KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 27 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s meeting with leaders of the Pakatan Harapan coalition can be described as an important first step towards nurturing a culture of new politics, said Perikatan Nasional Pahang chairman Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
Datuk Saifuddin, who is Indera Mahkota MP, said the meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office reminded him of his book ‘Politik Baru: Mematangkan Demokrasi Malaysia’, which was published in 2006 when he had begun talking about new politics.
“I started discussing new politics in 2006. It is an idea that awaits implementation. Of course, I understand the dynamics of realpolitik. But I still have to soldier on with this idea,” said Saifuddin Tweeted.
In the book, Saifuddin said he had outlined two important elements. First, the importance of ditching the old political traits – the negativity, slander, and the constant flattery of politicians to curry favor.
In the new politics, Saifuddin said it is cleaner and fresher like the politics of knowledge, the politics of wisdom, and the politics of service which should all be practised in Malaysia.
Saifuddin, who is also Pahang Bersatu chief, said part two talked about political change happening at a higher level and abandoning political differences which are too adversarial so much so it turns political opponents into bitter enemies.
Recently, Ismail Sabri had held a meeting with Opposition Leader and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu dan DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
The hour-long meeting, among others, focused on finding a common ground to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I urge the practice of ‘new governance framework’ as the basis of negotiations based on the spirit of development partners among three main sectors namely the government, business, and civil society.”
In this context, the meeting between the Prime Minister and the opposition leaders yesterday is very significant, Saifuddin said.