By Former Petagas Assemblyman Datuk James Ligunjang JP
KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia is currently facing political instability following the defeat of the PH/UMNO(BN) coalition in many traditional Malay seats during the recent state elections. This raises concerns about the longevity of the unity government led by PMX Anwar Ibrahim.
The inclusion of UMNO in the unity government has resulted in conflicting agendas and posed challenges to the promised reforms by Anwar. Implementing necessary changes may become more difficult, hindering progress and exacerbating the situation.
In response to this new political landscape, the PN coalition is likely to seek the support of other political parties to undermine the unity government. This presents a significant opposition for Anwar, who now needs to prioritize and expedite his reform agenda to maintain his tenure and overcome the challenges posed by the PN coalition.
In addition to the political turmoil, Malaysia will also be grappling with increasing polarization and divisions among its citizens, particularly along ethnic and religious lines. These tensions pose a significant obstacle to achieving national unity and stability.
To navigate these challenges it is essential for Malaysia’s leaders and institutions to listen to the concerns and aspirations of its people, striving towards a more inclusive, cohesive and prosperous future for all Malaysians.