Zahid: government must restore parliamentary democracy after achieving emergency goals | Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, January 12 – Parliamentary democracy must be restored immediately after the declaration of a state of emergency has achieved its objectives, Umno President Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today.
Zahid also said he hoped the government would provide a guarantee to ensure the well-being of the people and keep its promise to address issues impacting their daily lives, especially an extension of the moratorium on loans and i-Sinar withdrawals from the Employee Provident Fund (EPF).
“Given the Prime Minister’s justification in invoking the emergency to better manage the Covid-19 pandemic, all emergency orders must therefore focus solely on the management of the pandemic.
“Throughout the emergency, Umno hopes that the principles of human rights, civil liberty, transparency and the rule of law will be respected,” he said in a statement.
Earlier today, Padang Rengas Datuk Seri MP Mohamed Nazri Aziz today announced his withdrawal from his support for the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.
Nazri said the prime minister now only had the support of 109 MPs and, by convention, had already lost his support.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has consented to the declaration of a state of emergency in the country until August 1, or until the current wave of infections to Covid-19 subsides.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the declaration of emergency invoked by the government was not a military coup and that there would be no curfew.
He also said the government will continue to exercise its functions as usual.
The emergency was invoked under Article 150 (1) of the Federal Constitution which states that the Agong may call him if he is “convinced that there is a serious emergency whereby the security, or the economic life, or public order in the Federation or any part thereof is threatened ”.
The decree came just a day after Putrajaya announced a new movement control order affecting six states for two weeks from tomorrow.
Following the declaration of the state of emergency earlier, the sessions of the State Parliament and Legislative Assembly, as well as the elections, will be suspended until further notice.
Muhyiddin had previously said he decided not to hold an early election as it is his duty to protect people’s lives and the well-being of the nation amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
An emergency committee will be formed, made up of government and opposition MPs as well as relevant health experts, to determine whether the emergency will be lifted sooner.