It should be done as soon as possible so that the country can move on as usual, says Umno Communication Unit member Abdul Rahman Dahlan

KUALA LUMPUR: There should not be any further delay in the formation of a new Pakatan Harapan cabinet, said Opposition party Umno today.

Umno Communication Unit member Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the formation of the cabinet must take place as soon as possible so that the country can move on as usual.

Abdul Rahman said many people were restless as there was no clear formation of the cabinet, despite a week after the 14th General Election (GE14) had concluded.

“To date, many government policies and directives were announced by those who are not ministers, which is in contrary with management of government affairs.

“In fact, this will also be a problem as those who announced the policies and directive had no legitimacy to do so.

“Thus, it is our hope that the formation of the cabinet to be held accordingly for the well-being of the people and country,” he said.

He added that the appointment of cabinet ministers must be held in accordance with the Federal Constitution as well as respecting the sovereignty of the Conference of Rulers.

“Appointment of cabinet members made not in accordance to the constitution or ‘cowboy style’ will result in Malaysia losing its integrity and not be respected by others.”

Citing the appointment of DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as the Finance Minister by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Abdul Rahman said the move had received negative feedback from the people.

“I am sure Mahathir is aware of Lim, who is now facing trial on corruption charges. It was not a surprise when Mahathir made a U-turn on Lim’s appointment after being questioned by the people”, he said.

Rahman in a statement said Umno had also called upon Pakatan to govern the country well.

“We want them to immediately fulfil their promises made in their 100 days manifesto as the people are monitoring them closely.

“This includes giving immediate autonomy to Sabah and Sarawak as well as their pledge to add 15 percent of the petroleum royalty to Sabah, Sarawak, Terengganu and Kelantan

“Certainly, all the appointed economists will be able to find ways to fulfil all these promises,” Abdul Rahman said.

At the end of his statement, he wished the new government all the best and hoped that they will work hard for the country and welfare of the people.