Anwar calls for govt transparency before declaring emergency

KUALA LUMPUR: The government should provide full transparency before declaring an emergency in the country, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Commenting on speculation that an emergency would be announced to overcome the Covid-19 situation, the Opposition Leader said: "To overcome Covid-19, what we need is transparency, accountability and firm action by the various ministries.

"The government has failed to provide strong leadership in handling this crisis and is instead resorting to undemocratic means to stay in power," he said.

In a statement on Friday (Oct 23), Anwar said he was concerned about reports that the government was seeking to implement emergency measures, which he claimed was "using the Covid-19 crisis as an excuse".

"A state of emergency is declared when there is a threat to our national security," he said.

He advised Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to consider the legacy of these actions and claimed that seeking emergency powers revealed that the Perikatan Nasional government was not handling the Covid-19 health and economic crisis competently.

"While the rest of Asia is looking for ways to manage the virus and reopen their economies safely, Malaysia is heading in the opposite direction," he said.

Anwar also alleged that the country had yet to see a solid strategy to handle the crisis.

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