Forming A Unity Government?
The recent spate of events leading to the fallout of the ruling coalition has exacerbated concerns amongst the rakyat and stakeholders including political parties which left all the MPs in dire straits after the Prime Minister announces his resignation.
The questions that concerns us now is what if no single coalition commands a comfortable simple majority to govern Malaysia, how then would the Agong diffuse the deadlock?
Constitutionally, it had fallen upon the lap of Tuanku to determine who would be the next Prime Minister of his choice. To do that, it was understood that Tuanku has decided to interview each and every MP to determine the which coalition each of them belongs to so that Tuanku could do a headcount, then picks the prime minister from the coalition which enjoys the simple majority.
As of today, the Agong has granted an audience with the heads of the ruling coalition party as well as all the other opposition parties. The Agong has also summoned all the respective legitimate MPs to the palace for an interview.
Amidst all this, another interesting speculation has rife saying that the Agong is contemplating the possibility of forming an all inclusive quote unquote ’Unity Government” comprising MPs from both political divides to end this stalemate and to put their heads together for the betterment of Malaysia. Now is that possible? In a situation such as this, many concerns suddenly creeps up, a few glaring ones that seriously deserves some thoughts are:
1. HOW ARE THEY CHOSEN?
What are the guidelines and standards used to choose the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers with or without Portfolios, their Deputy Ministers as well as Political Secretaries?
a) By Meritocracy? Educational level
b) By Popularity? Those who command the Highest percentage of win in a Local or General Election? Likeability
c) By Fairness? Quota? Race? Religion? Age? Sex?
d) By Capability? Experience or Professionalism
e) By Reliability? Demonstrating Loyalty and Efficiency when tasked.
f) By Ability? Creative, Imaginative, Problem Solver.
2. WHO THEN ARE THE OPPOSITION, PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE AND BACKBENCHERS AND HOW ARE THEY SELECTED?
The importance of opposition and backbenchers must not be discounted in a Unity Government since they are inclusive with no opposition in sight.
a) Who are they and how do they qualify?
Non Governmental Organisations
Professional Bodies such as Bar Council, PAM, Master Builders Association etc
Representatives from all the different Political Parties
b) What are the measures to ensure all of them stay effective and are not intimidated, threatened or bullied?
c) Does inclusiveness includes Independent candidates and are each of them eligible to be in the Cabinet?
d) What are the measures taken to ensure they carry out their duties without fear or fervour
3. MODE OF GOVERNANCE?
a) Are we still adopting the Westminster model of governance?
b) Is the Election Commission still operating on the same mode and model?
4) PARLIAMENTARY RULES
a) As Standard Operating Procedure
b) As Code of Conduct
c) Policy Making
5) HOW ARE YOU TO TABLE THESE NEW LAWS?
The process and procedures?
As solutions like this are thought about, the list will certainly expand as more and more irregularities float to the surface. It is very likely that hiccups will soon appear if the entire structure is not effectively thought out, analyzed, planned, with lots of trial run, before it is being enforced. Therefore it is highly anticipated that there should be more open engagements about the newly thought out.system and its efficiency, measured against its cost as compared to the older model we are so used to.
Then again, as tomorrow arrives, a whole new set of complications may again emerge considering the fickleness of each political party and their brewing itch and eagerness to control…