Kuala Lumpur: There is a wave of undercurrent that has not been articulated but is present in the rakyat which is a silent wave reflecting a loss of confidence and we should not allow this wave to gain momentum, Tengku Razeleigh Hamzah said.

The veteran Umno man, also commonly known as Ku Li, said the Rulers therefore have a duty at this crucial moment of the nation’s life to assume an important Constitutional Role arising from the Oath that is inherent in the Oath 3 the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has taken before the rulers who elected him to represent them.

“The Dewan Rakyat, which is intended by the constitution to be the ultimate judge is determining who, among the elected representatives, has their confidence to hold the highest public office of the Prime Minister, suffers from three disabilities.

“It is partially dysfunctional because a substantive number of Representatives are conflicted by financial interest (seen and unseen) and disqualified by the House of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act 1952. It is a ‘hung’ Dewan Rakyat with no majority to decide in their choice and a significant number are in breach of the constitutional basis on which they were elected, amounting to fraud on the constitution. Neither the constitution nor the law has any solutions to unravel these disabilities,” said the Gua Musang parliamentarian in a statement on Wednesday.

This is to rise above personal interest, political parties and personal considerations to seek a leader who has the capability, ability, vision and depth of understanding of the present situation to lead a government that can take us out of this dire situation that the rakyat is in, Ku Li said.

“We are in a state of multiple crises without precedent, where the economy is collapsing and there is a crisis of basic necessities such as food, health and security. We either rise to the occasion and solve it or fail and fall. Leadership is about the life of the nation and the wellbeing of the rakyat. History has many examples of failed leadership. We cannot afford to fail.

“Leadership of the nation is crucial at the moment of the nations’ life. We are in a state of do or die and whether the nation state will hold. Leadership, as we have understood in the past is no longer relevant or capable of dealing with the multiple problems from economies, which include high unemployment, loss of income, finance to food and health, all coming together.

State Of Desperation And Despair

“Malaysians, particularly the poor, are in a state of desperation and despair. They are also consumed by fear of the unknown and they have lost their sense of security. They are in a state of extreme anxiety for the future,” said Ku Li.

The enemy is invisible and has proved to be formidable with an ability to outmaneuver and outsmart. It is a war by an invisible force. There is no more normality. What the future holds will depend on what the leadership of the nation can do to bring about a turning point, added Ku Li.

“The past has no lessons for this unprecedented situation. The past was comparatively easy and the people optimistic. That optimism has disappeared.

“The constitution and the institutions are not designed for this war situation. And whether the institutions are capable of dealing with this new situation is in doubt. The constitution and institutions are only as good as the people who lead it,” he said.

After meeting several political leaders including prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on June 9, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is expected to chair a Conference of Rulers meeting today .

The Palace issued a statement saying that Agong will discuss with the Malay rulers to combat the spread of COVID-19 and the country’s state of Emergency.

“This special meeting with Malay rulers is related to the efforts of combating the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic and its implementation during the period of emergency,” said the statement. – New Malaysia Herald

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