KOTA KINABALU: Politicians from both sides of the divide are urged to stop politicking and focus on tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.
In making the call, former Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said politics needed to be put aside for now to give the government the room to address the Covid-19 situation and other national issues.
In a blogpost, he expressed confidence that an election will be held when the time is right.
He said the people were sick of leaders being busy with politics when what they wanted was for the economy and public health situation to improve.
“To achieve this, we need to find a common ground and put aside our differences for a while. The focus must be given to fighting Covid-19. Take a break from politics to save the economy, he said.
Salleh said in the past year, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has shown that the government is serious about managing Covid-19.
“It would not have been easy to implement the various measures in an unstable political climate.
“However, he was able to manage the differences in a calm and focused manner,” he added.
He said although he was faced with criticism and attacks from various quarters, he kept calm to face it.
Salleh said Muhyiddin’s pledge to call for a snap election when the Covid-19 situation improves will give the power to the people to choose the government they want.
“Will they vote because of the party or based on current issues or the environment around them? Only the people can answer this question,” he said.