KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan repeats its call for an emergency session of Parliament to be convened in order to debate the Covid-19 pandemic, the emergency steps taken by the government including the economic stimulus packages and National Care Assistance (Bantuan Prihatin Nasional — BPN) package. and to ensure transparency and accountability.
Opposition lawmaker Lim Kit Siang claims that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is afraid of calling for a special Parliamentary meeting to discuss the pandemic, the MCO blueprint and exit plan.
“How can Muhyiddin win the trust and confidence of the people in the invisible war against the Covid-19 pandemic when he is even afraid to convene Parliament to debate the pandemic? ,” he asked in a post he published in his blog.
He also claims that abuses of power and corruption are returning into the political administration amidst the movement control order (MCO) with politicians taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The government must give top priority to full transparency and accountability which are critical factors for securing full national support for unpopular post-Covid-19 measures. Accountability and transparency must not take a back seat.
“There are signs that abuse of power and corruption, which Malaysians have taken a stand rejecting them in the milestone 14th General Election on May 9, 2018, is making a comeback.
“One example is the discrimination in the distribution of food aid parcels to Opposition-held constituencies as highlighted by Pakatan Harapan MPs, Tan Kok Wai and Hannah Yeoh,” said the DAP veteran.