KUALA LUMPUR OCT.23: PKR President Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said he is deeply concerned about reports that the government is seeking to implement emergency measures to curb the parliamentary process.
Anwar alleged that the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government lacks legitimacy and knows that it would fail to demonstrate majority support in Parliament and is using the COVID-19 crisis as an excuse to justify its abuse of power.
“A state of emergency is declared when there is a threat to our national security. But when the government is itself the source of that threat then a state of emergency is nothing more than the descent into dictatorship and authoritarianism.
“I strongly advise Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to consider the legacy of these actions he is taking out of self-interest and selfishness,” he said in a statement posed in his facebook here today.
Anwar alleged that by seeking emergency powers the PN government reveals its sheer incompetence in handling COVID-19 health and economic crisis. While the rest of Asia is looking for ways to manage the virus and reopen their economy safely, Malaysia is heading in the opposite direction.
In another development, the Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin left the Istana Abdulaziz Indera Mahkota in Kuantan,Pahang at 7.10pm after he had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Bilah Shah as reported by Astro Awani.
Among the VIPs seen following the Prime Minister’s delegation to the palace was Chief of Malaysian Armed Forces, General Tan Sri Affendi Buang .
According to Astro Awani, the Prime Minister had an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Friday afternoon (Oct.23) to get his consent to implement a state of emergency in the country. – Malaysia World News