PETALING JAYA: The Covid-19 pandemic should be tackled without undermining the Federal Constitution and functional democracy, says Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan (pic).
The Umno deputy president called on the government to remain focussed on addressing the crisis in accordance with the Federal Constitution, and enhance initiatives to educate the rakyat, based on science and data-driven approaches.
He cautioned that actions deemed to undermine the spirit of the Federal Constitution and put science on the backburner could worsen the situation.
"It could adversely affect the economy, and put the nation as well as the rakyat in a more difficult situation," Mohamad cautioned.
The Covid-19 threat was not unique to Malaysia, he added, as it was a pandemic affecting the world.
"And until now, Malaysia is still ahead of most countries in tackling Covid-19," he said in a Facebook post Saturday (Oct 24).
He also said Malaysia's capability in tackling the health crisis had gained global recognition.
"Therefore, whatever action taken to address the crisis must reflect the government's capability in executing rational actions based on scientific findings, and taking public interest into consideration," he said.
Mohamad said this in response to talk that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had proposed a proclamation of Emergency to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in view of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Handle the crisis by upholding the Constitution, and allowing (the continuation of) functional democracy.
"Enhance public health and security response systems, and place priority on the interest of the ordinary people, and don't burden them further," he said.
Mohamad said Malaysia was not facing a crippling economy, healthcare system, or public security issues.
"In fact, Malaysia is in an economic recovery phase, which is focussed and laden with various stimulus packages in the interest of rakyat.
"The healthcare system is also functioning well despite being under pressure," he added.
Mohamad also noted that generally Malaysians abided by the gazetted protocols to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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