Emergency Declaration: Key leaders from Government, Opposition question Muhyiddin’s motives

Yesterday, Muhyiddin issued a stern warning in his televised live speech against anyone deemed opposing the government’s Covid-19 fight through the Emergency. Source (pic): TTF Files

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Key politicians from both sides of the divide have criticised Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin after his announcement of the state of Emergency until August 1, purportedly to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yesterday, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad chided the proclamation of Emergency as unnecessary, syaing that the federal government has enough powers to curb Covid-19 pandemic.

UMNO supreme council member Datuk Mohd Razlan Muhammad Rafii described Muhyiddin’s stern warning against those opposing the Emergency declaration as a loss for freedom of speech and human rights.

Meanwhile, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said his party is surprised by the emergency proclamation a day after a two-week MCO was announced and questioned Muhyiddin Yassin’s motives for recommending it.

Pakatan Harapan, on the other hand, has rejected the reasons given by the prime minister for the implementation of a nationwide emergency.

Former prime minister Najib Razak previously said any attempt by Putrajaya to seek a declaration of emergency will be seen as being politically motivated and an attempt to stay in power.


KUALA LUMPUR: Key politicians from both sides of the divide have criticised Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin after his announcement of the state of Emergency until August 1, purportedly to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Yesterday, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad chided the proclamation of Emergency as unnecessary, syaing that the federal government has enough powers to curb Covid-19 pandemic.




He said that Malaysians have been fairly obedient with government orders with sufficient laws in place to handle those who do not abide by lockdown regulations.

UMNO supreme council member Datuk Mohd Razlan Muhammad Rafii described Muhyiddin’s stern warning against those opposing the Emergency declaration as a loss for freedom of speech and human rights.

“When the warning was given, I believe when a person speaks things that he feels will look too subjective or they feel the government is threatened, [the government] can arrest [the person]. They can be caught even by tomorrow,” he was quoted saying.

”This is the fear of emergency that all the people are worried about. It’s like our mouths are locked, we cannot say anything including on social media today and if any of our friends [and] Malaysians raise this issue, the prime minister can arrest anyone with his power or on those who raise this matter.”

Mohd Razlan also said that the decision to declare a state of Emergency would have an economic impact on the country.

”Although we can solve the Covid-19 issue, we do not know what the implications of foreign countries will have on Malaysia from an economic and administrative point of view.

”As well as the [views] of foreign countries once they evaluate [Article 150 in the Federal Constitution], they will not look at health matters.

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”Instead, they will look at the power given to the Muhyiddin’s government. Can it give an advantage to any state in these eight months?” he asked.

Yesterday, Muhyiddin issued a stern warning in his televised live speech against anyone deemed opposing the government’s Covid-19 fight through the Emergency.

Former prime minister Najib Razak previously said any attempt by Putrajaya to seek a declaration of emergency will be seen as being politically motivated and an attempt to stay in power.

Meanwhile, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said his party is surprised by the emergency proclamation a day after a two-week MCO was announced and questioned Muhyiddin Yassin’s motives for recommending it.

In a statement, Lim said the prime minister’s justification that it would help avoid snap elections during the pandemic did not hold water, as the call for fresh polls was only coming from the UMNO camp, who holds just 39 of the 222 parliamentary seats.

“Only UMNO is making this demand. All other political parties including the opposition PH and DAP oppose the call for an early general election. Therefore, it does not make sense,” he said.

He said the back-to-back announcements had caused confusion, and attributed it to poor governance and administration within the Perikatan Nasional-led government.

Lim said the MCO and state of emergency show the government claimed it had controlled the pandemic prematurely last year, with daily cases rising quickly and projected to reach as high as 5,000 a day as soon as March.

Pakatan Harapan, on the other hand, has rejected the reasons given by the prime minister for the implementation of a nationwide emergency.

It said in a statement signed by PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu that present laws, including the movement control order, were sufficient to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.

Citing Muhyiddin Yassin’s example of having powers to take over private hospitals to assist with Covid-19 cases, they said this would not be necessary as private hospitals were ready to help the government.

“Emergency powers are not needed to get their cooperation,” they said in the statement.

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