By Johari Abdul Ghani

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia--The reality is that no one political coalition has a simple majority of seats and no one is in favour of calling a general election at the present time. As a result, there appears to be no obvious prime ministerial candidate.

The only way forward was for political parties to form a unity government led by an MP mutually acceptable to all. 
The first task for political parties is to reach a consensus on the tenure and objectives of the proposed unity government.
The efforts of the unity government must be directed in four areas – the Covid19 pandemic, welfare of the rakyat, management of the government’s finances, and reviving the economy.
The first priority would be to lead the country out of the COVID-19 pandemic by achieving herd immunity quickly through vaccinations. The new government should also ensure the transparent management and distribution of vaccines.

At the same time, the new government must also give priority to the welfare of the rakyat who have been suffering greatly throughout the pandemic due to misgovernance.

The new government must manage the public coffers efficiently and transparently with priority being given to enhancing the management of the public health system.

The fourth critical matter is to get the economy back on track. Businesses must be allowed to re-open as soon as possible with very strict guidelines.

We cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of the last 17 months which have seen us lose every economic advantage as a result of the incompetence and instability of the outgoing PN government.