Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

KUCHING: The decision on whether to call for a general election will depend on the coming Parliament session, said Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

“If there are disruptions in the coming Parliament this time, then what choice does (the Prime Minister) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin have?” said Wan Junaidi during an interview with The Borneo Post.

The federal minister stressed that the choice to call for a general election was on the table if the coming Parliament session is disrupted.

“If you keep on disturbing (the Parliament session) by calling for vote of no confidence (against the prime minister) and those kind of things, and Muhyiddin cannot handle it anymore because it’s disruptive, you got no other choice because you push him (Muhyiddin) into a corner,” said Wan Junaidi, who pointed out that the coming Parliament session would last for 25 days.

Speculations were rife that a general election might be called as Muhyddin currently only enjoys a razor-thin majority in Parliament since taking over Putrajaya after staging a coup known as ‘Sheraton Move’.

Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had submitted a motion of no-confidence vote against Muhyiddin for the coming Parliament that is to be held from July 13 to Aug 27.

Wan Junaidi said there are many bills to be tabled in the session, including those related to the Covid-19 pandemic in order to prepare the country for any other disease outbreak in the future.

Furthermore, Wan Junaidi, who was also Santubong MP, stressed that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state coalition was strongly behind Muhyiddin’s federal government to ensure political stability and attract investments.

The Santubong MP opined that investors should have no reason to fear in investing in Malaysia since the country had been ranked highly globally in terms of managing Covid-19, unless it was due to political instability.

He also remarked that billions of ringgit had already been spent by the federal government and his ministry to stimulate the country’s economy, covering the tourism industry and small and medium enterprises that had been badly affected.