Monday, March 1

Lo saddened by ongoing intrigue in national politics


Andrew Lo – File photo

KUCHING: Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) Sarawak Division secretary Andrew Lo is saddened by the ongoing intrigue in national politics.

He said any attempts to change the government without a parliamentary vote of confidence or a general election is a betrayal of the fundamental tenets of democracy and the people’s votes which would jeopardise the future of Malaysia.

He lamented that at a time where the world faces Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) threat, a weak economic outlook, Malaysia’s political leaders are more interested in political maneuvering.

“For better or for worse, voters made a clear choice (during the 2018 general elections). Political leaders and parties must respect that choice.

“PH (Pakatan Harapan) has the mandate to govern while BN (Barisan Nasional) must play the role of an effective and responsible opposition to keep the government in check.

“Both sides will have the chance to go back to the people during the next election. That is the very essence of democracy,” he said in a statement yesterday in response to the current political development in the country.

Lo said MTUC Sarawak Division viewed with great concern at reports that there had been attempts by the head of various political parties across the political divide to convince the Yang di-Pertuan Agong that they had the majority of MPs to form a new federal government, replacing PH.

“It was just 22 months ago that voters chose between PH and BN in the 14th general election,” he added.