to rein in the Perak upheaval as a state issue and to contain it from spilling over to affect party relations in other states

The seasoned politician understands that the clash in Perak is symptomatic of a bigger problem that has implications on Putrajaya.

His priority is to prevent another clash and to stay the course until it is safe to call for a general election.

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