Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Joint statement by 14 Opposition MPs dated 5 January 2021


Malaysia recorded a total number of 1741 new Covid-19 positive cases yesterday bringing the total number of infection to 120,818 cases. Some states are hit by severe floods and more than 15,000 Malaysians have been displaced. Current unemployment or reduced income for many families in this time of pandemic remains unsettling. With these in mind, we are appalled by the continuous demand by UMNO to hold snap polls in such a climate. 


Just last month, Parliament passed a budget of RM322.5 billion, the largest budget in the history of this nation purportedly to fight Covid-19. 


Barely 3 weeks after this supposedly people-friendly budget was passed, UMNO now wants to use fresh elections as a trump card to grab more power at the expense of Malaysians' wellbeing and health safety. They have bared their true colours for all to see. 


We are reminded of this - Najib Razak once urged UMNO members to defend Putrajaya at all costs. “Even if our bodies are crushed and our lives lost, brothers and sisters, whatever happens, we must defend Putrajaya”. Malaysians must reject such wicked and selfish ambition for power. We have lost enough from years of misgovernance and corruption. 


This nation needs to heal and the time to heal is now. 


1. Darell Leiking (MP for Penampang, Former Minister of International Trade and Industry)

2. Syed Saddiq (MP for Muar, Former Minister of Youth and Sports)

3. Mohd Azis Jamman (MP for Sepanggar, Former Deputy Home Minister)

4. Hannah Yeoh (MP for Segambut, Former Deputy Minister of Women, Family & Community Development)

5. Yeo Bee Yin (MP for Bakri, Former Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change)

6. Baru Bian (MP for Selangau, Former Minister of Works)

7. Sivarasa Rasiah (MP for Sungai Buloh, Former Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development)

8. Salahuddin Ayub (MP for Pulai, Former Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry)

9. Amiruddin Hamzah (MP for Kubang Pasu, Former Deputy Minister of Finance)

10. Teo Nie Ching (MP for Kulai, Former Deputy Minister of Education) 

11. Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (MP for Kota Belud, Former Deputy Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change)

12. Marzuki bin Haji Yahya (Senator, Former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs)

13. Mahfuz Omar (MP for Pokok Sena, Former Deputy Minister of Human Resources)

14. Khalid Samad (MP for Shah Alam, Former Minister of Federal Territories)