Focusing on the Pandemic Turmoil: Gerakan Supports Muhyiddin

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Gerakan President Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau spoke in an online press

A lot of political issues has overwhelmed the officials for the past days and here, Independent Gerakan group wants to voice out his support to Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, telling that Malaysia should concentrate on the latest economic chaos arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Gerakan President Datuk Dr. Dominic Lau said in an online press conference today that the country’s representatives should not be playing politics at this period and should concentrate their energies on national recovery and maintaining the well-being of their people.

Everyone understands that we are now confronting a significant threat from the Covid-19 pandemic, which has already contributed to our economic slowdown. Malaysia therefore wants a secure political climate for economic growth and for the war against Covid-19.

He highlighted that our attention must be on improving the economy, taking care of our people and not playing politics. To the citizens and the government, Gerakan fully supports Tan Sri Muhyiddin as our prime minister. He added that they have seen his success since he took over on February 29, so we think it’s a positive thing.

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Lau lauded the numerous activity prevention initiatives that have been placed in order to reduce the transmission of highly contagious diseases.

When questioned whether his party should join the governing Perikatan Nasional (PN) alliance, Lau clearly said that their main priority right now is to help Muhyiddin. He continued that the group would help someone who has the national interest at heart and holds the same values as the multi-racial community. Gerakan ‘s support for Muhyiddin is solely political, though, as the group has no elected legislator in its ranks.

The leader of the former Barisan Nasional ( BN) member also firmly claimed that his party’s interest in a multi-racial Malaysia given his proclaimed support for the chief of a mainly Malay coalition. Since coming to power unelected, Muhyiddin now poses twin threats to his leadership of the country and to his party Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

His predecessor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, effectively lodged a motion of no-confidence against him in the Dewan Rakyat, but it is not evident when — if ever — this will make it to the Chamber. Dr. Mahathir ‘s wife, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, is also opposing the presidency of Muhyiddin in Bersatu.

On the home front, even Muhyiddin’s so-called supporters in Umno were publicly hostile, including Umno Deputy President Datuk Mohamad Hasan, who claimed that the PN was just a temporary solution.

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