‘No need for such drastic measures’

PETALING JAYA: Opposition leaders are up in arms over the expected declaration of a state of emergency, saying it was an unnecessary move as there are existing measures to address the Covid-19 pandemic.

Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu accused Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin of being in an “emergency” to defend his position.

“If Covid-19 is the excuse, we already have existing laws that can be used to fight this pandemic effectively without having to declare an Emergency nationwide,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Ipoh Barat MP M. Kulasegaran said that many countries with higher Covid-19 cases have not resorted to declaring an Emergency.

“If strict movement control order (MCO) restrictions are followed, we can stop the spread,” he tweeted.

Bakri MP Yeo Bee Yin also expressed similar sentiments, saying that the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 (Act 342) was enough to address Covid-19.

Former health minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that what was needed was a strategic public health response to the third wave of Covid-19, “not legislative-political intervention”.

Tanjung Malim MP Chang Lih Kang warned of the effects a state of emergency would have on the nation’s economy.

“An Emergency would hurt the economy badly,” he said.

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