The top guns in DAP have called for bipartisan cooperation with UMNO, after previously dismissing the idea of a unity government.
DAP Secretary-General, Lim Guan Eng in a reconciliatory statement on Friday, 20 August said, Ismail’s main task will be to unite all Malaysians to correct the failures and mistakes in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Ismail should remember that he is the Prime Minister of all Malaysians. He must serve and protect the interest of everyone regardless of race, religion or background.”
Apart from Lim, Anthony Loke, the DAP’s current Organising-Secretary who is touted as DAP’s next Secretary-General also appealed for common ground between DAP and UMNO.
“From now until GE15, all parties regardless government or opposition must find common ground.”
Such calls were followed by DAP’s Deputy Secretary-General, Teresa Kok, who said that she hopes that Ismail is willing to cooperate with opposition MPs to carry out reforms.
“I hope Ismail can be a PM that is willing to cooperate with Opposition MPs. He must show that he is a leader for all Malaysians and a leader with vision and mission.”
On Thursday, 19 Aug, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang proposed for a unity government with Ismail Sabri and Anwar Ibrahim leading the Cabinet, presumably after being notified that Ismail has the majority and would soon be sworn-in.
Prior to these proposals for bipartisan cooperation, DAP’s Tony Pua and Ong Kian Ming had on 13 Aug pleaded to the Opposition to consider former Prime Minister Tan Sri Mahiaddin Md. Yasin’s offer, as Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim did not command the adequate parliamentary majority to form the next government.
“The best possible outcome is if the Pakatan Harapan PM designate now steps forth and announces that he has a strong, formidable, convincing majority.”
“But I’m sure everyone knows the answer to that,” said Tony.
Tony and Ong’s proposals were lambasted by the majority of the PH supporters who assumed that Anwar would attain the Prime Ministership.
In response, Lim Guan Eng on 14 August rejected Mahiaddin’s olive branch, describing it as “a gambit for power or stratagem for survival”.
“How can it be tenable for a government that has failed…. to be given a second chance? As Albert Einstein was attributed to have said, ‘insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’.”
Way back in February 2020, DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang had also rubbished calls for bipartisan cooperation, saying that a unity government cannot be established based on “treachery, deceit, corruption, betrayal of the people’s mandate or by promoting national disunity”.
He said that it is “foolish and short-sighted to purportedly establish a national unity government by destroying the Pakatan Harapan Government”.