The outcome of the 2022 general election has created a headache over who should form the government. While Perikatan Nasional (including Pas) are lobbying to be considered to be in the running to form the next Malaysian government, do they deserve to be considered first for this?
Going by convention and democratic practice, Pakatan Harapan should be entitled to this consideration. It being the single solid block with the biggest number of seats, the opportunity to form the next government deservedly belongs to them. This convention and democratic practice must be honoured and respected in the interest of parliamentary democracy.
Malaysians are confident that this fact will not go unnoticed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Malaysians are confident that the Agong will adhere to this practice and will give Anwar Ibrahim the first opportunity to try to form the next government.
Past presidents of the Bar Council and prominent individuals have appealed to the Agong to give consideration to Anwar first. These are individuals with standing in society and their views must count.
Malaysians will stand behind His Majesty the Agong when he upholds the traditional convention and adheres to the principles of parliamentary democracy.
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It has been said, “For the health of parliamentary democracy, this matter now needs to be brought to a swift conclusion.”